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How loud before the neighbours complain?

Discussion in 'audio' started by TheManWhoBuiltTheMoon, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Can't tolerate really loud any more , usually 75-85db according to iPad app.When my mate comes over for a listen he wants to crank it up to 95db , a level that actually hurts my ears these days.
  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I only get complaints from my daughter, her room sits above the music room with speakers either side of a chimney breast. I can hear her terrible tunes via the chimney from her boom box. I usually win the loudness wars.
  3. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Where do you measure the dB from?
  4. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    I did get a complaint from neighbours recently, but I managed to stop the problem fairly easily. I'm sure someone will eventually find them.

    Best to just ask if the music's bothering them. Many years ago we had a young Malaysian fella living next door, & one evening, when we were watching a film with the surround sound cranked up a bit he knocked on the door, told us he loved the film, & could he come in & watch it please? He was clutching a nice bottle of wine. Been friends with him ever since.
  5. From my listening position on the couch.
  6. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    Wives are fitted with some sort of AWACS....
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  7. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    What I've done before is explained it all to the neighbour (when in a semi-detached with adjoining living rooms) and went round to hear how loud the music sounded at different volumes - as set on the amp, not dB measurements.

    What was surprising was how loud it could be played my end without intrusion at there - moderate levels were fine and it was good to remove the doubt. Especially surprising given I could hear pretty much every word of her loud-pedalled phone conversations coming clearly through the wall!
  8. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

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  9. eisenach

    eisenach European

    My neighbour's half deaf. So am I, now. :)
  10. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Okay, 20 mins of what I consider quite loud: avg 68dB, peak 82dB. Who are all these audiophiles who average 85dB?
  11. gints

    gints pfm Member

    Easy, 95 when music on, 0 between songs.
  12. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Well, the Beatles had a complaint from a neighbour when they were recording Abbey Road. I can't say I can match that.
  13. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I would expect normal conversation to reach those levels.
  14. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Yes, but that’s just because you spend so much of your time ranting and railing about stuff...
  15. Ian Stafford

    Ian Stafford Active Member

    I’ve a bungalow that’s only attached to next door through the far bedroom. There’s five brick walls (& rooms) between where I listen and their lounge. One evening I turned up some Joy Division at insane levels (I couldn’t listen at that level), went round and asked them if they could hear anything. No they replied and asked me in to listen myself, nothing. I thought that test was very worthwhile and now never worry, whatever the time, although I’m still mindful after midnight.
  16. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Hey someones gotta get the facts above the signal to noise ratio!;)
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  17. We live in a 10 year old Town House, I was worried when we bought it brand new as the only previous new house I'd had we could hear the neighbors stirring their tea! I've checked with the neighbors on one side they claim never to have heard my music. The woman on the other side is a gobshite so I haven't bothered to ask her but when our house is silent you can just about make out Mrs Gobshite's TV through the wall.

    Cheers BB
  18. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    I am lucky to have a neighbour who is nuts about classical music and is very very accommodating !!!
  19. herb

    herb music live

    My neighbour shouts out loud at top voice when all is quiet. (some disease?), When I am playing al low level he perhaps does it more frequently when I am playing Stockhausen, Schoenberg, Haydn. Kate Westbrook. He never seems to go to work, I am retired and ignore him.
  20. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    I think we have the answer...



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