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Getting db tested..?

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How guy's, i was wondering where you would go to get db tested, other than at a sound comp?. Can local audio installers conduct a db test.. Has anyone had their's tested?. How much did it set you back?. I've read that after a certain db, to reach each db after that, it has to go something like twice as loud per db...I got a bit confused in the article and was wondering if someone could explain it to me, in simple easy to understand terms..:thumbsup: Thank guys..
 

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I've never had my car dB tested, though I really want too. Most big custom shops are going to have a dB meter, so that will be your best shot. Call around because every shop will charge differently.

And a 3dB increase is twice as loud. Eg, 130dB is twice as loud as 127dB.
 

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What is a decent db to achieve? The size of the car would obviously affect it's db reading correct?
 

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Are you going into competitions and the like? If not then why bother. Are your ears are happy when you are driving? If they are then trying to get a certain dB level is pointless.

If you are going into comps then maybe about a 150dB, thats pretty loud, ask Holdenboy, his is pretty loud :D. But then again he has a very powerful amp, some awesome subs, and what I have been calling 'Godzilla's Condom' for a sub box :p. Sorry Holdenboy that thought came into my head one day.
 

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Oh sorry, my bad.
 

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Ive no interest in sound comp's or anything, just curious as to how many db it produces..i guess just like people who have put some effort into there motor, they wanna know what it puts out...Ive put no effort into the motor, so i wanna know what the stereo puts out:dance:
 

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Are you going into competitions and the like? If not then why bother. Are your ears are happy when you are driving? If they are then trying to get a certain dB level is pointless.

If you are going into comps then maybe about a 150dB, thats pretty loud, ask Holdenboy, his is pretty loud :D. But then again he has a very powerful amp, some awesome subs, and what I have been calling 'Godzilla's Condom' for a sub box :p. Sorry Holdenboy that thought came into my head one day.
LOL...i like it ;)


If youre in Sydney then a place in Bankstown called Doran Pro Audio can help you out, they have a Termlab SPL meter (the one used at proper competitions) and can test your system. I would say it'll cost anything from $20-$40 but dont quote me on that.

At a guess most really loud systems will hit around the 140db mark, and trust me, thats loud for a commodore. Anything over this and your doing really well. Average score made by commodores is about 136db.
 

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Might hire a Micra for the day and whack the system in that:w00t: Thanks Holden Boy, i've heard of those guy's ill have to give them a call, and see if i can book it in...
 

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most commodores with "average" system (single sub)wouldn't come close to 140DB
at the last comp 2 brothers same cars same system couldn't get a termlab to move to 110 let alone 140db
its like 14 mile times feels fast but still 16 sec car heheh
sounds loud must be 140 db thats pretty hard to get
 
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