Do You Listen To Your Music Loudly in the Car?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HappyDude20, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    When driving every once in a while i'll be at a red light near a car blasting their music...

    At times the music is ridiculously loud, where I can't help but think the driver wants the 4 nearest cars to listen to his/her music too, forcing us to feel the bass. But other times I'll be either at any red light or even traffic on the freeway and will faintly hear another cars loud music, but with the clear intention that they don't mean to bug other drivers with it, it's just that even though their windows are up, their music is still loud.

    Admittedly I do this too. Many times i'll listen to my music loudly myself, though never with the intention of bugging other cars; just to enjoy my music..

    When driving on surface streets the volume is at say "16" out of 30 in the volume meter on my stereo...however when driving fast on the free I easily go 20+, and even up to the highest 30 when i'm really into the music.

    I guess I just felt like posting this cause on a daily basis I always see other drivers out there with their music playing loudly, singing along to their tunes and rocking their heads...but I gotta search for them in the sea of all the other drivers who seem dead bored and tired, almost in zombie driving mode during their drives...iono. Glad i'm not one of them.

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I did when I was a young'n. Not now. My current stereo changes volume with the car speed so it might be a touch loud when I'm on the highway but it will be sedate when at a light. When my hearing goes, I'll probably start cranking it again! :D
  3. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Well, not exactly.

    My car has the factory AM/FM/Cassette player and it doesn't exactly get real loud.

    But when on the highway, I turn it up so that I can hear it over all the noise that the car makes at high speed.

    Then when I come to a stop it is often still loud.
    Oops. :eek:

    Sometimes, when someone actually does have a "too loud" car radio booming away nearby...
    I'll put on the (loud) Russian music. :eek:
    My favorite is a buncha crazy Germans singing Russian songs and songs about Russia... in German!

    It would be hilarious if I could find a way to cause it to play on THEIR too-loud radio. :D

    Have Fun,

    Oh! It's a Tercel!
  4. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I do on the highway and freeway going fast just because I can't hear it well otherwise, but in general I don't.... unless my song comes on. :p
  5. mariahrg macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2004
    Paso Robles Ca
    Guilty. I have two amps and ten speakers in my vw. I also have permanent tinnitus in one ear. Wonder why? I gotta remember to turn down the Howard stern or Jason Ellis show when pulling into work....don't need to offend and get fired!
  6. thisonechance macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Sometimes. It depends on my mood and who I'm with.
  7. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I usually set my music (with the stock head unit/8 speakers/amp):
    5-10/40 with the windows up
    10-20/40 around town windows down
    20-30/40 on the highway windows down

    There's not much better than some open road, a great song on and the wind your hair. :)

    I'm never trying to make other people listen to my music...but even so what I think of as 'ridiculously loud' is very tame from outside the car. I rode in one of those cars you feel bumping 5 lanes away—had a headache the rest of the day.
  8. countrykid333 macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I do late at night or when I get off from work, usually when its 12 or 1 in the morning and there are no other cars around. Something about late night driving makes me wanna pump up the stereo, roll the windows down and just cruise.
  9. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    My favorite is that there is almost always somebody at the gas station near my house who rolls down all of his windows and turns his gangsta rap up to ear-splitting levels while pumping gas. Many times there are 2-3 cars doing this. I'm sure it has nothing to do with them wanting to draw attention to themselves. :rolleyes:

    I generally keep my music pretty low...I feel a little uneasy and somehow less aware of the road around me if it's too loud.
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Absolutely true. It is distracting to the driver.

    I crank mine up a little from time to time. I have no idea if other drivers can hear it when we're stopped at an intersection.

    I don't get why people turn it up all the way though. Don't they get hoarse yelling into their cell phones? :rolleyes:
  11. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    When I had a good stereo I listened to it at rather loud volumes. Now that my current car just has the factory stereo and has no CD player nor do I have an iPod I only occasionally turn it up if a good song is on the radio. I find that most of the time I just drive with the radio turned off since the stations keep repeating the same songs.
  12. eelhead01 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2010
    I tend to listen to my music as loud as I can while driving. Kinda sets me in the mood for were I am going and makes for a fast transit to were I'm going as well. The best was when I was test driving cars for a time, I had about 8 hours of awesome load music to jam to! :D
  13. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    I used to. Mostly due to my new iPhone I don't want it sitting around getting scratched as I use it naked :D. Every now and then I get out the good ol' compact disc and rock out.
  14. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    No. I listen at about a medium level. And when I approach the destination, I naturally turn it down.
  15. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I don't listen to the radio in the car anymore since I can't stand the commercials--and don't use CDs anymore--so I just listen to road.
  16. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    Must get really boring driving sometimes. :cool:
  17. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    I do it on my overnight drives down the motorways usually as there's virtually no other cars on the road, it's dark and you can really enjoy some loud metal. I even shout along to the good bits.

    One of the few true secret pleasures I get these days.

    But at all other times no, people shouldn't be able to hear what you're playing outside your car.
  18. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    not very often and even then, it's not that loud.

    bottom line, I like my hearing and watching some of my relatives grow older and need hearing devices freaks me out.

    but that has become 2ndary to simply being a more attentive driver.

    hard to hear much when the tunes are cranking too loud.
  19. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    From the LA ghetto, so... Yeah, I bump that gangsta sheeaaat.

    But not too loud.
  20. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    I can't drive so i never had the opportunity, however even when i was little i tried and mum and dad would go WAH WAH and turn it right down or off completely.
  21. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    What is this of which you speak, I don't understand this you say Cassette? :)

    I haven't listened to a cassette in any of my own cars ever, I did have a cassette player in my Jetta, but never used it. I just use my iPod and Sirius now.

    This I must hear.... Link?

    As for load music, I like to listen rather loud. Im not sure what my max volume is, Im kinda scared to find out, but Im usually at 20-23. It's not loud enough to make the car next to me vibrate like some people though. I have an after market Kenwood Head Unit, and a 10" JL Audio Subwoofer. It's nothing huge, but JL's have nice Bass without having to put 4 15"s in your trunk :) As for people hearing it, I usually have the windows up, but If I happen to have them down I just turn it down a little at lights and stuff. If the car is moving, I don't really care, since nobody will hear much as I drive past them.
  22. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    I will only listen to Indy music at stop lights on full volume, so I get the word out.

    Check out Justin Trawick and moreso my cousin, Coleman Jernigan. Both are available on iTunes and Amazon. Both have great music!

    Yes, I have a lot of music on my iPod through my car, however, am about 90% likely to be listening to their songs.
  23. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Jeez, must be getting old. Music in the car is monotonous to me. I listen to books or podcasts.
  24. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    No but if it was DnB or dance music I would have it a bit louder, but not ridiculous levels. I sometimes wonder how on earth some drivers can concentrate when the volume's that loud.

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