Subwoofers are special speakers that specifically output sound in the 20-200 Hz range. These are very low bass sounds.
Sounds in the 20-200 Hz range transmit through walls, floors, and ceilings much more than higher frequencies. The overall volume of music might be reasonably low, but the bass will still cause a vibration in rooms next door, above, and below.
For this reason, subwoofers will be banned at Connaught Hall by a change in the Supplementary Regulations from 1st September 2012. Subwoofers will then be at risk of confiscation if they are found in a room subject to a noise complaint.
I should like to consult current residents on whether this ban should be introduced earlier - from 3rd January 2012.
It may be that raising awareness (through this consultation) that subwoofers can cause problems for your neighbours will be enough for this year.
What do you think? Should we ban subwoofers from January?
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