Originally Posted by Uncle Erik
I blame popular music for the bassheads. Before about 20 years ago, most popular music wasn't this heavy. Yes, there were bass guitars and kickdrums, but nothing like what we have today.
Most consumer-level stereos 20 years ago couldn't really reproduce bass very well, so decent bass was striking. One of the most notable things for me when I saw my first live rock performance was the bass. In my feet, in my chest, etc.
If you listen to the lower registers you want the whole band in balance, and if you listen quietly you want some recession in the midrange.
Recall a guitar's low E fundamental is around 82 hz, an electric Bass's is 41. I don't want to pretend I can hear the fundamental, I want it there.
Originally Posted by Parall3l
Not really a scientific proof be since treble are of higher frequencies I guess it should be more damaging ?
I've read in more than one place that low bass causes less overexcitement of the ear as you tend to feel it rather than hear it, which was the reasoning between the bassless dBA curve. And, of course, your earplugs aren't going to stop bass anyway.
We tend to be most sensitive in the midrange (as anyone who has been annoyed by a baby crying nearby can attest), and as I understand it this is where loss becomes evident first.
Of course, idiots with 130 dB car stereos going full blast are the exceptions that prove the rule. I have always found excess treble fatiguing, while excess bass is merely wrong.
Edited by ph0rk - 9/24/11 at 7:02am