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Old 08-26-2007, 12:40 PM
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Default Summer Slam 07 Day 1: Sound Competition



If you didn't know, the St Thomas car show is split into two days, on the first day the sound show/competition is held and on the second day, the show for show cars is held. This morning we bring you the pics from the first day of competition





The competitors were organized in a format similar to the last show on St Croix, where cars were lined up into three rows. The cars present were all competing in either SPL (volume) or SQL (quality). Judging was done by the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, which came down from Nashville, TN.



The cars were lined up for show where judges went around to demo sound quality and review various aspects of the car installations. For instance, judges would give a competitor the opportunity to present his/her setup while the judge then proceeded with evaluation.



The spread of competition was tight, with an average setup leading you to understand that nothing is excessive in this game. If you've never been before, let me put it this way. A major road at 10am has a 'loudness' of about 80db. Hearing damage from long term exposure starts at about 85-90db. A jackhammer from 3ft away is about 100db. Hearing damage from short term exposure starts at about 120db. It will hurt at 130db. A rifle shot from 3ft is about 140db.

The average competitors were easily deep in the 130db range with quite a few going past 140/141db.



Protection was required, which is a good thing, because at that point, some odd things begin to happen to you. For instance, at 140db, your vocal cords start to move on their own... and by 143db, you will feel like you've been tackled. At 144db, your nose will itch on its own. By this point, raw exposure for even a short amount of time is highly dangerous.



This is how loud the competitors were. In and out there were a number of well designed sound systems as well, with some cars utilizing a wall of speakers.







I've uploaded my pics from day 1 to the galleries here. Be sure to check them out! I'll also post an update when I have the results of competition. Stay tuned to StreetSeen for a rundown of day 2 complete with post-show pics (both days can be found here in the gallery).
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:11 PM
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Once again, it is clear that there is an abundance of talent in the VI. Bigup to the owners of these impressive machines.
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:20 PM
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Big up to our roving reporter for the coverage of this event. To all viewers please give comments so we can insure the way in which we present the material is the way you like it.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:48 PM
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yooo , i missed it man, i wish i been deh
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