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I currently have a pair of Alesis Elevate 3 monitors and have a Sony SA-W2500 subwoofer. My concern is that will my sub get too loud that could annoy people around me? I been living with my mom for years and I always lived in a house so I had no problems but I will be moving on my own soon and just didn't know if the Sony sub will be too loud in a one bedroom apt.


If it will be too much viberation how can I make it so it won't viberate soo much? I do have my music up at times but I wanted to make sure I won't get in trouble when I move.
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I think it depends on the apartment. You could get lucky and it might not be a big enough problem, or you could be unlucky and you could end up in a place that is like an acoustic sieve (as if there aren't any walls). Or you could end up with neighbors who don't care, or neighbors who are care a lot.

 

That sub looks very powerful to me and I bet that in some apartments it'll be easy for your neighbors all around you to hear it (well, they'll actually feel it, but still). If you're ambitious, you could try to ask the neighbors in the surrounding apartments where ever they may be (above you, below you, next to you, etc.) to help you find your maximum level where it's not too much with the premise of "I just don't want to be too loud and have no idea".

 

Alternatively I guess, you could wait a while to get a feel for how easily you can hear your neighbors. You might be able to base your maximum subwoofer level just on that if you're careful. Although, this isn't easy and it can take time. For example, it took me a very long time to finally realize that I was easily loud enough for my parents to hear. So I started paying attention to how easily I could hear them and I tried to find a balance. Now they say they no longer hear me.

 

I guess you could also listen from out in the hall by walking up and down the hall. It won't be accurate, but it might help.

 

I don't know if there are any special ways you could mount it to help minimize the "bleed" into the other apartments, but I guess if you can find a special stand or maybe if you place it on a thick pile of towels or blankets or something, I don't know.

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Well the sub is a cheap $100 one and it's a 10" and has 100 watts total power it says on specs but I thought maybe since it's not a huge sub with tons of power it won't annoy people. It's a basic sub. But I would of gotten a better one if I had more money but since I' am tight in the budget and I live with SSI income it's hard to afford a nicer one. My Alesis monitors are a small two-way 3in woofer and 1in tweeter and they are only 20 watts total power but the sub is 100 watts basicly.


But it may annoy people a lot I just don't know though even it's a entry level sub.
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I do know that the apt I am going is made around 1993 so it's not that that old apt but I don't know if it will be ok to have my sub turned on. I talked to the manager and she did say I can have it up but just no shaking on the walls. I don't know if my sub can shake the wall.
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I do know that the apt I am going is made around 1993 so it's not that that old apt but I don't know if it will be ok to have my sub turned on. I talked to the manager and she did say I can have it up but just no shaking on the walls. I don't know if my sub can shake the wall.

 

Oh, I think she means just use normal sub volumes so that it's comfortable and well balanced for you instead of being like some people who just crank it all the way or something. So you know, like, keep it at the kind of level that a true expert would put it at so that it's not too strong and not too weak - so that it has a perfect balance with the high-end. After all, the role of the subwoofer is to fill in the bottom end without overpowering anything - it should be easy to forget about it and focus on what what you're listening to or watching. Some people turn their low end up so high that it's no longer just filling in the bottom end; it's filling the entire room and overpowering absolutely everything, and they think it sounds great when normal people would say the low end is way too high and overpowering. It's a little bit like talking with 3 people where one of them talking way too loud instead of using the same volume as the other 2.

 

So I think what you'd do is, once you move in and have it all set up, spend some time finding a good balance so that there's some low end but not so much that you're consciously noticing it. That should end up being low enough that no one in the other apartments notices it

 

Of course, I think she's also saying that she wants you to be reasonable with your volume levels and keep them at comfortable levels instead of turning them up loud for pleasure like some people do. I have a feeling you know the type of person I'm talking about. lol

 

To find a good volume level, I recommend trying to balance the whole system with how loud a person's normal speaking voice might be in that room. I notice that I enjoy my music and movies far more when it's not yelling at me but instead just calmly speaking to me using a comfortable volume level that my ears could never grow tired of. That way if a movie has a sudden loud moment, then it's not necessarily too loud.

 

So I guess another way I could say it is, use the sub woofer so that it tastefully adds low end unlike how some people do it.

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I thought when she said I can have it loud but no shaking meant that as long as the walls not shaking I can have it loud but the problem is that I don't know if my sub is capable of shaking the walls since it's not like a very powerful sub. But maybe 100 watts is loud enough to shake the walls I don't know. I guess I forgot to say that she said I can have it loud but just make sure it's not shaking the walls. So I guess that means that probley I do need to balance it but I do attend to like feeling the bass. I' am basicly using these speakers as a computer speaker so the sub is really close to me and the speakers are on my desk. I guess it's like a nice 2.1 PC speakers ends up to be. I won't be far from the speakers so I don't think I need it to be turned up super loud but I do want to hear the bass also meaning not turn it too low that I can't hear the bass and having it sound like only have a pair of speakers. I can say that if I turned up the volume on the sub to max it isn't that loud actualy. I use to hook it up to a receiver and using the speaker wires to connect the receiver to the sub to the speakers and it had a ton more volume at my house so it was loud and had more bass. But I noticed that when I connect it to a RCA mono cord it doesn't get that loud but I can say in my small bedroom I am in at my house I can hear the bass outside my room but probley since this room doesn't have a lot of gap between each wall. I know that the apt will have a med carpet so that might help but I just don't know that if even using RCA like how I use it to connect to my speakers if it would still be too much bass when I have it up. I sometimes feel that if I set it any lower I won't hear the bass but that's in my small bedroom I live in now. The apt I will be at is a normal size one bedroom so it's not going to be big and also it a $520 one so it's not a big place. I' am living in a apt that accepts section 8 since I can't afford paying for normal rent from my SSI.


But maybe she is saying that to not have it too loud basicly since I can't have the walls shaking like what you said.
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Well, I think that she doesn't literally mean that the walls would shake. I mean, I think that she was exaggerating to make a point. In other words, based on how concerned you are, I would say that you have nothing to worry about just as long as you always keep it at a reasonable and comfortable volume for you as opposed to how some people just crank it without any concern for who might be able to hear it. I'm sure you know the kind of people I'm talking about.

 

Also, based on the fact that they accept Section 8, she's probably had a problem with people in the past who have no respect and just crank the volume. It sounds to me like you're not that kind of person, so you should do well.

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