Originally Posted by KyadCK
I don't care that you have a shiny room, because said shiny room is not a computer room you play in.
Test 58dB, with your computer (yes with the door on it and with it sitting where it normally does, no cheating), in your computer room. Which you still haven't done. All testing done in a perfectly quiet room is completely useless and it's laughable that you're trying to pawn off that as a realistic scenario at all.
Actually, I have dragged some PC's in there and tested them. Such is the perk I have having near unlimited access to a $250,000 chamber, and not just some $400 toy handheld sound meter. But if you hadn't insulted me and my sound application, I wouldn't be dragging the chamber into this discussion, I only brought it up because you mocked it and I told you that it was calibrated and "accurate enough".
And yes, I've fun tests with fans up to and including 70db, or didn't you catch that part with the AP30's and a fan controller, so yes, I know the difference between 30db and 58db. It's the difference between someone quietly talking right next to you and someone talking in a normal voice right next to you.
But if you or anyone else would like to easily compare the two, it really is simple for anyone to see the difference. Download a free sound meter app ... doesn't matter, both Android and iOS have them for free, and it doesn't matter if they aren't calibrated in a $250,000 anechoic chamber, we are only using it for a rough delta comparison.
Take the app, hold it up to your head. Then get a radio and tune it to a frequency where there isn't anything except static. That is a good way to get something close to "white noise" ... or you can just fire up Youtube and go here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KaOrSuWZeM
). Then looking at the meter, increase the volume until it says 30db. Then listen. Then turn up the volume until it reads 58db and listen. Now compare the two.
Have at it.Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 11/9/13 at 2:22pm