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it seems to me that police cars should have two sirens on them, the high whiny kind and a super low sub woofer kind that could get the attention of people who have their windows closed and are listening to the radio - maybe series of quick beats - like shave and a haircut two cents maybe. I dont know
maybe they already do this but I have not noticed it before.
Is this loud enough?
[Amos Kito, May 11 2008]
(?) Rumbler Siren
I love how I made it sound like I had just thought this up, like - whoops, where did that idea come from? [JesusHChrist, May 11 2008]
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||It wouldn't work considering the size of the transducer you'd need to produce <20hz tones at any sort of volume. Also, low frequency sounds are highly omnidirectional; you'd shake the cruiser apart before the person in front of you noticed the noise.
||I think this would work. You can hear the base in alot of cars with big amps.The speaker could be on the roof not inside the car it would alert peaple that aren't paying attention. This could be a lifesaver on an ambulance.+
||//maybe they already do this//
You mean, aside from the sirens, the cruiser's horn, flashing lights and high-beam headlights, and pulling up close with the loudspeaker announcing "Clear the road"?
||I just found this news story about the rumbler siren on youtube. i am now realizing that i must have experineced it by hearing one pass me today, and then convinced myself i had come up with it as an original idea. what a great experiment in self deception. (-)
||The concept that a speaker could be loud
for someone in another car at a distance
but not loud in the car containing the
speaker (no mater how the speaker is
placed) is paradoxical. Admittedly sound
behaves in strange ways but I doubt that
we are going to start installing giant Bose
headphones on our police cruisers. Why
not a laser light show?
||It is the public warning systems that
need this - tornado sirens and the like.
I suspect there is a fair amount of bass
already in these, although it is the
higher frequencies that make the dogs