CES 2008 – Sound Chamber of Doom

One of the booth I alway check out at CES belongs to Alpine. They make a new demo car every year just for the CES. However, this year there was no car. Instead, they made a boat to promote their new marine line of amps and speaker.

One item that Alpine has new at their booth this year was the sound chamber of doom. The object is to step into the chamber and see how long you can last with 16 Alpine subwoofers pumping over 150dB of sound at you. This is loud enough to make you go deaf within seconds if you don’t wear ear protection. Even with protection, the pressure buildup is incredible. You put your thumb on the button. The subwoofers will play and will stop the instant you release the button. How long did we last? Watch the video and find out.


21 thoughts on “CES 2008 – Sound Chamber of Doom”

  1. Alan Johnson says:

    Well, what can I say…you should have learned from the first guy’s experience and your ears would have definitely been grateful 🙂

    Alan Johnson

    1. I would have lasted about the same as John most likely. lol

  2. That looks great, I want a go. Your face, lmao! 😆

    1. looks interesting. would be nice to have… not sure what it is doing at ces though

  3. Joe says:

    You could tell just by the look on John’s face how loud that was. lol.

  4. Rick Blythe says:

    Really.
    Does John really need this to make his head explode? I think not.
    His ego will do that any day now.
    😉

  5. Seopher says:

    While it doesn’t look much on video I know for a fact it would be completely extreme!

    I wouldn’t have lasted more than a couple of seconds lol. CES looks like so much fun this year 😥

  6. I’m a bit surprised you didn’t wet yourself! 😆

  7. G Smith says:

    My nephew would probably stay the whole day in there 😆

  8. Zac Johnson says:

    John Chow Owns!!!! Nice Shirt you got there! 😈

    1. ms danielle says:

      haha!! i saw that too! 😀

  9. I used to be way into car audio and I would have loved to try out the sound booth. Looks quite exciting.

  10. MoneyNing says:

    Wow that seemed crazy 🙂

  11. Mike Huang says:

    Wow, that is just amazing…I hope your ears are ok John 🙂

    -Mike

  12. Liviu Pantea says:

    That`s a really nice place to hang out, not for long … but really great experience indeed.

  13. Benny Ong says:

    You only lasted 3 seconds…. you only like lasted 3 seconds… said the man John Chow who only lasted half a second…. Dunno how long I can survive that. 😉

  14. Contest Beat says:

    Looks dangerous and certainly beats a couple of 12’s in the trunk!

  15. Johnny says:

    Having a “sound chamber of doom” is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of (no pun intended)! Did they also have a “hit me over the skull repeatedly with a baseball bat” room? Is Alpine begging to be sued?
    At those kind of sound levels you can do PERMANENT damage to your hearing VERY quickly. However, the hearing loss isn’t the worst part. Nope. Not by a long shot. Almost everyone has experienced ringing in the ear (after a concert, for example); but what happens if it doesn’t go away? It’s called tinnitus — and it’s one of the worst things that can happen to a person (and, unfortunately, I speak from experience). Tinnitus can result from a single exposure to a very loud noise or over time (for example, from listening to an iPod too loudly) and there is no cure.
    Protect your hearing. Wear earplugs when needed and avoid extremely loud noise entirely (for more info, visit http://www.ata.org). If you take my simple advice, you’ll never have to know how much pain I just saved you.

  16. ms danielle says:

    you and morgan are hilarious

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