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What do 161 decibels feel like when blasting from a $80,000 sound system?

KCBA News
January 10, 2014 12:42 pm

Video journalist Michael Fox was diligently working Thursday at Seattle TV station KIRO when he and some co-workers felt the building shake.

So Fox grabbed his camera and went to investigate.

Across the street from the TV station was a crowd of people standing near a blue Cadillac Escalade.

Inside the car was Jeremy Boyd, an employee of Car Toys, a car stereo shop in downtown Seattle.

Boyd then demonstrated how an $80,000, 161-decibel car stereo sounds — and feels. Or, as Boyd’s co-worker describes it, “40,000 watts of pure, lovely volume.”

With Awolnation’s “Sail” blasting from the speakers, Boyd, in the driver’s seat, and his co-worker can be seen flinching while the top of the Escalade’s dashboard flaps wildly to the bass.

Boyd said the Escalade is a show car is not typically driven on the street. 

Seattle, as you may recall, has a thing for loud noises. On Oct. 13, 2013, fans of the Seattle Seahawks (known as the 12th Man) set a Guinness record for crowd noise, registering a decibel level of 137.6.

The Seahawks play host to the New Orleans Saints an NFL Divisional Playoff game Saturday. 

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