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Questions tagged [sound]

Hacks related to either improving sound from a speaker or in a room, or preventing an unwanted sound.

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Making a comfortable noise-canceler

As someone who is oversensitive to touch, I find headphone to be painful. I can't wear an "on-hear" headphone and even the "around-hear" can be painful if I wear them for too long. Worst, if I need to ...
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Improve the sound quality of a microphone that has a lot of disturbance

I just bought new earphones The earphones have 2 things, one is the sound receptor (a microphone that takes audio input) and the athother is the speaker (the audio output). The sound quality of the ...
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How to prevent a generator from making lots of noise?

My parents put a freezer in my bedroom, and it's freezering away all day and all night, 24/7, and it's driving me to the brink of insanity. Is there anything I can do to 'mask' the noise of the ...
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Should I chew/munch food while eating with closed mouth or open? [closed]

I used to eat with moderately opened mouth. Some people suggested me that its make noise while eating and to eat with closed mouth always, but I am feeling difficulty while following their suggestion. ...
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How can I make my room sound proof? [closed]

I make educational videos in my room and I feel uncomfortable when someone(my parents especially) put ears and try to hear what I am saying. Is there an easy and not costly way by which the sound does ...
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Common noise levels of reliably constant loudness

This isn't a home improvement question, but one that applies to buying any product that makes noise or sound: how can you ask reviewers to compare the noise level of a product with some reference ...
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How to stop a faux leather jacket from squeaking?

I recently bought a new jacket, I thought it was leather but alas, turns out to be a plastic alternative (I believe it to be polyethylene). Anyway, when I wear the jacket, it is quite squeaky, ...
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How to reduce the noise from a mechanical-switch keyboard?

Some keys on the keyboard of my laptop don't work anymore. I have an external mechanical-switch keyboard so I just bring it with me and connect it to my laptop via USB for use. Unfortunately, this ...
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How can I make my mouse clicks louder?

My old mouse was pretty loud so bought a new one, now it is too quiet. Any hacks to make it louder?
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Any hack on fixing one side of earphone

The left side of my earphone is not producing any sound. My last resort would be replacing it and disposing the defective earphone. Is there any way in order to make it work? When you create a power ...
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How to make sure I can't be heard by neighbours (without asking them)?

I live in an apartment that share walls with the apartments of a few neighbours, with whom I'm generally not chatty. I like to listen to music (without earphones) and more importantly sing in the ...
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How to reduce the noise from PC's fans? [closed]

My computer's cooling fans make a terrible noise. Please, could you give me some advice about how can I reduce that noise?
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How to reduce noise disturbance?

I live in a flat with neighbours all around me. Sometimes, they complain about noise when I do something noisy. What can I do to reduce the disturbance on my neighbours when I listen to music or watch ...
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How to stop bed from squeaking

Every time I roll over or get in/out of my bed, it squeaks. This has really started to annoy me. The bed is a metal bedstead with metal springs, and the noise seems to be coming from the springs. Are ...
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How to make alarm audible over air conditioner?

I'm a heavy sleeper, but usually wake up to my iPhone alarm. I consistently sleep through it when my air conditioner is on. I can't sleep without the AC. We're in a heatwave and I'm not going to be ...
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Reducing the high pitched sound of writing on chalkboard

The one thing that annoys me like crazy: the high pitched squeaking sound made as chalk scratches the surface of a chalkboard. To me, that is very, very annoying. Most people hate it and tried many ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I live in a shared house with a few other people. Due to my schedule, I'm up when most of them have gone to bed. I often need to eat something after coming home but have received complaints that the ...
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How can I soundproof my room (or part of it) so I can sing without annoying my roommates?

I'm looking for an inexpensive way to soundproof my bedroom or possibly just a part of it (with a sound resistant shelter). Removing all the sound is impractical, but I'd like to suppress it to the ...
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How to reduce the noise from my household washing machine

I have a washing machine in my home, once the spin cycle starts, the vibration is very annoying. I live above a tenant and he complains that he can hear the vibration above. Any suggestions on how to ...
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Reduce blender noise

How can I reduce or eliminate sound coming from high speed blender (a normal, common, 10 speed Osterizer blender)
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How can I reduce echo and produce good quality sound in my room? [closed]

I'm using 500W speakers in a medium sized room. Even though it's filled with furniture, whenever I increase the volume it sounds worse. How can I get good quality sound by modifying my room?
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Bedtime remote tied to wrist to mute/shut down computer

I like to listen to audio from long youtube videos or youtube playlists before bedtime. I'd like a remote tied to my wrist that I could use to turn off the laptop, decrease the volume, and mute ...
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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

I work in a cubicle environment. It's okay that we wear headphones, but after wearing them all day it can get uncomfortable. In addition, occasionally I have to leave my desk and/or hear when someone ...
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Help achieving real-time auto-tune effect

A while back I played a video game with a character who spoke entirely in auto-tune (Warning: link is NNSFW: Not necessarily safe for work). I thought it was a really fun idea and have been trying to ...
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How to open roller shutters silently

Sometimes, I stay up long, and when it gets dark, I usually turn on the lights and close the roller shutters in the room where I am, so that my neighbours won't see what I'm doing (programming). ...
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Sleeping in a noisy environment

I recently moved into a shared house with 3 other roommates (4 if you count the couple as 2 people) on the main floor. It's also close to a busy street. At night the noise sometimes disturbs me. ...
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How to pinpoint noisy neighbor in panel house

I live in a flat in panel house. This type of building is typical to former soviet countries and it looks like this: The whole building is made from concrete panels which are welded together using ...
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How to eat loud food (chips, celery) quietly

I like munching celery at work, but I don't want to annoy my co-workers. Today, I cut my celery into 1-inch (bite-sized) pieces so I don't have to loudly bite it off from the stalk. How else could I ...
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Friendly way to get rid of screeching birds

So I live in an apartment building attic and there's a bird nest right outside, on the roof. They probably just hatched eggs because they screech and scream like they're dying all from 05:00 till 08:...
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How can I stop my wipers from squeaking?

As I was driving my car I had my windshield wipers on the lowest setting, which after they return to their resting position there's about a one-second break before they start up again. I had them on ...
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How to wake up without waking up other people in the same room

Every day, I need to wake up at 7, and my girlfriend has to wake up at 8. This is all part of a carefully scheduled day plan and a compromise of both standing up sometime in between is not an option. ...
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Huge noise in my inkjet printer

I have a basic model inkjet printer, and my guests have to sleep in my PC room only. I am supposed to take printout in midnight only. I tried to control the heavy noise during printing by using the ...
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How to listen to music in the shower?

How can I bring my little portable Bluetooth speaker into the shower without ruining it? To ensure it is loud enough to hear over the shower on full blast while not noise polluting too much, the ...
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Kettle Not Whistling

My old kettle rusted, so I bought a new one. My old kettle whistled very loudly when the water reaches boiling point. I can barely hear my new kettle whistle. How can I amplify the whistling sound ...
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Prevent mints from rattling in the car

I like to keep fresh breath mints in my car. They come in a box like this: The problem is they rattle in two ways: The box is metallic and it rattles against the glove compartment (or other ...
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How can I reduce the sound of clicking my mouse

I have a wonderful mouse except... I'd like it to click more silently (left and right buttons). Probably it was that loud, probably it is the work of Time, but the current sound doesn't suit me now, ...
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How to hold a microphone on a stand that is too small?

I have a microphone and stand. The microphone is too wide to fit into the holder at the top of the stand. What can I use to keep it securely held on the stand and still allow it to be picked up by its ...
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How to amplify laptop speakers?

I've a laptop (MBPR) and usually I'm watching movies on my second monitor which is far from my main laptop making the sound a bit low. And I don't want to buy external speakers, as the existing are ...
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How to lessen / dampen the noise of creaking floor boards? [closed]

I have a house built in the late 1970s and it has chipboard (plywood) floors. It is a two story house and the floors on the bottom floor (ground level) especially tend to creak loudly, especially in ...
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How to open a door without it creaking?

The obvious answer is to oil it. But until then, is there any way to open it without the terrible creaking sound? Once in a while it has opened quietly. I think putting pressure on certain parts of ...
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How can I amplify the speakers of my iPhone?

There are lots of sites that give various methods for speaker amplification: Put the phone in a toilet roll (cut a slit) Put cups on the phone Place it on a box or similar (guitars are sometimes ...