No matter your audiophile status or musical taste, few things can thwart the experience as much as bad sound quality. Damaged speakers could have various causes; one such cause being too much bass in music. This article will detail what happens if there’s too much bass playing and how you can fix it.
Some individuals enjoy listening to dubstep, an electronic dance music genre characterized by heavy bass and drum sounds. Although this type of music can be enjoyable for many people, playing it too loudly may cause irreparable damage to speakers if played too often; its heavy bass causes suspension elements to dislodge from speakers which will compromise sound quality as well as potentially leading to their complete destruction.
Speakers work much like headphones in terms of operation. Each has a cone made of flexible material which vibrates when played louder to push air around it to produce sound waves; as louder speakers are played, the harder their cones have to vibrate in order to push out soundwaves; over time this could damage them and they could eventually stop producing high-quality audio reproduction.
One easy way to damage speakers is to exceed their power rating, such as continuously playing loud music at an extremely loud volume or using amplifiers with higher wattage ratings than their speaker can handle. Either way, the speaker will overheat and eventually melt its voice coil.
An additional way of harming a speaker is exposing it to excessive vibrations, such as mounting it in an environment without proper soundproofing, or having something hit against it while music is being played.
Distorting speakers is another effective means of damaging them, and can be caused by either having an amplifier with low EQ settings, or by pushing the speaker beyond its limits. Distortion also compromises its sound quality preventing it from producing high-quality sound as intended by its manufacturer.
Listening to bass-heavy music at unsafe volumes is another surefire way to permanently damage your hearing, as it may trigger a threshold shift and decrease in hearing sensitivity temporarily. After some time has passed, however, your hearing should return to its previous levels; but for your own good and those around you’s safety it is always wise to limit exposure at dangerously high volumes; especially if this is new territory to you. Keeping music volumes within acceptable range will keep both speakers and ears healthy over time.