Acoustic properties of car horns....?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by W4E300, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. W4E300

    W4E300 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Sep 5, 2004
    West London
    CLK500, Viano.
    I'm out in Berlin at the Acoustical Engineering Society conference and one of the 'discussion topics' seems rather minority interest.....

    I'd have thought 'loud' would have done it......!

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  2. Pontoneer

    Pontoneer MB Club Veteran

    Aug 19, 2002
    '93 190E 2.3LE W201 ; '93 300SL-24 R129
    I'm sure it is a valid topic : the warning not only has to be clearly audible , and convey some sense of from which direction the warning comes ( hence requiring a mix of frequencies across the audio spectrum ) .

    There are nicities such as producing a pleasing sound and different nationalities may even have their own characteristic sounds ( the Italians with their air horns ; the Germans with their 'blare' horns for example ) .

    It is sad to note that most modern cars tend to be fitted with insipid little 'pipsqueak' horns that are barely audible at speed ; hence I tend to retrofit my 1950's Bosch blare horns as salvaged from Pontons and Fintails I have broken - these come in complimentary high and low tone pairs and can be adjusted for tone and intensity .

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