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Meyer Sound Helps Discovery's Mythbusters

In pursuit of the Brown Note (February 16, 2005)

Over the 25 years of the companys existence, Meyer Sound has often engaged in out-of-the-ordinary research in order to determine the scientific truth of a matter. But arguably the most unusual was the assistance provided to the Discovery Channels ?MythBusters television series in their investigation of the urban myth known as ?the Brown Note.

Meyer Sound put staff scientist Roger Schwenke (a PhD in acoustics), a dozen 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers (modified to provide response down to 5 Hz), as well as a SIMŽ 3 audio analyzer, at the disposal of the MythBusters crew to let them test the theory that subjecting a human to high levels of a particular low frequency could result in ?involuntary intestinal motility.

Judging from the avid response to news of this experiment, this must be a consuming issue for many people, but the answer to the question of the ?Disco Dump, as it is also sometimes called, is forthcoming, as the episode airs this week on the Discovery Channel.

Find out how things came out by going to for more information on MythBusters. For viewing times, click on the ?TV Schedule link in the ?Other Features section.

In the last few days,  MythBusters enlisted the help of Meyer Sound to investigate whether a human voice can actually shatter a glass. But youll just have to wait for more information on that!

Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs and manufactures high quality sound reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors, equalizers and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry. Founded in 1979 by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading worldwide supplier of systems for theaters, arenas, stadiums, theme parks, convention centers and touring concert sound rental operations. Meyer Sounds main office and manufacturing facility are located in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors located throughout the USA and around the world. More information is available at Tel: +1 (510) 486-1166, Fax: +1 (510) 486-8356, e-mail:, or by visiting

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