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Sorry, but I don't give a rip about boomed-out auto audio: do you?

I've been going to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas every year but one since 1994.I'm there now.
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Written by Russell Shaw on

I've been going to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas every year but one since 1994.

I'm there now.

And if there's one continium I've noticed ever since then, the mobile audio portion of this gargantuan, 2,800-exhibitor event is the most over-the-top.

By that, I mean that mobile audio solutions (such as from CES exhibitor TK Audio, shown at top) are getting louder, clearer, and the speakers give more bang for increasingly smaller sizes.

Well, OK then, but this stuff is not for me.

I am a music lover, but I like to spend my automotive moments in quiet contemplation, not being deafened by the 5000 (OK 130) decibel bass thump on a "song" where some heroin-challenged, leapin'lizard-haired punk roars his disgust at the world, or some street punk directs incestuous accusations at his gangsta rivals.

If I have to have audio input while driving, make it NPR, or the traffic report, or sports talk or maybe smooth jazz. But even as to the latter, I am too focused on where I am going to have it as loud or clear as some of the more tricked-out auto audio displays I am seeing here.

And come to think of it, another reason I want my auto sound low (if at all) is to listen for sirens and other important noise from the streets.

My final point echoes this post's headline. I don't care about tricked-out auto audio.

And when I drive, I don't need a "knockout punch."

Do you?

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