Cool!: The Sound Of A Balloon Being Popped In A Reverberation Room Vs Echo-Free Room

January 6, 2017

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Note: Keep your volume in check for the first pop.

This is a short video of a balloon being popped in a reverberation room (a room with walls that reflect almost all acoustic energy back into the room), then one being popped in an anechoic chamber (a room designed to completely absorb acoustic energy). The difference is staggering. Look at me -- I'm actually staggering right now. "That's not staggering, you're shuffling around like you've got a shit in the back of your pants." Yeah...I always wait till the last minute and I forgot the restroom on this floor is out of order. I'd wait for the next elevator if I were you.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Alexander The Grape, hands down one of my two favorite Otter Pops flavors.

  • GeneralDisorder

    That guy looks like my scout master from my first couple years of Boy Scouts. He was a pretty cool guy despite his painfully uncool Drew Gomber mustache and his lack of understanding about how pulleys work (i.e. if I had gone rappelling I would have pulled him off the rock face and we both might have died).

    This has got to be the closest analog to a gunshot in an anechoic chamber. This has me wondering though. What career path sets someone up to work with anechoic chambers?

  • JJtoob

    If the order of the videos was backwards: You vs the guy she told you not to worry about.

  • My farts vs my girl's farts.

    Loud and odorless, vs quiet but deadly.

  • TheDR

    First. Is that guy the hippie Ron from Parks and Rec?

    Second. That guy did a Wilson Wow.

  • bluecheesedressing

    I bet he'd enjoy a nice sarsaparilla.

  • brijazz012

    Sometimes you pop the balloon, sometimes the balloon pops you.

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