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Car stereo event gets loud and proud

The Daily Times staff
From left to right, Emmanuel Garcia, Andrew McCain and Chet Holmberg

Three men from San Juan County competed at world championship car stereo competitions in October.

There are four main sanctioned car stereo competition organizations in the United States. The point is to be as loud as possible without distortion or damage to the equipment.

Andrew McCain, owner of McCain Audio of Farmington, won the modified unlimited world championship at the United States Autosound Competition International World Finals on Oct. 10 and 11, in Lufkin, Texas, with a score of 169.5 dB. He also took second place in the extreme class with a score of 165.2dB. He also earned two world records; setting a new record of 169.0 dB in the Special Modified Unlimited Outlaw and 166.5db in the Special Modified Unlimited Legal.

McCain also competed at the dB Drag Racing Auto Sound Competition, the International Auto Sound Challenge Association, and the Mobile Electronics Competition Association on Oct. 17 and 18, in Huntsville, Ala.

Billed as the world’s largest sound competition, he earned the dB Drag World Championship with a score of 168.3 dB; an IASCA world championship with a score of 169.0 dB, which also became the IASCA world record in Advanced 3.

McCain also won the world championship in MECA Radical X with a score of 168.5 dB to set a new world record.

Emmanuel Garcia from Bloomfield also competed in dB Drag Racing World Finals Street Stock 1K and won third place with a score of 147.8 dB.

Chet Holmberg from Farmington competed in the regional dB Drag event and won third place with a score of 150.6 dB. He competed at dB Drag World Finals event won fourth place with a score of 150.6 dB.

Sound comparisons in decibels (dB)

Whisper in a quiet library at 6 feet, 30dB

Normal conversation at 3 feet, 60-65dB

Jack hammer at 50 feet, 95dB

Sandblasting, loud rock concert, 115dB

Pain begins, 125dB

12 gauge shotgun blast, 165dB

Death of hearing tissue, 180dB

Loudest sound possible, 194dB

Short term exposure can cause permanent damage at 140dB, which is the loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection.

Some statistics for the Decibel (Loudness) Comparison Chart were taken from a study by Marshall Chasin, M.Sc., Aud(C), FAAA, Centre for Human Performance & Health, Ontario, Canada.