Hanoi headphonesPosted: October 18, 2012
It’s a constant irritation to me that my headphones won’t go louder.
It occurs to me that the volume limiter is there to avoid future lawsuits from prematurely deaf users but it probably doesn’t end there. Does the hardware provider, in my case an Android phone, have the same fear? What about the podcast providers – I can barely hear Kermode and Mayo above the general Hanoi noise. Three layers of people being overly cautious about noise leaves me straining to hear the conversation.
During my first time in Hanoi my xe om routine was – headphones on, cigarette lit…okay let’s go. The music had to be cranked up as loud as possible just to hear even the beat over the traffic but it was never quite loud enough.
Sometime after I left Hanoi I dug out my old iPod, pressed play and recoiled at the noise. What couldn’t compete with the Hanoi din was louder than I could handle back home.