European Union is introducing new rules governing the lower volume of music players



image European Union is introducing new rules governing the volume of music players. Under the new set of regulation the default max volume will be much lower than it is at present time.

Thereby, the new policy will require iPods and other MP3 players to have a default maximum volume of 80 decibels. According to many sound rankings this level is considered as “very loud” and anything above it is believed to be potentially dangerous. Before the new standard MP3 players were as loud as 115 to 125 decibels.

However, it does not mean that the players will become quieter themselves as the regulation just specifies default max volumes for MP3 player makers. Thus, the vendors will have the option of allowing users to disable that default and venture into deafening territory, albeit with some sort of warning about the eardrum-puncturing delights that may occur.

EU states: "A dequate warnings for consumers on the risks involved, and on ways to avoid them, including the situation when the original set of earphones is replaced with another type and this causes higher unsafe sound levels. The mandate is not prescriptive in terms of how this is done. Industry solutions could include, for example, labels or digital information on the screen."

ECJ




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