How to Quiet Vuvuzelas During World Cup Games

Image courtesy of the Daily Mail.

There are two distinct sounds associated with World Cup games. The first, the long exuberant cry of the commentators when someone scores:

“GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!”

The second, the monotonous drone of thousands of vuvuzelas. We can’t quite replicate the sound in print. If you must hear it (or really want to annoy those nearby,) you can play it on the vuvuzela Wikipedia entry.

Despite complaints from players that the vuvuzela interferes with communication on the field or concerns the noise could cause hearing loss, World Cup officials refuse to ban the horn from the stadium.

Fortunately, for those who find the angry-hive-of-bees sound particularly brain-piercing, Consumer Reports offers the following tips for drowning out the horn on your Home Theater setup:

  • turn the treble all the way down
  • on a more advanced system, try tweaking the equalizers
  • if you have surround sound, lower the volume of the left and right speakers (which carry crowd noises) and turn up the volume of the center speaker (which carries the commentators’ voices)
  • if all else fails, press the mute button

Read the Consumer Reports article here >>

Do you silence the vuvuzela, or just cope with the noise?