Can you hear "The Sound Only Kids Can Hear"
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Question Can you hear "The Sound Only Kids Can Hear"

It's the sound that the TV makes when it's on even though the volume is all the way down.

YouTube - Mosquito Sound

Well, I'm not longer a kid and I can still hear it. I wish I couldn't cause it drives me nuts. I can hear that sound from a TV 3 houses down. It's been a nightmare my whole life!
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Well, I'm not longer a kid and I can still hear it. I wish I couldn't cause it drives me nuts. I can hear that sound from a TV 3 houses down.
Me too. I'm glad I can still hear it though (I'm middle-aged).

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It's been a nightmare my whole life!
Sounds like my tinnitus also


OT I'm definitely hyper-sensitive (if that is the correct word to use) to certain sounds, mainly droning or repetitive stuff like birds that chirp or crow incessantly, lawn-mowers in the distance, skydiving planes 10000ft up etc. - drives me batty...

People think I'm nuts
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Me too. I'm glad I can still hear it though (I'm middle-aged).



Sounds like my tinnitus also


OT I'm definitely hyper-sensitive (if that is the correct word to use) to certain sounds, mainly droning or repetitive stuff like birds that chirp or crow incessantly, lawn-mowers in the distance, skydiving planes 10000ft up etc. - drives me batty...

People think I'm nuts
people think i'm making it up. they're like: "there's no sound" i'm like, fuc*k you- i don't get a moment's peace unless i'm out in the sticks, 100 miles away from electricity. I think that's a big part of what defines me. on the flip side, i cant sleep without the AC on, but GOD I WANNA KILL THOSE F-ING BIRDS!
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you gotta use the main switch not the stand-by... my TV continues to sqeal if on standby mode, so it always gets the switch thrown.

(continuing OT) i had to ditch my GF's analog clocks because of the incessant clicking... she bought me a sweet as silent model... and people say its bad digital clocks that cause the clicking...
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I heard it. I guess that's good in a way?
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Not like I used to...

I can still hear it (if its real quiet, and I lean in close to the TV).

...But not like I used to.

Its the sound of the local oscillator running.

When I was a kid, it would drive me crazy, especially if there were multiple TVs running. The entertainment department at Sears was absolutely deafening to me back then, and I could lead you strait to that section of the store blindfolded.
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people think i'm making it up. they're like: "there's no sound" i'm like, fuc*k you- i don't get a moment's peace unless i'm out in the sticks, 100 miles away from electricity. I think that's a big part of what defines me. on the flip side, i cant sleep without the AC on, but GOD I WANNA KILL THOSE F-ING BIRDS!
Man, we are sooo alike in this regard.

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i had to ditch my GF's analog clocks because of the incessant clicking...
Ditto

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I can still hear it (if its real quiet, and I lean in close to the TV).

When I was a kid, it would drive me crazy, especially if there were multiple TVs running. The entertainment department at Sears was absolutely deafening to me back then, and I could lead you strait to that section of the store blindfolded.
Too funny
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I keep hearing this high pitch whine - it's really crazy, most of the time I just ignore it. If I listen closely, it sounds suspiciously like a woman nagging me....

Ah, gotta love selective hearing
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Wow I am almost 42 and can hear it!!!!!!!!!!!!! At first I COULD NOT but saw the speakers where OFF. lol lol. I am actually surprised as have spent a number of years playing live.
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I'm 36 and spent a LOT of my 20s on start playing loud rock music, I can hear this fine. last time I tested myself I could still hear 19 KHz.
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I can hear it, and it makes my teeth hurt... haha. But I wouldn't trust an audio test from YouTube. I'm sure there distortion of some sort happening.
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The day after tomorrow I'll be 32... and could listen to it clearly with less than a 1/4 of the volume...
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Just curious...

Do non-CRT TVs (flatscreens) make this noise?

How about DTV & HD?

(Haven't been around 'em much when its quiet.)

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The day after tomorrow I'll be 32...
What the heck... I'll be 31 not 32!!

hahahaaa...
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I still hear this but my sensitivity to it has definitely decreased over the years. I'm 40 now and I can tell a big difference from how I hear it now and how I remember hearing all those CRT's 20 years ago.
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Smile flyback transformer - betcha can't hear...

That would be the high-voltage flyback transformer for the CRT, like 21-25Khz. Betcha can't hear a LCD or plasma TV!
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42 yrs & I can hear it, I think.. Wait, let me mute my tv.. Yeah, I hear it.. Or is that the tv..?? Wait, let me mute the computer.. ok, which sound are we talking about? The bells or the voices..??
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That would be the high-voltage flyback transformer for the CRT, like 21-25Khz. Betcha can't hear a LCD or plasma TV!
Don't be silly. Everyone knows that in the studio you don't listen to your lcd. The lcd is for watching your audio!
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Don't be silly. Everyone knows that in the studio you don't listen to your lcd. The lcd is for watching your audio!
That's "knee-slapper" of a joke, there, drmmrboy!

(But I've noticed that nobody admitting to being a "kid" has chimed in here.)

...So, I'm pretty sure your joke is not as good as the jokes being posted over on MySpace by the "underaged" Gearslutz lurkers!

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I'm on a laptop with small speakers, I hear it fine with headphones on, does that count ? lol
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I'm on a laptop with small speakers, I hear it fine with headphones on, does that count ? lol
Yes.

...But only to ten!
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This is so funny, I have never found anyone else that can hear that! Now I know I'm not alone. I can tell instantly when I walk in a room that the tv is on w/no signal to it. Very annoying. None of my friends have ever heard it and thought I was making it up. Now at least I know I'm not crazy.
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This is so funny, I have never found anyone else that can hear that! Now I know I'm not alone. I can tell instantly when I walk in a room that the tv is on w/no signal to it. Very annoying. None of my friends have ever heard it and thought I was making it up. Now at least I know I'm not crazy.

Many heard it, but they didn't want to be called "crazy."

(You were not supposed to notice.)

...But now that we have higher scan rates (and with analog "flyback" being done away with), the truth can finally be revealed!









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Don't be silly. Everyone knows that in the studio you don't listen to your lcd. The lcd is for watching your audio!
LOOOL!! Hillarious!
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Holy effin' dung that was painful! I could hear it allright.
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Irritating sound!
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Irritating sound!
Especially in the old days, when the receivers were all tube.

Also, because each local oscillator was just a little bit off from the others, in a TV shop (remember those?) or in the entertainment department at a place like Sears or JC Penny, they would have lots of TVs (creating beat frequencies up there), which would be just deafening to a little kid such as I.

The adults couldn't hear it, and when I'd say something about it, they were like: "Wha?"...

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Just curious...

Do non-CRT TVs (flatscreens) make this noise?

How about DTV & HD?

(Haven't been around 'em much when its quiet.)

CRT TV makes that high pitch tone, becouse the "vertical board" is damaged.

LCD can also make similar sounds if damaged.
like some NEC Wuxi**90
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CRT TV makes that high pitch tone, becouse the "vertical board" is damaged.

LCD can also make similar sounds if damaged.
like some NEC Wuxi**90
Even a brand new perfectly working CRT TV puts out a high-freq pitch (just not nearly as loud and irritating).
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