Home-Brew Noise Canceling . . . Finally!

For a story I was writing about 20 years ago, I dreamed up this idea: why not take a set of microphones and a PA speaker/amplifier setup and interpose some phase-shift/delay circuitry to create a DIY noise cancellation system? It might not be acoustically perfect, but it would damned sure do something cool. A few years later, Saab and Volvo started building this into their car audio systems and Bose started putting it in headphones. I’m sure I stole the idea from Arthur C. Clarke or Popular Science, so I never bothered to try to collect royalties. Now, finally, there’s this article telling you how to do it (for headphones at least). I really want to build this, connect it to about 5000 watts of amps and a cloud of speakers, and silence my whole neighborhood (from my perspective anyway).

One thought on “Home-Brew Noise Canceling . . . Finally!”

  1. You’ve inspired me to recall the time after the release of NIN’s “Broken” CD that I spent an afternoon with some of my quad-mates fooling with speaker wiring (phase-shifting) and EQ settings until we produced something geniunley unexpected.

    Two years later I could get the same effect with a single button on my Pioneer laserdisc player.

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