when they want. We've had 140 years of better sounding equipment and different audio formats, but it don't mean a thing when you can't play it because of a noisy environment. I don't need to spend more money on audio hardware, but I'd gladly pay for anything that can cut down on other people's music (especially the bass) intruding into my space and making it impossible for me to listen to anything that isn't also non-stop loud. Dynamic range can be a blessing but also a curse when the music gets so quiet it's drowned out by someone else's full-blast subwoofer. What's the ratio here of people who have some kind of control over their environment and people who are entirely at the mercy of others? Do people who live in houses have it better than people in apartments or condos? Do people who live alone have it better than those with families? Has anyone been able to do anything to make a listening room that they can actually listen in? Or is anyone just not bothered by other people's music in their space - they can just ignore it? Why has there been no technological advancement in letting us live without getting on each others' nerves? Questions, questions, questions. Discuss.