6 February 2012

MEASQ/MEASPL Bass Battle Car Sound Competition

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MEASQ is a fair and unbiased judging format used to subjectively compare competitor’s car audio systems. Criteria includes the system’s ability to accurately reproduce audio as the original recording intended, plus provide valuable feedback to the competitor. The format is designed to ensure consistency and an objective approach while remaining easy to understand and accommodating of competitor’s various skill and knowledge levels. Above all else, MEASQ competition should be fun and rewarding for the competitor, and bring together enthusiasts in a friendly, yet competitive environment. The MEASQ format and series, operates across many states of Australia and is currently the only national sound quality competition format.



MEA’s BASS BATTLE competition is a fair and unbiased judging format used to compare a competitor’s car audio system’s sound pressure level, measured in decibels (dB).


What: Round 2 of the MEASQ ACT Series 2012 + MEASPL Bass Battle
Where: Battery World Phillip 95 Grenville Ct Phillip ACT
When: 19th February 2012
Competitor Arrival & Registration: 9:00am
Competition & Judging Commences: 10:00am

MEASQ Classes (Entry Fee $35.00)
Novice ($20.00 Entry Fee)
Intermediate Class
Advanced Class
Expert Class
Show Class ($5 extra)

MEASPL Bass Battle Classes (Entry Fee $25)
Street A
Street B
Intermediate A
Intermediate B
Ultimate A
Ultimate B

Trophies Awarded in Each Class
Winner | Runner Up

Additional Awards:
Judges Choice Award
Encouragement Award


MEASPL Bass Battle Rules


The dates and locations for the rest of the season are as follows:

Sunday 25th March
Round 3 SQ only NO SPL
Cotter Public Area.
Starting at 10am Rego from 9am

Sunday 6th May
Round 4 SQ and SPL
Pats Installs at Mitchell (YES Pat has his new shop) His new shop is at Injected the wheel shop.

Sunday 3rd June
Round 5 SQ only NO SPL
Lake Ginnenderra
Starting at 10am Rego from 9am

Sunday 1st July
Round 6 SQ and SPL
BDL Car Stereo Fyshwick.
Starting at 10am Rego from 9am

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apologies for the incorrect use of objective/subjective, who would of thought it would be such a hot topic. In my defense I simply copied it from our host website 🙂 If there is a way I can edit the article I will. Can anyone help?

I agree it is difficult to be completely objective when using the human ear as a measurement tool, however I think we do a pretty good job of it. We use range of high quality reference level recordings. All judges study the material closely including attending training on what we are looking for. It is also the best way we can judge such a thing. An RTA only tells you part of the story, it won’t tell you if there is distortion happening, it wont give you an indication of tonality and it certainly cannot measure imaging or staging.

sorry the URL in the first link has changed since this was posted, it is now http://www.mobileelectronics.com.au/competition/measq/

As for people who have an issue with the competition, please bear in mind we do not condone those who drive around blaring their system disturbing those who don’t wish to hear it. I personally can’t stand people that do that and find it extremely rude and obnoxious. The vast majority of our competitors come to these events for an opportunity to socialise with like minded people that have a passion for car stereos. The sound quality competition is the main focus of our events and is actually about the ability of a system to accurately reproduce the music, not about how loud it is.
Yes we run an SPL competition too, but personally I can’t stand it nor do I understand the appeal. But some people get a kick out of it, and it is certainly more enjoyable to watch than someone sitting in a car judging sound quality. We simply run it as there is a demand for it.

Yes there are a fair number of classes, this is to cater to people with a range of experience and also different systems/budgets.
Our last event on 4th February hosted by Autotech Services was only a Sound Quality round and we had 18 competitors. No idea how many we can expect for the SPL side.

KDog said :

It’s impossible for it to be objective when using the human ear as a measurement tool.

Obviously. That was kind of my point – there exists the technology to provide an objective assessment of sound reproduction, volume etc etc – I was kind of surprised that a competition of this nature wouldn’t use it.

Wow, there are rather a lot of different classes. Just how many people turn up to compete in this kinda thing?

…and ditto on the objective/subjective thingo.

Can we have some coordinates for the nuke strike?

marcothepolopony10:48 am 07 Feb 12

I’ll be staying away in droves!
Who needs to pay when you can hear if for free on Bunda Street any evening?

It’s impossible for it to be objective when using the human ear as a measurement tool.

MEASQ is a fair and unbiased judging format used to subjectively compare competitor’s car audio systems

Wouldn’t an objective comparison be more useful? Where’s the competitive value in judging subjectively?

Also, your first link gives a 404.

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