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Lucylusmum Sat 14-May-16 21:38:53

When is it an acceptable time or should people just sit in headphones all day?
Is playing music from 1pm-3pm acceptable?

Mari50 Sat 14-May-16 21:44:00

Depends how loud you want to be playing it. If you want very loud then no time is acceptable, if volume is reasonable (what is reasonable?) then 10am- 10pm. The kind of music you're playing may also be relevant- death metal isn't to everyone's taste, neither are little mix, and repeating tracks is a big no-no. It's tricky because how something sounds to the listener and how it sounds next door can be entirely different and a thumping bass line can drive people to distraction.

ijustwannadance Sat 14-May-16 21:46:11

Depends on how loud? Type of music? If neighbours work odd shifts and sleep during the day?

In flats the bass can boom through walls and floors and can seem louder than being in your room.
If you like trance/house music you will always be VVVU

Lucylusmum Sat 14-May-16 22:51:08

neither of my neighbours work, above and below, im in the middle. I dont have base as was playing on my tv which goes up to 100 but i was playing on 25
downstairs started slamming doors and upstairs started copying the songs i was playing then slammed his door and went out. Very childish and pathetic.
I dont even usually play music but I did as was doing diy in the kitchen.
Both these neighbours make noise themselves with TV's or stomping or slamming doors or arguing, its not like they are completely silent.

Lucylusmum Sat 14-May-16 22:52:32

wasn't trance lol was hiphop/Rnb

AliceInUnderpants Sat 14-May-16 22:55:34

If it was pissing off neighbours both up and downstairs, chances are it was too loud, especially if you were listening to it from another room whilst doing DIY

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sat 14-May-16 22:59:44

Hmm... I have a flat and play music but the neighbours have never complained.

I have a TV that goes up to 100, and 25 would be deafening, but I'm guessing that's not the case for your TV so it's hard to judge! Maybe put music on then go down a level and see if you can hear it? Not now though!

GirlOverboard Sat 14-May-16 23:03:22

If your neighbours can identify which song you're playing then it's too loud IMO. I live in a flat too and it's difficult to judge how loud the TV or music would sound to my neighbours, so I just try and keep them as quiet as possible (whatever the time of day). I listen to music with headphones 99% of the time, as I like my music quite loud. But yeah, if BOTH sets of neighbours are slamming their doors, then it definitely needs turning down.

FlibbertigibbetArmadillo Sat 14-May-16 23:05:47

If you are playing it loud enough that not only does it bother upstairs and downstairs but they can identify the song, it is much too loud and YABU!

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sat 14-May-16 23:08:33

If they can tell what you are playing then yes, it's too loud.

Spam88 Sun 15-May-16 00:03:33

I disagree with a lot of the posts above actually.

I live in a flat. I never play music but my downstairs neighbours do. They seem particularly keen on a bit of R n B in the mornings before I get out of bed, sometimes it's like there's a DJ in my bedroom... A really shit DJ. There have been a couple of occasions where their music was so loud in the evenings that I've had to turn my TV up really loud just to be able to hear it. Their TV can also be very loud sometimes, it's a shame we don't have similar taste in TV programs actually because I could save money on a TV licence and just listen to theirs.

All that being said, as long as the noise is within reasonable hours I would never dream of complaining (or slamming doors). And equally on weekend I wouldn't complain about music that went on to the early hours. Even if you were blasting your music from 1-3pm then I don't think it's unreasonable... Assuming of course that there are no young babies or people working funny shifts who may have been trying to sleep that you're aware of.

Definitely agree with Mari50 about repeating songs though. I quite liked that Years & Years song until my neighbours played it about 10 times on repeat. I'm pretty sure that's what hell is like.

ijustwannadance Sun 15-May-16 00:17:59

I once had a ground floor flat and the weirdo upstairs played "oo ah just a little bit" by Gina G on repeat for about 2 weeks in the evenings. Bloody torture.

Still makes me twitchy if I hear it now.

silverpenny Sun 15-May-16 00:32:57

That Gina G song was one of our less shit Eurovision entries though!

PaulAnkaTheDog Sun 15-May-16 00:43:17

If both neighbours can hear it it's too loud.

Lucylusmum Sun 15-May-16 01:02:02

so its acceptable for them to make noise but not me? That is my issue here really.

Lucylusmum Sun 15-May-16 01:04:40

looool ijustwannadance,
I had a neighbour before upstairs who used to play whitney houston I will always love you on repeat. My next door neighbour started to sing along to it loudly it was so funny. Upstairs turned it off after she heard him singing it badly ha

PaulAnkaTheDog Sun 15-May-16 01:05:35

Well retaliate with music all you want but it ain't going to help the situation, is it?

Lucylusmum Sun 15-May-16 01:07:44

I am in the middle so it is obvious both of them will hear it. However I can hear downstairs TV everyday which is loud and he slams doors.
Upstairs stomps around and I know it sounds hard to believe but I am almost certain he follows me around. I have goggled it so i am not crazy and his video games and weed smoking.
i never complained about either of them which is why i am a bit shocked of the behaviour because I am playing music at 1pm

Lucylusmum Sun 15-May-16 01:08:50

Paul I wasn't playing it purposely, I was doing DIY in the kitchen

PaulAnkaTheDog Sun 15-May-16 01:11:22

I get that but my point was they make noise that bugs you and you make noise that bugs them. Nothing you can really do, is there?

Lucylusmum Sun 15-May-16 01:38:50

Oh i see yes

teafortoads Sun 15-May-16 09:55:12

I adore hearing the fishwife next door (terraced house, paper thin walls) warbling away to Adele. Hilarious!

NapQueen Sun 15-May-16 09:57:19

If they can hear your music enough to know which song it is then yes it is too loud.

I've a Samsung TV (not sure what yours is), which goes to 100 on volume. For day to day TV it's on 8. 6 for kids TV. 10 for music (and even then only if I'm cleaning the house - generally I'd leave it on 8).

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 15-May-16 09:59:09

I live in a flat but I have a loud speakers and Base in my car to get my loud music and sing along fix.

I do put the radio on the TV when I'm tidying up and my upstairs neighbour doesn't complain. But she's a noisy cow so doesn't have any ground to stand on to complain about any of my noise.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 15-May-16 10:13:47

my tv which goes up to 100 but i was playing on 25

my TV goes up to 100 but we listen to it on 9 or 10. Which is reasonably loud as my hearing is crap.

Living in flats, if your TV is in your living room and you were playing it loud enough to hear in the kitchen while you are doing DIY you are playing it too loud. A radio/speaker in the kitchen at a lower sound level is much more considerate.

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