So Minnesota: Sound chamber at Minneapolis company known as 'quietest place on earth'

Updated: November 01, 2019 10:18 PM

From noisy traffic to the roar of airplanes, the world can get very loud, but there's one place in Minnesota where people can find complete silence. 

At Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, there's a sound chamber known as the quietest place in the world.


"It's called the quietest place on earth by Guinness World Records," owner Steve Orfield said. 

The sound chamber is used by companies to test product volume and sound quality.

 "In the anechoic chamber, we've tested refrigerators," Orfield said. "We've tested the sound of a pin dropping on a carpet."

The lack of sound in the chamber can drive a person crazy.

"Your ears can get extremely sensitive in a extremely quiet room to the point where once you're in there for a half an hour to 45 minutes, your listening to your heartbeat, you're listening to your blood flow in your carotid arteries up to your brain," Orfield said. 

The building where the chamber is located was once a recording studio where Bob Dylan and Prince recorded. 

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