Why a sauna changing room wants to have a subwoofer

The idea of music in the sauna may be frowned upon by sauna traditionalists looking to preserve and/or restore the “forgotten sanctity of sauna.”  Sauna is a sacred place.  There is a Finnish saying that “one must behave in sauna as one would behave in church.”

Yet the church organ plays.  There are many sauna enthusiasts who enjoy music as part of their sauna sessions. Sometimes it’s ambient downtempo or jazz. There’s the nod to Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” with MFS – Music For Sauna & Osho Zen Tarot

Just as the sauna experience is best realized with a kick ass sauna stove and a well designed hot room, music in the sauna is best realized with a kick ass sound system and a well designed amplification system.

We celebrate the “amazing” sound quality and convenience of these wireless bluetooth cubes hitting the market, but there is no better sound than a hard wired sound system.

Because our voices have a fundamental frequency of 150-200 Hz, we build our sauna sound systems to work around this range. We mount speakers up high, just above ears when standing, to give us clear highs. And we tuck our subwoofers underneath the changing room bench to resonate the lows. In addition, we amplify our music with receivers that have equalizers. This way we can set the dials often in the shape of a soft smile: more on the low and high frequencies and less in the middles.

a sauna changing room equalizer set for more high and low frequencies.  (I’d drop the mids even more).

Like good heat, our music is rich and full, yet we can ask “who needs a beer?” without having to yell.

This design produces sound for our chill out sessions that complements how good we are feeling. Deep resonating base affects our core like a proper heat up – right into our bones. As we relax between sauna rounds, cool air helps close our pores, freshly clean rinsed, and we are helped along by high frequency treble notes rolling across our skin (as opposed to just more cowbell).

Turn it up.  Feel the roll of the bass line and snap of the snare drum.

Sauna resonates deeper when we celebrate the benefits of embracing temperature extremes. Music in sauna, thanks to a kick ass subwoofer, resonates deeper when we celebrate the benefits of embracing sound frequency extremes.

Cool Down the Pace, Sauna Playlist:

  1. Time and Space, Thievery Corporation.
  2. Farewell Transmission, Kevin Morby.
  3. Feel it Still, Medisan Remix, Portugal the Man
  4. This House is on Fire, Dead Man Winter
  5. Soon Forward – Dub, Sly & Robbie
  6. Mr White, Khrunghbin
  7. Hokoyo, Orange Juice
  8. Clean Living, the War on Drugs
  9. Water Pumping, Johnny Osborn
  10. Alarm Dub, Jah Wobble
  11. Walking Lightly, Junip
  12. Lotus Flower, Radiohead
  13. Valium Skies, The Verve
  14. Ritual Union, Little Dragon
  15. Cool down the Pace, Gregory Isaacs
  16. Water no get Enemy, Edit, Fela Kuti
  17. Tenere taqqal, Tinariwen
  18. Ryokan Loyly Rituals, MFS- Music For Sauna

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5 thoughts on “Why a sauna changing room wants to have a subwoofer”

  1. Hi! Totally agree, adding music is huge! Sounds waves can be very healing and I can’t wait to build my sauna with a sound sytem. I will be downloading your ebook this weekend as my husband and I are ready to build! Are there any concerns for the speakers and sub to be in the hot temperature? We are not putting in a changing room, but may have to frame a pop out to house the stereo equipment? Not sure how that is going to work. Any thoughts, ideas, or advice on this would be appreciated! Thanks!!!

  2. Hi Natalie: Regarding integrating stereo system if building a sauna without a changing room, assuming you are still at the “empty canvas” stage, I would recommend considering adding a couple more square feet to your footprint to allow for a “closet” access from the outside. Here you can put in a shelf for sound system. Your subwoofer can be in this room, along the floor, and you can box it in such that it will feed into hot room this way.

    As far as speakers in the hot room: Provided that they are down low, you should be fine. I have super quality deck speakers in my hot room. I made cedar boxes for them, so if someone above on the bench goes crazy dumping water over their head, the speakers down below will be somewhat protected. These speakers are still working fine. It’s been 15 years and probably 2,000 sauna sessions (geeze, they add up!).

    Hope this helps, enjoy!
    PS… volume control module. Highly recommend wiring this in: I have this exact unit. It integrates with a standard blue light switch box: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=8243&gclid=Cj0KCQiAxNnfBRDwARIsAJlH29Cg-gVu1RK14oXnsQgtKKzDiVNlPz2YqkYy0ZpLNYJmot-0T2U4rFYaAn4oEALw_wcB

  3. Glenn, or anyone,

    Have you found the new bluetooth portable speakers to work alright in the hot room on the floor while playing remotely from your phone in the changing room?

  4. i don’t bother having them in separate rooms. hot room floor is cool enough that no worries having the phone right in there. if you chuck water all over the place, might want to consider strategic placement but most phones these days are at least splash proof.

  5. Frankie:

    When I build saunas, I still wire for speakers, as i’m one of those analog grey hair types. Yet these cylindrical blue tooth speakers do pack a punch, and I use them. For sauna application, my experience, a wireless speaker is best in a corner on the changing room floor.

    And an unintended benefit of a generous crack along the hot room door is that the sound from the changing room enters into the hot room really nICE. It’s analogous to car speakers, where the changing room becomes like the trunk of a car, functioning as a speaker cabinet. The lows resonate, like good lampömassa. The highs come through the crack along the hot room door, unabated to the quarterback, sitting on the upper bench.

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