The Courier has approximately 10 seconds from when the collar starts beeping to find and disable the speaker or back away out of range.
Speakers have a range of 12 yards, whereas radios reach only 8 yards.
Originally before the war, while the casino was under construction, the surrounding area of the town had numerous speakers installed to broadcast music to. Some of the tourists took to vandalizing them which led to Frederick Sinclair having the speakers shielded to prevent this from happening. By 2281, the speakers have continued to play music. Though due to the age of the signal and the electronics of the speakers the frequency has changed to garbled static. A terminal entry shows that the reason why the speakers and radios are still on, is that before the Gala Event, an excited security guard turned on all the radios in order to hear the music from all over town.
Disabling and avoiding speakersEdit
- Speakers showing a red light are shielded and cannot be damaged with weapons - they must be avoided or switched off from terminals.
- Speakers showing a blue light can be damaged from a distance with ranged weapons.
- Difficult-to-find speakers can often be disabled with grenades and other explosives, as they are extremely sensitive to damage -- as long as they are not the shielded red-light type of speakers.
- Some speakers can simply be bypassed by moving quickly past them.
- Having Christine Royce as a companion will extend the time the Courier can remain near a speaker without detonating the Dead Money collar.
- Throughout the Sierra Madre.
The audio frequency of the decayed speakers are in fact (if listened to perfectly) an emergency broadcast as some understandable words can be heard. For example the word "Caution" can be heard at the start of the speakers audio.