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#122906 - 01/03/06 04:48 PM A good SPL Meter
davemire Offline
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Hey All,
What and where can I get a good SPL Meter, preferably one that can guage up to at least; 160db.
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#122907 - 01/03/06 04:59 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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If you're measuring 160 db, I hope you have a good set of hearing protectors.

Radio Shack is pretty much the standard around here; digital or analog is up to you.
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#122908 - 01/03/06 05:23 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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160dB?

I use the Radio Shack analog meter, works for me.
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#122909 - 01/03/06 05:40 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Have a look at this, then tell us why exactly you need 160 dB. I must admit curiosity.
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#122910 - 01/03/06 06:06 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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#122911 - 01/03/06 08:45 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
bridgman Offline
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Wow... I don't think the chronographs we use for clocking handgun ammunition go up to 160 dB

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#122912 - 01/03/06 08:59 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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160db, this is not for home audio is it? don’t think any home audio could pressurize a room to 160db...





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#122913 - 01/03/06 09:13 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Dave, as the previous replies have indicated, if you're considering a meter for audio(rather than military)usage, the levels used for calibration are in the 80dB range, and even on brief peaks more than about 110dB will rarely if ever occur in a home environment.
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#122914 - 01/03/06 09:25 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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2 words.

car audio

3 more words

lots of subwoofers =160+DB

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#122915 - 01/03/06 09:34 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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3 words:
insane hearing damage.

1 more word:
annoying.
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#122916 - 01/03/06 10:36 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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>>2 words / car audio / 3 more words / lots of subwoofers =160+DB

Ouch. I did a bit of poking around... the 2002 champion was over 175 dB, and they will only have gotten louder since. The example shown was a Dodge Caravan with over 50,000 watts.

Two words. Holy $%&!!

I retract my earlier comment.

EDIT -- this one seems to be good to 192 dB. Not sure what you calibrate it with, perhaps a carefully built tactical nuke...

http://www.motorcycleaccessoryparts.com/splconv.htm


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#122917 - 01/04/06 02:42 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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...and for the low, low price of only $599!

Ouch.


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#122918 - 01/04/06 09:17 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
bridgman Offline
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Remember we're talking about amplifiers that make Dennis's Halo stack look like an iPod here. I don't think this is a low-budget sport

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#122919 - 01/04/06 09:23 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Hahaha, you guys bust me up. I am an extreme audiophile; I want to use the meter not only for home theater usage, but as you guessed car audio. Last time I check my car was pushing 143Db, though it's bound to go up
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#122920 - 01/04/06 10:23 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Loc: Canada
I hope to god you have a remote control on your car, and you stand far far away when that thing is pushing the 115 db limit. Have any pictures of these wild systems?
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#122921 - 01/04/06 10:36 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Not on hand, but I can post later. I do have a remote for the car, and have been found without hearing protection using the system. But when i really push it i use hearing muffs.
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#122922 - 01/04/06 10:55 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Please tell me you're not my neighbor.
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#122923 - 01/04/06 10:57 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Lol, no. I am curtious with my system, don't blare it in town, not in at my place (unless doing work on it) and I don't blare it at intersections! It bugs me to when other people crank it everywhere
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#122924 - 01/04/06 10:58 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Good. I can allow myself to like you now.
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#122925 - 01/04/06 11:51 AM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Just wondering, at 143db, how can you call your self “an extreme audiophile”? my last car was 145db, and at that level, your not listening to music any more, its just noise. And I had a sq and spl system for my class.. I now have a system that is Much more musical and doesn’t get anywhere near as loud as my old system, but the sq wet up 10 fold…


Not trying to jump you or anything, just usualy audiofiles don’t like music much louder than say 89db.. and your talking 160…


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#122926 - 01/04/06 12:06 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Above all, I appreciate quality, fidelity, and a clear and precise sound stage (Hence my love for Axioms) But as a musician, specifically a bass guitarist, I also love the punch and low rumble of loud bass, extremely loud in most cases. Therefore, 143Db is just a start of my bass end, and when I am at home I listen to clear quality sound from my system.... make more sense

I strive to find the perfect sound, and find myself scrutinizing my home audio system constantly. That makes me an 'extreme' audiophile. *Sit in the dark and listen; pick it all apart, while constantly playing with all the settings and placements.*
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#122927 - 01/04/06 12:20 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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eek.. in the dark, with no big screen.... sheesh..

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#122928 - 01/04/06 12:24 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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In reply to:

I strive to find the perfect sound, and find myself scrutinizing my home audio system constantly. That makes me an 'extreme' audiophile. *Sit in the dark and listen; pick it all apart, while constantly playing with all the settings and placements.*




Is there really such a thing as a perfect audio system? I used to do the same thing, listen to the system and pretty much forget it is the music that really counts. I have had the existing system for a bit over two years and the wanting to buy new pieces of equipment is done. I can just sit there and enjoy the music and not be concerned about "the system". This is, imo, what we all strive to achieve but I do wonder how many actually get to this point.
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#122929 - 01/04/06 12:27 PM Re: A good SPL Meter
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Loc: Peterborough, ON
Well, I only get scruitinize the speakers that aren't Axiom. Since I got the m22ti's I found myself pulling out the old albums and just loving the music. I couldn't be happier now.
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