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#252184 - 03/17/09 10:43 AM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: Murph]
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Registered: 02/12/09
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Loc: Discovery Bay, CA
I like Digital for my visual perception, plus the ability to save Hi dB peaks. Sounds like we have been of little help in arriving at a consensus. Got a coin? ;o)
It seems to come down to, are you a 'needle' or 'LCD' guy?
(hint: go LCD and be winner!) \:D
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#252227 - 03/17/09 02:27 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: jakewash]
BrenR Offline
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Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
 Originally Posted By: jakewash
Actually the RS meter doesn't read down into the tenths only whole numbers and it would just flicker between 75 and 76 using Bren's example.
I actually own one at home, but I've used the analog one at work about 100x more often. I stand corrected... I think mine has whole numbers and a ".5" that lights up. Been a while since I used it.

Bren R.

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#252231 - 03/17/09 02:43 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: BrenR]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
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Hi,

There really is no consensus. I prefer the analog version because I grew up watching analog meters. I don't much like digital speedometers on cars, either. Come to think of it, I installed a back-lighted digital voltmeter on my car, which I do like.

At Axiom, we have an expensive calibrated digital SPL meter but the values are always jumping around by fractions of a dB--kind of annoying.

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#252441 - 03/18/09 03:36 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: alan]
BrenR Offline
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I also prefer analog clocks - at a glance, you can get an idea of the rough time, or look a fraction of a second longer and get the precise time. I find it's faster than having my mind process the 3 or 4 numbers that make up a digital clock readout.

And worse than anything else is the digital multimeter... trying to read anything with a changing value is maddening.

Bren R.

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#252499 - 03/18/09 08:01 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: BrenR]
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Well thanks for the input y'all! I have reached the official consensus of...I don't know! At least I know I can't be wrong with whichever version I get. It'll depend on what they have in stock - or if I'm feeling old school or new school at the time

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#252507 - 03/18/09 09:11 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: cb919]
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Can't decide? everything considered equal, save a few bucks on the analogue.
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#252587 - 03/19/09 11:01 AM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: Murph]
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Loc: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
Does the analog have the output connector (RCA) like the digital does? Very useful for programs like REW.
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#252591 - 03/19/09 11:07 AM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: dewd]
alan Offline
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Hi Dewd,

Yes, the analog meter does have the RCA output. I just checked mine.

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#252863 - 03/20/09 04:05 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: alan]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
 Originally Posted By: alan
...
At Axiom, we have an expensive calibrated digital SPL meter but the values are always jumping around by fractions of a dB--kind of annoying.
...


That's interesting. I would think that a nice calibrated digital meter like that would have some kind of mode where it could do 'smoothing' to the response. Kind of like how analog meters have 'slow' and 'fast' settings.

I have the traditional radio shack analog meter, and it works well. The decision on which to get is the same argument as to whether you want a digital or analog watch. It's whichever you prefer.
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#252868 - 03/20/09 04:20 PM Re: Digital vs. Analog RS SPL Meter [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Peter,

The calibrated one does have a "peak-hold" function but no averaging setting.
I like the "slow-fast" settings on the analog Radio Shack meter. I don't think the digital version has a quasi-averaging setting.

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