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#356697 - 10/16/11 11:08 AM best SPL meter
agentfox1942 Offline
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Since Radio Shack discontinued their analog SPL meter, anyone have any suggestions for a suitable replacement? There is a Pyle-brand on Amazon for around $60. Aperion sells one (analog) or only $29. But I don't know anything about these. Any help would be appreciated.
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#356698 - 10/16/11 11:15 AM Re: best SPL meter [Re: agentfox1942]
BlueJays1 Offline
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Since you own a receiver that can auto calibrate your system the SPL meter doesn't really add much. The Aperion would be fine as well you can get an SPL meter application for the Apple cell phone or ipad if you have on. That would be fine for basic calibration of speakers (not subwoofers) or checking loudness levels.
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#356700 - 10/16/11 11:43 AM Re: best SPL meter [Re: BlueJays1]
CatBrat Offline
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It looks like RS still carries the digital display model which I have. I guess I'm not sure why an analog meter is necessary.

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#356701 - 10/16/11 12:08 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: CatBrat]
terzaghi Offline
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I'm happy with the digital radio shack meter.
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#356703 - 10/16/11 01:06 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: terzaghi]
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#356704 - 10/16/11 01:16 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: J. B.]
CatBrat Offline
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That's weird. When I click on the link, I see the meter for a fraction of a second, then it's blanked out by the background color. All I see is a big square of dark bluish grey.

I'm using IE 9.0.3.


Edited by CatBrat (10/16/11 01:29 PM)

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#356705 - 10/16/11 01:24 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: CatBrat]
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It's showing fine here...
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#356706 - 10/16/11 01:36 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: MarkSJohnson]
J. B. Offline
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agentfox, if you really mean "best", then those meters costing less than 100$ will not get you what you want.

some meters cost hundreds or thousands, all depending upon your needs.
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#356707 - 10/16/11 01:40 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: J. B.]
J. B. Offline
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here's a SPL meter that you might be interested in and is quite different than what we usually see; it all depends on what the use will be:
http://www.noisemeters.ca/product/pulsar33.asp


this site has a variety of noise meters, including some low cost ones.


Edited by J. B. (10/16/11 01:49 PM)
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#356708 - 10/16/11 02:00 PM Re: best SPL meter [Re: J. B.]
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If I could afford 6 to 8 thousand dollars for a sound meter, I probably wouldn't be frequenting the Axiom Audio site.

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