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SPL setup

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by kyle-sm, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. kyle-sm

    kyle-sm Active Member

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    I'm very interested in this SPL meter, how much are they usually, where do I puchase it, and how do I use it. Also those DVD tuning discs that are like $15 how do I use that and is there one that everyone recommends, and a place to buy it. I did a search on these things and didn't come up with much.

    Thanks in Advance,
    Kyle
     
  2. GrahamT

    GrahamT Well-Known Member

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    spl meters are at radio shack.

    Avia, ovation and digital video essentials make calibration discs.
     
  3. Bill_Wil

    Bill_Wil Well-Known Member

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    Heres a link for the Sound & Vision tune-up DVD....
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...&page_number=1

    Like Graham said, you can pick up an analog SPL meter at radio shack. I wouldnt recommend getting the digital meter. For the amount of times youre probably going to use it it's not worth the extra money and the analog meter works just fine.
     
  4. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Well-Known Member

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    Indeed, the analog rat shack meter is simple and user-friendly, and it's cheaper.

    I find avia to be very straightforward and explanatory, which is good for newcomers to the HT world. It has a very complete audio and video calibration package, and i strongly recommend it.

    Did anyone else catch the NYtimes articles on HT guide discs? They had Avia, VE, and i think the S&V disc. They guy writing the article didn't know what he was talking about, but he did end up recommending Avia. Still, any would suffice fine, and the others are cheaper i think.
     
  5. kyle-sm

    kyle-sm Active Member

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    Is this what I need??

    ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2565524319&category=23788

    cut and paste the link I'm not allowed to post links yet
     
  6. kyle-sm

    kyle-sm Active Member

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    but the computer doesn't recognize it in this format

    (building up my posts hehe)
     
  7. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Well-Known Member

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    No. that's not what you need. That's a CD with what looks like test tones for Eqing, 2-channel only, and you're not trying(nor should you really have to, except for subs) EQ.

    You need Avia, or VE.

    http://www.ovationmultimedia.com/avia.html

    http://www.videoessentials.com/

    Video essentials now has a new disc, Digital Video essentials. Any will work fine, the specific differences are not that huge. I beleive DVE has 6.1, and is cheaper. Again I use avia and find it very straightforward for beginners, but any of these should suffice, and cover both sound AND video, and if anything the video is more important anyway.
     
  8. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Well-Known Member

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    Yep, you need VE or AVIA, simple enough.

    If you're looking for "how"- there is a basic overview of how to use the meter and tones in the FAQ AND PRIMER.
     
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    JawhnM Well-Known Member

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    Although not as good or extensive, you can get a BASIC calibration using the THX Optimode found on many current DVD's (Toy story, Terminator, Etc.)

    This is NO SUBSTITUTE for Avia or VE but it is better than nothing.
     
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    Anyone got a recommendation on the bonus DVD that I should get with the video essentials (you get to choose from like 10). I'm leaning towards "Natural Splendors" haha

    K
     
  11. kyle-sm

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    Ordered the video essentials.... we'll see how it turns out [​IMG]
     
  12. Matt`G

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    Just FYI ... Radio Shack has the analog SPL meter on clearance -- I just picked it up for $35. I checked Radio Shack's web site for it a couple weeks back and couldn't find it. It might be possible they are discontinuing?

    I asked the local store's employee about the analog one -- he said they didn't have any, but I found a store about 10 miles out that had one left in stock. Hope you have no troubles finding one still!
     
  13. kyle-sm

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    I got the last one at radio shack as well $35 [​IMG]
     
  14. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Well-Known Member

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    In addition to a HT set-up DVD and a SPL meter you'll want to get a tape measure (for proper speaker distance measurments) and a compass (for proper speaker placement) and get all of your setting-up done right the first time.
     
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    Are you serious??
     

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