Analog or Digital SPL Meter from the Shack?

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  1. Andy_Hamric

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    I'm debating whether to get the Analog or Digital Sound-Level meter from RadioShack. I'm thinking that you might be able to read an analog needle better than just numbers.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Paul Stanley

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    Search the threads, this has been discussed ad nauseum.

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  3. JamesCB

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    Not a hard question to answer.

    Analog meter is preferred.
     
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    The short answer is, either will work for HT. I've used both. I find that I like the digital version better though. It's more accurate, and easier to read.

    - Rutgar
     
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    gotta love this place
     
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    I have been using the digital one for years with no issues.
     
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    Oh man, I was just about to do a search/post on the same topic. Looks like I have some more research to do. I hope its not too much to wade through... my copy of DVE is on the way!
     
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    Come on people!

    I've read through the threads. Like I said: "The analog version is preferred."

    The digital version will work, but the problem is in the accuracy available with a digital read out. You will only get 0.5 db readings. The analog meter is easier to read and produce more accurate readings.

    Do what you want, but you'll always get opposing answers.

    Good luck,
    James
     
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    relax
     
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    Thanks Brian, I've been paying close attention to that thread. I think what I'm going to do is just calibrate my sub by ear anyway, since I tend to like it a bit hot. I have a CD I made witn some low frequency tones and sweeps that I used for the initial setup, which I'll probably use to tweak this too. I guess it might be nice to start with it calibrated at reference though... I'll go from there.
     
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    sub calibration roulette

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    I've been a digital user since 1996 ...and I do love this place!

    The analog 'rounding' issue is a moot point.
     

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