Analog or Digital SPL Meter

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  1. Michael Malonzo

    Michael Malonzo Auditioning

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    I just ordered the Avia Guide to Home Theater and now plan on buying a SPL meter at Radio Shack.

    Do you guys recommend the analog meter or the digital meter? The digital meter is $15 more expensive, but I don't mind the increased cost if it's superior. Which one do you recommend?
     
  2. Jeremy Stockwell

    Jeremy Stockwell Supporting Actor

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    I believe the analog is recommended here. I've heard that the digital is "jumpy" and harder to read, but I used the digital one to calibrate and didn't have any problems. You'll be fine either way, but I'd go with the analog since it's cheaper.

    JKS
     
  3. Neil Joseph

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    I use the digital one and have never had any trouble reading it, or finding it jumpy in any way. Keep in mind you can switch between fast mode and slow mode too.
     
  4. Dave Nibeck

    Dave Nibeck Stunt Coordinator

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    Ditto the digital.
     
  5. Jeffrey R

    Jeffrey R Stunt Coordinator

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    There is definitely a bias towards the analog meter, but like the others, I have used the digital for some time now and never had any problems with it.
     
  6. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I have the analog.. and since I only use it once in a great while, It works fine for me.
     
  7. John Garcia

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    Every one of the calibration discs I've seen, either directly recommends, or at least uses in their example, the analog meter. Does that mean it's better? I have no idea, but I went with an analog.
     
  8. Ted Lee

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    as usual....i'm following john around again! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    i also have the analog. i actually had to go searching for it - at one point i think it was hard to find...not sure about now.
    it works fine for me. but i actually think there's something kind of "cool" about using the analog vu display - just seems neater to me.
    as far as accuracy and usability goes, i have no complaints.
    some people comment that the digital is easier to read from a distance.
     
  9. Leonard B

    Leonard B Stunt Coordinator

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    At the local Radio Shack stores in Winnipeg (and also at the Radio Shack Canada website), they only had the digital meters. I went with it and got it for half price! It usually sells for $90Cdn. I had no problems using it.
     
  10. steve nn

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    I could not find the analog meters here at our local-Radio shacks so I went with the digital. The analog prices have crept up to if you can find a R-S that has them. Might be different now.
     

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