Question re: sound level meters

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  1. Dennis H.

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    I'm looking for a sound level meter and I see that Radio Shack carries both an analog and a digital meter. Is there any great advantage to having the digital over the analog? Seeing that I'll most likely have the thing for 20+ years, I'd pay the extra $20 for the digital if there were any distinct advantages.
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  2. Jeff D

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    Most people here have gone with the analog one. From what I know there is no real need for the digital one,.
     
  3. Deane Johnson

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    I have both and prefer the analog.
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  4. Guy Kuo

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    The analog one is not only cheaper but also allows an extra function impossible with the digital unit, that of hyperaccurate phase, position, and delay adjustment using the AVIA phase tests. On a digital meter, you can't observe the rapid SPL swings used to detect perfect phasing. On the analog unit you can watch the needle bounce up and down in fast mode.
    The analog unit is the one to get. The only reason to obtain the digital is its ability to average readings (handy for sub calibration), but you should be able to do that visually on the analog meter. Save the $20 and get the analog.
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    I prefer the digital one, it's alot easier to read from a far distance, that way you can mount it on a tri-pod and stand outside the soundfield when applicable, so your body doesn't interfere at all with the reading.
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  6. Dennis H.

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    I'd like a few more opinions so I'm giving this one last run down the 1st page. Thanks
     
  7. Rich G

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    The analoque one has the db adjustment chart available here for correct readings of the response of the entire frequency range.
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  9. Ted Lee

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    i also have the analog model and am very satisfied with it. it's not difficult at all to read the meter. i actually prefer the analog display...
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