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Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Bob_Lawrance, Jul 20, 2006.
Hi I was wondering what the best SPL meter would be to use? Thanks in advance
Got mine from Radio Shack. I think you can get one with a digital read out, but the one I have with needle read out I really like.
Bob - you are lucky that Radio Shack still has stores in Edmonton. Have a look for their new analog meter (US number 33-4050) or new digital meter (US number 33-2055). I think I paid about 65CAD for my old analog 5 years ago, not sure what they run now in Canada but it is worth the money.
Thanks for the responses.
The digital meter will cost you a lot more without giving you any more functionality for your application, which is calibrating your sound system with Avia or Video Essentials. I think I paid about $30 US for my Rat Shack analog in 1997 and I've never had a problem with it through four changes of residence and numerous interim tweaks. Regards, Joe
the Radio Shack for about $40 US is what most of us use. It is NOT the most accurate/calibrated unit. You can spend upwards of $200+ for higher end units that come with calibration curves - but you dont need this. You really dont care that the inexpensive RS unit is +/- 10%. As long as it measures the volume the same for all 5 of your speakers - it's a great reference. Hope this helps.