SPL Meter

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  1. Bob_Lawrance

    Bob_Lawrance Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi

    I was wondering what the best SPL meter would be to use?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Jerome Grate

    Jerome Grate Cinematographer

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    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.
     
  3. PaulT

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    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.
     
  4. Bob_Lawrance

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    Thanks for the responses.
     
  5. Joseph DeMartino

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    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.

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    Joe
     
  6. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    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.
     

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