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01-22-2003, 07:59 AM
Just did a thorough search, and after an hour or so of reading, I picked up a lot of good info (much of it from Doc.... no surprise, but many thanks), but no answer to my question.
Seems most folks have Radio (Rat) Shack meters and are satisfied, but Doc mentions having to compensate readings on the low frequency end and eyeball an average.
Question is what’s the best value in an SPL meter for $100 or under?
Thanks in advance….
01-22-2003, 09:54 AM
I believe its like this, Rat shack analog for 30 or digital for 50, anything better will be much more then a hundred, I might be wrong though... depends on how precise you want for the subwoofer spl's i guess, The Rat shack one suits me fine.. E-bay search for spl or sound pressure meter will show you alot of models and prices in your range for sure, good luck
01-22-2003, 10:42 AM
The Rat Shack digital suites me fine. With C-weighting on slow response I can get a good average and compensate by adding +2dB.
01-22-2003, 02:38 PM
The RS model is a veritable BARGAIN for $35. Yes, it is inaccurate below about 50 Hz, and it gets worse as it gets lower. But the good thing is it is quite accurate above 50 Hz and is fabulous for general system calibration. Plus, there are published correction factors for it if you are doing some low bass sweeps.
You can't touch this meter for anywhere close to the price.
I have a B&K meter at my disposal at all times, and it is professional grade and superbly accurate at all frequencies (it's been factory certifed twice now and I calibrate it regularly with the included tone generator). But have you priced B&K meters??!! Geesh!
Get the RS model, definitely. I like the analog for $35.
01-22-2003, 02:57 PM
Thanks faster, kberg and Doc...
Going to pick one up today...
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