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    Question For all with a digital Radio Shack spl

    I got a spl meter yesterday but I cannot get it to work wondering what ya'll did to make it work. It's the digital radio shack sound level meter. I put the response to slow and the weighing to C turned up my reciever all the way to 0db and put the test tone on. It reads LO on every speaker on every range setting even when i put it up a foot away from the speaker. Whats going on?

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    does LO mean low batt?
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    no the manuaul says LO mean swith to a lower range...but i tried all of them and nothing gets reading

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    It means your sound system is really quiet.

    Seriously, take it into Radio Shack and show them.

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    IMO, get an analog one! I think the digital ones suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeC78
    IMO, get an analog one! I think the digital ones suck.

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    Bingo! Just what I was thinking. Many like the analog better, easier to read.
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    dial in a lower db range.. instead of 100db, go for like 80db or 70db. and those numbers should be changing. slow/C weighted other than that.. you may have installed the batteries wrong or something odd. SPL meters are pretty easy to use.

    FYI, digital ones do NOT SUCK ;)

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    LO level warning on the digital RS SPL meter.

    this is wrong. you will not get any readings this way.
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    now the correct way the digital SPL meter should read.. db lowered to 70 or 80db. not 100, not 110, not 120. your ears will bleed if you are playing tones at 120db and trying to set the level on your speakers. ;)

    this is how your digital readings should look like. this is correct reading
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    No problem with the digital one here.
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    Jerry,
    Did you fix the problem?
    I'm thinking of buying one........... just curious what the problem was!
    Do they sell both the analog and digital models?

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    I love my RS digital meter.
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    No problem with mine either. But I don't know what I am doing so.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKnPA
    Jerry,
    Did you fix the problem?
    I'm thinking of buying one........... just curious what the problem was!
    Do they sell both the analog and digital models?

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    I suspect operator error on Jer_ry's case. ;)

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    I love my Analog SPL meter.


    Analog RULES


    TUBES SUCK (just for you Jesse)

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    Arrow Dangerboy.............. maybe/maybe not!

    He could have gotten a defective unit; other than the batteries, its not 'rocket science'.
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    If you play narrow-band test tones at high volume, you're in danger of blowing a driver. Speaker power handling is a lot lower for such signals. Either the speaker user's manual or the supplier of the test tones will have information on the care you have to take.

    If you want to test the spl meter out, you should get about 80 dB for music played at moderately loud levels.

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    I had no trouble using my digital SPL meter.
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    No Doubt Cathy no Doubt, you're full SS and or Digital... Nothing analog there.

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    :D You betcha!!!! SS & Digital rock & rule!!!:p :D


    Quote Originally Posted by disneyjoe7
    No Doubt Cathy no Doubt, you're full SS and or Digital... Nothing analog there.
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    Right :) Tubeless now but will have tubes in the future....

    This hobby isn't cheap :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyjoe7
    Right :) Tubeless now but will have tubes in the future....

    This hobby isn't cheap :(
    Love my analog RS meter - simple and it gets the job done very nicely!
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    I liked the analog version. But then again, I would. I'm still waiting for the version with nixie tubes... :)
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    Still havent got it to work. Going to try once more tomorrow if nothing I'm going to return it. I tried the test tones on my reciever at 0db on all ranges on the spl. I also tried it at volumes -10 on all ranges and tried the thx optimizer from the Finding Nemo dvd. I noticed it gets a reading for about a split second when I turn the spl from 70db to 60db on certian things so it's probably defective.

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    Odd you should get a reading of something even in a quiet room (around -70db or so)

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    You may have a bad meter Jerry. Read the manual carefully to get the settings right. I see that Al (dangerboy) sets his digital the same as I use my analog.

    Slow response, C weighted.

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    yup have all that set. tried everything. I'm going to go ahead and return it and get another tomorrow.

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    Took it back and indeed the the guy said is wasnt working. They didnt have anymore digitals so i got the analog it works really nice. I noticed though that it demands the sub to be almost off to get at 80db it went off the scale when the sub tone came on so now it's not like I don't even have a sub anyone elses like this?

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    bump....curious to know if anyone elses sub is almost off to get it at 80db. I have a svs pb10

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    Correction values come in handy when using the Rat Shack meter...
    http://www.danmarx.org/audioinnovation/rsmeter.html

    This might help too...
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...hlight=SPL+Sub
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