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Old 08-08-01, 12:38 AM
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RS Sound Level Meter: Analog or Digital Display?

Just to be super picky, which one do you think is better:

DIGITAL DISPLAY:
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=33%2D2055

ANALOG DISPLAY:
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=33%2D2050

Of couse, it's assuming that I can get manage to find the analog one at a store. I'm getting speakers & receiver so I'm planning to getting one of the above. Thanks.
Old 08-08-01, 06:36 AM
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Analog

According to one of the guys from SVS he mentioned that he like the analog model. I just bought this one at Radio Shck 3 days ago. The sign said $39.99, but when he brought out a box, it was still marked $34.99, so I complained a little and then that's what they sold it to me for. He said it went up about 3 months ago.
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FWIW, the Avia DVD (competitor to Video Essentials) recommends the analog version without stating a specific reason.

Two apparent advantages:
*It costs less
*You are matching levels between speakers. The analog display gives you more precision in that you can see changes less than 1 dB. Note it is not that accurate, +-2 dB is stated, but for checking that a noise with same spectrum is at the same level, it should be more precise.

Disadvantage:
If you are measuring absolute levels, you have to add the number on the range switch to the meter reading. The digital gives you an absolute reading.
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Always go with the analog meter. The digital is not as good for home theater applications. Both Avia and Video Essentials reiterate this fact and I've seen it oft-quoted on many HT Q&A sites. Also, be sure to check out: http://www.geocities.com/p_iturra/PCI.html and http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/Sound_Level_Meter.html those are both very good sources for help with your new SPL meter.
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Thanks dudes! Now I'll definitely look around for the analog model.

Ha! Come to think about it, it might even make an interesting conversation piece when I leave it on the coffee table!

Stuart

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