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Old 03-05-02, 03:20 PM
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SPL meter

Here is my newbie question:

1) What exactly does the SPL meter do?

2) How do I read the meter to find out what is the best placement or volume for the speakers?

Thanks for helping a newbie(addict) out.

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Old 03-05-02, 03:58 PM
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The SPL meter measures the output of your speakers (In Decibels). You sit in your listening position and play a test tone through each of the speakers and set then to the point where they are all equal. A disk like Video Essentials will walk you through the process, and supply the tones.
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Also...

I have ordered the Avia DVD from DDD, but it is on backorder right now. How much does a basic SPL meter cost, and what kind should I look for? I am totally clueless on what brands there are and stuff. Sorry.

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Get the Analog meter from Radio Shack, it runs about $30-35
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Can anyone link me to the analog meter at the Radio Shack website, because I'm having no luck finding it.

Thanks!
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Originally posted by sck
Can anyone link me to the analog meter at the Radio Shack website, because I'm having no luck finding it.

Thanks!
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=33%2D2050
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Originally posted by jumbojp
Get the Analog meter from Radio Shack, it runs about $30-35
Unless you have a cheaper Radio Shack than the 2 in my city the cost is $40. I go in once a month or so and always check the price hoping it goes on sell for $30 or less. I hate paying $40 for something I will use once or twice.
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Thank you!
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Originally posted by GMLSKIS


Unless you have a cheaper Radio Shack than the 2 in my city the cost is $40. I go in once a month or so and always check the price hoping it goes on sell for $30 or less. I hate paying $40 for something I will use once or twice.
Oops sorry I bought mine 4 years ago for $32 I think
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They are on sale right now for $29.99, got mine Saturday.
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Originally posted by GMLSKIS


Unless you have a cheaper Radio Shack than the 2 in my city the cost is $40. I go in once a month or so and always check the price hoping it goes on sell for $30 or less. I hate paying $40 for something I will use once or twice.

Once you get into this hobby or addiction as I like to call it, I assure you it will be used more than once or twice. Mine is used at least 1-2 a year
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Originally posted by GMLSKIS
Unless you have a cheaper Radio Shack than the 2 in my city the cost is $40. I go in once a month or so and always check the price hoping it goes on sell for $30 or less.
As Scarecrow said, the Radio Shack analog SPL meter is currently $29.99 at all stores. If you call or walk in to check the price, you may get the wrong price. It will ring up as $29.99.
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Originally posted by Sn0



Once you get into this hobby or addiction as I like to call it, I assure you it will be used more than once or twice. Mine is used at least 1-2 a year
I am in this hobby or addiction as my $7000 investment can attest to. Why do you have to use it twice a year? Unless you move your furniture or buy new equipment it should be good once set correctly.

I will go to Radio Shack on Friday and if $29.99 I will purchase it finaly.
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test

new user - just testing sorry
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I buy a new piece of equipment at least once a year, be that a new TV or a reciever or new speakers or dvd player for the last 8 years I have replaced at least 1 component of my system, and if you replace the TV or speakers you will have to recalibrate after the burn in period
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For anyone who's interested:

My local radio shack in South Pasadena, CA had a tag on their SPL Meter indicating the sale went from 2/28 to 3/31. They were extremely low on inventory (I picked up their last boxed set) so you might want to call ahead.
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My city has 2 Radio Shacks and the first one only had the display model so I went to the other. The other had two on sale at $29.99 so I made the purchase. While he is ringing me up I open the box up and notice one of the toggle switchs is broken. So I ended up having to buy the display model which should be okay because it sits behind the counter were nobody plays with it. He couldn't find the box for it but gave me the case from the defective one. Also no instructions but he went to a special Radio Shack web site and printed everything for me. He will look for the old box and call me if he finds it. This gives me an out for a return if I use it and want to take it back.
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The Radio Shack by me doesn't even display them. When I got mine I had to ask, then explain what it was. The guy looked in back for about 5 minutes and found the only one they had in stock. Great way to sell a product huh? Keep it in back and don't tell your employees about it.

BTW if anyone is thinking about getting those $50 RCA cordless headphones they have on sale for $20, don't bother. They are terrible.

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