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Reed Sound Level Meters
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Post 1 made on Thursday October 22, 2020 at 15:53
pepper08
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Do any of you guys use the Reed Instruments Sound Level meters and like them? Like this one:

[Link: reedinstruments.com]

Pretty sure I have the old Radioshack (I think?) analog display sound level meter tucked away somewhere, but wanted to see what was else is out there for decent sound level meters. Looks like this one can capture readings and then print them from computer? That would definitely be a step up from my mid 2000's Radioshack meter.

I know there's a whole range of this stuff from the mics that come with most receivers to whole room systems with multiple mics/dedicated software etc.

I'm just looking for something that would be comparable or a good replacement to what I had before.
Post 2 made on Thursday October 22, 2020 at 19:43
Brad Humphrey
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Depends on what you are needing to use it for. If you just want to set channel levels, then you can just use an app on your phone. Literally.
The exact SPL level doesn't need to be accurate for doing this, it just needs to be consistent from 1 speaker to the next. So the mic on your phone with an app, works perfectly fine for this.

Now if you are wanting to set the subwoofer channel more accurately (which requires much better low frequency response than a phone microphone can do) or set the system to reproduce sound at a calibrated volume (either 75dBm or 85dBm). Then you need dedicated calibrated microphones.

For cheap, I like using the iMM-6 mic with the AudioTool app:
[Link: play.google.com]

For more serious, I recommend this:
https://www.studiosixdigital.com/

And the gold standard (if for no other reason than price & complexity), Goldline TEF25:
[Link: gold-line.com]

For old school: I to have some of those old dedicated SPL meters laying around also. I also have a Phonic PAA3 collecting dust.

Last edited by Brad Humphrey on October 22, 2020 19:57.
OP | Post 3 made on Saturday October 24, 2020 at 12:04
pepper08
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Thanks Brad, that's helpful info


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