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Silverline 633937 Sound Level Meter 50-126 dB
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Silverline 633937 Sound Level Meter 50-126 dB
Compact, hand-held analogue meter that measures on the spot sound levels from 50 to 126db. Accurate to +/- 2dB at 114dB. Also features A and C weighting selection, output socket and adjustable response speed. Requires 1 x PP3 battery (not included).
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Anyway, I calibrated my home cinema as follows....
1. On AV amp, set all speaker channel levels to "+/- 0db"
2. Set SPL meter to C-Slow
3. Set SPL meter to 80db sensitivity (this means that when the sound it receives is 80db, the needle will sit on 0db - i.e. there is 0db deviation from the 80db)
4. Send the test tone on AV amp to the front speakers, turn the volume up until the SPL meter shows 0db (i.e. the test tone was playing at exactly 80db).
5. Send test tone to each surround speaker in turn, including the sub, adjusting the channel level on the AV amp for each until all channels registered as 0db on the SPL meter.
6. Once done, it is worth doing a repeat check to make sure they're all set ok.
It sounds long-winded/complicated, but it really is straightforward.
People with modern fancy pants AV amps might rely on the built in calibration, but for people with older systems, this really is a cheap an effective method. If your AV amp doesn't have a test tone facility, some calibration DVDs have one on them.
Mine arrived with a fault when using the 60db range (the needle was always deflected), which admittedly reduced my confidence with it.
I was also disappointed that the lower limit was 50db (or 60db in my case!), it is actually quite useful to have the low end values around 30db (even if the calibration might be a little dubious at these levels).
Whilst it is good to have the A/C weighting switch you should consider if it is really necessary. Unless you are intending to do some measurements with explosive or impacting events C weighting is not so important. For audio and noise nuisance issues A weighting is all you need.
For home users a high degree of calibration, whilst a consideration, might not be so vital. If you are using it to balance speakers, or comparing noises - remember you are comparing values from the same unit. For Noise nuisance problems obviously calibration matters more - but again officials are likely to want to use their own (very expensive) kit.
I replaced my faulty one, with a £20 CEM DT-85A. It will do for me, it has fixed A weighting and is digital, but the averaging is not a good as offered by the Silverline above.
I used it to set up my home cinema accurately. The best thing is to use it to figure out your sub/sat crossover frequency correctly using this, and also to parametrically tune your sub so you get a flat smooth response all the way down. It will sound a lot lot better than any automatic system.
Oh and my one came with a new battery included despite it saying in the description above that it's not included. It was inside the unit (philips screwdriver needed to open). Just pointing out so it will save you a couple of pounds aaginst the already low price
Basically for a pretty good setup then this is cheap, usable and effective.
A sound level meter can be a big help when setting speaker levels, but it's nearly useless for determining the sub's correct volume level. The "by ear" method works well enough. I can set the sub's volume level with DVDs in 10 minutes or less, but with CDs I might be fiddling around for days. Again, if you feel like this is all a little too complicated, relax, take a deep breath, run the auto setup program, and let the receiver sort things out.
Set the SPL Meter to C weight, Slow Response, 70 range (-60 to 76dB on scale).
SPL Meter to be placed at head height in primary listening position, 45degrees from vertical, towards speaker.
Then on one of the speakers (e.g. front right), I will start pink noise from that speaker only, turn up amp volume until 75dB reading on SPL Meter from that speaker.
Then go to each of the other 4 speakers, make adjustments to amp (not volume but the dB balance settings) so that all reading ~75dB at primary listening position.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as the radio shack meter the design is based on. Poor calibration accuracy and A weighting filter seems to be for a different microphone capsule.Published 1 month ago by micpool
Good SPL meter for quick and dirty home theatre calibration.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cheap and cheerful sound meter that seem accurate. Ideal for home cinema setup.Published 5 months ago by Watford1975
Don't be fooled by the budget price and the appearance of this SPL meter. It is perfect for calibrating reference monitor speakers using pink noise at a constant volume. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Morticia
Aweful. Gave different reading when I checked levels again later.....what do I expect at this price though!Published 8 months ago by Daft_Togger
Bought it to mesure basic level sound on my room and other places like concert halls.Just to have an idea and ''calibrate '' my brain on divers sound producing situations,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nicolae
Just bought this to use with the Room Equalization Wizard software that in conjunction with a PC will map the various frequency reverberations that occur within a room and say... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Have a go Hero