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Which SPL should I buy - analog or digital ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by bedders, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. bedders

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    Advice please as to which sound level meter should I buy ?

    Analog for £29 at...
    http://www.nexnix.co.uk/ovation-software/sound-meter.htm

    Digital for £40 at...
    http://www.cornwallelectronics.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=21_113&products_id=885

    Or another Analog for £30 at...
    http://www.cornwallelectronics.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=21_113&products_id=1564

    Or another Digital for £55 at...
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module.asp?CartID=040128030758460&moduleno=25671&Products=1

    Are there any others available in the UK i should consider ?

    This will be to configure my AV 5.1 surround sound speakers via my Yamaha RX640. Many thanks for everyones advice.
     
  2. FazerThou

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    I bought an analogue one from cornwall elec.....Good service, invaluable product
     
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    I have an analogue and they are easier to use,or so they say.
     
  4. Ian J

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    The two analogue meters that you have linked to are the same model. Cornwallis say that they won't have stock until 1st March whilst Nexnix don't mention the stock position.

    The analogue is cheaper, just as accurate and easier to use than the digital meter.
     
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    Radio Shack will be coming out with a new analog model at the end of February, you can see details on the radioshack.com site.

    New Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

    I get the impression that places in the UK are waiting for this model, and many no longer have stock of the current/older model. I'm waiting for the new one!
     
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    Seems little different to the old one, other than a little bit of cosmetic restyling.

    As for analogue or digital, take your pick. I've tried both and found each of them to be simplicity itself to use. Just remember, the analogue one is usually slightly cheaper.
     
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    I have the digital one which is very easy to use - just turn it on set the weighting and read the SPL off the LCD.
     
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    I have both, there is little to separate them, they are both inaccurate!
     
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    maplins have the digital one for £35. easy to use.
     
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    General concensus seems to be that, for this application anyway, an analog meter is more suitable than digital. Main limitation, as you'll see from the link below, is that the Maplin digital meter does not go below 300hz.

    Earlier thread on this subject.
     
  11. bedders

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    Having made a few calls this morning, and had emails replied to, it does indeed appear that everyone is waiting for stock of the new model. Although Radio Shack UK do have the digital version in stock.

    New RS analog model expected in UK first week of March, so diary date set :D

    Many thanks for everyone help.
     
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    I have the Radio Shack Digital one which works fine for me (See other thread).

    However, if you compare the specs in the pdf manual of the new analogue one against the digital one, they both are similar apart from that the analogue one appears to have an omnidirectional microphone. I wonder if this is a new addition to the analogue model over its predecessor and if this will aid its performance in home cinema set up ?
     

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