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Offline James Edward

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SPL Meter Suggestion
« on: January 08, 2022, 12:25:36 PM »
My trusty RadioShack meter has gone to heaven. Should I get another handheld meter, or just use a phone app? I can’t imagine an app being very accurate, but then again, I’m only looking to see how loud things are playing…
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Re: SPL Meter via Phone- Which App?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2022, 12:47:31 PM »
I have used both Decibel Meter (a green and black app) and dB Meter PRO (white and black). These are Apple iOS for my iPad and iPhone
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Re: SPL Meter Suggestion
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2022, 12:53:36 PM »
are you looking for frequency response or just a general loudness reading?
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Re: SPL Meter Suggestion
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2022, 01:33:08 PM »
are you looking for frequency response or just a general loudness reading?
I was asking about loudness, though frequency response intrigues me. Do tell…
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Re: SPL Meter Suggestion
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2022, 03:35:40 PM »
I use Studio 6 Digital Audio Tools:

https://studiosixdigital.com/audiotools-modules-2/

It measures within .1dB with my B&K 735 meter.  It is a great suite of audio software.
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Re: SPL Meter Suggestion
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 09:31:18 PM »
Jim the software may not be as important as the phone you are putting it on. A couple of phones ago I loaded up an SPL app only to find that the mic on the phone topped out at not much over 70db, which when you think about it it is more than enough level for what a phone is really meant to do, but not enough for measuring the sound levels we may encounter in audio playback.

I got a cheap SPL meter on Amazon a few years back for about $20. I have never had the opportunity to check it for accuracy, but I don' use it to measure absolute levels as much as I use it to match level. So even if it is off by a few db, that error would occur across the board so if I match levels to a certain reading  the meter is doing what I need to accomplish even if the value of the reading is not exactly correct.
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