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 db guage?

where can you get a meter that says how loud your system is in db

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RFVega
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You can get one at Radio Shack but it only goes up to about 120dB. Go to your local Audio shop and ask if they have a meter. Keep in mind the new Termlab is more sensitive than the old Audiocontrol. About 5-7dB.

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You can get one at Radio Shack but it only goes up to about 120dB. Go to your local Audio shop and ask if they have a meter. Keep in mind the new Termlab is more sensitive than the old Audiocontrol. About 5-7dB.

less sensitive...

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less sensitive...

yea. What I mean is you are going to read a higher # on the old Audiocontrol than the new Termlab. I hear that the LinearX meter is less sensitive also. Never metered on it yet.

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You can buy one from splmeter.com, that will measure up to 150dbs. I bought one from them for around $125, with a led readout, and avg and max (peak) mode. It comes in handy in setting up and tweaking your system. I also have the old school analog version from Radio Shack but only goes up to 126db's and is not as accurate as the spl meter.

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kickerdealer
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the termlab, often called the "new mic" because it's the standard now, measures barometric pressure instead of actual sound pressure, so the reading is 7-10 db less than an "old mic". they don't cost too much (www.termpro.com), but you need a computer to install the program on.

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You can buy one from splmeter.com, that will measure up to 150dbs. I bought one from them for around $125, with a led readout, and avg and max (peak) mode. It comes in handy in setting up and tweaking your system. I also have the old school analog version from Radio Shack but only goes up to 126db's and is not as accurate as the spl meter.

...almost for got, how accruate is it? have you compared it to another mic setup? let me know because i've been looking for a cheaper system to use on in the shop.

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...almost for got, how accruate is it? have you compared it to another mic setup? let me know because i've been looking for a cheaper system to use on in the shop.

I have the specs at home..when I look them up I'll let you know.

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...almost for got, how accruate is it? have you compared it to another mic setup? let me know because i've been looking for a cheaper system to use on in the shop.

My SPLmeter.com device has proven to be quite consistent. I don't know exactly how close it is, compared to TermLab or others, but since it's consistent with itself, it makes an excellent tuning device, so you can visually tell "louder and quieter" (but only within 150dB). TermLab is the way to go, but for $150, the SPLmeter.com would be hard to beat.

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My SPLmeter.com device has proven to be quite consistent. I don't know exactly how close it is, compared to TermLab or others, but since it's consistent with itself, it makes an excellent tuning device, so you can visually tell "louder and quieter" (but only within 150dB). TermLab is the way to go, but for $150, the SPLmeter.com would be hard to beat.

yeah i called the company last week, and the guy told me that they can be calibrated to read like an audio control mic, or the new tl. he said they had to be calibrated once a year, but not a big deal, right? for only $150 and shipping once a year, that sounds like a great deal. im going to get one once remote start season starts.

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where can you get a meter that says how loud your system is in db

as an owner of several "spl meters", i can tell you from experience that the termlab system is the best way to go. apart from the spl readout, it has a built in oscilloscope, and will also show numerical data (peak frequencies or other vital information). the other big advantage is that it is a sensor based system, not a mic. it is not going to change in different weather conditions like the audiocontrol meters.

just for reference, i own a termlab system and an audiocontrol system, so my reply is based on my own personal experience.

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where can you get a meter that says how loud your system is in db

I will have the TL at the shop within the next month or 2. Shop is located about 20min from you. It is in Milton NY across the river from Poughkeepsie and north of Newburge.

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im a certified 1X Dbdrag judge and have a TL system, there are 2 types , dot net and USB, the USB has been know to read up to .5 Db's louder than the dot net system

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I have the Term Lab USB in it works great

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how much does the one cost from radio shack and ideas

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