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    cheap db meters

    where can i find a cheap db meter??



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    Re: cheap db meters

    Originally posted by i3abyjay25
    where can i find a cheap db meter??
    You're not gonna find a cheap one that will give you an accurate reading. I think the best cheap ones are in the $200 range on ebay. I'm sure you can just go down to a local shop and they will meter you for a small fee, probably $5-10.





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    yeah, ve been tested.. i just want a db metere to install in my car .. something like to put in the dash.. i just think it would be fat to see which songs hit the hardest and all that crap. but like wha are they called..and where do i look? do u know of any web sites that has any? i dont know much about them?



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    try the epic 150, but it only read up to 150db




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    where can i find the Epic 150??



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    Originally posted by i3abyjay25
    where can i find the Epic 150??
    Try ebay, do a search for it





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    is their any others out their besides the Epic 150? man , i just found 1 on ebay for 130.. i put it to watch and i left and when i came home i was going to bid on it.. well the auction had already ended and now their isnt any more epic 150s



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    db meter

    if you can find a radio shack in your area you'll be able to get a small meter for about 50 bucks but the sad part is.. it only reads to 125db.. but i've found that if i play the music on a lower volume number and then adjust to my needs i can find out what i need then..



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    how much is that epic 150 on that website?? it doesn't say



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    so how does this work? do you just set it on dash as a mic??



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    The Radio Shack meter is not accurate, but the correction values are known:

    10hz.....+20db
    12.5hz...+16.5db
    16hz.....+11.5db
    20hz.....+7.5db
    25hz.....+5db
    31.5hz...+3db
    40hz.....+2.5db
    50hz.....+1.5db
    63hz.....+1.5db
    80hz.....+1.5db
    100hz....+2db
    125hz....+.5db
    160hz....-.5db
    200hz....-.5db
    250hz....+.5db
    315hz....-.5db
    400hz....0db
    500hz....-.5db
    630hz....0db
    800hz....0db
    1k.......0db
    1.25k....0db
    1.6k.....-.5db
    2k.......-1.5db
    2.5k.....-1.5db
    3.15k....-1.5db
    4k.......-2db
    5k.......-2db
    6.3k.....-2db
    8k.......-2db
    10k......-1db
    12.5k....+.5db
    16k......0db
    20k......+1db


    Yes, that's a pain in the butt to do, but if you want to calibrate your system for SQ, it helps a lot. I don't want to be in the car when it's hitting harder than 140db, because I like my hearing intact. I pegged my RS meter at 126db doing a 15hz tone, which is equal to about 138db at the least. That was plenty loud, and when I'm listening at normal volumes, it never really gets over about 120db (corrected).

    So if you want a cheap db meter, the RS meter would work great for normal listening, and if you want something that'll look nice when you do crank it up, it's always fun to see the needle pegged . Unless you have a pure SPL system, in which case, the Epic 150 is probably your best bet. Sure, it's only good to 150db, but how often do you really want to be going louder than that while in the car?



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