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    SPL Meters

    Are the handheld one accurate at all?cause my local shop has one, but i always thought that u have to use a mic?







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    Many of the smaller handheld and cheaper meters are only semi accurate up to about 150 dbs then they start giving out numbers that are way off
    Keep it loud!
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    lol i wouldnt even say accuratte at alllllllll if its a radioshack piece



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    Radioshack meters don't count!
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    A friend of mine used a radioshack meter and it said that his 1 eclipse (the lowest model) hooked up to a NEON amp (just sittin in a box in his trunk) was hitting 152 db's...I felt bad being the one that had to break the news to him
    Keep it loud!
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    Re: SPL Meters

    Originally posted by dbhittin
    Are the handheld one accurate at all?cause my local shop has one, but i always thought that u have to use a mic?
    Provided you stay under 130, most are *pretty* decent, but if you use the "A" weighted scale, your SPL numbers are going to fall like a rock, because of the weighted filter that the meter has.
    If you are serious about getting metered, the better units to look for is a shop that has a Linear X setup, which are typically more true to the source (compared next to the reference B&K meters) than the audio control units are.




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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by jellydime
    [B]A friend of mine used a radioshack meter and it said that his 1 eclipse (the lowest model) hooked up to a NEON amp (just sittin in a box in his trunk) was hitting 152 db's...I felt bad being the one that had to break the news to him
    excuse me if i understood wrong but eclipses(even the lowest model) slam. i am only saying this having owned 2 12s. i am not saying that the reading was accurate (as i also would not think it was correct and it probable was not) what i am getting at is that eclipse makes a very, very good product.one of the top brands in my eyes.i just wanted to give my opinion because i was not sure if you were dogging eclipse along with the radio shack pos. sorry if i understood wrong




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    nope, wasn't doggin eclipse...I'm a big fan of their products and that particular install did hit really hard, but although it was loud, it was no 150db+
    Keep it loud!
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    My friend had 2 12w0's in a sealed box and got metered using a handheld one and it said he was hitting 138+ and u cant even hear his system 10feet away




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