Originally Posted by paskal9
Originally Posted by DS-21
***. Though it's also worth mentioning that one can get a pretty good USB mike for free (and measurement software with tones for all eight channels, too) with an Anthem AVR, *** I should send my Anthem mike to Cross Spectrum, to see how it compares with the Dayton EMM-6 I bought from Herb last year.
i have the anthem arc mic. don't think you could use the mic with rew.
I don't know about REW, as I've not used that program. I have used my Anthem mike successfully with the gold standard measurement program for hobbyists, FuzzMeasure.
(Other top-tier measurement programs, such as OmniMic, come with a mike designed to work with the software.)
There's no technical reason, I wouldn't think, why the Anthem mike would work with FuzzMeasure but not with lesser programs.
True, the cal file is locked in a proprietary format. But I'm not too concerned about these. These Panasonic capsules and well-made knockoffs (basically that's what all value-priced measurement mikes use) are pretty good. For example, look at the comparison of the cal files for my Dayton EMM-6 (factory and Cross Spectrum Labs) here.
If you don't want to click on the link, the gist is that not placing the mike with lab-grade precision will make more of a difference.
But if you're really, really concerned about the lack of calibration, here's a little secret: run Anthem Quick Measure in the ARC software, then without moving speaker or mike, run the same sweep in FuzzMeasure or a lesser measurement program. You can construct a good-enough "cal file" from the difference in the graphs, if you think they're warranted. Hey, you'e given me an idea for another blog post!