I set up a HTIB (LG lhb 536). My room is small, but I need a device to measure the different levels. I had searched the internet over and over and could find no advice on what kind of SPL to buy. I kept seeing max hold/weighting/slow/fast. I was lost. Do I need to buy an expensive meter or will one of the cheaper ones work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
My system doesn't have a self calibration function. No mic or anything. I borrowed a friend's SPL that he got from Radio Shack for about $100 and I measured each speaker and it made a world of difference. I've since moved the speakers around and need to recalibrate. I bought the Disney WOW disc that everyone is crazy about to maximize my sound experience. I do need an SPL though and want to make sure that I get the right device. Amazon has some for under $30 and I didn't know if they would work or not.
For calibrating speaker volume levels, even a $30 SPL meter should be fine. Where more expensive models shine is a flatter / more extended frequency response, better absolute volume accuracy (not needed here when setting relative levels), and a wider total SPL range. This might help: