For those remotely interested, here are my thoughts now.
This is the SPL Meter I am now considering getting -
Holdpeak 882A Digital Sound Level Meter(30-130dB),... - $28 -
It must be relatively new since it only has ONE Review.
Accurate to ±1.5dB, three ranges, 31.5hz to 8.5khz response, A/C Weighted, 1/4" Tripod Mount, etc....
It also seems to have an Audio Out
that could perhaps be used with REW.
This is the SPL I would prefer, but can't justify the roughly $60 cost.
VLIKE LCD Digital Audio Decibel Meter Sound Level Meter - $56 -
This is likely a better meter with a 4.5-star rating and 43 customer reviews, and the equivalent device is available from several vendors, but there are a few aspects I don't like. Number one is no embedded nut for a Tripod Mount.
I don't think it has an Audio Out that can be run to external devices, though that is probably a minor consideration. And I'm not sure I can justify $60 or a bit more if shipping is included in the price.
At the moment, the only thing I really need it for is to calibrate the SPL APP
I plan to download. If in the event I install REW, then I can use the SPL Meter to calibrate REW or to verify the calibration.
The only problem with REW is that I have a Desktop computer which is about 30ft from my Stereo system, which means some very long cables, and if I use a USB Mic that probably means an Active USB Extender/Relay cable
, and some very long RCA cables. Not undoable, just expensive and difficult. And considering I'm pretty much broke, I think REW is going to have to wait. Though that is impressive Software for FREE.
I add this here in case others might be looking for SPL Meters.
Just a thought.