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post #1 of 12 Old 12-12-2004, 03:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Everyone here talks about getting an SPL meter. So far all it has done is make my wallet $45.00 lighter.

Any advice on what I should do with this thing. My current thought is to just take it back and chalk the experience up to over enthusiasm to make my system sound better.

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My subs play all the way down to 0 Hz!!! It's so low you can't hear or feel anything.

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Well for starters you need a avia disk or something similar. Second you need to know how to calibrate your sub. Here are some links:

https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=455506

http://forum.**********/showthread.ph...ubwoofer+setup



https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=457912


http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/...alibration.php

That should keep you busy for awhile.
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A couple of more options, in addition to those posted by jhferry.

AN INTRODUCTION TO TEST & CALIBRATION DVDS Explains the "what" and "why" of calibration and offers a comparison of the most common disks that are available, including the pros and cons of each.

A Quick Overview of Home Theater Calibration Touches on the "how" of home theater calibration with one of these disks.

Essential Accessories: The Radio Shack Sound Pressure Level Meter

The disc's themselves have fairly comprehensive directions on what to do. I offer these to give you an idea of the "what," "why," and "how" of calibration, BEFORE you buy a disk.

The process of system calibration can be a lot of fun and very educational. You can calibrate a system with the meter and the tones from your Receiver, but the disc's are more comprehensive, covering video as well as audio.

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Yep, take it back.

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Before you return it. Sit down, turn on your tone adjust switch from your receiver and adjust each speaker until they are the same.

Yes, it can get more complicated. The Discs do it better. But try this easy to do adjustment and your soundfield will improve.
It cannot be done by ear.

Use the slower reacting setting on the SPL. Have your receiver volume up at the level you listen at. Find the sensitivity setting on the meter that gets the mains near zero. Have all the speakers equal that number. The subs can usually run a little higher.

Enjoy. It is a needed piece of HT equipment. (eventually, anyway)

And, not to start an SPL war but, I think the Analog model is best to use.
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Yep, take it back.
Agreed!

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Why do you guys think he should return it? What good is the tone adjustment w/o an SPL? Do you really do it by ear?
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Why do you guys think he should return it? What good is the tone adjustment w/o an SPL? Do you really do it by ear?
Because based on his original post, it doesn't sound like he really wants the help.

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Okay, tonygeno. I see what you mean.
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I did want the help. I was all excited to get the thing home and start tweaking but was frustrated that once i got it home I had no clue what to do with the thing.

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My subs play all the way down to 0 Hz!!! It's so low you can't hear or feel anything.

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You gotta read. There is a ton of info out there on what to do and how to do it.

Things to do:

1. Set speaker levels
2. Find best subwoofer location
3. Measure room frequency response
4. Test results of a room treatment
5. Use it as a mic for something like ETF5 that will tell you EVERYTHING about your room (pretty much)

Yes. There is a learning curve but very little of the above is rocket science. It just takes a bit of patience, reading and experimentation

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better yet, give it to me!
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