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Good tool to measure your headphone db?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Wondering if this is a good tool to measure SPL and db so I can safely listen to music.

SoundMeter


-Andy
post #2 of 11
I'm curious why do you need an SPL meter to see if you can safely listen to music? Are you planning to go right up to the line where it's too loud, on average, for the average person, to listen to music for extended periods of time?

Is your comfortable listening volume very loud?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well the thing is what is average volume? everyone average is different, all depending on the sensitivity level of your ears. Your avarage might be too loud for me or vi-versa. So i need the meter to give me an objective number so I know. =)
post #4 of 11
I've been trying to figure out some semi objective way of measuring. As far as I can tell, I just hook up my headphones to my computer then set up some youtube lecture at normal speaking volume and if my music is about the same volume then I know I'm around 60-70 db. Don't know how accurate doing this is though. After that you can just write down what you know is 60db on your foobar and move up from there. Every 5db doubles volume I believe.
post #5 of 11
Some people have already damaged their ears a bit so it might be helpful for them to know that what they consider "an appropriate comfortable level" is in fact too loud and they're damaging their ears even more.
post #6 of 11
10db doubles perceived volume. 3db is energy doubling.

SPL meters are a must for any fan of music - many headphones make you want to turn up the volume more and extending listening periods (which i'm sure many of us do) of high SPL are very very bad. there are many charts that government has to abide by for safety reasons..
post #7 of 11
Cool little iPhone application.
You can safely listen to headphones with a DB meter though. Just keep the volume down, to a level where it don't hurt your ears.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
Cool little iPhone application.
You can safely listen to headphones with a DB meter though. Just keep the volume down, to a level where it don't hurt your ears.
Worried about the volume down but still hurting your ears because you don't realize it is actually higher than it should be >_<
post #9 of 11
Same here.
I find it hard to tell, don't know why, but everyone keeps turning the knob way down when I hand them my head phones. If I go up from there eventually it is not comfortable anymore but I am not the one to know where I am,
Now going shopping for a db meter, any tips on brand top 3?
From Netherlands here, maybe someone has a tip,
I guess in the spl meter business there is some crap for sale that will still burn my eardrums
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by johnnymnemonic View Post

Same here.
I find it hard to tell, don't know why, but everyone keeps turning the knob way down when I hand them my head phones. If I go up from there eventually it is not comfortable anymore but I am not the one to know where I am,
Now going shopping for a db meter, any tips on brand top 3?
From Netherlands here, maybe someone has a tip,
I guess in the spl meter business there is some crap for sale that will still burn my eardrums

Many phones have a SPL meter app.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mr Rick View Post

Many phones have a SPL meter app.
thanks for your reply mr rick,
Unfortunately mine does not, iPad also.
Apps are much unreliable but have a bit of a ballpark now. Calibrating a app is the challenge here.
I tried calibrating on my vacuum cleaner 76db and then test my headphones but is still is a wild guess.
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