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Here's a really nice one I just found:

Sound Level Meter dB


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sound-level-meter-db/id893974114?mt=8
Edited by zilch0md - 10/19/14 at 10:48am
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Level matching is easy to do by ear once you get a handle on things. I find I'm able to consistently get within .2dB with a 1k test tone. Verified this with my headphone coupler/mic setup.

 

Only downside is that if you want to switch between a lot of different music that's mastered at different levels, you're going to want to change the volume and you won't be certain if it's precisely matched until you run tones through it again.

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Originally Posted by metaldood View Post
 

How often(?) does one need to change the earpads on the 800s? 2-3 years or do they last a long time with proper care?

It depends on personal hygiene. Good thing is that the earpads can be washed with soap, so i expect mine to last a lot longer than 3 years.

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This most recent of a wonderful set of 9 Cds by Matthias Goerne of Schubert Lieder provided an interesting test of HD800. I can actually hear the singer moving slightly at times form one side to the other and provides a wonderful rendering of his resonant baritone...ie bass capabilities of the HD800.

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Originally Posted by OJNeg View Post
 

Level matching is easy to do by ear once you get a handle on things. I find I'm able to consistently get within .2dB with a 1k test tone. Verified this with my headphone coupler/mic setup.

 

Only downside is that if you want to switch between a lot of different music that's mastered at different levels, you're going to want to change the volume and you won't be certain if it's precisely matched until you run tones through it again.

 

You can use external attenuation prior to the amps to do this.  Level match with the amps at higher volume, use the attenuator to adjust the volume up and down for your tests.  A balanced solution for this (cause you know you have to test these amps balanced) can be found here. Ugly as sin but passive, relatively inexpensive, and works well. 

 

As for an SPL meter, the traditional Rat Shack 33-2055 meter gets the job done and can be had for $10 on ebay these days.  All you need to do is match levels so pretty much any meter will work.

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