Sound Level Meters and Noise Dosimeters Information Sound level meters and noise dosimeters are used in many kinds of sound and noise analysis including industrial safety, traffic and transportation noise quantification, and scientific noise measurement. They are frequently hand-held and battery-powered. Sound level meters measure real-time sound and can have functions such as signal analysis, noise dose measurement, and different time and frequency weighting.   Sound level meters and...
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We asked our users for their input on Sound Level Meters and Noise Dosimeters. Here are the results of 103 users familiar with Sound Level Meters and Noise Dosimeters.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing sound level meter and noise dosimeter design?
16 answers
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Being able to store the tests on internal memory and save the data in 1/3 octave levels
~Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
Ease of use, compliance with standards and price
~Laurence O, Owner, Gauteng, South Africa
Digital signal processing Intrinsic safety
~Paul B, Engineer, Hartland, WI
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative sound level meters and noise dosimeters?
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Bruel and Kjaer have been the market leaders for many years but there are a few lower cost innovative technologies emerging at lower prices.
~Laurence O, Owner, Gauteng, South Africa
B&K. We have two 2250 and a 2270 and two 2231.
~Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
Brüel&Kjaer, Norsonic, Svantek
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used sound level meters and noise dosimeters for?
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Evaluating the level of various procedures engaged in during the typical workday of a piano technician for hearing conservation presentation purposes. Assuring that the level in testing rooms at conventions complies with standards.
~Diane H, Presenter on hearing conservation/OHC, Vancouver, WA
Attenuating sound in a telephone cabinet for a for an electric power house for Hydro-Québec. Dosimetre for health & security during a week for a study on the exposition during a long period of time.
~Technical Support/Services, Montreal, Canada
The calibration and the maintenance of the traceability of the accredited laboratories.
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that sound level meters and noise dosimeters have been used for.
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Determining efficiency of loudspeakers (not really 'non-standard' but most level meters are used for noise pollution, rather than loudspeaker development or assessment).
~Ken D, Sound System Design & Operating Consultant, Portland, OR
Used to measure sound generated by neighbors' multiple sets of windchimes hung in a "wind corridor" in close proximity to my sleeping and home-office areas.
~Allison S., Editor, Somerville, MA
The offer of sound level meters and noise dosimeters without microphones uncoupled, disabling the correct calibration.
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of sound level meters and noise dosimeters?
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Mistakes have been done in wrong evaluation of the Sound Rating of Partitions and basing decisions on the ' specifications' of the material, while the actual complete installation had 'defects' that seriously deteriorated the sound rating (flanking, unsealed gaps at joints, cutouts for services not properly sealed etc), this necessitates expensive repair works.
~Francois L, Builder/Contractor, Abu dhabi, United arab emirates
People exposed in high noise level area are becoming deaf and with severe mental trauma at least in mining, power and steel sector.
~Arun Gujral, Engineering Consultant, Dhanbad, India
Not disastrous but preoccupying: an inadequate evaluation of the noise in work places.
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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A simple tool that can give fast and practical readings as you evaluate the sound rating of different partitioning systems in the construction. At present these evaluations are mainly done in laboratory conditions.
~Francois L, Builder/Contractor, Abu dhabi, United arab emirates
Remote monitoring (this would be used to determine acceptable levels at a distance, sometimes considerable) from the sound source.
~Ken D, Sound System Design & Operating Consultant, Portland, OR
Saving the levels in all ranges, A, C and unweighted, so when a user chooses the wrong filter the information is stored.
~Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of sound level meters and noise dosimeters?
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Always check the weighting before the testing as some times the weighting changes back to the default settings.
~Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
Buy only equipments with the functions that you will really use, avoiding an inadequate selection of parameters.
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Look also for the microphone capability and stability and for all self calibration with a suited instrument.
~Frej Jorgensen, Engineer, Hundested, Denmark
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using sound level meters and noise dosimeters?
8 answers
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Yes should buy good quality reliable product to have safe work area for the workers with proper protection devices.
~Arun Gujral, Engineering Consultant, Dhanbad, India
Don't buy Radio Shack meters. They are horribly inaccurate in the lower frequencies (like 20 dB or worse).
~Ken D, Sound System Design & Operating Consultant, Portland, OR
The equipments have to proceed the requirements of IEC 61672.
~Walter H, Physicist, Duque de Caxias - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Buy the easiest to use and good portability.
~Jack R, Electrical Engineer - Construction Manager, Fairhope, AL
Look for all relevant facilities.
~Frej Jorgensen, Engineer, Hundested, Denmark
Must comply with IEC61672
~Paul B, Engineer, Hartland, WI
Do not buy on price alone.
~Laurence O, Owner, Gauteng, South Africa
Minimal
~Miguel Corrales, Engineering Consultant, México, Mexico


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