The Sound Level Meter is used to measure sound level in decibels (dB). Switches on the meter are used to select dBA or dBC weightings and fast or slow response times. The Sound Level Meter has an LCD panel to use it as a stand-alone device. A Maximum Level Hold switch provide flexibility in the standalone mode.
If you are interested in collecting sound waves, use the Vernier Microphone.
View the Sound Level Meter user manual
- Sensor: ½” electret (prepolarized) condenser microphone
- Power: Four AAA batteries
- Battery life: 50 hours typical
- Display: 3 ½” LCD
- Low: 35 dB to 90 dB
- High: 75 dB to 130 dB
- Frequency Range: 31.5 Hz to 8000 Hz
- Resolution: 0.1 dB
- Accuracy: 1.5 dB (ref 94 dB @ 1 kHz)
- DC: 10 mV/dB
- AC: 1.0 Vrms corresponding to the top of the selected range
Experiments and Lab Ideas
Environmental measurements can be made anywhere people spend significant amounts of time, such as their residence. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) noise standard uses statistical sound level values that are applied to residential measurements. One of these measurements is the equivalent hourly sound level, Leq. You can collect sound level data with the Sound Level Meter set on “A” weighting and slow response. If you collect data for an hour and determine the average, you will have an estimate of Leq. These values can then be compared to the local DEQ standards.
Sound isolation is important in everyone’s life. People living near a freeway or an airport hear that difference when they go inside and close the door. Acoustical engineers work with architectural engineers to select materials that attenuate sound. For example, a wall constructed with gypsum board on a wooden frame will attenuate sound differently than a cinder block wall with the same area. A window with a single pane of glass will attenuate sound differently than a window with two panes of glass separated by an air space.
You can test this by doing the following experiment. Place a radio in a room that has an outside wall and a window. Tune the radio to an unused AM frequency so that you hear only static. Turn the volume up so that you can just hear the sound through the wall. Measure the sound level at the wall. Next measure the sound level at the window, and then measure the sound level within the room. How much did the sound level change? Did you notice a difference in frequency content?
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The Sound Level Meter may require a compatible interface and software. Choose a platform below to see compatible interface and software options.
The Sound Level Meter is fully supported with LabQuest 2 (version 2.8.4), a standalone data logger with built-in graphing and analysis software.
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You can also use the Sound Level Meter with these platforms:
- Vernier Sound Level Meter
- (1) Wind screen (black foam cover for the sensing element)
- (4) AAA batteries (preinstalled in the meter)
- (1) Cable to connect the sensor to a data-collection interface
- View the Sound Level Meter user manual
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