Affordable Measuring Microphones Shootout – Part-3

This page is the follow up of Part-2, here you will find the outcome of my measurements, pros and cons about the 1/4″ Class 2 electret capsule measuring microphone shootout.

Neutrik 3382 vs iSEMic 725TR
Neutrik 3382 vs iSEMic 725TR

Results and findings; after measuring the three microphones the first what struck me was the recorded SPL deviation between the MicW i436 and the other two microphones (the reference – Neutrik 3382, and the other measured microphone – iSEMic 725TR).
All SPL levels below 85 dB the MicW i436 measured 0.5d dB to 0,6 dB of  scale (comparing to the two other microphones).
At levels above the 85dB the differences gradually did lessen to zero around 94 dB (where it was calibrated).

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Affordable Measuring Microphones Shootout – Part-2

Below the results of the three 1/4″ Class 2 measurement microphones shootout mentioned earlier in Part-1.

A Neutrik (NTI) 3382 was used as reference.

Measurement Microphones tested:

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Dynamic Range Meter

A couple of months ago I’ve found a very interesting website which fights against the loudness war; Dynamic Range Database.

dr-meter-windowsThe Dynamic Range Database uses a sliding scale from 1 to 20 (1 being the worst, 20 being the best) to rank the dynamic quality of each of the recordings they list. This number represents the difference between the peak decibel level on a recording and the recording’s average loudness.

Dynamic Range Database applies the following descriptors to these ranges:
1-7=bad; 8-13=transition; and 14-20=good.

Evaluation for each album on the website includes the album’s average dynamic range, the track with the weakest dynamic range, and the track with the greatest. The Dynamic Range Database also provides individual dynamic range measurements for each track on the album. Below on this page you find three free downloads to test your own collection of CDs, DVDs, LPs or your music files. You can also share and add your results to the Dynamic Range Database by simply fill in the form and upload your data. Continue reading Dynamic Range Meter

Dynamic Range Meter (Mac)

Dynamic Range Meter (Mac)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Dynamic Range Meter (Windows)

Dynamic Range Meter (Windows)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Dynamic Range Meter (foobar2000 plugin)

Dynamic Range Meter (foobar2000 plugin)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Affordable Measuring Microphones Shootout – Part-1

Like me most of the audio enthusiasts are interested in measuring their own loudspeakers and/or room. A professional Class 1 measuring microphone could cost € 1000,- or more. Most people have not that much money to spend so what are decent and affordable Class 2 measuring microphones?

I’ve found and tested several 1/4″ Class 2 measuring microphones in the € 20,- to € 200,- range. They have all in common that they can be used with a mobile device (like; iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows mobile phone/tablet), but also with a notebook or PC.

For the tests I’ve used an old Neutrik (NTI) 3382 measuring microphone (with frequency correction files) as reference. The measurements were taken in my living room using a pair of bi-amped Philips VN3100-25 (OEM Stage Accompany Blue Box, SA4525). The distance between the measuring microphones and loudspeaker was set at 0.5 meter and 1 meter distances.

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Using MicW i436 with Smaart v7 Di – Part-2.

Below the follow up of “Using MicW i436 with Smaart v7 Di – Part-1

MicW, i436, measuring microphone
MicW i436, measuring microphone

The MicW i436 (designed primarily for  iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) uses a 4-conductor 2.5mm phone connector (CTIA/AHJ standard) that fits into any mobile device, notebook or PC with a headphone/mic socket following that standard. For one-channel measurements like SPL measurements the MicW i436 can be hooked up directly to a headphones/mic socket of a notebook, for example a MacBook Pro.

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Review: Stage Accompany M57, Russia

Below a piece of ASCII of a Russian review I’ve found on the Internet of the SA M57 Studio Monitor.
Dated: August 2010

Stage Accompany – That’s How Music Should Sound!

sa-m57-ruHere I will tell you about my experience of listening Stage Accompany acoustic system. The history, components and its revolutionary technology you can see on website www.stageaccompany.com.

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Review: Stage Accompany M57, Germany

Below a piece of ASCII of a review I found in the SA archives of the SA M57 Studio Monitor.
Dated: November 1998.

Sonderdruck aus: Production Partner 11/98

Stage Accompany M57 Studio-Monitore

sa-m57Aus der niederländischen High-Tech-Schmiede für edle Audioprodukte kam unlängst das neueste Produkt der Master Series in die PRODUCTION PARTNER-Meß- und Hörräume. Als zweitgrößter Studio-Monitor aus dem Hause Stage Accompany fällt das 100 kg schwere Aktiv-/Passivsystem auf jeden Fall in die Kategorie der Hauptabhören für mittlere und große Studios.

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