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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 3
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 4
OK if it arrives with meter movement working – 7-Range Sound and Noise Meter Reviews

posted by chipguy2 on 09/02/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
We ordered 3 of these. One for internal use and 2 for resale. On receipt we installed batteries (not included) and tested all 3 side by side. Once we fixed the analog meter movement problems (in all 3 units - see cons) the units all performed similarly.
Cons:
Between a relatively cheap build quality and international shipping with no padding it would be a minor miracle if these did arrive intact and working.
All 3 meter movements were damaged/defective on arrival. Fortunately we have some experience in repairing analog meter movements and I decided against returning them just yet.
One had a small curl of black plastic lodged in the movement keeping it from full movement.
One was bent causing it to drag on the edge of the meter face keeping it from full movement
One had the zero off, sitting at the
-6db mark when off
Other cons are no battery - even a cheap carbon one supplied.
Other:
Bottomline:
Spring for the extra cost and go for a digital display one like SKU 29751. It will eliminate the risk of receiving a damaged analog meter and having to RMA it and wait for a replacement.
I don't recommend trying to fix it yourself unless you have some experience.

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