On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:32:01PM -0500, gene heskett wrote:
The average house & garden multimeter is indeed completely useless
for measuring anything audio. OTOH
* There are quite good handheld audio RMS meters which don't
cost a fortune (but they are in the higher price range).
They use analog integrated circuits which can be quite
accurate - at least for normal audio use. They are not
laboratory standards of course.
* Any pro-quality audio card, once calibrated against a known
signal and combined with some simple software will make a
near-perfect RMS meter *for the audio band* and as long as
you don't drive it into clipping.
> [cable impedance]
The concept of cable impedance makes sense only if the lenght
becomes a non-trivial fraction of wavelength. For audio that
means that for anything shorter than a few hundred meters it's
only capacitance that matters. And yes you need hefty line
drivers and low output impedance to push 20 kHz, +20 dBu on
a long line. Which is one of the reasons why real pro quality
analog audio remains expensive.
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