The coolest-looking meters?

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The coolest-looking meters?

Post by timspell » 19 Mar 2018 04:48

I understand that amp beauty is more than skin deep and quality sound is what we’re seeking.
That said, a pleasant part of the hi-fi experience is watching meters – be they traditional analog or LED – do their dance.

What’s your idea of a great-looking meter on an amp or, for that matter, any type of hi-fi unit?

My vote goes to McIntosh and its signature large blue-lit meters that contrast with the unit's black face.
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by cafe latte » 19 Mar 2018 05:09

Very nice!! Interesting after a recent thread the scale of the meter on a 1,2kw amp, just over 1/3 of the scale is a tiny 1,2w, half is only 12w and 2/3 of the scale is 120w, the next marker is 1,2kw. Kind of proves the point at what level most of our listening is..
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by LD100 » 19 Mar 2018 06:12

cafe latte wrote:Kind of proves the point at what level most of our listening is..
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Not necessarily, some of us have large rooms and hard to drive electrostatic speakers that require the amp to produce an average of around 150 to 300 watts with peaks to over 500. :o
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by cafe latte » 19 Mar 2018 08:33

LD100 wrote:
cafe latte wrote:Kind of proves the point at what level most of our listening is..
Chris
Not necessarily, some of us have large rooms and hard to drive electrostatic speakers that require the amp to produce an average of around 150 to 300 watts with peaks to over 500. :o
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150 to 300 peaks sound rather loud for an average with any speakers unless you listen to death metal or something. Peaks to 150w or even 300w I accept and very rare peaks to 500 maybe, but no way an average of 150 to 300. Also amps that are 150w a channel rms will be able to swing to much higher transient peaks decent amps anyway, what is more normal is average music maybe 20-30w and much bigger peaks.
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by LD100 » 19 Mar 2018 08:45

cafe latte wrote:
LD100 wrote:
cafe latte wrote:Kind of proves the point at what level most of our listening is..
Chris
Not necessarily, some of us have large rooms and hard to drive electrostatic speakers that require the amp to produce an average of around 150 to 300 watts with peaks to over 500. :o
150 to 300 peaks sound rather loud for an average with any speakers unless you listen to death metal or something. what is more normal is average music maybe 20-30w and much bigger peaks.
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Sorry, I wasn't referring to "normal", I was referring to what I listen to in my music room which opens out into the kitchen, so I suppose I am attempting to fill two rooms with realistic sound levels.
Average sound db in listening area...
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by timspell » 20 Mar 2018 03:09

While the intent of the original post requires a considerably more mindless response than you guys gave, your observations are interesting.

I guess somewhere around 75dB is average, but can see how the general listening environment and room size can make a significant difference.

I'm usually imprisoned in the ultimate small enclosure – I’m a big headphone user, so my listening level might deviate a bit from the norm. I can say that I crank up the volume more when I listen to clean, well-recorded music.

And back to the original post . . . I find Icon Audio meters interesting.
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by LD100 » 20 Mar 2018 04:33

How cool are these? :D
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by cafe latte » 20 Mar 2018 04:34

What are the speakers in the background LD, they look rather cool? There is an Aus company making rather amazing electrostatic kits I have been tempted a few times, but do love my ATC's.
Back on topic I do like meters, but sadly my amps dont have them, but I do have eye candy of big valves glowing in the dark :mrgreen:
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by cafe latte » 20 Mar 2018 04:37

timspell wrote:While the intent of the original post requires a considerably more mindless response than you guys gave, your observations are interesting.

I guess somewhere around 75dB is average, but can see how the general listening environment and room size can make a significant difference.

I'm usually imprisoned in the ultimate small enclosure – I’m a big headphone user, so my listening level might deviate a bit from the norm. I can say that I crank up the volume more when I listen to clean, well-recorded music.

And back to the original post . . . I find Icon Audio meters interesting.
Nice glowing stuff and meters too!! :D
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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by timspell » 20 Mar 2018 04:44

Those Phase Linear meters are cool! I like the way the red lights are incorporated into the analog-look meters.

Glowing tubes, of course, are another dimension in coolness.

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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by LD100 » 20 Mar 2018 04:50

cafe latte wrote:What are the speakers in the background LD, they look rather cool?
Thank you, I bought them new in 1976 and they have been in use ever since.
They are stacked Crown ES 212s, so a total of 48 electrostatic panels and 8 10inch woofers. I have them actively bi-amped with a Bryston electronic crossover.
For me the meters are necessary so that I don't overdrive the electrostatics and cause arcing and damage. Cool looking meters can be very useful sometimes. :D

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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by timspell » 20 Mar 2018 05:08

LD100 wrote:
cafe latte wrote:What are the speakers in the background LD, they look rather cool?
Thank you, I bought them new in 1976 and they have been in use ever since.
They are stacked Crown ES 212s, so a total of 48 electrostatic panels and 8 10inch woofers. I have them actively bi-amped with a Bryston electronic crossover.
For me the meters are necessary so that I don't overdrive the electrostatics and cause arcing and damage. Cool looking meters can be very useful sometimes. :D

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Nice segue to address my superficial cool meters post! BTW -- nice meters on your cool 10-inch reel-to-reel deck!

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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by LD100 » 20 Mar 2018 06:35

Indeed, VU meters are quite necessary on tape decks. And the prettier the better! :D

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Re: The coolest-looking meters?

Post by timspell » 20 Mar 2018 15:48

LD100 wrote:Indeed, VU meters are quite necessary on tape decks. And the prettier the better! :D
It must be a dilemma about where to look -- at the giant reels spinning or the beautiful meters doing their thing. I think I'd also get distracted by the action of those amber lights on the Nakamichi deck.

I have a similar quandary when looking at the trio of meters on my Pioneer CT-F700 deck, which adds a dynamic level meter.
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