Tacklife Digital Sound Measurement Level Meter review
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Tacklife Digital Sound Measurement Level Meter review: A good way to ensure you don’t annoy the neighbors with loud music

Introduction:

Welcome to my Tacklife Digital Sound Measurement Level Meter review. Have you ever had complaints about your music being far too loud ? Or do you think your office may be too loud for satisfactory working conditions, well with a sound meter, you can find out once and for all. You may not know this but any sound 85 decibels or more is considered harmful. Of course, it’s not always easy to protect your ears, particularly when out and about. For example, heavy traffic can produce between 90 to 95 decibels, which is past the harmful mark. It can be easier though to protect your ears at home by ensuring your environment isn’t too loud or the music you’re rocking out to is too loud. This is where this device comes in.

Design:

In terms of design, this actually looks like something you would find in a tool box, which means it looks professional. It has an LCD display, a hold button, a max/min reading button and of course a power button. Sticking out of the top of it is the microphone used to capture the sound. Around the back is a battery compartment, which is used to house the 9V battery used to power this (battery comes included) and just above this a threaded hole for mounting this to a tripod.

The device is also quite chunky and has a bit of weight to it. Which is often a sign of decent quality. This chunkiness and weight gives it a nice solid feeling. There’s a spelling mistake, though, which while not a huge problem does kind of look silly instead of sound level meter, the writing on the front of the device says sound lever meter.

Tacklife Digital Sound Measurement Level Meter review

In use:

Before I go on I should just mention that while this is good for keeping the noise levels down for your own health, it does actually say on a sticker located on the battery cover that it’s not a personal safety device. I have still been using it for the purpose of health  but you just have to bear this in mind when using it.

I listen to a lot of music and quite often during the day it can be very loud, so loud that you can hear it all over the house, obviously this is silly and I should know better. So with this level of volume, I decided it was worth testing this out against my music first of all. As I said in my introduction anything 85 decibels or above is considered dangerous. Well with my volume up at 100% I got readings that ranged from 100 to 110 decibels, so as you know I am well above the limit. By lowering the music down to about 50% I got readings in between 75 and 81 decibels, which of course isn’t harmful. With the music off and my fan on, I decided to test it against the whir of the fan and the readings were hovering about in the 70 to 74 decibels area.

I didn’t have much to test these results against so I found a smartphone application with good reviews and tested this against that. Both gave similar readings. Since I don’t have a professional well-known brand to test against I would probably say accuracy is between 90 and 100% for this sound level meter.

Overall:

This is a great device for monitoring sound levels. I can’t be too sure about accuracy, but I do reckon from the tests I have done that it’s at least 90% accurate. The build quality is great and the device is really simple to use.

DISCLAIMER:

I received this product at a discounted price in return for my honest and unbiased review. This has had no effect on my overall opinion of the product.

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Overall score:

Tacklife Digital Sound Measurement Level Meter

9.5

Design

10.0/10

In use

9.0/10

Pros

  • Well made
  • Easy to use
  • Quite accurate

Cons

  • Not for safety use, which is a bit strange, considering that's what this type of thing is for
Dominic_Chapman
I am a reviewer based in the North of England, I have been writing reviews since 2015. I have recently written reviews on another site that I had co-founded. I started Northern Reviewer as a solo experience based on my previous website experience, which was literally none other than writing reviews and doing a few changes here and there behind the scenes.

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