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Class 1 Sound Level Meter

What is a Class 1 Sound Level Meter?

A Class 1 Sound Level Meter is a noise measurement device that meets the international standards of IEC 61672-1:2002 (or an equivalent such as BS EN 61672-1:2003).This standard describes a wide range of complex accuracy, performance and calibration criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for use.

There are two levels of tolerance within the standard, Class 1 and Class 2. Class 1 able to measure a wider sound frequency range and meet narrower tolerances which result in a more accurate response. In other words, Class 1 sound level meter is the ‘precision’ grade meter, while Class 2 sound level meter is the ‘general grade’ meter.

Performance Criteria:
Sound Frequency
(IEC61672-1:2013)
Class 1
Tolerance Limits
Class 2
Tolerance Limits
16Hz+2.5dB, -4.5dB+5.5dB, - ∞dB
20Hz+/- 2.5dB
+/- 3.5dB
1kHz+/- 1.1dB
+/- 1.4dB
10kHz+2.6dB, -3.6dB+5.6dB, -∞dB

Which class of sound level meter do I need?

To decide whether you need a Class 1 or a Class 2 sound level meter, ask yourself these 3 fundamental questions:

(1) Application-what noise you want to measure?

(2) Regulations-what measurement regulations you need to meet?

(3) Purpose-what is the actual purpose for this measurement? decide whether or not your measurements will be used for further research or assessment, if your measurement is going to be used as evidence to back your research or for assessments criteria then you may prefer to use a Class 1 meter for better accuracy.

Some real-life examples of Class 1 and Class 2 sound level meters applications are:

  • Class 1: research/study, traffic assessment, environmental/boundary noise, construction noise, building acoustics, laboratory use.
  • Class 2: basic environmental measurements, industrial hygiene, entertainment noise (movies, studios, events, etc.), vehicle noise.

The Class 1 sound level meter tend to measure lower levels due the sensitivity of the microphone capsule. This is particularly relevant for environmental noise surveys where low noise levels are being measured. Class 1 sound level meter is preferred for the design of cost-effective noise controls.

A simple sound level meter that meets the standard may only provide Sound Pressure measurements whereas a much more sophisticated instrument may provide for the measurement of Sound Pressure, Leq and Peak Sound Pressure.For example, the Noise at Work Regulations which are used in the UK requires, as a minimum, the measurement of LAeq and LCPeak.

What is the price of Class 1 Sound Level Meter

There are many very low cost (under $200) devices masquerading as sound level meters but so far none of these have been proven to meet their sales claims. Thus their use may risk hearing damage because of measurement errors.

Class 1 sound level meter offers greater accuracy and is considered more reliable if a noise case goes to court. The usual cost of Class 1 sound level meter may range from $1500 to $4000 depended on capacities.

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Scarlet Class 1 Sound Level Meters

IEC61672-1:2002Class1,ANSIS1.4Type1,CNSNO.7129Type1,JJG-188-2002Class1,usedforUKControls ofNoiseatWorkRegulations,OSHAOccupationalNoisestandards

ST-109 Class 1 Sound Level Meter is designed to meet the requirements of IEC 61672-1:2002 (or the equivalent BS EN 61672-1:2003). ST-109 Sound Level Meters not only suitable for environmental noise measurements but can also be used for occupational noise measurements such as the UK Controls of Noise at Work Regulations or the OSHA Occupational Noise standards.

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ST-11/11D Features

• Class 1 Complies with IEC-61672-2013
• 10 Hz-20k Hz frequency range
• 27 dB-140 dB measurement range
• Data logging & record function(St-11D)
• Measures and displays Leq value
• Long term measurement

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ST-130 Features

• Perform OSHA and IEC noise accumulation surveys
• 6 built-in standard dose measurement setups: OSHA/ MSHA/DOD/ACGIH/ISO85/ISO90
• Data logger up to 10,00,000 readings
• Adjustable criterion level, exchange rate & threshold
• Sampling times between 1 sec to 2 hr
• Stores up to 10,000 dose meter survey results
• Dose Meter Mode: record time stamp, %Dose, TWA8, LEP, 8h, Leq, SEL, LN%, SPLmax, SPLmin, PeakMAX
• Sound Level Meter mode: Leq, PeakMAX & SEL
• USB interface. Support Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

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Scarlet Class 1 Sound Level Meters

IEC61672-1:2002Class1,ANSIS1.4Type1,CNSNO.7129Type1,JJG-188-2002Class1,usedforUKControls ofNoiseatWorkRegulations,OSHAOccupationalNoisestandards

ST-109 Class 1 Sound Level Meter is designed to meet the requirements of IEC 61672-1:2002 (or the equivalent BS EN 61672-1:2003). ST-109 Sound Level Meters not only suitable for environmental noise measurements but can also be used for occupational noise measurements such as the UK Controls of Noise at Work Regulations or the OSHA Occupational Noise standards.

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ST-11/11D Features

• Class 1 Complies with IEC-61672-2013
• 10 Hz-20k Hz frequency range
• 27 dB-140 dB measurement range
• Data logging & record function(St-11D)
• Measures and displays Leq value
• Long term measurement

Learn More
meetthestandarddosemeasurementofOHSA,IECandISOregulations,small,lightweight,cable-freedesigns,OSHA&IECNoiseDosimeter

ST-130 Features

• Perform OSHA and IEC noise accumulation surveys
• 6 built-in standard dose measurement setups: OSHA/ MSHA/DOD/ACGIH/ISO85/ISO90
• Data logger up to 10,00,000 readings
• Adjustable criterion level, exchange rate & threshold
• Sampling times between 1 sec to 2 hr
• Stores up to 10,000 dose meter survey results
• Dose Meter Mode: record time stamp, %Dose, TWA8, LEP, 8h, Leq, SEL, LN%, SPLmax, SPLmin, PeakMAX
• Sound Level Meter mode: Leq, PeakMAX & SEL
• USB interface. Support Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

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