I am not sure if these two things are of one or the same kind please?:
Sound Pressure Level
Sound Level Meter
Basically, I would like to be able to measure the volume of the music coming out of my (monitor reference) speakers both in the sweet spot and also from various regions of my music room. I always thought such a device was termed a DECIBEL-OMETER, though of course this may just be a slang term?
The reason I ask is because there seems to be a massive range in terms of price per device (ie. £4.99 thru £79.99!). Is there a specific significant distinction between the functionality of an SPL vs. SLM device please? For what I need it to perform, I would have thought spending between ten and fifteen quid might be a justifiable figure. The only other task I might use it for would be on gigs to test the volume of the band at a sound-check (ie. by standing at the bar or otherwise back of the venue).
Many thanks in advance for any kind assistance offered . . .
Paul David Seaman (UK)