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Studio Six Digital dBPod Enables Integrators to Measure SPL Readings Remotely

Introduced earlier this summer at InfoComm 2019, the Studio Six Digital dBPod smart sound level meter provides an easy way to measure SPL levels.

Studio Six Digital dBPod Enables Integrators to Measure SPL Readings Remotely
The Studio Six Digital dBPod can be used for a range of sound pressure level measurement applications.
Robert Archer · July 19, 2019

At the recently completed InfoComm 2019 show Studio Six Digital introduced its dBPod smart sound level meter.

Studio Six Digital says the DBPod is an advanced sound pressure level (SPL) meter that allows users to measure sound onsite or from remote locations. 

"The dBPod represent one of the most significant product introductions in the decade-plus long history of Studio Six Digital," states Andrew Smith, founder of Studio Six Digital. 

"We identified market demand for a self-contained professional sound pressure meter with a simple visual interface, providing our customers with instant access to SPL data.

"We anticipate adoption of this device for applications requiring regulated noise levels such as hospital corridors, airports, outdoor concert venues, houses of worship and so much more."

Studio Six Digital dBPod Smart Meter Incorporates Advanced Features 

A key component of the dBPod is its use of a MEMS wideband omnidirectional microphone that is combined with an audio interface, as well as a microprocessor, flash memory, a lithium-ion battery and an output jack. 

The SPL meter can be used as an installed device, hardwired for power, connected to Wi-Fi and mounted to a stable surface. 

Studio Six Digital points out the dBPod does not incorporate outboard controls. The only interface elements built into the product's exterior is an LED indicator that communicates status–below threshold is indicated with a green light; nearing threshold is indicated with a yellow light, and exceeding the threshold level the LED turns red. 

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The built-in battery provides two hours of wireless operation, and the unit's companion app enables users to monitor SPL and frequency spectrum locally from their iOS or Android products. 

Moreover, Studio Six Digital notes that threshold SPL level can be set to specific settings depending on the application, and the settings can be accessed from the cloud. 

Additionally, the dBPod also incorporates a Bosch accelerometer that can be used for three-axis vibration analysis. 

The dBPod meets ISO Class 2 SLM standards for all audio and filter parameters. 

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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