(Anaheim, CA - January 11, 2011) Sensaphonics, the technology leader for in-ear monitoring and recognized experts in safe sound, has announced an upgrade to its dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer. Beginning immediately, the dB Check will be able to check monitor levels for the Shure SE Series of musician earphones. Sensaphonics will have this new version of dB Check on display at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 13-16, 2011.
“Previously, the dB Check was only programmed for Sensaphonics models,” notes company president D. Michael Santucci. “But due to consumer requests, we decided to include the new Shure SE Series as well. Now users of both companies’ earphones can tell exactly how loud they are monitoring, and how long they can do so safely.”
When plugged in between the sound source and earphones, the Sensaphonics dB Check provides a real-time readout of the in-ear sound pressure level (SPL) in dBA, along with the number of minutes of daily exposure under both NIOSH and OSHA guidelines. The user simply selects the earphone model being used and a sampling time of up to one hour.
“One of the biggest problems with in-ear monitoring is knowing how loud you’re actually listening,” Santucci states. “In fact, studies show that most artists listen to their in-ears at the same volume as floor wedges. dB Check gives the artist enough information to make an intelligent decision on how loud they listen.”
dB Check works by reading the dry voltage off the source device, combining that information with the earphones’ sensitivity to translate the voltage into an A-weighted decibel reading. This patent-pending technology is available only from Sensaphonics, and works with all Sensaphonics musician earphones, plus the new Shure SE535, SE425 AND SE315 models.
The Sensaphonics dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer also includes an on-board electret microphone that allows the unit to measure open-air SPL levels. It recharges via a USB computer connection, so no batteries are required. The dB Check retails for $300 and is available directly from Sensaphonics.
Photograph: The Sensaphonics dB Check provides actual in-ear level readings and safe listening times for users of Sensaphonics and Shure SE Series earphones.
Founded in 1985 by Michael Santucci Au.D., Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc. designs and manufactures custom-fitted earphones and electronics designed to achieve safe, high-resolution audio in mission-critical applications. Serving primary customer base of professional musicians and sound engineers, Sensaphonics products are used exclusively on all manned NASA missions. Other significant markets served by Sensaphonics include house of worship, theater, broadcasting, motorsports, aeronautics, and audiophile listening. Sensaphonics is committed to the preservation of hearing through superior products, audiological services and audio consulting, enabling longer, more productive careers and richer quality of life. Sensaphonics is located in Chicago.