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Offline scorpio333

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Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:56:29 PM »
In the evening I like sit with the lights out and listen to records. My integrated amp doesn’t have meters. I need or want meters. So googled a bit and came across the Realistic APM 200. Simply run a wire from each speaker terminal to the unit and bam you got meters. The unit is high impedance so it doesn’t add much of any load. I’m sold, until I saw the price!! They go around $200. Too high for me. Anyone know of an alternative?

I put a few decibel meters on my iPhone and mirrored the display to the Apple TV. That gave me 70” meters, but they’re digital display meters and I’d prefer some old school analog meters. Mac meters would be killer, but I don’t see that happening.

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 05:27:28 PM »
Well, if we are brainstorming...  I would get an old vintage cassette deck...  This way you will have two "matched" meters.  Many of the old ones were illuminated...  Of course you will need other parts/components to complete...

I remember back in the day, when I  built an led power output display...  The kit was like $7!!!  If you could find something similar...  Probably be a little more expensive today!!!  :)

Funny, I  had similar thoughts of getting/building a power Meter  (or two or three) just a few days ago...

Please keep us/me informed of the progress...

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 05:39:40 PM »
In the evening I like sit with the lights out and listen to records. My integrated amp doesn’t have meters. I need or want meters. So googled a bit and came across the Realistic APM 200. Simply run a wire from each speaker terminal to the unit and bam you got meters. The unit is high impedance so it doesn’t add much of any load. I’m sold, until I saw the price!! They go around $200. Too high for me. Anyone know of an alternative?

I put a few decibel meters on my iPhone and mirrored the display to the Apple TV. That gave me 70” meters, but they’re digital display meters and I’d prefer some old school analog meters. Mac meters would be killer, but I don’t see that happening.

Good to know this dysfunction is more widespread,  I have it too.   Old HP power supply meters (like 60s stuff) are great for this.  Another fun analog signal display is any old oscilloscope you can score on Craigslist.  Yet another option is to connect the record-out signal to the mic input of a computer running Audigy or similar signal-graphing software. 

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 06:34:31 PM »
I like Magnaryder's suggestion, actually found a set of blue Mac imitations, 2 meters and board for $60. Might go that way, except don't like ordering from China and waiting forever.

Seems we may have lost the ability to embed video(?)...anyhow, here's a link to what I've been doing with the phone/apple tv/TV.


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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 08:24:58 PM »
And here's the link:



For crying out loud, how the heck do we post links??? It appears in the preview, then not in the post.



Screw it, if you want to see it search for tv meters - my youtube name is scorpio3x3
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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 08:36:09 PM »
Seems we may have lost the ability to embed video(?)

This site is on life support,  be happy we can still communicate through it!   

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2018, 09:47:04 PM »
scorpio, I had exactly the same thing happen when I tried to post a video, then just a link of Jolene at 33 rpm.

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2018, 09:47:46 PM »
Seems we may have lost the ability to embed video(?)

This site is on life support,  be happy we can still communicate through it!   

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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2018, 10:50:49 PM »
I'd be glad to pay a few $ per month to get a new site up.
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Re: Realistic APM 200 or alternative
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 08:42:42 AM »
Scorpio
You could throw a cassette deck that has meters into the signal chain(if that's a term).  I have at least one that's around you might be able to use.  Let me know.

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