Common questions

Is there a way to test a speaker?

Is there a way to test a speaker?

Measuring them with a multimeter will often give you results that could make you think the speaker is bad. The best way to test them is to QUIETLY play a signal through them, listen to it, then see if it produces sound. If it does not, or sounds bad, the speaker needs replacing.

How do you measure the loudness of a speaker?

There is a standard test that manufacturers run with their speakers to determine sensitivity, which involves placing a microphone connected to a decibel meter one meter in front of a speaker, and measuring the sound pressure level output, in decibels, with one watt of power being delivered into the speaker.

Can you fix a blown speaker?

Of course, the first question is always “can you fix a blown speaker?” Yes, you can, but it’s rarely recommended to do-it-yourself. DIY speaker fixing is usually quick and dirty and only done on speakers you don’t really care about having perfect quality, such as in your 20 year old car.

Which is the best free speaker testing software?

There is a free version of TrueRTA, but it can only take 1 measurement per dB which is not adequate for real speaker testing. ETF has a free demo that should do everything you need. All of these tools generate a series of tones from your computer and then measure the volume (SPL) of those tones using the microphone.

How can I test my speakers on my computer?

If you’re using Safari as your web browser you’ll need to try a different test. Make sure that your speakers are connected to electricity and powered on. Make sure that the speakers are connected to the back of your computer – to the green jack.

What kind of plug do I need for Speaker testing?

Use a laptop for speaker testing if you have one. It will make things a lot easier. Plug your microphone into the microphone input jack on your computer. On a computer this is typically a 1/8″ (3.5mm) mono plug.

Where to place a microphone for Speaker testing?

The jack on the computer may be pink. Place the microphone in front of the speaker. If you are testing a single driver, then place the microphone right in front of the driver, centered on the cone and aimed directly at the driver. Shotgun microphones work well for these tests.

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