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    The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    Hello all. I have seen quite a few threads on WUS as to which alarm on which watch is the loudest. So in my boredom and ultimate geekiness, I set out to determine for you which one in my stable is the loudest for this question pertains also to me as I am hard of hearing. First, the watches that I tested are as listed below. I have recently received the 6600 and 5525 from the 'bay and love them both and have included additional pics of the Black Dawn as it is my new favorite! Very clear screen and classy enough to where to the office every day.


    So I used a Martel Model 325 Sound Level Meter to read the decibels(dB) of each watches alarm. This sound meter is used on my Architectural projects to make sure the space is quiet enough when complete. To take the readings, I huddled in my walk-in closet where there is very little ambient noise (other than my wife finding me, which then I received “The Look”). I then set the alarm and placed the sensor about 1” from the watch. The following information is my non-scientific, closet huddling, best gatherings...


    AMW320D = 68.9 dB
    DW-6600 = 67.8 dB
    DW-8700 = 71.9 dB
    GW-5525 = 74.5 dB
    DW-004 = 75.3 dB
    PAW-1200 = 81.1 dB




    I then performed the same test with the sensor about 20-22”” from the watch which simulates the distance from a watch on your wrist to your ear...


    AMW320D = 44.9 dB
    GW-5525 = 46.7 dB
    DW-6600 = 48.9 dB
    DW-004 = 50.4 dB
    DW-8700 = 51.1 dB
    PAW-1200 = 57.0 dB


    Findings...I was not surprised that the 5525 scored so low as the hourly beep is quite low and I frequently don't hear it throughout the day. The PAW, a big watch with a great beep! I wish I still had my PAG40 as you could hear the hourly beep across the room! As I get different watches, I'll add them.

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    MINE:
    Orsa Military
    PRG-110G

    HER'S:
    G5600CC-2
    GLX5600A-3
    Baby-G BG-169A

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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    nice comparison

    in my opinion the frequency of the beeps are even more important than the pure sound pressure, but of course also related to everyones hearing ability.


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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    I once held a cable toning tool against my watch and it could pick up the beeps and the EL because of the electromagnetic flux around the back of the piezobuzzer. This thing has no microphone. It just amplifies the fluctuating electromagnetic signal that surrounds a device in operation. If you hold your measuring device close enough I wonder if it can pick that up directly in the microphone's electronics and add that to the audio signal it's receiving through sound waves?

    What does it do when you hold it close to the watch and turn on the EL? Does the decibel reading look about right for the tiny amount of sound coming from the watch?

    Also, I once held a analog quartz watch near the head of an analog cassette walkman and pressed play with no tape. I could hear the head picking up the magnetic pulses from the stepper motor as the watch counted seconds. BOOM!........BOOM!........BOOM!........BOOM!...... ..BOOM!........BOOM!........BOOM!........
    SPROING!!!!

    (oops! Time for a new watch!)

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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    Chris,

    Great stuff! Look forward to more results. And it's another reason to buy more watches.
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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing...

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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    How loud is the GW9010-1 Solar Atomic watch? How many decibels is the alarm and the countdown timer on this GW9010-1? I own this particular model and the alarm is NOT very loud. Also, the alarm beeps for only 10 seconds.

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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    Quote Originally Posted by cal..45 View Post
    nice comparison

    in my opinion the frequency of the beeps are even more important than the pure sound pressure, but of course also related to everyones hearing ability.


    regards, holger
    Yup, as we age, our ability to hear higher frequencies is diminished...

    ...even moreso if there's been hearing damage from listening to too much loud music or working in a loud environment.


    This coincides with a recent study here which showed that about half of sleeping people were not woken by a smoke alarm going off. Children and older people were more likely not to be stirred by the high pitched alarm.

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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    SPACEBALLS!

    'nuff said.

    Regards,
    Adam
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    Quote Originally Posted by craniotes View Post
    SPACEBALLS!

    'nuff said.

    Regards,
    Adam
    I was hoping someone got it!
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    Re: The Bleeps, The Sweeps and The Creeps!

    Quote Originally Posted by Percy View Post
    How loud is the GW9010-1 Solar Atomic watch? How many decibels is the alarm and the countdown timer on this GW9010-1? I own this particular model and the alarm is NOT very loud. Also, the alarm beeps for only 10 seconds.
    Percy. I cannot answer this as I don't have that watch but I have been eyeing another mudman...
    MINE:
    Orsa Military
    PRG-110G

    HER'S:
    G5600CC-2
    GLX5600A-3
    Baby-G BG-169A

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