HD600_UM
User's Guide
Digital Datalogging Sound Level Meter
Model HD600
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Extech HD600 Digital Sound Level Meter.
This meter measures and displays sound pressure levels in dB (decibels) from 30 to 130dB in
three measurement ranges. In addition to the LCD numerical displays, a bargraph is included for
quick and easy viewing of sound level changes. Features include selectable Frequency Weighting
(‘A’ and ‘C’), selectable Response Time (Fast and Slow), Max/Min Hold, and AC/DC analog
outputs. PC cable and software enable the user to download and analyze measured data. This
meter is shipped fully tested and calibrated and, with proper use, will provide years of reliable
service.
Safety
Read the following safety information carefully before attempting to operate or service the
meter. Use the meter only as specified in this manual; otherwise, the protection provided by
the meter may be impaired.
Environmental Conditions

Altitude up to 2000 meters

Relative Humidity: 90% max

Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C
Maintenance and Cleaning

Servicing not covered in this manual should be performed by qualified personnel.

Periodically wipe the case with a dry cloth. Do not use abrasives or solvents.
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Meter Description
1. Windscreen
2. LCD Display
3. Setup-button:
4. Record button
5. A/C weighting
6. Max/Min display
7. Range button
8. Microphone
9. Backlight
10. Fast/Slow response
11. HOLD
12. ON/OFF
Tripod Mount (rear)
Battery Compartment (rear)
SIDE PANEL
13. External 9VDC power adaptor
14. USB pc port
15. DC/AC analog output
16. CAL potentiometer
DISPLAY
Symbol
MAX
MIN
OVER
UNDER
FAST
SLOW
dBA
dBC
REC
AUTO
FULL
HOLD
Function
Maximum hold
Minimum hold
Over range
Under range
Fast response
Slow response
A-Weighting
C-Weighting
Recording data
Auto range selection
Memory full
Data hold
Auto Power Off enabled
Low battery indicate
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Initial Setup
Battery Installation/AC Adaptor
The meter can be powered by one 9V battery or by an AC power adaptor. Before inserting or replacing
the battery and before connecting the AC adaptor, be sure to turn off the meter.
Time and Date Setup
The SETUP mode is used to set the time, date and default measurement range. Once set, the meter
will retain the settings in non-volatile memory. Resetting should not be required.
NOTE: Press the HOLD button at any time during this procedure to save the set data and to return
to normal operation
1.
Make sure the meter is OFF to start
2.
Press and hold the SETUP button and then press the
power
button. Release the SETUP button to enter the setup mode.
3.
Press the SETUP button to enter the “minutes” adjustment
screen. Press the LEVEL button to adjust the minutes to the
current time.
4.
Press the SETUP button to enter the “hour” adjustment screen.
Press the LEVEL button to adjust the hour to the current time.
“h-P” indicates PM and “h-A” indicates AM.
5.
Press the SETUP button to enter the “date” adjustment screen.
Press the LEVEL button to adjust the date to the current day.
6.
Press the SETUP button to enter the “month” adjustment screen.
Press the LEVEL button to adjust the display to the current
month.
7.
Press the SETUP button to enter the “year” adjustment screen.
Press the LEVEL button to adjust the display to the current year.
8.
Press the SETUP button two more times to view the default
range (low “L-050” and high “H-100”). This range cannot be
adjusted.
9.
Press the SETUP button to enter the time/date reset screen.
NOTE: If the HOLD button is pressed with this screen displayed the
time and date will be reset to default values.
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Measurements
MEASUREMENT CONSIDERATIONS
1. Wind blowing across the microphone increases the noise measurement. Use the supplied
windscreen to cover the microphone when applicable.
2.
Calibrate the instrument before each use if possible. Especially if the meter has not been used
for a long period of time.
3.
Do not store or operate the instrument in areas of high temperature or humidity.
4.
Keep meter and microphone dry.
5.
Avoid severe vibration. Protect the meter from impact. Do not drop it. Transport the meter in
the supplied case.
6.
Remove the battery when the meter is to be stored for long periods of time.
BASIC OPERATION
1.
Turn the meter ON by pressing the
2.
Select ‘A’ or ‘C” frequency weighting by pressing the A/C button.
button.
3.
Select Fast or Slow response time by pressing the FAST/SLOW button.
4.
Use the LEVEL button to select the appropriate range. The range is shown near the top of the
display. Use a range that puts the sound level reading in the center of the range. If the OVER
or UNDER icons appear on the display, select a new range if possible.
5.
The numeric and bargraph displays indicate the sound level measurement.
6.
To turn the meter off, press and hold the
button for 3 seconds.
LEVEL
The LEVEL button is used to select the measurement range. Press this button to step through the
ranges as indicated on the display (30 to 80, 50 to 100, 80 to 130, or 30 to 130 autoranging)
A/C FREQUENCY WEIGHTING
Press the A/C button to select ‘A’ or ‘C’ frequency weighting. With ‘A’ weighting selected, the
frequency response of the meter is similar to the response of the human ear. ‘A’ weighting is
commonly used for environmental or hearing conservation programs such as OSHA regulatory
testing and noise ordinance law enforcement. ‘C’ weighting is a much flatter response and is
suitable for the sound level analysis of machines, engines, etc. Most noise measurements are
performed using 'A' Weighting and SLOW Response.
FAST/SLOW RESPONSE TIME
Use the FAST/SLOW button to select a FAST (125 ms) or a SLOW (1 second) response time.
Select FAST to capture noise peaks and noises that occur very quickly. Select the SLOW response
to monitor a sound source that has a consistent noise level or to average quickly changing levels.
Select SLOW response for most applications.
HOLD
Press the HOLD button “freeze” the current reading in the display. Press the button again to resume
normal operation.
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MAX / MIN
In the MAX/MIN mode the meter will display and hold either the maximum or minimum reading. The
display will update only when the measured value exceeds the value presently in the display.
1.
Press the MAX/MIN button and the MAX icon will appear on the display. The reading displayed
is the highest reading encountered since the MAX mode was entered.
2.
Press the MAX/MIN button again. The MIN icon will appear on the display. The reading
displayed is the lowest reading encountered since the MIN mode was entered.
3.
Press the MAX/MIN button again to exit the MAX / MIN display mode.
RECORDING DATA
The meter can store up to 20,000 readings at an interval rate of 1 to 59 seconds. Each recording
session is saved as a data set and each record is saved with a date and time stamp. This data can
be downloaded using the supplied software.
Setting the interval time
1.
2.
3.
Press and hold the
button while turning the meter ON. 0001 and Int will appear in the
display.
Press the LEVEL button to set the sample interval from once per second to once per 59
seconds.
Press the HOLD button to save the interval setting and exit the setting mode.
Recording readings
1.
2.
3.
Press the REC button to begin recording. The REC icon will appear on the display.
Press the REC button again to stop recording.
Auto Power OFF is disabled when the record function is active.
Clearing Stored readings
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn the meter OFF.
Press and hold the REC button while turning the meter ON.
When
(clear) appears on the display, release the REC button.
All of the readings that were stored in memory are now erased.
BACKLIGHT
Press the button to turn the LCD backlight on or off. To conserve battery life, the backlight will
automatically turn off after approximately 30 seconds.
AUTO POWER OFF
The meter will automatically shut off after approximately 15 minutes of inactivity. Press the SETUP
icon in the display indicates that the auto power
button to disable the auto-power-off feature. The
off feature is active.
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ANALOG OUTPUTS
The meter is equipped with an analog output feature. The analog output jack
is located on the meter’s side panel and requires a 3.5mm stereo phono plug.
(1-AC Output, 2-DC Output, 3- Ground)
AC analog output
The AC output is a retransmitted representation of the meter’s measurement (note that the output
factors in the meter’s frequency weighting selection ‘A’ or ‘C’).
 Output voltage: 1Vrms at full scale of the selected range.
 Output impedance: 100Ω approx.
DC analog output
The DC output signal reflects the frequency weighting selected (‘A’ or ‘C’).
 Output voltage: 10mV (±1mV) per displayed dB.
 Output impedance: 1KΩ approx.
Calibration
Frequent calibration is recommended and is often required by noise
standards and directives.
1. Turn the meter ON
2.
Put the meter in the ‘A’ weighting mode
3.
Put the meter in the ‘SLOW’ response mode
4.
Place the calibrator onto the microphone.
5.
Turn the calibrator ON.
6.
Adjust the meter’s CAL potentiometer located on the side panel
so that the meter’s display matches the output of the calibrator
(typically 94dB or 114dB).
Battery Replacement
1.
The
battery icon will appear on the display when the battery needs replacing.
2.
Turn the meter OFF and slide the rear battery cover off.
3.
Install the 9V battery and replace the cover.
You, as the end user, are legally bound (Battery ordinance) to return all used batteries
and accumulators; disposal in the household garbage is prohibited!
You can hand over your used batteries / accumulators at collection points in your
community or wherever batteries / accumulators are sold!
Disposal: Follow the valid legal stipulations in respect of the disposal of the device at the
end of its lifecycle
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USB PC Interface
The meter has a built-in USB port for use with the supplied data acquisition software. The software
allows the user to download stored data, view, save, export, and print readings from the sound level
meter.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
Refer to the documentation included with the software for complete details on installation and
operation of the application program and the USB driver software.
SOFTWARE COMMUNICATION
1. Connect the meter to the PC using the supplied USB cable.
2. Turn the meter ON and press the SETUP button.
3. Launch the application program.
4. Select the COM port which has the CP210X driver installed.
5. Data will appear on the pc screen when communication is established.
Specifications
Applicable Standards
Accuracy
Frequency Range
Dynamic Range
Frequency Weighting
Time response
Measurement Ranges
Memory
Microphone
Calibration
Display
Display update rate
Range indicators
Battery life
Power supply
Auto Power Off
Analog Outputs
Operating conditions
Storage conditions
Dimensions
Weight
IEC61672-1: 2002 Class 2; IEC60651: 1979 Type 2; ANSI S1.4:1983
Type 2,
±1.4dB (under reference conditions)
31.5Hz to 8kHz
50dB
A and C
Fast (125ms) and Slow (1 second)
30 to 80dB, 50 to 100dB, 80 to 130dB and autoranging (30 to 130dB)
20,000 records with date and time
½” electret condenser
Requires external calibrator
4 digit LCD with bargraph and backlighting
2 times/second
“OVER” and “UNDER” range indication
30 hours (approximately)
One 9V battery (NEDA1604 or equivalent) or 12V/1A AC adaptor
After approx. 15 minutes of inactivity with disable
AC: 1Vrms full scale; Output impedance: 100Ω
DC: 10mV/1dB; Output impedance: 1kΩ
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32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C); 10% to 90% relative humidity
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14 to 140 F (-10 to 60 C); 10% to75% relative humidity
10.9 x 3 x 1.97” (278 x 76 x 50mm)
12.35 oz. (350g)
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Typical A-Weighted Sound Levels
dBA
140
50HP Siren (100')
130
Jet takeoff (200')
120
Riveting machine
110
100
Subway (20')
90
Pneumatic drill (50')
80
Vacuum cleaner (10')
70
Large store
60
Small office
50
Night residential area
40
Whisper (5'0)
30
20
Chain saw
Boiler room
Freight train (100')
Speech (1')
Large Office
Residence
Sound studio
10
Threshold of hearing
0
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