GenRad 1986 Omnical Sound Level Calibrator -Refurbished

GenRad 1986 Omnical Sound Level Calibrator -Refurbished

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  • Capable of testing all the basic characteristics of virtually any acoustic instrument or system
  • Multi-level outputs 74, 84, 94, 104, or 114 dB re 20µPa output
  • Multi-frequency outputs 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 Hz
  • Portable battery-operated
Priced at $4,195

Estimated Delivery is 3 to 5 weeks

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The GenRad 1986 Sound Level Calibratior is designed to permit checking nearly all the characteristics of a sound-level meter as specified by IEC and ANSI standards. With its supplied and optional microphone cavity adaptors, it can be used with all types and sizes of commonly used measurement microphones.

The calibrator includes tones at six different frequencies, from 125 Hz to 4000 Hz in octave steps, and five different sound-pressure levels, from 74 to 114 dB in 10 dB steps. This allows a sensitivity check of an acoustic instrument near the specific frequency and level of each measurement being made.

The frequency response of an overall sound-measuring system, weighing network or filter may also be checked. The two sources of linearity error in a sound-measuring instrument are easily checked with the 1986. One source is the indicator scale (meter or digital display) and the other the level-range control. The multi-level output of the 1986 allows selection of different levels on a sound-measuring system and a check of the instrument's response at each level.

Standards require that fast detector response be tested by applying a sinusoidal signal having a frequency of 1000 Hz and a duration of 200 ms. Slow detector response is tested by applying a sinusoidal signal having a frequency of 1000 Hz and a duration of 500 ms. The 1986's tone burst mode allows checking to the above requirements by automatically presenting a 1000-Hz sinusoidal signal of either 200-ms or 500-ms duration.

The GenRad 1986 Sound Level Calibrator permits a check of rms accuracy and crest-factor capability by presenting repeated tone bursts with a high crest factor.

The transducer on the1986 is resiliently mounted to protect against damage from the accidental bumps and drops often encountered in field calibration simulations. The entire assembly, except for the test cavity, is enclosed in a molded plastic case that is tightly sealed against dust and moisture.

The cavity of the 1986 is designed to fit GenRad 1-inch microphones, the WE640AA and Tokyo Riko MR130. An adaptor is included to accommodate GenRad ½-inch microphones. An optional adaptor set allows you to use the 1986 on instruments with Bruel & Kjaer 1-inch, ½-inch and ¼-inch microphones, the Shure Brothers 1 1/8-inch microphone, and the 3/8-inch microphone on GenRad's 1954 Noise Dosimeter.

 GenRad 1986 Sound Level Calibrator Specifications: 

Output Sound-Pressure Levels

74, 84, 94, 104, or 114 dB re 20µPa

Nominal Output Frequencies

125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 Hz

Actual Output Frequencies

Preferred per ANSI S1.6-1960 and ISO R266: 125.9, 251.2, 501.2, 1000, 1995 or 3981 Hz ±3%

Reference Conditions

Temperature: 20°C (68°F)
Atmospheric Pressure: 1013 mbar (760 mm of Hg)(30 in. of Hg)
Relative Humidity: 65%
Microphone Effective Volume: 0.5 cm3 (0.03 in.3)(nominal for GenRad 1961 Electret-Condenser Microphone*).

Accuracy of Sound-Pressure Level

Under stated reference environmental conditions, at 114-dB SPL and at all frequencies except 4000 Hz: ±0.25 dB for cavity alone or when used with any adaptor (except 1 1/8-in adaptor: ±0.5 dB at 1000 Hz only); at 114-dB SPL and 4000 Hz; ±0.5 dB. At output levels other than 114-dB SPL, tolerance is increased by ±0.1 dB

Temperature Coefficient of Sound-Pressure Level

Less than ±0.02 dB/°C (±0.01 dB/°F) for all frequencies except 4000 Hz

Tone Burst Signals

Test signals provided as prescribed by ANSI S1.4-1971; IEC Sound-Level Meter Standard 651. In tone-burst modes, output can be either continuous (Set Fast/Slow or Set Crest Factor) or a series of bursts (FastSlow or Crest Factor), as selected. Level is uncalibrated and continuously adjustable. In Fast or Slow, peak amplitude of tone-burst is identical to that of continuous signal. In CrestFactor, rms value of tone-burst sequence is identical to that of continuous signal.Fast: Repeated tone bursts at 1000 Hz, 200-ms duration every 2s, for measuring sound-level-meter Fast rise response; amplitude is continuously variable from 72 dB to 118 dB re 20µPa; background level is 20 dB below burst level. Slow: Repeated tone bursts at 1000 Hz, 500-ms duration every 10s, for measuring sound-level meter Slow rise response; amplitude is continuously variable from 72 to 118 dB re 20µPa; background level is 20 dB below burst level. Crest Factor: repeated tone bursts at 2000 Hz, 5.5 ms duration, 40-Hz repetition rate, crest factor X3, for measuring rms detector-indicator accuracy and amplifier crest-factor capacity; rms amplitude is continuously variable from 75 to 11 dB re 20µPa.

Variable Sound-Pressure-Level Control

Enabled only in tone-burst modes. Provides 11 dB of adjustment

Electrical Output

Output provided from nominal 600Ω shortable source. Voltage proportional to sound pressure; 230-mV rms nominal output corresponding to 114-dB SPL.


Less than 1% THD acoustical or electrical

Battery Test

Internal circuitry checks condition of battery continuously. Automatic instrument shutdown when battery voltage falls below acceptable range.

Microphone Coupling

Transducer cavity accommodates following 1-in. microphones: GR1961 electret condenser*, GR 1971 ceramic, Western Electric 640AA and Tokyo Riko MR103


Temperature: -10 to +50°C (+14 to +122°F), operating, -40 to +70°C (-40 to +140°F), storage with battery removed.
Humidity: 0 to 90% RH, operating.

Accessories Supplied

Coupler-adaptor to accommodate GR 1962 ½-in electret-condenser microphone* and GR 1983 Sound-Level Meter microphone; battery; instruction manual

Accessories Available

Adaptor set that includes coupler-adaptor for 3/8-in GR1954 Noise Dosimeter microphone; coupler-adaptors and "0" ring for 1-in, ½-in, and ¼-in B&K microphones.  Carrying case.


Powered by 9V alkaline battery, Mallory MN 1604 or Eveready 522 recommended. Battery provides at least 8 hours continuous operation.


Dimensions (WxHxD): Approximately 280 x 67 165 mm ( 11 x 2 5/8 x 6½ in.)
Weight: Approximately 1 kg (2.2 lb)

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