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Bruel & Kjaer 2238 Specifications


Bruel & Kjaer 2238 Sound Level Meter
 
B&K 2238E : Mediator - Sound Level Meter - Class 1 £ 17 a day *
 

All our 2238 Sound Level Meters include the following modules

BZ 7126 - Basic Sound Level Meter Software
BZ 7125 - Enhanced SLM Software
BZ 7124 - Logging Sound Level Meter Software
BZ 7123 - Frequency Analysis Software
 
This web page lists the full technical specifications - to jump to a specific module, click on one of the links above.
 
We also have a Features Page and a Summary Table
 

Common Specifications - all 2238 Mediator versions:

 
Standards: Conforms with the following:
BS EN 61672 - class 1
BS EN 60651 - class 1
BS EN 60804 - class 1
 
Microphone : Type 4188 pre polarized free-field 1/2” microphone
Nominal Sensitivity : -30 dB re 1 V/Pa or 31.6 mV/Pa
Frequency Range : 8 Hz to 16 kHz ± 2 dB
Capacitance :   12 pF at 250 Hz
 
Microphone Preamplifier : ZC 0026
Extension Cable : 3 m included. No re-calibration is required
 
Measurement Ranges :
Dynamic Range : 80 dB adjustable to give full scale readings from 80 dB to 140 dB in 10 dB steps
Max. Peak Level : 3 dB above full scale reading
Upper RMS Limit for Crest Factor = 10 : 17 dB below full scale reading
Pulse Range : 83 dB
Linear operating ranges - broadband : For the individual level ranges, at 1 kHz, the nominal upper boundary level minus the lowest sound pressure level measurable with a noise margin of 5 dB and with a Type 4188 microphone of nominal sensitivity;
 
Upper Limit Lower Limit Max peak Upper limit CF = 10
140 dB60 dB143 dB123 dB
130 dB50 dB133 dB113 dB
120 dB40 dB123 dB103 dB
110 dB30 dB113 dB  93 dB
100 dB25 dB103 dB  83 dB
  90 dB25 dB  93 dB  73 dB
  80 dB25 dB  83 dB  63 dB
 
Inherent Noise Level :
This is due to the combination of electrical noise and microphone thermal noise at 20 °C (68 °F).
Typical values with supplied microphone of nominal sensitivity - in dB.
 
WeightingMeterMicrophoneTotal
A14 dB14.2 dB17.1
C17 dB13.2 dB18.5 dB
Lin. 5Hz - 20 kHz 22 dB14.5 dB22.7 dB
 
Display :
129 pixel x 64 pixel dot matrix display with back light
 
Auto-Start :
Mediator supports a total of four timers which allow setup of measurement start times up to a month in advance
 
Calibration :
Semi-automatic using and external Sound Level Calibrator
The initial factory calibration, sensitivity and microphone serial number is stored for comparison with later calibrations. when using the supplied microphone the maximum allowed deviation from the initial sensitivity is ± 1.5 dB. An unspecified microphone can be chosen during calibration, in which case calibration can be made with practically any sensitivity.
Stored Calibration History : 20 latest calibrations plus initial calibration.
 
Memory :
2 Mbytes. Up to 511 measurements can be stored by each loaded software module, including time stamp, complete setup and calibration data
 
Clock :
Semi-automatic using and Real-time - calendar
 
Serial Interface :
Conforms to EIA/TIA 574 - RS-232, coupled as data terminal equipment, DTE.
Connector : D-type male 9-pin
Baud Rates : 4800 to 115200
Word Length : 8 bits, no parity, 1 stop bit
Handshake : hardwired, modem
 
Settling Time :
From power on < 10 s
 
Environmental Effects :
Storage Temperature : -25 to +70 °C (-13 to +158 °F)
Operating Temperature : -10 to +50 °C (14 to +122 °F)
Effect of Temperature : < 0.5 dB (-10 to +50 °C)
Effect of Humidity : < 0.5 dB for 30% < RH < 90% - at 40 °C, 1 kHz
 
Batteries :
Four 1.5 V Lr6/AA alkaline cells
Lifetime at room temperature : Typically > 10 h and with filter set selected typically > 7 h
 
External DC Power Supply :
Voltage : Regulated 7 to 15 V
Power : Approximately 150 mA at 7 V and with filter set selected 210 mA
 
Weight and Dimensions :
Weight : 460g (1 lb 2 oz) with batteries
Dimensions : 257 x 97 x 41 mm
 


 
BZ 7123 Frequency Analysis Specifications - see also the 2238 Summary Table
 
Detectors :
Simultaneous detection of spectrum and broadband parameters
Spectrum : 1/1 octave and 1/3 octave band filters with two exponential time weightings - Fast, Slow - and a linear averaging detector
Broadband : Two selectable exponential time weightings - Fast, Slow - and a linear averaging detector
Selectable frequency weighting : A, C or Lin
Overload Detector : Monitors all the frequency weighted channels
 
Sample Rate : 160 Hz
 
Display :
Spectrum : Bar graph display of current and averaged spectrum with cursor read-out plus broadband channel Leq, Lmin and Lmax can be selected for graphic display and read-out
Broadband Measurement : Range and quasi-analogue bar, plus four measurement parameters that can be freely selected from all available parameters during measurements
 
Measurement Control :
Time/accuracy optimised scan time at three confident levels, 0.25, 0.5 or 1.0 dB, or manually selected dwell time in the range 1 s to 1 h
User selected number of scans, in the range 1 - 99, averaged into one resulting spectrum
 
Aux 1 Output :
Connector : Lemo coaxial
AC Output Signal : Range adjusted AC output, filtered through the currently selected band - short circuit protected
Output : 1 Vrms corresponds to full scale indication
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
 
Aux 2 Output :
Connector : Lemo coaxial
DC Output Signal : DC version of the signal on the RMS detector, delayed 0.8 s - Fast, Inst., short circuit protected
Output : 0 to 4.0 VDC, 50 mV/dB
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
 
Filter Set Specifications - ZT 0328 :
 
Standards :
Conforms to the following :
IEC/EN 61260 - 1995 - Octave and 1/3 Octave bands Class 1
 
Octave and 1/3 Octave Band Filters:
Nominal 1/1 Octave Band Centre Frequencies : 31.5 Hz, 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz and 8 kHz
Nominal 1/3 Octave Band Centre Frequencies : 20 Hz, 25 Hz, 31.5 Hz, 40 Hz, 50 Hz, 63 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz, 125 Hz, 160 Hz, 200 Hz, 250 Hz, 315 Hz, 400 Hz, 500 Hz, 630 Hz, 800 Hz, 1 kHz, 1.25 kHz, 1.6 kHz, 2 kHz, 2.5 kHz, 3.15 kHz, 4 kHz, 5 kHz, 6.3 kHz, 8 kHz, 10 kHz and 12.5 kHz
 
Measurements : - Parameters measured in each frequency band :
LeqLZmaxLZmin
 
Measurements : - Parameters measured in concurrent broadband measurement :
LXZp LXZInstLXZmax
LXZminLXeqLoverload%
Under range% Elapsed Time Start time
Start dateTime  
 
Legend :
X = Frequency weighting A, C or L
Z = Time weighting F or S
 


 
BZ 7124 Logging SLM Specifications - see also the 2238 Summary Table

Detectors :
Two detectors with independent frequency weightings. one detector is an RMS detector and the other can be set up as a Peak detector or an additional RMS detector, allowing two independently weighted RMS detectors in parallel, each providing three exponential time weightings in parallel.
 
RMS : Three simultaneous exponential time weightings, Fast, Slow, Impulse and a linear averaging detector. Selectable frequency weighting A, C or Lin
 
Peak : Selectable frequency weighting C or Lin
Overload Detector: Monitors all the frequency weighted channels
Exchange Rate : 3 dB - in addition 4 or 5 dB can be selected
 
Sample Rate : 160 Hz, statistics sampled at 40 Hz
 
Display :
Measurement Display, current log period : Range and quasi-analogue bar, plus four measurement parameters that can be freely selected from all available parameters during measurements.
 
Measurement Control :
Manual control, or pre-set measurement time with automatic storage of measurements
 
Aux 1 Socket :
Connector : 2 pin Lemo. Can be used as an AC output or a DC input for an external signal
AC Output Signal : Range adjusted AC output, unweighted or with the frequency weighting selected on the RMS detector 1 - short circuit protected
Output : 1 Vrms corresponds to full scale indication
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
DC Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Resolution : 5 mV, 800 steps
 
Aux 2 Socket :
Connector : Lemo coaxial, can be used as a DC output, a DC input for an external signal, a trigger input or a trigger output
DC Output Signal : DC version of the signal on the RMS detector 1, delayed 0.8 s - Fast, Inst., short circuit protected
Output : 0 to 4.0 VDC, 50 mV/dB
Update Rate : 160 times a second
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
DC Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Resolution : 5 mV, 800 steps
Trigger Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Trigger Level : 2 V, duration > 12.5 ms
Trigger Output :
Level : 4 V
Duration : Throughout measurements
 
Measurements : Parameters logged and stored in each interval - when selected
LXYmaxLXYminLXTN
LXeqLXIeqLAFTm5
LAZavQLVpkmaxLVpeak
AUX 1AUX 2Marker settings
 
Parameters in overall measurement
LXYp LXYInstLXYMax
LXYminLXeqLXIeq
LVpkLVpkmaxLVPeak
Overload% Under range% Elapsed time
Start timeStart date Time
 
Legend :
V = Frequency weighting C or L
X = Frequency weighting A, C or L
Y = Time weighting F, S or I
Z = Time weighting F or S
Q = Exchange rate 4 or 5, additional to the 3 dB exchange rate
 
Note 1 : When both detectors are set to RMS, it is not possible to select the same frequency weighting for the two detectors
Note 2 : Time weightings F, S and I are available simultaneously
Note 3 : If the Aux 1 and Aux 2 sockets are used for input, the signals(s) can be displayed and stored
Note 4 : Values for statistics are sampled 40 times a second and are derived from the signal on the RMS detector with a pre-selected time weighting - F, S or I. The class width is 0.5 dB. Seven percentiles (LXYN,T) are available during measurement at user selectable levels, 1% - 99%.
 


 
BZ 7125 Enhanced SLM Specifications - see also the 2238 Summary Table
 
Detectors :
Two detectors with independent frequency weightings. one detector is an RMS detector and the other can be set up as a Peak detector or an additional RMS detector, allowing two independently weighted RMS detectors in parallel, each providing three exponential time weightings in parallel.
RMS : Three simultaneous exponential time weightings, Fast, Slow, Impulse and a linear averaging detector. Selectable frequency weighting A, C or Lin
Overload Detector: Monitors all the frequency weighted channels
Exchange Rate : 3 dB - in addition 4 or 5 dB can be selected
Criterion Level : Can be set in the range 70 - 100 dB
Threshold Level : Can be set in the range 0 - 100 dB
 
Sample Rate : 160 Hz
 
Display :
Measurement Display : Range and quasi-analogue bar, plus four measurement parameters that can be freely selected from all available parameters during measurements. Where applicable, frequency and time weighting of selected parameter are selected by softkey. Separate display for back erase
 
Measurement Control :
Manual control, or pre-set measurement time in the range 30 s - 100 h with automatic storage of measurement
Measurement Sequences : Mediator can be set up to make a sequence of individual measurements - up to 99 - in immediate succession
 
Aux 1 Socket :
Connector : Lemo coaxial, can be used as an AC output or a DC input for an external signal
AC Output Signal : Range adjusted AC output, unweighted or with the frequency weighting selected on the RMS detector 1 - short circuit protected
Output : 1 Vrms corresponds to full scale indication
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
DC Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Resolution : 5 mV, 800 steps

Aux 2 Socket :
Connector : Lemo coaxial, can be used as a DC output, a DC input for an external signal, a trigger input or a trigger output
DC Output Signal : DC version of the signal on the RMS detector 1, delayed 0.8 s - Fast, Inst., short circuit protected
Output : 0 to 4.0 VDC, 50 mV/dB
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
DC Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Resolution : 5 mV, 800 steps
Trigger Input :
Voltage Range : 0 to 4 V, max. -1 to 6 V
Trigger Level : 2 V, duration > 12.5 ms
Trigger Output :
Level : 4 V
Duration : Throughout measurements
 
Measurements :
LXYp LXYInstLAFT5
LXYmaxLXYminLXYN
LXeqLXIeqLAFTm5
LCeq - LAeqLAIeq - LAeqLAFTm5 - LAeq
LAZavQLAep,dEA
Dose%ADose%AZQLAE
LVpkLVpkmax LVPeak
Under range% Elapsed time  
Start timeStart date Time
 
Legend :
V = Frequency weighting C or L
X = Frequency weighting A, C or L
Y = Time weighting F, S or I
Z = Time weighting F or S
Q = Exchange rate 4 or 5, additional to the 3 dB exchange rate
 
Note 1 : When both detectors are set to RMS, it is not possible to select the same frequency weighting for the two detectors
Note 2 : Time weightings F, S and I are available simultaneously
Note 3 : If the Aux 1 and Aux 2 sockets are used for input, the signals(s) can be displayed and stored
Note 4 : Values for statistics are sampled 40 times a second and are derived from the signal on the RMS detector with a pre-selected time weighting - F, S or I. The class width is 0.5 dB. Seven percentiles (LXYN,T) are available during measurement at user selectable levels, 1% - 99%. A complete level distribution is stored
 


 
BZ 7126 Basic SLM Software Specifications - see also the 2238 Summary Table
 
Detectors :
Simultaneous detection of RMS and Peak with independent frequency weightings
RMS : Three selectable exponential time weightings - Fast, Slow Impulse - and a linear averaging detector. Selectable frequency weighting A, C or Lin
Peak : Selectable frequency weighting C or Lin
Overload detector : Monitors all the frequency weighted channels
Exchange Rate : 3 dB - in addition 4 or 5 dB can be selected
Criterion Level : Can be set in the range 70 - 100 dB
Threshold Level : Can be set in the range 0 - 100 dB
 
Sample Rate : 160 Hz
 
Display :
Measurement Display : Range and quasi-analogue bar, plus four measurement parameters that can be freely selected from all available parameters during measurements
 
Measurement Control :
Manual control, or pre-set measurement time in the range 11/2 s - 24 h with automatic storage of measurement
 
Aux 1 Output :
Connector : Lemo coaxial
AC Output Signal : Range adjusted AC output, unweighted or with the frequency weighting selected on the RMS detector - short circuit protected
Output : 1 Vrms corresponds to full scale indication
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
 
Aux 2 Output :
Connector : Lemo coaxial
DC Output Signal : DC version of the signal on the RMS detector, delayed 0.8 s - Fast, Inst., short circuit protected
Output : 0 to 4.0 VDC, 50 mV/dB
Max. Load : 10 kΩ // 1 nF
Output Impedance : Typically 100 Ω
 
Measurements :
LXYp LXYInstLXYmax
LXYminLXeqLXIeq
LAzavQLAep,dEA
Dose%ADose%AZQ LAE
LVpkLVpkmax LVPeak
Overload%Under range% Elapsed time
Start timeStart date Time
 
Legend :
V = Frequency weighting C or L
X = Frequency weighting A, C or L
Y = Time weighting F, S or I
Z = Time weighting F or S
Q = Exchange rate 4 or 5, additional to the 3 dB exchange rate

E&OE - specifications subject to change without notice.