Acculab RSS-500


Designed and built according to ISO 6926 and ANSI S12.5.
For routine use in the following 
Comparison Sound Power Determination Methods:
ANSI S12.51, S12.53, S12.54, S12.56, S12.57,  ISO 3741, 3743, 3744, 3746, 3747, 11690, 14257,  AMCA 300, AHRI 250

LOW FREQUENCY REFERENCE SOUND SOURCE RSS 500 as used for Laboratory and Field Noise Measurement Applications. Sound Power Output Uniformity (Hemianechoic Calibration):

  • A-weighted = 86 dB re 1 Picowatt (See  RSS-500 embossed Tag)
  • Full Octave Level = 77 + 4 dB re 1 Picowatt (16 to 8,000 Hz)
  • 1/3 Octave level = 72 + 5 dB re 1 Picowatt (12 to 8,000 Hz)

[Sound Power Levels are Constant and Usable from 25 Hz through 10,000 Hz]

The device called a “reference sound source” is used throughout industry and engineering where it is necessary to determine the amount of noise (sound power) that is emitted by a device (fan, vacuum cleaner, engine, etc.) into the surrounding environment. Though it is possible to do so by extensive sound level measurements in a controlled (lab) environment, such a process is tedious and uncertain without extensive calibrated acoustical equipment and certified procedures.

On the other hand, the much simpler “substitution (comparison) method” is possible, where the device under test (DUT) is operated in its natural environment while conventional sound pressure level (SPL) measurements are made around the DUT. The DUT is then shut off. The  “Reference Sound Source” (RSS) is placed next to the inoperative DUT, switched on, and the SPL is again measured in the same way as before. The RSS sound power output has previously been calibrated by precise methods, so the sound power of the device under test is simply calculated as

DUT.PWL = DUT.SPL – RSS.SPL + RSS.CAL ,      dB re one Picowatt.

[One Picowatt = 10^(-12) watts.]


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With standard performance data (not individually calibrated): $2,575 FOB Austin, TX. Includes a ship and carry case. ISO 17025 accredited calibration per ISO 6926 / ANSI S12.5: $2,600.

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