Theta Meter – another fine 21st Century e-meter
The Theta Meter offers today’s independent auditor choices that no other brand of e-meter can provide. This pc-based meter consists of software which runs on your pc and a small box, about the size of a pack of cigarettes, which is connected to the USB port of your computer.
The meter display can be customized in many different ways to accommodate your particular preferences.
Some versions of the software offer variable needle inertia settings to match the action of your favorite old meter.
The particular features that makes this meter ideal for me is the automatic recentering of the needle and the graph which tracks needle action and provides a graphic history of needle actions for as long as you wish.
You can solo with this meter and never have to put your pen down once you have set the sensitivity because the needle comes smartly back to the center whenever it goes offscale and the TA counter racks up the TA coming off the case. If you wish to track every small blowdown, you can hit the reset button to center the meter, but it is actually simpler to set the sensitivity higher and let the meter reset automatically at the level you select.
The graph can be configured in many ways and shows what the needle has been doing for the last few minute if needed. With this graph feature, it is impossible to miss a read and you can compare read sizes with ease.
I use this meter daily for auditing pcs and for solo auditing and have never seen one that provided as much flexibility and convenience. For the auditor who wants the ultimate in a personally configured e-meter, the Theta Meter is a clear choice.
However, there are many auditors who like the familiarity of of meters that look like the traditional church e-meter. For these traditionalists who want a modern meter that does not require church servicing, I suggest the Virtual Clarity Meter which I have used for several years with excellent results. It is also pc-based and consists of software and an input box connected to the USB port.
Either of these meters will provide ease of use that is superior to traditional meters and they offer stability that traditional e-meters cannot match. There are no batteries or moving parts to replace and they offer useful sensitivity that exceeds anything I have seen in traditional meters. For best results, these meters should be run on a Windows 7 computer. No other version of Windows will work as well.
I am a US Distributor for both of these meters so I can offer advice on which might be right for your needs. I am also researching different electrodes for use with these meters to assist the pc who experiences difficulties with traditional cans, wristbands, footplates, whatever. You can see my progress report in this area at Testing New Meter Electrodes.
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