The NTI XL2 analyzer and DR2 Digirator audio generator are prime examples of the next generation, highly sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, portable audio test equipment.
With the XL2’s SPL measurement function, the large, decimal-display readout was quite handy for monitoring an environmentally restricted outdoor PA event sound levels; it could easily be seen from any angle and location at the mix position.
Seasoned Pro Relies
On NTI XL2 Audio Analyzer
(Editor’s Note: Tom Young is president and chief engineer for ElectroAcoustic Design Services in Oxford, Ct. He was recently interviewed by EAN about his experiences with the Neutrik XL2).
"I have owned nearly all of the multi-mode audio test sets, and, by far, the XL2 is the best device I have ever used,” says long-time acoustics engineer Tom Young. “It is something that I always carry with me in my shoulder bag.
Young says the XL2’s measurement capabilities, hand-held size, easy-to-master GUI and durable build quality make it a perfect tester for all kinds of audio professionals and home audio buffs who know their way around a test set. Applications include home-cinema multichannel setup, live sound, installed sound, audiophile installations, and environmental noise measurements.
Young purchased the NTI M2210 measurement mic with the XL2 and NTI Digirator DR2. He says the package enables extremely accurate measurements, including frequency response, polarity, time average, SPL, and environmental noise measurements.
Although $1,750 (with microphone) is not pocket change, Young says the XL2 is worth every penny. “I have no complaints at all.” He specifically noted the XL2‘s sturdy build, is a key feature for those audio measurement pros who occasionally knock around their gear.
He says he especially likes the monochrome display, which is easy to read and perfect for portable use in all kinds of ambient light. “A color display is more appropriate for the computer,” he adds.**“And a color screen (for the XL2) would have added a few hundred dollars to the cost.’‘
Because of NTI’s audio measurement focus, Young notes that product support is superb. “They have a pedigree in test equipment. They have always been very responsive in making changes to features, based on user feedback,” he adds.