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This weekend’s Toronto Star had a very interesting article on sound levels in restaurants around town, and even went as far as to measure the SPL levels and decibel readings of a handful of them. An interesting side note in the article is the fact that the readings were done using a $20 iphone app which has been proven by a university audiologist to be within a couple decibels of a $6000 pro meter. Check out the article here
And here are the readings, and a helpful little diagram for context.

Parts & Labour: 90.4 dB

Pizzeria Libretto: 89.1 dB

Lee: 87.2 dB

Bier Market: 97.8 dB

Rodney’s Oyster House: 87.2 dB

Nota Bene: 80.7 dB

Oliver & Bonacini Café: 89.9 dB

Terroni: 88.9 dB

The Boiler House: 77.5 dB

Ruby Watch Co.: 88.5 dB

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  1. dean says:

    i have that same iphone app. i used it once in a bathroom when my ears were irritated from those jet engine speed hand dryers. you know, the ones that make your skin look like it’s melting from your hand. their constant use in the service centre was a bit much to deal with. my spl meter app measured the level to be close to 100 db. generally rock concerts are between 90 to 95. that being said, i did dry my hands in record speed giving me valuable more seconds to play the claw crane game in the lobby.

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