Theta Meter – My choice for a 21st Century e-meter

This article was updated 9/28/12.

The display of this pc-based meter can be configured in many different ways to suit your personal preferences. This configuration features the usual needle dial plus a graphic interface showing 30 seconds of needle action history. The numbers in the lower left corner of the dial area show the time and the session duration while the numbers in the lower right corner of the dial area show the Tone Arm position and the Tone Arm Counter accumulation

The Theta Meter offers today’s 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 Theta meter requires a Windows 7 computer for best results. Older versions of Windows will not support all of the features of this meter. The meter will also run on a Mac that is set up to run Windows.

The meter display can be customized in many different ways to accommodate your particular preferences and this is accomplished by the controls at the top of the meter display.

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.

I use this meter daily for auditing pcs and for solo auditing and have never seen one that provided as much flexibility and convenience.

One version of the software (Version 3.5) provides many choices of appearance through multiple skins and separate windows for different meter functions.Here are a few configurations I have tried in the past. They offer features that are different from the latest version shown at the beginning of the article.

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.

I am a US Distributor for the Theta meter 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.

For more information and product availability, contact me at david.stlawrence@gmail.com

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OldAuditor on December 2, 2011 | Filed Under Meter Technology

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David St Lawrence  on December 2nd, 2011 Edit comment

Both the Theta Meter and the Virtual Clarity Meter will be on display at the FreeZone Convention being held in Las Vegas this weekend.

FreeZone Convention
December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
The Flamingo Hotel
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bruce Pratt  on December 3rd, 2011 Edit comment

Cool.

A question. How does it work for Solo? You got cans in one hand, pen in the other, but no knobs to adjust like a traditional meter. Knuckles on the keys?

Another question. Can ya send me a price list?

OldAuditor  on December 3rd, 2011 Edit comment

Thanks for picking up that loose end. I have added this to the post:
“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.”

No more having to track the TA constantly to see how big the blowdown was. You can note the TA counter instead and get a continuing account of how the process is running.

Another point. Once you get used to reading the graph instead of tracking the needle visually, you get a much better sense of how mass is building up and blowing off as the session progresses. you do not have to wait for the TA to rise because you get a much finer view of changing masses by watching the track of the graph. I will be happy to demo this to anyone who cares to see it. All you will need is a Skype video connection.

With this meter, you can concentrate on auditing. The admin is reduced to an absolute minimum.

Current Prices for the meters with all required software, cans and cables are:

Virtual Clarity Meter – $499 plus shipping

Theta Meter – $450 plus shipping

brande1951  on February 4th, 2012 Edit comment

Question: Does the Theta Meter come with any traing literature or how to videos?
Oh by the way, HI! (I’m quite socially dysfunctional amongst many other shortcommings.)

OldAuditor  on February 4th, 2012 Edit comment

Hi Brande,

When someone buys the Theta meter from me, I provide a free setup session to show how the meter works and the finer points of using it in session.

There are no “How-To” videos yet because I have been too busy auditing to produce them. There are “How-to” videos in Russian but I do not think they will suit your needs. :)

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