这种武器看起来就是一根插上了四个真空管的灰色金属圆筒在配上一个小型能量电池包的接口，一个倒锥形的发射口和一个后置的示波器。看起来和脉冲枪有些相似，Reprogramming the sonic emitter changes the color of the oscilloscope and energy rings, as well as introducing unique effects when the weapon scores a critical hit.
The sonic emitter is a type of weapon, not an individual model. The five models are variants of each other, but there is no basic variant.
The default sonic emitter is "revelation"; the other variants require the Courier to find the matching holotape.
Though Blind Diode Jefferson claims to be reprogramming the player's sonic emitter, regardless of the condition of the emitter you bring, he actually trades you a new one of the model you request, resulting in a new Emitter at nearly full condition, about 90% of full weapon health.
Although the pulse gun does more damage and bonus EMP damage against all robots, each sonic emitter does +20 damage against Big MT robots and +50 damage against Mojave robots and power armor.