Choice of oscilloscope

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I am in the market for an oscilloscope for private use. I have decided for a DSO with 100MHz bandwidth , appr. 1Gs/s and dual channel. Other wishes are high resolution screen and storage for at least 100K samples. Battery operation would be nice, and connection to a PC would be nice too.

The scope is for generel purpose.

But I am on a budget, that means no more than about 400USD.

I am not a newcomer with respect to oscilloscopes, I am an electronic engineer, and have worked professionally with oscilloscopes for years before. But for the last 20 years, I have worked mostly with software.

I am considering OWON SDS7102V. Does anybody have good/baad to say about it? Or is there anything better out there in the same Price range?

Peter

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Just to say that there's been a "what's the best scope?" thread about once every month or every two months for as long as I can remember. Obviously the more recent ones have more up to date details but it's worth searching them all out (GE or Off Topic).

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Check out the EEVblog forum, the test equipment board is full of oscilloscope talk. Dave Jones of EEVblog has also done video reviews of many of the cheap DSOs, and the current consensus seems to be that the Owon scopes are not worth the money. Not only are there hardware issues, but the main problem is that the scopes are very slow and have a low update rate.

I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but in that priceclass the Rigol DS1102E is still one of the most recommended models (or the DS1052E if you're adventurous enough to raise the bandwidth via software hacks). It's a bit older hardware, but it's considered more reliable than the other cheapies.

I believe Siglent's scopes are considered mostly OK, but only the SDS1000CML series has the memory depth you're seeking. Again, the cheaper models can be upgraded via software hacks.

EDIT: EEVblog #480 - 300MHz Owon SDS Oscilloscope

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Thanks for your replies. I have scanned EEVblog and others, and finally desided for at Rigol DS1102E. Except from a breadbordable Gabotronics XMEGA Xprotolab, this will be my first DSO. But I have worked with analog and sampling scopes before.

Sorry clawson, it was not my intension to start a best scope dispute, I am just seeking some advices and experiences.

Peter

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it was not my intension to start a best scope dispute,

Oh no I was simply providing (hopefully useful) advice to say that you might have missed the fact that this has been discussed many times and the previous threads are worth seeing. Some people may be reluctant to type the very same "I recommend brand X" details for the Nth time so you may miss some people's opinions in a new thread.

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George is right, the DS2072 is a serious bang for the buck right now given that all you have to do is enter a license code that enables 200MHz and all options (memory, decoders, advanced triggers). I've got a DS2072 and I love it. I can't believe how nice it is for the $$$.

It sounds like this is outside of your budget though, I'd get a DS1052E and load the firmware at the EEVblog that bumps it up to 100MHz.

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Perhaps you need this one?

http://hackaday.com/2013/08/14/p...

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FWIW,
I've been very happy with my DS1052 for the last couple of years. Did not even bother with any 'upgrades'. Never seemed to need the extra bandwidth with the embedded work I normally do these days. Nice to know it was always there if needed.

I just last week upgraded to a DS2072. Mainly for the larger screen. And I guess the possibility of future 'upgrades' should I need them.

Been using it for the last few days, the DS2072 really is a very nice scope. Rigol does crank out some decent gear.

-carl

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As a hobbyist/engineer, my DS2090 has been great for home use. $140 now. A bit less than I paid on direct-from-China. Costs less as it's USB based with PC display/control. Same sampling, etc., as a low end one with a built-in LCD.

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Torby wrote:
Perhaps you need this one?

http://hackaday.com/2013/08/14/p...

That would be perfect! But its going to be hard to find that kind of money!

Peter

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