[sdiy] What test gear do you use?

rsdio at audiobanshee.com rsdio at audiobanshee.com
Tue May 8 06:11:26 CEST 2018

Hmm, maybe it’s the LeCroy that my client has. I do recall hating LeCroy enough to avoid that brand as well.

Well, either that or I’m a vampire. I swear that quality engineered products, e.g. Apple, can enhance human tactile abilities. I can’t make use of the “wheel” in shitty Windows PC mouse products, either. It’s pointless.


p.s. Seriously: Just spend $300 on a used Tek ‘scope - whatever model you can find - and you’ll never regret it. I can’t wait until the $16,000 Tek ‘scopes drop to that price ;-)

On May 7, 2018, at 10:41 AM, sleepy_dog at gmx.de wrote:
> Hey,
> Protocol analyzer: Whart, the Owon does not have that? :P :D
> I guess you are aware of those chinese ultra cheapo probes that you can connect to Sigrok and then do all sorts of protocol analyses? (like, add a UART decoder to a line, and stack a MIDI decoder onto it...)
> Owon scope, interesting, my perception so far was that they are regarded *much* less highly than the Rigol ones in all sorts of regards, but maybe they have improved.
> I think Siglent also supposedly improved a lot, with their "higher end" models anyway.
> I do find the Rigol encoders a bit slow, but calling it "useless", I don't know, Brian must be a vampire or something (in some media they have much higher speed of movement than humans ;)).
> And in the 7 or so years that I have some scope or another, I may have used the "auto set" 2..3 times ;)
> But I confess, I used the "measure all" button a lot, which often has in the big table of measurements that fills half the screen, at leats one thing I am interested in at that time, so I don't need to fumble with cursors or poke around in menus.
> And for some things I have done, I would have been lost without the memory sizes of todays scopes.
> I have used Tek DSOs made between 2005 and 2014, old analog HAMEG ones, and a LeCroy WaveRunner from ~ 2010 with Windows XP on it which had cost more than my current car costs new ;)
> While I can't say what Brian is using that I'm maybe not using due to lack of knowledge or type of projects,
> I can say I like some aspects of the Rigol User Interface better than of the Tek scopes I have used,
> but do acknowledge that the update rate is somewhat slow, so if you really are really fast, I guess, you won't see well enough what you are doing - but I think I developed something like "intuitive physics" for it, lol, I have a feeling for how much to turn the knobs to get to where, even if I don't see the relevant screen update immediately but some blink of an eye later.
> - Steve

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