[sdiy] Possible 4 channels scope.. Siglent SDS1104X (-U or -E)

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Tue Apr 6 09:50:57 CEST 2021

I own 2 channel Siglent and although at first I told everybody "don't 
buy that crap", one year later came out firmware upgrade which fixed 
many of the bad things. Now I'm saying this is the best scope ever in 
that pricve range.
What is nice is display, and how waveforms are shown. It's fast, 
sensitive (up to 0.5mV/div) and has a lot of trigger options. Logic 
decoding is there too but don't expect super performance. Horizontal and 
vertical position dials are terrible too BTW.
I already mentioned that here, but when compared with 20 times more 
expensive scopes from respected brands, that little Siglent wasn't 
always loosing a test, and sometimes it was winning.

As for your concern #1 - will you be really hitting BNC with a 
screwdriver in real life? Besides, to some extent this is common to all 
scopes anyway. About #2 - well, if you don't want to start a war, you 
probably can't use any equipment made today. Don't worry about contact 
wearing out. You will eagerly want to buy new scope before it wears out, 
not because there's something wrong with it, but because there will be 
so many new models by then.

And stay away from those early digital HP scopes. When I went to HP demo 
bus in about 1995, it was amazing experience, I remember that day like 
it was yesterday. But after few minutes spent with it it was aparent how 
awfull user interface it had. And AFAIK it's like 20MHz real time 
sampling or so. Just about the sampling rate I used in a school project 
that time.
Many of the list members will disagree with me here, but in general I 
wouldn't bother looking for working, calibrated vintage scope on ebay, 
just get new digital one. And if it's not fully working, it's not worth 
investing your time in fixing it. I don't mind old scopes, last month I 
bought 2 (yes, two) vintage Tek scopes, but I'm not going to use them in 
any serious work, they are only just for fun. Still need some fixing and 
I don't have time right now to do that.

Around that time when this HP scope came out there was clear demarcation 
- any sane engineer gets a Tektronix scope and HP spectrum analyzer. If 
HP made a scope and Tek an analyzer, it was just for laughs.


W dniu 2021-04-05 o 22:47, Jean-Pierre Desrochers pisze:
> Yesterday I also started to look at some new scopes alternatives..
> I found (in my opinion) the Siglent SDS1104X-U or SDS1104X-E to be a 
> good choice..
> But 2 things bug me so far..
> #1
> I’ve looked some Youtube videos about the X-E and
> it seems to be picky on the triggering..
> Have a look here at 15:40
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kay4Jk2DHuE&t=611 
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kay4Jk2DHuE&t=611>s
> Anybody who owns this beast has the same problem on NORMAL triggering .. ?
> #2
> This will make you laugh but I find its front panel
> looks a little ‘Start War’.. And I never loved that much
> the new scopes mood of rubber lighted buttons.
> I’m worrying about the short life time reliability of these (cheap 
> carbon contacts)
> compared to 20 to 30 years old scope..
> But this is my humble opinion.
> ******************************************************
> On 5 Apr 2021, at 17:10, Jean-Pierre Desrochers <jpdesroc at oricom.ca 
> <mailto:jpdesroc at oricom.ca>> wrote:
> I'm looking for a_used 4 channels scopes_on eBay.
> I have preferences for HP and Tektronix.
> Anybody owns (or owned) this type of scope ?
> https://www.ebay.ca/itm/124166473008?&ul_noapp=true&autorefresh=true 
> <https://www.ebay.ca/itm/124166473008?&ul_noapp=true&autorefresh=true>
> Looking at the 10th picture showed:
> All the 4 channels are on the screen but it looks to me that
> some of them shows DC offsets (no probes connected..)
> I can see the channel#1 ref dot line completely alone
> but many signal lines are over it..
> Channel#1 at 2.00mv/div
> Channel#2 at 5.00mv/div
> Hmmm...
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