[sdiy] buying component tester

Steve Lenham steve at bendentech.co.uk
Thu Apr 29 17:39:34 CEST 2021

I think a lot of these are based on the same original AVR-based design, 
which was released open-source and subsequently copied to death in the 
Far East. On the positive side, lots of enhancements have been added to 
both the hardware and firmware over the years and there is a lot of 
information readily available.

There are some very long discussions on sites such as EEVblog about it, e.g:


I bought a kit off eBay for one of the common variants (referred to as 
"2578AY-AT"). It was very cheap and has been very useful. Using advice 
from that forum discussion, I replaced a handful of the standard 
components with close-tolerance parts to increase the overall accuracy a 
bit, though I have never actually made any attempt to assess how 
accurate it is.

Would I use it if I was building life-support equipment? No.
Would I use it for almost anything else? Yes. for the price, it is a 
no-brainer. Start there and see whether you need anything more - chances 
are that you don't.


Steve L.
Benden Sound Technology

On 29/04/2021 16:11, S Ridley via Synth-diy wrote:
> Jean
> If you're not sure what you need, you might want to consider one of these:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Br3L1B80ow 
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Br3L1B80ow>
> I don't know if it's accurate enough for you, but it's very cheap and 
> it'll help you decide what you really need.
> Steve

> On Thu, 29 Apr 2021 at 15:25, Jean Bender via Synth-diy 
> <synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org>> wrote:
>     Hi !
>     I'm More and more thinking buying a decent component tester.
>     Is There something ok which could Give me an accurate result with
>     resistor, condensators and transistors ? Or should i only look at
>     transistors and condensators ?
>     Also, by "decent" i mean something around 150e max. If it exists.
>     Thanks for any tips !
>     Best
>     J.

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