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Is an $800 oscillscope overkill for a hobbyist?
At what level does an oscilloscope become "overkill"?
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13 thoughts on “Eevblab 103 – is an $800 oscilloscope overkill?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rocketman221projects says:

    While the DS1054Z is pretty good for the price, a scope with a faster waveform update rate and better FFT would definitely be worth it if you have the budget for it.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MatCat's RC & Electronics says:

    I pretty much agree, My SDS1202X-E if my daily driver, extremely rare I need more, I do have an old school digital Tek with tube screen that can do 500MHz and 4 channel, but I rarely need it. For RF a NanoVNA goes a lot farther then a 1GHz scope :).

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Andersen says:

    Thanks to talk about the recommended "cheaper" models like the Rigol DS1054Z and the Siglent SDS1104X-E.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheStuffMade says:

    Depends, if you'll only use it 4 times a year then it's probably overkill, but if you use it regularly then I don't think it's overkill. However for someone just starting out in electronics as a hobby, I'd recommend getting something cheaper first, maybe a $50-$100 handheld model that will still be useful after upgrading to a bigger scope. Personally I like the Micsig tablet style scopes, they're fully features and you can move them around easily to where you need a scope and even run on batteries.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fermioncool says:

    Answering or going in depth of your Forum questions at YouTube is an idea?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A A says:

    So cheap?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andy Grace says:

    I can really agree with this – good advice from Dave – and this very scope is absolutely great value for money for general purpose work.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WacKEDmaN says:

    for a hobbyist…yes… but it really depends on the use case…
    …a cheap simple 40Mhz usb sillyscope is all a hobbyist really needs..maybe 100Mhz for the "power users"
    800$ is way out of the ball park for majority of hobbyists
    …that said…if ya can find a cheap CRO… grab it!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars conodigrom says:

    Tip: put motorheads' Overkill playing in the background while watching this 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthias H. says:

    The shown RIGOL is definitely worth the price! You can hack the firmware and you have 350MHz / 4 channel. I would buy it again 😀

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fenix says:

    Best SCOPE!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordan Clarke says:

    Nope but it depends really on what your doing as Dave said.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NorCal715 says:

    First!

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