Oscilloscope to buy

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Kenny, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Kenny

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 11, 2004

    Senior Member

    May 26, 2009
    You tell me! ;) What kind of frequencies will you be monitoring? Are you sure you want digital or analog? What made you choose this scope? Are you a beginner in electronics or do you have a applicable background?
  3. bill l


    Oct 11, 2009
    i can't really advise you about scopes based on the limited amount of info you have provided in regards to what you will be using the scope for, but, i will add my perspective.

    i currently have a tek 2246a, 4ch, 100mhz and a tek type 422, 15mhz, 2 channel.

    for what i work on, audio amps mostly, these are perfect for that.

    but moving on, i can't provide you with links as i am on dial up, but i seem to recall a youtube review i think on that scope you linked to and it looks pretty nice.

    if you are looking for cheaper, craigslist is one source.

    i got my 2246a for 90 bucks off there. 4 10x probes, user manual, perfect shape. needless to say, i am a pretty happy camper about it.

    keep checking in as i am sure that more will post, but please provide more info about what you are going to use the scope for. you could possibly save a bit of money not buying something you won't use.

  4. The Electrician

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    Oct 9, 2007
    I think the Rigol scopes are better. Higher sample rate and much more trace memory at all but the highest sweep speeds.

    The 100 MHz version is about $700:


    and the 50 MHz version is about $400:


    Free shipping from Hong-Kong. Some dealers offer a 3 year warranty; you could check with these guys.

    I've seen very good reports about these scopes.
  5. Kenny

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 11, 2004
    I have a basic to intermediate knowledge of electronics, knowing a bit of all with many holes.
    I want to learn to design circuits ranging analog, digital, microcontrollers, etc.

    I'm studying the theory of Art of Electronics book and student manual, and I want to try the experiments with oscilloscope and function generator that are named.

    Then, what I want is to buy an oscilloscope and a function generator with U$1000 budget, that allow me to know (and see) the real world of electronics (the signals).

    At first I'll be studying transistors, amplifiers, op-amps. But at the same time I want to be able to hook digital (combinational and sequential circuits), video (console videogame outputs), audio circuits, etc.