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Old 20th November 2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Oscilloscope

I am looking forward to buy an oscilloscope.Preferably USB type with pc interface.

My field of interest is as you all can guess, AMPs and loudspeakers.
with some SMPS messing around.

Advice me best option for the same.

Is it wise to go for USB type oscilloscopes?

and what range or features should I look for optimum satisfaction.

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Old 21st November 2011, 04:14 AM   #2
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Get yourself a good sound card.
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Old 21st November 2011, 04:37 AM   #3
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Thanks ,gmphadte.

I am afraid to say this but a sound card will not respond to spurious oscillation in my amps at 100khz .neither it may be able to reveal phase shift in my two way loudspeakers.
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Old 21st November 2011, 05:05 AM   #4
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That's a good point about the amp, but the typical USB scope may have 50MHz bandwidth but will only have 8 bit resolution and will be useless in measuring distortion. I might even suggest an older analog scope (used 15 to 20MHz bandwidth CRT scopes are cheap enough) for looking for oscillation or ringing (with maybe a 10kHz square wave input) and SMPS waveforms, but a "soundcard" sound interface with a bitdepth of 24 bits is necessary for distortion measurements. I don't see why measuring phase shift would be any better with an oscilloscope interface than with an audio interface either.

The short answer is neither will do everything you want, so you need both. No single (reasonably priced) instrument would cover the whole frequency range and bit depth of interest.
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Old 21st November 2011, 05:11 AM   #5
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Old 22nd November 2011, 07:30 AM   #6
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As a rule of thumb, your scope's bandwidth should be at least five times higher than the fastest digital clock rate in your system under test. If your scope meets this criterion, it will capture up to the fifth harmonic with minimum signal attenuation. This component of the signal is very important in determining the overall shape of your digital signals. But if you need to make accurate measurements on high-speed edges, this simple formula does not take into account the actual highest-frequency components embedded in fast rising and falling edges.
Rule of thumb: fBW≤5 x fclk
Above is excerpts from a website regarding choosing right oscilloscope.

My confusion continues to annoy me concerning the pc sound card vs usb adaptor.

Gurus please help!
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Old 27th June 2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Soundcard scopes are ok for a learning exercise or cheap audio work but lack real bandwidth and sensitivity.
Id say get a PicoScope USB oscilloscope as they have completely free software which is FULLY functional.
The following is lifted from their website:
If you buy a traditional oscilloscope, you get an oscilloscope. Buy a traditional spectrum analyzer, you get a spectrum analyzer. Buy a traditional waveform generator, you get a waveform generator. Buy a PicoScope USB Oscilloscope and – thanks to power of PicoScope – you can get an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and signal/waveform generator all in one. (With PicoScope’s ability to continuously stream data you can even use your oscilloscope for data acquisition.)

Free updates
You can’t usually upgrade traditional test equipment. If the device is upgradable it will often need a time–consuming and expensive trip back to the manufacturer. PicoScope software is regularly updated with feature extensions and improvements. These can be downloaded for free from our website and ensure that your oscilloscope will always have the latest features and enhancements. What other test equipment gets more powerful with age?

Easy to use
PicoScope 6 is powerful yet easy to operate. You benefit from the power of the PC, and the familiar Windows interface and controls, making the software easy to use. It has tooltips and help pages to explain all the features.

Unrivalled performance
PicoScope uses the latest Windows technologies to give you the performance you need. Fast capture rates make it easier for you to see fast–moving signals, while fast data processing ensures your PC is able to process even the most complex of waveforms.

All this and it’s free
PicoScope is free to download and use. Download your copy of PicoScope 6 today and experience the power and performance for yourself. (If you haven’t yet purchased your PicoScope Oscilloscope you can use the demo mode to test many of the features.)
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