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DSO/MSO 5K/6K vs DSOX/MSOX 3K

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jayk:
I'm looking for feedback from anyone who's used scopes from both of these families.  I have experience with an MSO6034A but not with the DSOX/MSOX 3K and I'm considering an upgrade.  What I like about the DSO's is the great XGA display (1024x768), which Agilent has replaced with a lower-res 800x480 display on the new scopes.   The DSOs also include ethernet and GPIB standard while these have become options on the 3K family.  On the other hand, the new scopes have some upgraded specs and the add-on options are more reasonably priced (i.e. I2C/SPI module for the DSO's is $1500 and about half that for the DSOX). 

Any thoughts?

mikeselectricstuff:
A major benefit of sticking with the older ones is availability of everlasting trial licenses.
Seems unlikey there will ever be any useful SW updates to the old models, so not risking a FW upgrade in case it kills old trials isn't a big deal.

EEVblog:
Agilent often have deals on the X series scopes in terms of options, so worth waiting for one of these, or asking if you can get an option thrown in.

The X series would have the benefit of future development and new features being added all the time, and I'd expect this to continue for many years to come.

Dave.

jayk:
Thanks for the replies.  I currently have an MSO6034A - I'm happy with it, but I was thinking I could probably sell it and pay for most of an MSOX3054A (from Agilent's factory Ebay store - some great deals on there).  But it just doesn't look like enough of an upgrade to warrant the cost (and, in some ways, it would be a step down).

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: jayk on February 23, 2013, 09:04:29 am ---Thanks for the replies.  I currently have an MSO6034A - I'm happy with it, but I was thinking I could probably sell it and pay for most of an MSOX3054A (from Agilent's factory Ebay store - some great deals on there).  But it just doesn't look like enough of an upgrade to warrant the cost (and, in some ways, it would be a step down).

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In that case I wouldn't bother changing.

Dave.

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