Re: Switching a Tek TDS 5204 to 50 Ohms input impedance - Strange!


On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 04:27 PM, Brian wrote:

Hi , sorry to but in but I think Tek have got it right . The scope has no idea
if the voltage measured is from a hi-impedance current limited source or a
low-impedance constant voltage source with little or no current limit . The
50R termination in the scope is expensive and difficult / costly to repair so
they play safe to protect it . I would not be complaining about that .
regardsBrian Skilton
These were my thoughts exactly. I wanted to add that the 50 Ohm input may be protected but for a fast 'scope, the circuits would be tiny, so difficult to fully protect. Unfortunately, I couldn't find (the BW of) a TDS 5204 so decided not to write my reaction. Probably an MSO5204?

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 06:26 PM, Jokken Feldhaar wrote:

Did the engineers at Tek really commit this big time error? I cannot believe this!
So, not an error at all, just clever design!


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