Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004 10-Bit, 2.5GS/s MSO Oscilloscope Review, Teardown & Experiments

In this episode Shahriar reviews the Rohde & Shwarz RTB2004 10-Bit oscilloscope. With its high-resolution touch-screen, intuitive and capable GUI as well as excellent analog/digital performance this scope competes very well against other 2000 series instruments from Tektronix and Keysight. This extensive review includes instrument teardown, overview and dedicated experiments as follows:

01:17 – Model comparison and R&S scope lineup.
02:20 – Front panel, rear panel and overview.
05:01 – Instrument teardown and analysis.
13:37 – Power on and basic functions including intensity grading, XY mode.
26:29 – Multi-tone behavior, FFT and ADC performance.
33:17 – Experiment with ambient light follower: Analog and RS232 digital serial capture, triggering and analysis.
48:03 – Experiment with external DAC: Analog and I2C data capture and search using remote web interface.
57:19 – Built-in arbitrary waveform generator behavior and performance.

6 comments

  1. BNorth says:

    Thanks for the great review! This has helped tip me in the direction of a Rohde & Schwarz for my new personal lab setup. They really nickel and dime buyers to get a fully loaded version. ;( With all the features unlocked, this seems like an amazing scope so please enter me in your drawing!

  2. kurth says:

    Very good review (as always!) of a nice piece of kit. Please enter me in the draw!

  3. marijan solc says:

    Nice instrument, as all are from rhode & schwartz…would make me very happy so I am applying for the draw.

  4. Ger says:

    Hello Shahriar,

    A very good review, as expected from you.
    The R&S RTB2004 would be a good replacement for my intensively used Tektronix TDS724D.
    The Tek has no digital inputs and beginning to have more and more hick-ups.
    I think a recap must be done, but that takes an enormous amount of time and is expensive.
    So I very much would apply to the draw.

    Kind regards,

    Ger Jansen

  5. Jerome says:

    Very interesting review of a powerful oscilloscope.
    Too expensive for me (despite the aggressive price), but if I can win it, it replace very well my old Agilent 54622D 🙂

  6. axelro says:

    Excellent review and such a powerfull instrument. Thinking back at the time when I started with an analog Hameg 20 MHz Oscilloscope. Oh, and yes, of course applying for the draw. Keep it up!

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