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Hello all, new here after seeing the review in Radio User. I currently use an FCD Pro+ and find it has pretty decent performance, certainly much better (RF wise) than the RTL sticks. The only thing I find bad about the FCD is the 190 KHz span, which feels very cramped. I see the SDR play can display up to 8 MHz, but is this the only advantage it has?\nMy second point is the power of the PC needed to take full advantage of the 8 MHz span - what are the recommended specs? So far I have had no problems running either the FCD or the RTL sticks (up to full 3 MHz span) on my modest laptop (P6200 at 2.3 GHz, Windows 7).
Hi Andy,\n\nThe main advantages of the SDRplay module are the 8MHz wide bandwidth. We also support reception of frequencies below 50MHz, unlike some units (lowest reception is 100kHz) . In addition to this we also provide the Mirics demodulators as free downloads. This currently includes DVBT for TV reception in Europe and the FM/DAB demodulators with associated player. It is planned the ISDB-T and ISDB-T 1seg will follow in the future. As for minimum PC specifications for 8MHz wide bandwidth DVB-T Demodulation we recommend a minimum of a core 2 duo architecture. DVBT is actually very load intensive so if youâ€™re looking to use 8MHz of BW for narrowband reception like AM/FM you should have no problems. Ultimately as the processing is done on the PC it very much depends upon the efficiency of your choice of code. I think your setup would be fine if you were using an efficient code base like SDR-Console.\n\nbtw, did you get my email response to your question?\n
Thanks for the info Ian. I ordered one anyway and it arrived yesterday, so many thanks for the prompt service.\nIt runs smooth as silk at all b/ws on my ''better'' laptop, which has an i3 3110 running at 2.4 GHz. It''s a bit hesitant on my P6200 at anything above 1,5 MHz bw, but I think there may be something nasty lurking within, as I am getting some odd things generally on that laptop.\nThe only real complaint at the moment is the way the smaller bw''s are displayed in SDR Sharp - they don''t fill the display. Zooming in puts it right, but it''s not really an answer. Will this be corrected in the next software release?\nBTW, I did not get any e-mail. If it was in response to my q about a non-responsive control panel, I now realise that the player has to be stopped before changes can be made. Ha, ever felt a fool? Thanks.