Akos, author of the popular “RadioForEveryone” blog site, has published what he calls an “Unadulterated and highly personal review” of the SDRplay RSP2 after quite a personally turbulent year for him. This is written in a very different style from the normal reviews you see published but what shines through so strongly is the absolute joy he has experienced with this SDR during the past year since it was introduced. This makes a great read for those who like to decide on what to purchase using their heart as well as their head! Go to http://www.radioforeveryone.com/2017/12/ode-to-sdrplay-rsp2.html
Akos enthuses about the multiple antenna ports of the RSP2
“The RSP-1A is now a very attractive proposition for those wanting a wideband, budget, SDR. The RSP-1A is significantly better than any of the RTL based alternatives. The combination of the new filter banks and the 10-step RF gain control make it easy to tame the incoming signal for best overall performance. Also, don’t forget the bonus of RF level measurement. “
Mike Richards checks out the amazing accuracy of the RF power measurement facility which means (like its big brothers the RSP2 and RSP2pro) you can justify one for work and one for play!
This comprehensive review from popular YouTube Vlogger “SevenFortyOne” gives a close up and detailed review of the SDRplay RSP1A
In addition, it includes an excellent introduction to SDRuno starting at around 9 minutes 30 seconds in . Then from 19 minutes 45 seconds onwards, the video demonstrates many of the controls in action on real HF signals. Then from 36 minutes 20 seconds onwards you get to see the RSP receiving signals at different points across the spectrum.
0 minutes 0 seconds: Introducing the RSP1A
9 minutes 30 seconds: Introducing SDRuno
19 minutes 45 seconds: SDRuno controls in action on HF signals (75/80m amateur bands)
36 minutes 20 seconds: picking up real signals from across the spectrum
Many thanks to SevenFortyOne for this excellent video.
See also the video from Bob Nagy – the two of these independent reviews together give real insight into what you can expect to be able to achieve with an RSP and SDRuno. The link is here: https://www.sdrplay.com/ab5n-reviews-the-rsp1a-with-sdruno-and-gives-it-two-thumbs-up/
Bob Nagy just released this review of the RSP1A – it includes a very informative tutorial on SDRs and a whistle stop tour of SDRuno. What’s nice is the way he managed to include demos of the RSP1A in operation picking up real signals across the spectrum from VLF beacons up to 1.9GHz cellphones. In summary, after pointing out all the advantages an RSP has for the lab environment, Bob says “As a tool for learning the dynamics of SDR – Wow!” and gives it two thumbs up 🙂
Many thanks to the SWLing.com post for this great review of the RSP1A. The author, Thomas summarises with these words:
“Think of it this way: The RSP1A is the sporty-but-affordable compact car of the SDR world. It delivers performance well above its comparatively modest price and is fun to operate. In terms of DX, it gets you from point A to point B very comfortably––and quite affordably!
With just $99, there’s no reason you can’t join the world of SDR––the RSP1A is a very accessible, very intuitive SDR start your exploration of the radio spectrum.”
Ham Radio Science published their review of the new RSP1A – click on the picture below to get the link their review which includes a YouTube Video Demo and Review
The author writes: “SDRPlay does a great job of listening to it’s user community and it shows in their products. The RSP1A is a great example of that. The more powerful ADC, Broadcast Band Filtering, TXCO, and Bias-T support has the RSP1A knocking on the door of far more expensive SDR receivers. If you are looking for a very inexpensive general coverage SDR receiver with excellent performance, look no further than the SDRPlay RSP1A!”
Paul, NN4F posted this review of how he finds the RSP1A:
Paul writes: “Overall, I’m very pleased with the RSP1A, I know there will be more in depth technical reviews, but as a regular ham radio user, would I buy the RSP1A, at $99 – Yes with no hesitation; I’ve been running the RSP1A and RSP2Pro in tandem here at the NN4F station, and find that they compliment each other very well”
Over on the eHam review website (see the link below) we’ve had some very nice comments posted in the last few days from new users of the RSP2pro and RSP2:
KW8L Oct 31, 2017 09:12
AMAZING! Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The RSP2 Pro in one word is, AMAZING! I have had this in my “shack” for a about two months and it does what the manufacturer, SPRplay, says.
Nice to have multiple antenna ports available making it readily adaptable to many different situations and configurations. Small in size, slightly larger than a standard deck of playing cards, all the while being able to “hear” from 1 kHz to 2 GHz. Don’t let the packaging and small size fool you. Quality thru and thru.
I use mine with the included SDRuno software, this allows use as a spectrum scope, panadapter, and very wide band receiver. Lots of features, and some what of a steep learning curve, but worth the time to read, and then re-read the manual again.
Should you find yourself in a situation where issues occur, and answers seem not to be readily available, write them a note. They have successfully answered all of my questions. The user groups are a tremendous asset.
All in all, I would give this product a solid 10 out of 10.
Jack – KW8L
M0MSD Rating: 5/5 Oct 31, 2017 07:55
Excellent Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I can’t praise both the hardware and the support staff highly enough. I just wish all other companies involved with amateur radio would go the extra mile like the SDRPLAY support staff do. I now have two RSP2 Pro units, one for my FTdx5000 and one for my FTDX 300. Both units do exactly what it says on the box. I wanted to do something not usually available with one of the units, the support staff sent me the necessary parts focus. Do you know another company that would do that? If so please let me know and I’ll start using their equipment too.
All I can say is, if you want an SDR or panadaptor then get an SDRPLAY, you won’t be disappointed and their software is as good if not better than any other free software you’ll find.
Please note that I’m only an end user of the equipment and have no other connection with the company.
AE5J Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2017 10:36
Amazing! Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Not many products are as impressive as this little unassuming box. I always wanted to dabble with SDR, but could not justify the expense. I got the SDRPlay RSP2 on sale from HRO because the price was almost too good to be true.
Well the RSP2 is better than I expected – by a large margin. I’ve been having a great deal of fun prowling around places I only briefly visited many years ago. The receive is, IMHO, every bit as good as some of the more expensive ham transceivers.
The software from SDRuno works very well, albeit there is a learning curve, but it is worth the investment of time. I’ve also used SDR Console from Simon Brown, the guy who brought us Ham Radio Deluxe. Simon’s software is a bit more aimed at the experienced Ham, but SDRuno offers many of the same features. The answer? Install both and enjoy.
I can’t add much to what has been said already. Be sure and protect the front end on the RSP2. I just connect my main station antenna to the RSP2 OR the ham transceivers. Works amazingly well.
If you’re thinking of buying an SDR, you can compare reviews of other radios and SDRs on the eHam website: http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/8