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Tubes and Hybrids / Re: JTM60 Combo rectified diodes fried
« on: November 06, 2019, 06:24:10 PM »
Was the mains or HT secondary fuse blown?
Are the power transformer windings ok?

Software / Re: Simple budget oscilloscope for Android
« on: January 24, 2019, 06:32:50 PM »
I haven't come across another vintage USB interface device that groups together the same suite of benefits, and be sold 2nd hand at a low price as the EMU range of USB devices.  Hurdles can arise with vintage gear like this - such as with software and running on latest PC operating systems - luckily the beta driver for that device runs on Win10, and REW has no problems using ASIO driver with it - but caveat emptor with trying to use any USB or other PC interface device.  However this all relates to a PC connected tool, not an Android as is the topic of the thread, so a bit off piste.

I looked through the Android Micro-USB OTG topic the other day, and hope to confirm that 5V is available from that port without hassle of my test Nexus, although it seems that not all Android devices may allow that feature, or allow it in the same way.

Software / Re: Simple budget oscilloscope for Android
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:04:03 AM »
I lucked upon an EMU0404 USB interface for just a few $.  It's key advantages are a 1Megohm unbalanced input with wide attenuator/gain stage, and a wide range headphone/line output, and a very low noide floor, and a 192kHz sampling rate.  Add a standard scope 10:1 or 100:1 compensated probe, and a battery power supply, and a battery powered computer or USB isolator, and REW software, and you get a top class spectrum analyser for audio for under $50.  Other software can be used for time-domain scope waveforms.

Using an interface without all those attributes forces compromises, and may be not so easy to work through to a practical outcome.  I've tweaked $1 USB soundcard interfaces - not too difficult, but tweaking requires the MIC low impedance ADC input to be raised to 1 Megohm if a standard scope probes is used.  A 100:1 probe goes a long way for protection.
An Android device would likely have a similar MIC input issue - I just updated an old Nexus with the aim of setting up a BNC probe input adaptor if I get the chance.  Could certainly make a convenient portable tool.  USB OTG allows a 5V supply for powering any interface opamp.

Software / Re: Simple budget oscilloscope for Android
« on: January 18, 2019, 12:47:05 AM »
I'd be a little cautious about using a an expensive android phone for general use, as it may be easy to fry the microphone input. 

But if you have an out of contract old phone gathering dust, or other hand-me-down device, then go for it.  Often a 10:1 scope probe can be connected to a MIC input, and bandwidth may be tweakable by adjusting the probe compensation capacitor (even to the point of removing any fixed cap in the probe).

Ciao, Tim

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