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PostPosted: 13 Feb 2013, 09:45 
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I need a new multimeter that will last me a few years and was after some advice. I like Fluke’s range and have this one in mind:

http://www.newark.com/fluke/fluke-117/multimeter-digital-handheld/dp/83K1721

I think it does everything I need, but just wanted to check there’s no point looking further up the range? I’m primarily want to be able to check audio amps, CD Players and maybe the odd radio.

I was originally trying to stick to a $200 budget… Is there any point shelling out more for a high precision device just in case I need one down line?

The fancier alternatives include:

http://www.newark.com/fluke/fluke-177-esfp/multimeter-digital-handheld/dp/25C4800
http://www.newark.com/fluke/fluke-87-5/multimeter-digital-handheld-4-1/dp/96H6287

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Hi, Welcome to the Forums. The meter should be just fine. Save the extra cash and save up for an inexpensive digital scope front end for a PC. They are invaluable.

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PostPosted: 13 Feb 2013, 20:29 
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The fluke 117 is a good meter and should last a couple of decades. I recently purchased a fluke 179, but I kinda regret not going for the 87.

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PostPosted: 16 May 2013, 08:15 
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[...] Save the extra cash and save up for an inexpensive digital scope front end for a PC. They are invaluable.

Any model or brand of digital oscilloscope in particular?

Sorry about the thread jack. :) :beerchug:

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PostPosted: 16 May 2013, 08:28 
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RossD wrote:
Any model or brand of digital oscilloscope in particular?

My advice is to check out Dave Jone's EEVblog (http://www.eevblog.com/) and scroll down the episode list for some reviews. Dave does reviews of a lot of miscellaneous equipment (including digital scopes) and also gives good tips on what to look for when buying test equipment. Watch a few reviews and tear downs and you'll get a much better idea of at what you should be looking.

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