RTLSDR4Everyone Review: SDRplay RSP vs RTL-SDR

Akos of the rtlsdr4everyone blog has recently written up a comparison of the RTL-SDR and SDRplay. The SDRplay is a $149 USD software defined radio with a 100 kHz to 2 GHz frequency range, a 12-bit ADC, and up to 8 MHz of bandwidth. It now competes heavily with the $99 Airspy Mini which is a similarly specced SDR.

Akos compares the two units and comes to the conclusion that the RTL-SDR is still the best choice for beginners, but that the SDRplay is definitely a good choice if you have good antennas in place and if the receiver is the major bottleneck in your setup.

In his review he goes over several points covering the costs involved, aesthetics, customer support, PC hardware requirements, setup, operation and finally reviews the performance of the SDRplay. His results show that the SDRplay generally receives much better than the RTL-SDR, but has some problems with broadcast FM imaging.

Also check out our own previous review which compared the SDRplay, Airspy and HackRF here.

Akos' test shows that the RSP has some problems with FM broadcast imaging.
Akos’ test shows that the RSP has very good reception, but has some big problems with strong signal imaging.

One comment

  1. Fluffy

    I lol’ed at this. Am I the only one that feels that the “woman” opinion sounds like an Amazon review of a “magic wand” massager? This is funny as shit. On another not. Nope sorry Airspy mini + Spyverter at 149$ Is a far better option

Post a comment

You may use the following HTML:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.