SDRplay announces the RSP2

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SDRplay Limited has today announced the launch of a second Software Defined Radio product – the RSP2.

"Building on the popularity of our first product, the RSP1, we have now launched the RSP2. The RSP2 delivers a significant number of additional features which result in a higher spec for specialist amateur radio users as well as benefits for additional scientific, educational and industrial SDR applications.
Here are the main additional features of the RSP2:

• 10 built in front-end pre-selection filters, with substantially enhanced selectivity
• Frequency coverage extended down to 1 KHz
• Software selectable variable gain Low Noise Preamplifier
• 2 x SMA Software Selectable 50Ω RF ports (1.5 MHz – 2 GHz)
• 1 x High Impedance RF port (1 kHz – 30 MHz)
• Built in software selectable MW /FM notch filters
• Highly stable 0.5PPM TCXO trimmable to 0.01PPM
• 24MHz Reference clock input / output connections
• 4.7V Bias-T option (on one of the software selectable antenna inputs)
• RF screening within a strong plastic case for the standard RSP2

When used together SDRplay’s own SDRuno software, the RSP2 becomes a high performance SDR platform. The benefits of using the RSP2 with SDRuno include:

• Highly integrated native support for the RSP2 professional grade software based upon class leading ‘Studio 1’, free of charge
• Calibrated S-Meter including support for IARU S-Meter Standard
• Calibrated RF Power Meter with in excess of 100 dB of usable range
• Best in class audio quality

Currently the RSP2 requires the use of SDRuno software, but in the coming weeks we plan to provide support for HDSDR, Gnu Radio, CubicSDR and we are working with Simon Brown to get support within SDR Console.

We believe that the RSP1 will continue to prove very popular as the lowest cost 12-bit SDR for general applications such as Short Wave Listening or for use as a panadapter and we pleased that we can now offer more choice to the growing community of RSP users.
The RSP2 is expected to retail at approximately $169 (excluding taxes)
For more information visit our website on SDRplay "
 

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Wow, wasn't expecting that this soon, so congratulations on the success of the original SDRplay RSP and onward with the RSP2. ;)

So the RSP2 has a solid 10 MHz window of bandwidth, apparently, which is about what I'd expect and could use myself at some points.

I also would like to say THANK YOU for keeping the USB Type B port on the RSP2 as well, I simply can't stand microUSB connectors for such purposes (it's not a damned smartphone) and it absolutely makes it a much more solid dare I say rugged connection that won't let go from being jostled.

Damn, I just put some cash towards finally getting a proper digital physical scanner and now this on the same day, ugh, decisions, decisions. :D
 

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I barely even read the spec. Bought it.

I agree about retaining the USB Type B. They even feel like they are meant to be unplugged a lot unlike those crappy airspit MicroUSB connectors.
 

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Just ordered the SDRplay RSP2pro (metal box) from HRO,192.00. 3 Software selectable antenna inputs, sounds great - my fingers were getting tired turning the coax switch.
 

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Ordered mine today, too. Went with the standard model as I really don't have a need for the metal case. Have to come up with way to use the original RSP ... maybe putting it online with SDR-Console.

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I toyed around with the idea of buying the first model RSP1 but just was not really convinced. Glad I didn't, this one really sounds interesting. Arkmood, can you post a picture of the one you ordered with the metal box when you get it? I'm curious!

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Sure Manny, no problem... will post some images. However, received a call from HRO Manager earlier this evening, said the RSP2/RSP2Pro are pending delivery from SDRplay, and should be in stock/ready for shipping 2/3 days.
 

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Sure Manny, no problem... will post some images. However, received a call from HRO Manager earlier this evening, said the RSP2/RSP2Pro are pending delivery from SDRplay, and should be in stock/ready for shipping 2/3 days.
2/3 days is not bad. Considering it's HRO, you should receive it pretty quick after they get it. Keep us updated. I may order one soon myself.

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Yeah heard that too before the HRO guy called... figured the Pro would be tougher to get. Told him I'd call back in a couple days for a sitrep.
 

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Let us know what you hear from them. The metal casing along with some good spray on shielding is perfect for tough RF environments. Worth waiting for in my opinion.

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Sdrplay Rsp 2 Pro?

Hi All.

For those of you who already have the SDRplay RSP 2 Pro (beta testers etc). Howdo you really like it? Are there any bad points with it such as when its connected to a custom built Windows 10 desktop computer, is there alot of RF noise/interference?

Sheldon.
 

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Was not a beta tester, but the most critical review of the RSP2 I've seen came from the folks at RTL-SDR.COM. they found fault with the Notch filters,Interference on HF using the SMA ports, leakage between the two SMA Ports, and also the SDRUno software. Can attest to the problems with the AGC/gain slider in SDRuno V1.1 with the RSP1. Have seen the same anomaly as described in the review.

The same core technology is used in the RSP2 as the RSP1, and having said that there should be no problems with Windows10/7SP1 having used the RSP1 with both. Also, the noise interference should be a non issue - one of the aspects I like most about the RSP1.

SDRPlay RSP2 Release Announcement and Review - rtl-sdr.com
 

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Update:

Spoke with someone at HRO in New Hampshire this morning which is the store I deal with. They expect to receive the RSP2 Pro right after the holiday into the beginning of December, just as Arkmood stated. He wanted to know if I would like to be called when they came in, to which I replied yes, of course. So we will see what happens.

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Yes, this is the plastic case one as I don't believe the environment I'll be using it in warrants metal. I've read that the metal case is more for physical protection of the SDRplay RSP2 than for RFI rejection.

Edited to add:

From the review by NN4F-

"The RSP2 comes in two versions, The RSP2 and the RSP2pro, so what are the differences, well it's just cosmetic, the internal workings are the same, the RSP2 comes in a Black Plastic Case, the difference from the RSP1 is the case has a metallic coating on the inside of the case, giving it adequate shielding from the outside world of RF.

The RSP2Pro comes in a rugged metal case, it still offers the same amount of shielding, and during testing, no real difference was noticeable, the metal case is heavier and is intended for a professional environment, or so the guys at SDRPlay tell me.... I just love the metal case, but again I think you will need a very expensive piece of test equipment to see any difference between the two versions of case, my eyes and ears certainly can't see it..."

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