: :Sorry Ross, but that's all bullshit. If you connect the :DMM set to measure resistance of a circuit with a capacitor :in parallel with a resistor and are mislead by what you see :on the meter, that is *not* the meter's fault. It's yours. :You seem to think that the meter should show you the value :of the resistor, and that, if it doesn't, it's wrong. It's :not wrong, you are, for not understanding what you are :measuring and how it can affect the reading. : :Suppose there is a resistor in the circuit and you connect :your DMM, set to measure resistance, across it, not knowing :that the circuit is applying a voltage across the resistor. :Do you expect to get the correct value for the resistor :displayed on the DMM? When it is not, do you blame the :DMM for being wrong? : :Ed
What you are suggesting is that a resistance reading taken with a digital meter can not necessarily be relied upon. And where an unexpected reading does occur the user should completely analyse the system undermeasurement in order to determine why the expected resistance measurement is not being returned. That is just ludicrous.
A technician using a digital meter to measure a specific resistance combination should have no reason to suspect that there should be a significant difference in the result comapred to using an analog meter. The fact that there may be some parallel capacitance will have no effect on the analog meter reading (once the capacitance is charged) and the analog meter reading will be accurate.
A technician has every right to expect that a digital meter will also present an accurate reading without having to analyse whether or not any particular value of capacitance might be present to upset the reading. The fact is that digital multimeters, being sampling devices, can be upset by a certain combination of resistance and capacitance, but is it wrong to say that where an unexpected result occurs, the fault lies with the user because he has failed to analyse what might be upsetting the meter? Of course not. The digital meter is just a measuring tool the same as the analog meter and the technician should not have to be conversant with the specifics of the design of the two items in order to determine whether a reading is correct or not.
The user has every right to expect the same result (within reason) for the same measurement whether using an analog or digital meter, "particularly for resistance measurements". If the digital meter produces an unexpected result and the analog meter doesn't then where does the fault lie? The meter producing the unexpected result is obviously "wrong", despite any excuses, legitimate or not, which might be made to explain its erroneous measurement.