BC75XLT VS BC125AT – A Quick Rundown:
Some Back Story:
The BC75XLT and the BC125AT are both developed by the japanese wireless communication company Uniden.
The 125AT has an expanded feature list, making it slightly more expensive – allegedly you’re paying for upgraded functionality.
So we felt that we should put together a bit of a comprehensive breakdown so that you can figure out where exactly the extra 30 or so dollars are going.
Which device you choose may eventually boil down to a couple of key factors. Where you live, what your occupation is and a dash of personal preference could be the biggest indicators of which device you end up settling for.
Where you live – if you live in the city, you might want to splash out on more memory, whereas if you live in relative wilderness, the amount of RF signals you’re likely to detect will be so low it’s unlikely you’ll ever have a use for the extra memory (meaning you get to save a bit of money too)
Your occupation could be a big factor too, if this device is critical in getting work done then it’s worth splashing out on the additional memory – when it comes to using a radio for work, you can never have too much memory.
Personal preference can play a role too, if you’re looking for something a bit more custom and unique to you, the 125 allows you to pick from multiple colour schemes instead of just the default granite black.
BC75XLT vs BC125AT:
Before we delve into the comparisons, we should break down each device individually and talk about what capabilities are present, how they function etc.
The BC75XLT is definitely cheaper, but you may find yourself asking “why?”. At first glance, these devices are pretty much the same. But the 125AT has a handful of additional features tacked on to, at least partially, justify the different price point.
With the 125, for example, you can manually label every single channel so you don’t have to list them somewhere else externally in order to keep track of them all. You also have some other additional configuration features such as having the backlight switch on during incoming transmissions so that you can look at the channel information and discern what source the transmission is coming from.
The 75 does not have these features, and despite being newer, it’s much cheaper as a result.
Is this the only difference? Not at all, but it’s a convenience point that may several impact your purchasing decision-making so we felt it vital to mention this first.
Apart from this, there are some other key differences between the 125 and 75:
On first impressions, with both devices side by side, you’ll probably note that the 125 is bigger. It’s slightly heavier also, by a margin of about 2oz. The weight isn’t really a prohibiting factor, however. 2oz makes very little difference with respect to fatigue, so it’s not like the 125 is going to be slowing you down.
If you’re not comfortable with something slightly larger in scale, the 75 may be more to your taste.
It doesn’t just differ in the size department when we’re looking at the design either – the 125 comes in a much wider array of colours, although the standard model uses an identical colour scheme to the 75.
Apart from this aspect of the design, the rest is fairly identical. The LCD display has optional backlighting on both devices and the screen on both devices displays exactly the same amount of information. (Both screens have representation for alpha tags, modes, frequencies and signal strength)
Both scanners are pretty much identical when it comes to the programming side of things. They both require a pc to program and they both require the software provided on Uniden’s website.
They CAN be manually programmed, but it is not advisable to do this unless you have absolutely no access to a PC in which to program the device with.
Both devices have a “close call” feature that can be utilised, this close call feature scans for nearby radio transmissions and displays information about them on the LCD screen, including signal strength.
Both devices have DND (do not disturb) integration with their close call programs, effectively minimising noise and interference.
When you disable DND you can begin monitoring other transmissions on other channels.
Both devices have a lockout feature, allowing you to block specific channels/frequencies when performing a scan. This can make things much easier for you if you’re looking to speed up the process of finding new and unique channels without bothering yourself with useless interference.
Power Supply Similarities
Both devices come with dual-power options. You can either use a rechargeable battery pack, or you can simply insert 2 AA batteries in to the device. This is fairly handy if you don’t have time to sit around waiting on a recharge – or if you plan on using the device for extended periods of time.
Both devices have power-saving modes available in which they shut down the device after receiving no transmissions for 60 seconds and occasionally blips on for a few hundred milliseconds to scan again at specific intervals. This can greatly boost the battery life of the device so having this functionality on both models is great.
Both devices differ strongly at one particular point, this has already been briefly touched upon but it’s important to reiterate when these devices are already so similar.
The biggest difference between both devices is the memory storage. The 75 offers 300 channels with 10 memory banks capable of holding 30 frequencies. Whereas the 125 offers a much more impressive 500, with 10 memory banks capable of holding 50 frequencies.
How many of these channels will be used for redundancy depends entirely on your reasons for owning this device – you may find your channel list filling up a lot quicker if using this radio is part of your job.
All in all, there is not a great deal of differences between both devices.
It honestly boils down to your own subjective opinion in terms of whether the additional features are worth the money.
From a personal perspective, I’d be a little bit happier to shell out extra cash for a custom colour scheme and an expanded channel
The 125 also has the advantage of being a bigger device overall, if I was attempting to conserve space I probably wouldn’t bother getting it, but the slight increase in bulk brings with it a lot of extra memory space. 200 additional frequencies stored in the memory channel is definitely something I’m willing to clear up room for!
If you live out in the countryside, you may not have as much use for this amount of memory, as the amount of RF signals you’re likely to encounter would be much lower. So unless you live near a city it might be worth conserving a bit of cash and getting the 75.
So have you made your decision?
Uniden Bearcat BC125AT