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08-04-2013 11:16 AM  4 years agoPost 21
OLROY

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On the other hand I really like my JR11X
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08-04-2013 11:25 AM  4 years agoPost 22
Craigdieslemac

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I wish it was available right now, I'd like to order it. I'm deployed and don't want to preorder and not receive it here.

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08-04-2013 11:15 PM  4 years agoPost 23
stubbs

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The DX8 ruined it for me. Unless they are the only manufacturer of transmitters I would never own another Spektrum radio. Even then I might consider hanging it up. Spektrum and Horizon Hobby used the consumer as the beta testers and I suspect this same thing is going on with the DX9.
If people would actually have the patience to WAIT and see what happens with the DX9, they'd probably end up with a very solid radio. Plenty of other early adopters will buy it on day one of release because they absolutely cannot help themselves. Heck, look at all the people on the various forums saying they have already placed pre-orders.

And waiting is exactly what I did with the DX8. I watched and followed its triumphs and all the failures for a full two years before picking up one last Sept. And, my patience was rewarded as mine has been a great radio out of the box and was never on a PID recall list for anything so it never had to go back for service.

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08-05-2013 02:40 PM  4 years agoPost 24
motorhead540

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while telemetry would be a nice addition it is something I have never needed enable to be able to fly . for now till I see or hear lots of good i'll have to just stay with my JR9503 2.4dsm and my DX6I 2.4 dsm both have been good radios also agree on DX7 being a great early option ... Heck I still fly my older nitro planes on a tried and true 7CHP/CAP heli version Futaba with no problems

wife says if i'm going to be an addict at least its to a heli

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08-05-2013 03:58 PM  4 years agoPost 25
stubbs

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Telemetry would be great if Spektrum could come up with a super accurate amp usage sensor that would measure exactly how many mAhs have been used at any given point. Set it for 75% discharge and be on the deck by 80% discharge no problem. Then, you could fly as hard or light as you want and not have to worry about a timer. You just land when the alarm goes off. And, it wouldn't be like voltage where you'd get false alarms going off early when you're really cranking it and causing voltage drops because of high demand.

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08-05-2013 05:34 PM  4 years agoPost 26
Stykz

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I bet the DX 18 users might be a bit upset that a lesser model has these new features.

What do you you guys think.

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08-05-2013 05:55 PM  4 years agoPost 27
Turner2

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I think progress benefits everyone. If Spektrum held back they would lose competitiveness.

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08-05-2013 06:35 PM  4 years agoPost 28
stubbs

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They did a great job on pricing. Only $50 more for this radio over a DX8 TX only from Horizon? That's a steal. I figured they'd wedge it between the $350 DX8 and $800 DX18 at around $550-600 or so.

$50 more gets you a LOT more radio. The gimbals from their flagship DX18QQ. Electronics and firmware based on the DX18 in the DX8 chassis, which many people prefer over the larger DX18 case, myself included. Thankfully, the DX18 has been a pretty solid radio ever since release, unlike the sketchy first runs of the DX8. Quite a steal, really, and that's not even getting into the cool features like voice prompts, wireless buddy boxing, fully assignable switches, much better stick ends, lipo battery, etc.

For anyone in question, here's the actual resident RCG Spektrum Development guy putting out the info on the gimbals, electronics, etc.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...6&postcount=336

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08-05-2013 07:45 PM  4 years agoPost 29
Blanka

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the DX18 has been a pretty solid radio ever since release, unlike the sketchy first runs of the DX8.
you know nothing about DX18 LCD screen issues LOL
someone had to send it back for 3 times... just saying.

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08-05-2013 07:48 PM  4 years agoPost 30
stubbs

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you know nothing about DX18 LCD screen issues
Yes, I do. Do you understand the difference between mere "cosmetics" and functionality/reliability? Apparently not. Those screen issues didn't cause crashes like the BS with the DX8 did.

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08-05-2013 07:50 PM  4 years agoPost 31
Blanka

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Do you understand the difference between cosmetics and functionality?
YES, there is a lack of quality control in the spektrum's factory.

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08-05-2013 07:51 PM  4 years agoPost 32
stubbs

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So, what's your point? Hell, you started this thread.

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08-05-2013 07:56 PM  4 years agoPost 33
Blanka

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So, what's your point? Hell, you started this thread.
that's funny, do I have to be a spektrum fanboy to start a spektrum thread ?

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08-05-2013 07:59 PM  4 years agoPost 34
aerocal

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Im assuming your referring to Andy.Im fairly sure he appreciates your endorsements.

In your post above about and an accurate amp sensor and capacity alarm etc. it appears you have some confusion about the limitations of lithium powerpacks.If theres something you dont fully understand feel free to ask.Ill try to explain it in a comprehensible manner.
We surely dont want to perpetuate any misunderstanding or confusion.Right?

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08-06-2013 05:33 PM  4 years agoPost 35
stubbs

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If theres something you dont fully understand feel free to ask.Ill try to explain it in a comprehensible manner.
Okay, lay down your "amazing" powers of wizardry on why YOU think it's not feasible or something.

My Castle ESCs measure and log current used for every flight. They're pretty damned accurate, too, when verified on the next full charge via how much gets put back into the battery(s). With a telemetry amp sensor, you'd just program it for whatever mAs used equates to 75% of total pack capacity and set it to alarm at that point to be back on deck safely with at least 20% charge remaining. Capisce? Ain't that hard to understand...

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08-07-2013 05:07 AM  4 years agoPost 36
stubbs

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Dudes... Ampdraw has the DX9 for pre-order at $352. That's basically the same price Horizon is currently selling the DX8 transmitter only for right now!

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08-07-2013 05:35 AM  4 years agoPost 37
ICUR1-2

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Damn just bought a DX8, figures the DX9 would come out

Actually I waited this long before buying to be sure the bugs are gone
I'll wait another 2 years for the DX9.

maybe they will upgrade the firmware for voice prompts for the other TX's, won't know if we don't ask.

spending time, paying attention

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08-07-2013 03:14 PM  4 years agoPost 38
stubbs

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Actually I waited this long before buying to be sure the bugs are gone
I'll wait another 2 years for the DX9.
That's exactly what I did with the DX8. I got mine last August, two years after it was released in Aug 2010. Oh well, at least I got a good solid year's use out of it and it will remain as a good, solid back-up and sim radio. Against my better judgement (I was going to wait, too), I went ahead and pre-ordered a DX9. I still have a month+ to cancel it if I change my mind.
maybe they will upgrade the firmware for voice prompts for the other TX's, won't know if we don't ask.
I doubt it. They need some "class distinction" between the radios and the DX9 having voice alerts is a major one. Besides, it wouldn't just be a simple firmware update anyway. The DX8 doesn't have the hardware, starting with a real speaker, to support voice synthesis anyway. If they did offer some sort of update, it would cost money and you'd have to send it in just like installing DSMX on the old DX7. It was $75 and you had to send it in because the hardware (RF deck) to run DSMX wasn't physically in the DX7, unlike with the very early DX8s that were DSM2. Those could be updated to DSMX with a free download, but that was because all the hardware was already in place.

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08-07-2013 07:31 PM  4 years agoPost 39
ICUR1-2

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Darn forgot about the speaker

spending time, paying attention

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08-07-2013 09:39 PM  4 years agoPost 40
stubbs

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Darn forgot about the speaker
And, don't forget the hardware required to drive the non-existent speaker... I'm not even sure the DX8 could handle it. The "other forum" Spektrum development self-proclaimed "guru dude" said the DX8 was very limited on built-in memory and couldn't take much more upgrading at all. People were asking why it only had 30 model memories instead of 50 like the JR 9503 and "guru dude" said it didn't have the extra memory. I personally don't care and feel 30 models is more than enough, especially since you have the SD card, but some got all up and butthurt over the fact that the DX8 internal model memory couldn't be expanded with a firmware update. Non-existent hardware aside, the code for voice synthesis and a vocabulary of 300 words/phrases would very likely far exceed the DX8's internal memory capabilities.

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