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02-22-2014 02:56 PM  3 years agoPost 1
helphelp

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Hi, is there anything to choose in reliability in Jr or Spektrum 2.4 ghz, I use both but always felt Jr may be better in terms of quality but would anyone here confirm which is better in terms of safety reliability.

Thank you.

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02-22-2014 03:01 PM  3 years agoPost 2
Dan Minick

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since they use the same tech, i would say they are a horse a piece in reliability. but in terms of quality, having used both i would vote JR I love my now ancient 12X

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02-22-2014 03:06 PM  3 years agoPost 3
chickens2252

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In theory the JR with DMSS is more robust that Spektrum but I've been using a 12X for 6 years with the same DSM2/X tech as current Spektrum without a single issue.

If I was starting new anyway, I do like what JR is doing with Rx's these days. Very Heli oriented. But for BNF Spektrum is the clear winner.

For strait radio quality I don't see a clear winner until you get past 9 channels but IMO JR squeaks ahead.

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+1 on loving my 12X. I won't replace it until it explodes it a dramatic fashion.

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02-22-2014 04:10 PM  3 years agoPost 4
Retired2011

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Hi, is there anything to choose in reliability in Jr or Spektrum 2.4 ghz, I use both but always felt Jr may be better in terms of quality but would anyone here confirm which is better in terms of safety reliability.
Everyone here can give you an opinion, but no one here can CONFIRM anything for you.

Chet

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02-22-2014 04:58 PM  3 years agoPost 5
helphelp

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re jr / Spektrum

I don't have any issue with jr or spektrum and have used both for some time now, but have noticed a fair number of people migrating to futaba saying that spektrum is no longer reliable.

I am the Uk so things might be different here in terms of specification.

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02-22-2014 05:06 PM  3 years agoPost 6
Four Stroker

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Spektrum is BNF compatible.

Futaba has great radios - not BNF compatible.

JR DMSS is a great new radio - not BNF compatible. The XG14 sticks are the best out there.

It's a hobby. Get a used Spek for BNF. Buy a real radio for everything else.

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02-23-2014 12:59 AM  3 years agoPost 7
Retired2011

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Buy a real radio for everything else.
Not everyone is willing to shell out for a Jeti!

Chet

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02-23-2014 01:08 AM  3 years agoPost 8
dkshema

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Buy what you wish. With regard to safety and reliability, they are ALL comparable.

This question has no answer. You only need to do a quick search here and elsewhere to find out where this thread is soon headed. "My radio is better than yours."

JR, Spektrum, Futaba, Airtronics, Jeti...all do their job, and all do it well.

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02-23-2014 01:11 AM  3 years agoPost 9
Retired2011

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^^^EXACTLY^^^

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02-23-2014 01:42 AM  3 years agoPost 10
Rudy

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Spektrum is BNF compatible.

Futaba has great radios - not BNF compatible.
Futaba has their own BNF products

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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02-23-2014 01:53 AM  3 years agoPost 11
mr dan

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Spektrum is BNF compatible.
Futaba has great radios - not BNF compatible.
JR DMSS is a great new radio - not BNF compatible. The XG14 sticks are the best out there.
It's a hobby. Get a used Spek for BNF. Buy a real radio for everything else.
??? My JR can bind to any Horizon heli that is BNF its DSMSS

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02-23-2014 04:24 AM  3 years agoPost 12
Rsams

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The new JR does not bind to anything. I think that is what he is talking about. The old ones will.

Ryan,Team JR, Team Morgan Fuels, Team KDE Direct, RCBearings.com Tech Rep

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02-23-2014 05:00 AM  3 years agoPost 13
dkshema

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My JR can bind to any Horizon heli that is BNF its DSMSS
But there aren't any BNF models that USE DSMSS at present.

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02-23-2014 07:40 AM  3 years agoPost 14
Luvmyhelis

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Both systems do the job. But, and this is a huge but. I can bind the Spektrum system to most the fbl controllers out there now with just a sat or two. So easy it is disgusting. And the better fbl controllers now do most the work. So no fancy stuff is needed anymore in the actual tx's like they used to need. 6000 flights plus on Spektrum, no brownouts or loss of signal. And other than the slider switches needing to be upgraded on my Dx6i about 5 years ago before I sold it. No problems with the Tx's either.

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02-23-2014 01:56 PM  3 years agoPost 15
kcordell

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Futaba does NOT have so called BNF products.

Tactic, a line by Hobbico has AnyLink which works with ANY radio allowing you to use any of the FlyZone aircraft or even purchase you own Tactic RX's for use in your current aircraft with the AnyLink module.

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02-23-2014 02:51 PM  3 years agoPost 16
Rsams

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The new align trex 150 will bind to futaba. A friend of mine has one set up that way and he didn't need the any link. There are a few but it is only a very few bnf for futaba

Ryan,Team JR, Team Morgan Fuels, Team KDE Direct, RCBearings.com Tech Rep

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02-23-2014 06:51 PM  3 years agoPost 17
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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buy futaba

Watch at YouTube

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02-23-2014 06:55 PM  3 years agoPost 18
Eury

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Both systems do the job. But, and this is a huge but. I can bind the Spektrum system to most the fbl controllers out there now with just a sat or two. So easy it is disgusting. And the better fbl controllers now do most the work. So no fancy stuff is needed anymore in the actual tx's like they used to need. 6000 flights plus on Spektrum, no brownouts or loss of signal. And other than the slider switches needing to be upgraded on my Dx6i about 5 years ago before I sold it. No problems with the Tx's either.
You can do the same thing with every other system as well through ppm, udi, or sBus. The only advantage to Spektrum is the bnf stuff. I've had all the systems except the dmss, and hey all work well. Flown in everything from micros up to giant scale planes and every kind of heli and Dsm2, FASST, FHSS, Jeti Duplex, ACSST all have been flawless if setup right. I've had some failure to link events with Spektrum, but they were always on the ground before flight, and a power cycle solved that.

Pick whichever you think is the shiniest and fits your hand. They all work. Spectrum will give you access to bnf stuff, so it is pretty compelling.

Nick Crego

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02-23-2014 08:48 PM  3 years agoPost 19
FRANK R

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Both are good in terms of reliability. I agree to pick what fits your hand comfortably with the ease of reaching the switches while controlling the Joystick.

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