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HelicopterMain Discussion › Is the dx9 a good transmitter ??
08-15-2017 04:30 AM  8 months agoPost 1
N2587N

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I have been using my jr 12x dsmx for a long time . And looking to replace it , was thinking of the dx9 black , is it a good transmitter

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08-15-2017 08:34 AM  8 months agoPost 2
kris L

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Yes, it is an excellent transmitter. I replaced my 12x with it years ago. A friend just recently did the same. If you like the feel of the 12x in your hands you will go right into the dx9 with no adjustment. The shape and switch placement are perfect. - Kris

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08-15-2017 11:52 AM  8 months agoPost 3
chopper37

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Same here replaced my 10x after many yrs, dx9 now for about 3 yrs no issues

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08-15-2017 12:04 PM  8 months agoPost 4
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I have a first generation DX9 and it has been flawless. Possibly the best system I've ever owned.

I've flown Heathkit, MRC, Kraft, Sanwa, and for many years Futaba. I've used Spektrum exclusively since about 2003.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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08-15-2017 12:32 PM  8 months agoPost 5
870heli

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Ditto here they are a great TX. The DX-8 is also good. They are so much more capable than the older transmitter's it's amazing.
You will be pleased.
Buz

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08-15-2017 01:45 PM  8 months agoPost 6
wrongler

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I would have to say it is probably one of the most popular transmitters.

Bill Whittaker

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08-15-2017 01:52 PM  8 months agoPost 7
allns47

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Why would you want to go from a jr12x to a dx9 or 8?

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08-15-2017 02:27 PM  8 months agoPost 8
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I love my 12x , its got a lot of hours on it and I do not think it will last forever , the 12x is no longer sold . so I am looking at my options .
I have used the 12x for so long I really dont know much about any other transmitters .

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08-15-2017 03:04 PM  8 months agoPost 9
Heli_Splatter

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If it were me... I would go to the DX18 or DX20. Or stay with Jr and the xbus system. I have the 9303, Dx8 and DX18.

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08-15-2017 03:18 PM  8 months agoPost 10
kris L

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The 12x is old and dated now also you can't get batteries for it anymore. That was the final straw for me. At the time I was finding posts how everyone was making a battery for it. I didn't want to get into it. I went with the 9 because it does everything you need. Don't need anymore that a DX18 or 20 do. No need to spend more. - Kris

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08-15-2017 05:20 PM  8 months agoPost 11
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As popular as the DX9 is, Im sure you should be able to find a local chap with one for a hands on feel and test.

I purchased mine with a 15% discount and before they bumped the price $50 within the first year. Win-win for me.

The G2 radios come with a 2000mAh LiIo (same as my G1) which I replaced with a 4000mAh LiPo. If you fly alot, chances are you will too if you have lots of models and will be using the vibrations alerts and or voice announcements (who wouldnt?)

Whether you keep the original battery or not, I higly suggest you change low batt alarm from 6.4V default to at least 6.6V...trust me on that one. The main reason being that using such a low level alert does not give you ample time before radio shuts off given the vib and voice alerts going off as well. An unpleasant surprise.

I can only find two flaws or complaints on the radio:

1- (G1 only) The front plate finish sucks when compared to my JR8103 which still has a nice shine to the front plate. Maybe a geographical location issue or maybe its just me.

2- (G1 & G2) None of the openings to the radio case have a cover. This includes the memory card slot on the side; batt charging port and both speaker and training cord jacks on the back.

As a comparisson, the DX8 G2 ONLY has a rubber cover for the battery charger access on the back. Actually the charger is built into battery and not the radio. To make matters worst, the uncovered memory card (not included) opening is on the bottom of radio....yikes!

Perhaps insignificant to many but those are facts.

Otherwise a decent radio. If they sold me just the black finish case, it would be a no brainer for me.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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08-15-2017 05:26 PM  8 months agoPost 12
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does the charger that comes with the transmitter work for the lipo battery??
i would guess that there will be no copying files from the 12x to the dx9 all modles will have to be set up from scratch ??

do i need a memory card to save models

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08-15-2017 05:38 PM  8 months agoPost 13
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.......

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08-15-2017 06:03 PM  8 months agoPost 14
Pistol Pete

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DX9 comes with a built in radio charger unlike the DX8 G2 which is built into the proprietary battery.

The G1 can save up to 10 models into its built in memory. Uncertain if G2 versions can do more. Horizonhobby has the manuals available for downloading.

DX9 comes with a memory card. You can save up to 256 models settings.

There were some reports of bad memory cards which horizon replaced at no cost. Im still using the one that came with mine.

No, you cannot transfer models between your radio and DX9. Different database structure and even IF you could transfer models between them, I would still suggest to start from scratch. The programming is intuitive just like JR and will also get you familiar with its layout.

There were also few reports of screen going blank when connected to a sim. I didnt experience it.

All the above bugs were few and related to G1 but just keeping it real.
I have not come across reading such issues ever since.

EDITED
The power supply cord is a dumb "wall wart" type with fixed output. The built in radio "smart" charger programming needs to be changed so that it knows which battery type is being used in order to charge it accordingly. The programming includes NiMH, NiCad, LiPo or LiIo. No clue why would anyone want to use NiMH or NiCad, but it's there.

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08-15-2017 06:41 PM  8 months agoPost 15
N2587N

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I have used the 12x for so long It seems like a step down , but from what I can tell the transmitter will work good and has some features the 12x does not ,

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08-15-2017 06:49 PM  8 months agoPost 16
EEngineer

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I have a JR12X....but I did get extra batt packs while they were available....even have a dead one(my fault).

Are you sure you can't repair it?

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08-15-2017 06:55 PM  8 months agoPost 17
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My 12x still works fine . but it I have put a LOT of hours on it over the years and I feel like it may be getting close to its end of life .
was thinking I would replace it before it fails and I crash a heli .
I dont know . how many years should I expect to get out of it ??

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08-15-2017 07:21 PM  8 months agoPost 18
EEngineer

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Have had mine for...shoot, I can't remember...lol....would have to look thru vendor receipts....

Still looks and feels good....I guess the only thing I worry about is if the stick pots go out....but so far, no issues.

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08-15-2017 07:47 PM  8 months agoPost 19
Pistol Pete

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MTBF
May be getting close to its end of life
Mean Time Between Failure

Other than battery, dials, switches and gimbal pots with a "possible" screen.

You could contact http://www.RadioSouthRC.com as they might divulge such info. (I know JR won't but maybe horizon might)

OR

Send in to them for a quick assesment and or tune up.
It seems like a step down
Could very well be for you but to be sure a hands on test drive could seal the deal.

For what its worth, JR12X was a collaboration between JR and Spektrum. I could only guess that Spektrum may have taken design ideas from JR.

Only way to know for sure is to compare internally side by side and or further research to find who has done such.

Best of luck!

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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08-15-2017 07:54 PM  8 months agoPost 20
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"For what its worth, JR12X was a collaboration between JR and Spektrum."

Huh?

Perhaps DSMX.....I don't think Tx design....

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