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07-03-2014 05:12 PM  6 years ago
Shawnlh

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what are considered top of the line transmitters
Futaba 18MZ top of the pile for a consumer based product.
Trex 800 Pro DFC / Trex 700L Dominator / Trex Pro 700 DFC / Blade 180CFX w/Ikon / Futaba 18SZ / RealFlight 7.5
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07-03-2014 08:53 PM  6 years ago
RogerRabbit62

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That is the one i use.
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07-03-2014 09:12 PM  6 years ago
unclejane

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I'd love an 18MZ also if I had 2 large to burn, but the 14SG I got not too long ago is probably the best transmitter I've ever had. My 8FGS's are good rigs too, but they've been discontinued...

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07-03-2014 10:08 PM  6 years ago
HeimD

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For those who have either owned or have experience with both, which is better in terms of fit/finish, build quality, etc. Futaba 18MZ or the Jeti DS-16? I'd consider either one of those to be a "lifetime" purchase because even though technology advances, either TX is so good that you'd never want to get rid of it. I'm just wondering which one edges the other one out.
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07-04-2014 01:11 AM  6 years ago
TMoore

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That's a question best answered by you yourself. Quality tends to be a rather subjective value when it comes to TX's.Part 107.
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07-04-2014 02:58 AM  6 years ago
HeimD

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That's a question best answered by you yourself.
Okay, so please explain exactly how that's feasible with very, very few people having hands-on access to both a Futaba 18MZ and Jeti DS-16 at the same time for direct comparison.
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07-04-2014 04:01 AM  6 years ago
turboomni

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I have been flying JR for about 10yrs now. My current TX is the 9503 on dsm2. I love it and have never had any issues in the 3yrs ive owned it.
I have the JR X9303 which was the first 2.4 9303 JR made and was still made in Japan. It's only problem is the switch assignments which is limited compared to tx's today. I am now trying to get the JR to work with my new Bavarian Demon on my Miniature Aircraft Spectra Gasser.....with the Jewel generator ,,,,getting close!!
Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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07-04-2014 10:04 AM  6 years ago
RogerRabbit62

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Take it into your hand.

All top pilots here ( even so they have to pay ) use the T18mz, a few JR.
I did not see a single jeti in the german championships.

I has both in the hand, bought the T18MZ.

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07-04-2014 02:13 PM  6 years ago
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I had the same issue with my DX8 and DX9. I would see the drift every time I set up a VBAR or looked at the monitor screen. I would get it most on rudder since I turn left so much. I am very interested to know what type of pots are in the VBAR control. I can tell you that the sticks feel smoother than my DX9 and I do not have pot issues yet. It is a very specific radio but I would say it is very high end.I have a 3D heli, I don't understand why it doesn't do 3D.
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07-04-2014 11:49 PM  6 years ago
9387ASH

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JR pots are extremely reliable. I have only ever had to replace pots on stick assemblies if the stick has been damaged or abused.
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07-05-2014 12:17 AM  6 years ago
3dgimble

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what are considered top of the line transmitters
If it says FUTABA on it then that's a starting point, look at the higher price range of that brand and you will have the top of the line TX's.
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07-05-2014 12:39 AM  6 years ago
Retired2011

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^NOPE^
Spend whatever you are willing to spend, regardless of the brand, it will be a great TX.
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07-05-2014 01:11 AM  6 years ago
turboomni

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Well said Chet! Just to add to the confusion the new Graupner SJm2-24 12 channel radio seems to be interesting alot of guys. Many like the radio and seems to be alot features for the money.Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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07-05-2014 01:18 AM  6 years ago
turboomni

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Here is a RC groups review. It's 500 bucks.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2036282
Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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07-05-2014 01:19 AM  6 years ago
Shawnlh

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Futaba has been a leader in the RC industry for a looonngg time. So forget the rest and get the best. Pick up an 18MZ and you'll be set for many many years, and have zero regrets.Trex 800 Pro DFC / Trex 700L Dominator / Trex Pro 700 DFC / Blade 180CFX w/Ikon / Futaba 18SZ / RealFlight 7.5
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07-05-2014 01:33 AM  6 years ago
turboomni

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Futaba has been a leader in the RC industry for a looonngg time. So forget the rest and get the best. Pick up an 18MZ and you'll be set for many many years, and have zero regrets.
We heard you the first time with this,,,,,,,
Futaba 18MZ top of the pile for a consumer based product.
I would hate to see this thread turn into a pissing match on which company is best. It boils down to preference. There are many good companies. Every TX has it's pluses and minuses.
Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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07-05-2014 06:48 AM  6 years ago
Shawnlh

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If it says FUTABA on it then that's a starting point, look at the higher price range of that brand and you will have the top of the line TX's.
.............+1
Trex 800 Pro DFC / Trex 700L Dominator / Trex Pro 700 DFC / Blade 180CFX w/Ikon / Futaba 18SZ / RealFlight 7.5
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07-05-2014 11:45 AM  6 years ago
Retired2011

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The Futaba fanboys can't seem to help themselves from injecting there wisdom into any thread about electronics...whether it is pertinent or not.
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07-05-2014 02:19 PM  6 years ago
turboomni

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Yes they are very enthusiastic lot. Futaba makes excellent stuff I agree!Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them
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07-05-2014 03:42 PM  6 years ago
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Are we talking about 1) construction quality 2) RF design quality 3) Digital S/W quality ?

The high end Futaba 12Z, 14MZ, 18MZ have the highest board and interconnect quality I have ever seen in a transmitter.

The high end Futaba have the most versatile S/W ever made. With complicated S/W come bugs. Since this is the same S/W for 10 years, they have most of the bugs out now.

The Futaba stick assemblies (a.k.a. gimbals) are not that great - plastic. The JR XG14's are much better and the 28 will be better still. I switched to JR for several reasons but mainly because Futaba has no offerings between the 14SG and 18MZ ? I looked at the Jeti !

The Jeti has many problems - 1) Hall Effect sticks 2) Poor RF design. If what the box is made of is important to your flying style, then get one. Been out a long time and still no SPLINE curves. Mainly a gimmick offering.

I don't want a damn color touch screen - Futaba 18MZ, JR 28X. And I don't want to spend $3000 for a transmitter.
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