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  • Spektrum DX8 gen2 or DX9

    I learned to fly on an Apprentice and now fly the 1400 FMS Sky Trainer Cessna 182. Next plane will be the EFlite 1500 At-6 or FMS 1400 T-28 with the ultimate goal of flying full-on warbirds, twin engines and maybe a few EDF jets. Need a new transmitter and considering the DX8 or DX9. I thought about a Taranis, but my son has one and had some difficulty setting it up and his computer expertise is far beyond mine. 6 channels will be taken by throttle,elevator, rudder, ailerons, flaps and retracts. I'd also like to add a MrRC sound unit with gun sounds which, as I understand, will take 2 channels, totaling 8. I'm not interested in adding servos to make a pilot's head or gun turret rotate, although telemetry is appealing. Unless I'm missing something, the DX8 should meet my foreseeable needs. Other than the extra channel, is there anything else the DX9 offers which would justify the extra $150? $ is not the issue, but I'd rather put the $150 towards planes, batteries charger etc if the DX9 offers no other significant benefits over the DX8. Thanks for your expertise and guidance.

  • #2
    Hey ICM,

    I've been considering upgrading myself from DX6. Just found out Spektrum is now offering a DX8e, for the same price as a DX6 right now. I don't know how long it will be at this price. It may be an option for you to consider, just passing on the information ...
    Straighten Up - Fly Right

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    • #3
      It's not available until late May according to the Spektrum site.
      For the $100 more on the Gen2 DX8 you're gonna be better off.
      That is because of Voice alerts and Diversity antenna.
      Just look at the comparison chart on that page.
      Warbird Charlie

      ScaleTech OV-10 Bronco; HSD A1 Skyraider; FlightLine: F7F-2D, P-38 Allied Green, Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51 Marie, F4U Olathe, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1500 Razor, 1700 F4U and a Fox glider; Freewing: A-10 Artic Thunder(100+ parts to rise again), A-6, P-51 Iron Ass; VQ: P-39, JU-52; LX PBJ-1(B-25), P-40E; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco, Catalina; Phoenix Spitfire; Maxford Antonov AN-2; Starmax L-4 Grasshopper; Eflite 1100 T-28 float; Tech1 P40; NP O-2 Skymaster; ASM A-26 Invader

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      • #4
        So no one thinks the DX9 is worth the premium over the The DX8 gen 2 or DX8e for my purposes?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ICM View Post
          So no one thinks the DX9 is worth the premium over the The DX8 gen 2 or DX8e for my purposes?
          I personally think Spektrum has the DX9 at a stupid price point. It basically is only one more channel than the Gen2 DX8.
          The DX8e is not in the same class when comparing against the other two.
          I do have a DX9, but I got it on a fluke LHS going out of business sale for $325 during the fall of 2016..............SCORE
          Warbird Charlie

          ScaleTech OV-10 Bronco; HSD A1 Skyraider; FlightLine: F7F-2D, P-38 Allied Green, Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51 Marie, F4U Olathe, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1500 Razor, 1700 F4U and a Fox glider; Freewing: A-10 Artic Thunder(100+ parts to rise again), A-6, P-51 Iron Ass; VQ: P-39, JU-52; LX PBJ-1(B-25), P-40E; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco, Catalina; Phoenix Spitfire; Maxford Antonov AN-2; Starmax L-4 Grasshopper; Eflite 1100 T-28 float; Tech1 P40; NP O-2 Skymaster; ASM A-26 Invader

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          • #6
            Originally posted by OV10 View Post
            It's not available until late May according to the Spektrum site.
            For the $100 more on the Gen2 DX8 you're gonna be better off.
            That is because of Voice alerts and Diversity antenna.
            Just look at the comparison chart on that page.

            After checking the stats on the DX8e, you may be right, I think I may have to lean more towards the DX8. Are you taking full advantage of the DX9, at present I don't have any birds utilizing more than 6 channels yet ...
            Straighten Up - Fly Right

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            • #7
              Even when I'm ready to move up to warbirds and EDF jets its tough to foresee using more than 6 control surfaces (including throttle), however, I can foresee adding stabilization, sound card and maybe telemetry. That's why I m thinking DX8 or DX9.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mcriley2 View Post


                After checking the stats on the DX8e, you may be right, I think I may have to lean more towards the DX8. Are you taking full advantage of the DX9, at present I don't have any birds utilizing more than 6 channels yet ...
                No doubt about it, am heavily involved in the warbirds and some could use 10 channels.
                Warbird Charlie

                ScaleTech OV-10 Bronco; HSD A1 Skyraider; FlightLine: F7F-2D, P-38 Allied Green, Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51 Marie, F4U Olathe, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1500 Razor, 1700 F4U and a Fox glider; Freewing: A-10 Artic Thunder(100+ parts to rise again), A-6, P-51 Iron Ass; VQ: P-39, JU-52; LX PBJ-1(B-25), P-40E; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco, Catalina; Phoenix Spitfire; Maxford Antonov AN-2; Starmax L-4 Grasshopper; Eflite 1100 T-28 float; Tech1 P40; NP O-2 Skymaster; ASM A-26 Invader

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                • #9
                  Being new to the hobby, I'd be interested in knowing what you would need 9/10 channels for on your warbirds. Could you list them? I'm not being facetious, just a relative noob trying to learn.

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                  • #10
                    Well a basic warbird uses 6 channels for the throttle, ailerons, rudder, elevator, retractable gear and flaps.
                    Now add bomb bay doors and bomb drop and stabilizer and speed brakes and movable gun turret.............oopppps now I'm at 11 Etcetera and so on
                    Warbird Charlie

                    ScaleTech OV-10 Bronco; HSD A1 Skyraider; FlightLine: F7F-2D, P-38 Allied Green, Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51 Marie, F4U Olathe, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1500 Razor, 1700 F4U and a Fox glider; Freewing: A-10 Artic Thunder(100+ parts to rise again), A-6, P-51 Iron Ass; VQ: P-39, JU-52; LX PBJ-1(B-25), P-40E; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco, Catalina; Phoenix Spitfire; Maxford Antonov AN-2; Starmax L-4 Grasshopper; Eflite 1100 T-28 float; Tech1 P40; NP O-2 Skymaster; ASM A-26 Invader

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ICM View Post
                      Being new to the hobby, I'd be interested in knowing what you would need 9/10 channels for on your warbirds. Could you list them? I'm not being facetious, just a relative noob trying to learn.
                      DX8 is all you really need.
                      TiredIron Aviation
                      Tired Iron Military Vehicles

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                      • #12
                        I think you're right that 8 channels is all I'll need. 6 will be taken for control channels. If I add a sound card, as I understand, its connected by Y harness to the throttle channel on the receiver. If I added gun sounds, that takes a 7th channel, leaving 1 free channel in reserve for lights, stabilization or telemetry. At 72, I don't have a long enough time horizon to worry about bomb drops, movable turrets/sticks etc. I'll be happy if I can become a competent pilot. The only issue is whether 2 free channels provided by the DX9 for future proofing is worth $150

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mcriley2 View Post
                          Hey ICM,

                          I've been considering upgrading myself from DX6. Just found out Spektrum is now offering a DX8e, for the same price as a DX6 right now. I don't know how long it will be at this price. It may be an option for you to consider, just passing on the information ...
                          The price for the DX8e is permanent. However, there are many areas where the DX6 is superior which is why the price is the same. Your DX6 has dual diversity antenna, voice alerts, and comfortable rubber grips. You lose these features with the DX8e while gaining 2 more channels.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ICM View Post
                            Even when I'm ready to move up to warbirds and EDF jets its tough to foresee using more than 6 control surfaces (including throttle), however, I can foresee adding stabilization, sound card and maybe telemetry. That's why I m thinking DX8 or DX9.
                            It depends the jets you want to get into. Many of the larger Freewing jets have extra features (air brakes, leading edge slats, etc) which require one or more extra channels to fly. Additionally, the elevator servos come with a Y cable so you can use a single channel but I prefer to break those into two channels so I can set sub trim and end points separately on each elevator servo. Breaking the elevator into two channels provides much more finite control with a jet. Lastly, if you use any gyros, many require extra channels for some of the features. For example, the Admiral RX6000 SP gyro/receiver can use one channel for remote master gain. Again, these are all optional but I can easily see going beyond 9 channels with a larger jet and gyro. It all depends on what you want to fly and what features you use.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tom.MotionRC View Post

                              The price for the DX8e is permanent. However, there are many areas where the DX6 is superior which is why the price is the same. Your DX6 has dual diversity antenna, voice alerts, and comfortable rubber grips. You lose these features with the DX8e while gaining 2 more channels.
                              Thanks for the info Tom. That's a couple of areas I hadn't even considered ...
                              Straighten Up - Fly Right

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by OV10 View Post
                                Well a basic warbird uses 6 channels for the throttle, ailerons, rudder, elevator, retractable gear and flaps.
                                Now add bomb bay doors and bomb drop and stabilizer and speed brakes and movable gun turret.............oopppps now I'm at 11 Etcetera and so on

                                Yeah, I can see where anyone would quickly lose channel space adding all that up.
                                I guess I'm still a couple of years away from needing those extra channels ...
                                Straighten Up - Fly Right

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