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Old 01-25-2006, 01:10 PM   #1
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I'm starting to think about upgrading to Spektrum, and I'd like some radio suggestions. I've been using a JR XS3 and it pretty much suits me fine in terms of adjustments, ease of menu navigation, model memory, etc., but as far as I know, there is no Spektrum conversion available for the XS3.

So, I'm considering the M8, 3PK, Spektrum DX3, and ???. What do y'all suggest in terms of adjustability, ease of use (menu navigation, etc.), value for the money, reliability, etc.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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I'm starting to think about upgrading to Spektrum, and I'd like some radio suggestions. I've been using a JR XS3 and it pretty much suits me fine in terms of adjustments, ease of menu navigation, model memory, etc., but as far as I know, there is no Spektrum conversion available for the XS3.

So, I'm considering the M8, 3PK, Spektrum DX3, and ???. What do y'all suggest in terms of adjustability, ease of use (menu navigation, etc.), value for the money, reliability, etc.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Check out the M11. A lot of adjustability, easy to use menu, and value for the $$$. 3pk would be a 2nd choice.
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Thanks for your input, Losi Chaser.

I'm sure the M11 is one of the best radios a person can buy right now, and I'm sure it's well worth the money. But I think it's more than I want to spend. I'll probably end up buying a used radio in excellent condition, and I doubt I'll be finding any used M11's for a good price anytime soon being that they are the latest and greatest on the market. Let me know if you know of a sweet deal, though!

Anyone else have some thoughts? I appreciate all opinions!!
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The DX3 would feel exactly the same as the radio you have now and it's about half the cost of the others you mentioned with the DSM module and Rx.

Also Horizon Hobbies is including a second Rx at no additional cost (a $80 value) if you buy the DSX from them at $250.

3PK is $330 + DSM at 160 = $490 you end up with an Rx and module you won't be using.
M8 is $280 + DSM at 160 = $440 but doesn't come with rechargable batteries or charger.
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et the M8 you can pick one up off of here at the most of 140 then add dsm to it for another 130-160
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the DXM would have the same feel as your current radio, IMO the best option is the M-8 with the spektrum module, all the bells and whistles possible and now you can get for a reasonable price.
the m-11 is nice but too expensive I think.
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I was in the exact same situation you were in .

I went ahead and bought the DX3 as I didn't have the funds and I wanted a brand new radio so I had a warranty.

Getting that free receiver also helped out too. Plus you get a Z590 servo in cluded as well as the Z270 . you can always sell the Z590 for around 20 - 30 so take that off of the total.

i got mine for $210 shipped from a hobbyshop brand new and they even included a real receipt.

email me and I can give you the info if that sounds like something you want.
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The DX3 is a nice radio, but it does have its downfalls. I also used a an XS3 before, and the only thing that keeps me from going back is the spektrum. The biggest dislikes I have for the DX3 are the fact it has no expotential, the buttons sometimes don't work unless you really push on them, and it only has a 3 model memory.

The feel is totally different than the xs3, I think it feels better actually. That was one thing I could never get used too with the xs3.

Your best bet would be to find a used m8 and go from there.
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Thanks for everyone's advice! Very helpful!

I didn't realize the DX3 only had a 3 model memory. That's a bummer. The M8 sounds like the best option, but it's either getting a used M8 or a new DX3...

Anyone have thoughts on the Futaba Megatech 3PK? I know it's the foreign version of the 3PK, but that's about all I know. Is it the same quality as the American version, the Futaba 3PK?

Thanks again, and keep the opinions coming!
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Megatech is the very same Magnum 3PK radio but you don't get a warranty in the USA or batteries which is no big deal. The stock Tx pack is a 700mah NiCAD pack which you would replace with NiMH anyway. The good part is that the Megatech comes with a dry cell holder so you can use those AA NiMH of 2000mah and up.
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You can get a new M11 without servos or receiver from tower for 225 if you use their $25 off coupon. I just picked one up myself. You can't beat that deal.
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