R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-21-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 181
Default Which radio?

Hi,

which radio should I get:

Ko Propo EX-10 Helios OR Futaba 3PK OR Spektrum DX2?

The Helios and DX2 are half the price of the 3PK, please list some pros and cons of each if possible,

TIA

Last edited by D_o_S; 02-21-2006 at 11:37 AM.
D_o_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 11:48 AM   #2
Tech Elite
 
ChrisP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
Posts: 2,046
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

The Helios should be closer in price tot he 3PK than to the DX2....unless you're looking at the black 3PK with Synth module...even then it should be a far cry from twice the price.

I wasn't that impressed with the DX2. It is missing some common features and didn't feel as comfortable in my hand as the others.

Ultimately that's what you should rely on...how the unit feels in your hand.

I love my 3PK, but I have also been impressed with the feel of the Helios (or JR Z-1) and the M11.

I've held the M11 with a VXR LiPo pack and it felt better than stock to me....I'm currently using a VXR LiPo in my 3PK and I can't see wanting to change any time soon.
ChrisP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 11:53 AM   #3
Tech Master
 
Essnowyt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere Strange Wisconsin!
Posts: 1,662
Send a message via AIM to Essnowyt
Default

Some things to help you.

What radio system do you currently have? Do you want the new radio to be compatible with what you currently have?

Do you run Nitro? The 3pk is a great nitro radio. The other radios do not have some of the fine-tuning Nitro adjustments.

Go around your track and ask to hold those radios, one might not be comfortable. Comfort is something that you have to be concerned with.

Hope that helps.

Snowy.
__________________
Team XRay, RCAmerica, Motiv, Gravity RC, Schacht Design Works.

Drive it, Dont slide it!
Essnowyt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
Tech Master
 
xrayaustin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: St. Pete
Posts: 1,174
Trader Rating: 12 (93%+)
Send a message via AIM to xrayaustin
Default

Go with Airtronics all the way....M8 or M11, no matter what
xrayaustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 12:27 PM   #5
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 181
Default

Thanks for the replies so far,

Currently, I have an Agressor AM system

I run electric, and I cannot get Airtronics M11 or M8 (or any Airtronics radio)
D_o_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 12:50 PM   #6
Tech Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 92
Trader Rating: 40 (100%+)
Default

Like others have said, see if you can handle the different radios and even drive a car with them. Both have similar features. I've used the 3PK for 2 years. It is a great radio for both nitro and electric and I'm a visual kind of guy so the display is great. Then this fall I made the mistake of trying a friends Helios with the angled drop-down wheel. Felt like a glove in my hand, it was so comfortable. I keep my left wrist fairly straight and the angled wheel gave me a much better grip on the wheel. So I went out and got one and personally feel it's the most comfortable radio to hold. There are even different thickness grips to adjust the feel. My son still prefers the 3PK so it's a matter of what feels best for you.
Rick S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 01:00 PM   #7
Tech Elite
 
ChrisP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
Posts: 2,046
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

Futaba has a thick grip for the 3PK as well...I don't even have to grip the handle...it just rests in place perfectly
ChrisP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 03:00 PM   #8
Tech Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Bay City, Mi
Posts: 251
Send a message via AIM to _nick_ Send a message via MSN to _nick_
Default

I have a synthesized JR SX3 FM radio, and i love it, have not had a single problem with it!
_nick_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 10:13 PM   #9
Tech Elite
 
Yeti35's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: SL, UT
Posts: 2,804
Trader Rating: 5 (100%+)
Default

This is not going to be a thread where someone will be able to answer you question for you. You will ultimately have to decide for yourself. I had an XS3, M8 and now have an EX-10. Reason I have the Helios now is because I did not like the way the M8 felt in my hand and was just not comfortable for me. It is a great radio, was just not wild about how it felt. The XS3 was a good radio as well but it would not allow me to go to Spektrum. If you have guys at your local track that have the radios you are considering, ask them if you can try them out and see what feels good to you. Don't buy the replies that Airtronics is the best or JR is the best, just try them out and see. There is no best, just what feels comfortable to you.
__________________
JRXS Type R, I have four of them!! ;) ( Yes, I still have them!!)And racing one of them again!!
22 3.0SR
22T 2.0 w/ Exotech chassis
Yeti35 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 11:00 PM   #10
Tech Master
 
nordheim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Puyallup, WA
Posts: 1,725
Trader Rating: 6 (100%+)
Default

I love my KO Ex-10 Helios. Best radio I have ever had. Much better balance than the 3PK.
__________________
SEATTLEINDOORRACEWAY.COM - VALLEYVIEWRC.COM
nordheim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2006, 12:45 PM   #11
Tech Master
 
xrayaustin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: St. Pete
Posts: 1,174
Trader Rating: 12 (93%+)
Send a message via AIM to xrayaustin
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by D_o_S
Thanks for the replies so far,

Currently, I have an Agressor AM system

I run electric, and I cannot get Airtronics M11 or M8 (or any Airtronics radio)
why cant you get airtronics
__________________
Www.superiorhobbies.com

2010 cleveland indoor champs and 2011 snowbird nationals 17.5 stock A main winner
xrayaustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 05:25 AM   #12
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 20
Default

I just love 3KP, i ll suffest you to have 3KP. These pistol grip systems are perfect for beginners and sport racers alike. In top-level racing, speed and accuracy are everything. And with the 3PK in hand, drivers have everything they need to get the jump on the competition. The innovative "Adjuster" feature makes being "out of tune" obsolete, by allowing the racer to electronically restore settings degraded by time or vibration. Plus, the 3PK is the only system available with an HRS (High Response Speed) transmission mode—FM technology so advanced that it required the creation of an exclusive feature (MC Set-Up) just to bring ESCs "up to speed" with HRS's higher signal rates.

The 3PK's three-tiered menu, innovative "Direct Select" feature and rear-mounted backlit LCD put programming speed—and the 3PK's full competitive potential—within easy reach of any serious racer.
benlinus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 06:54 AM   #13
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,921
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

I'll 2nd Austins choice Airtronics M11or12. Had a M8 for years and sold it to get a DX3pro. Radio broke at a big race after the 1st qualifier.It vibrated and would not turn off and the screen went blank. The next month bought a M12. You get what you pay for!
__________________
Team Epic/Trinity -Michael Bruce Hobbies-Team CRC ,Kimbrough Products and GForce.
WGT-R, GT-12 Racing USA (21.5 ), Formula 1 and Home Track is 386 RaceWay,ROAR #7540.
BullFrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #14
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Grand Haven, MI
Posts: 702
Trader Rating: 13 (100%+)
Default

I like the Magnum Jr, myself.
Sean B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #15
Tech Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 375
Default

M11x from Amain on special $339 + $25 off coupon +free shipping=total control for $314
homershoots is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 DTX ICE - Car stands, 8000 7.4 lipos, B4 Spares, Tires, 3PK radio M8 radio spektrum racer34v R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 7 07-16-2008 06:10 AM
gt2 truck,spectrum radio,ae radio,glow starters.......trade for non rc realted xsxracing Other Items: For Sale/Trade or Wanted to Buy 1 08-07-2007 05:43 PM
gt2 truck,nitro extras,spetrum radio,ae radio,charger,battery more....cheap xsxracing R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 0 08-07-2007 08:40 AM
Good radio:fm, any brand, no offer refused! needed radio(3 channel t to the maxx2 R/C Items: Wanted to Buy 16 02-05-2005 11:20 AM
Futaba 3PJS FM/PCM radio w/7 sets of crystals and MATT FRANCIS radio bag Ron Meloni R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 1 01-08-2003 04:43 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 04:59 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net