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Old 01-31-2003, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default JR XS3? Any opinions out there?

I'm planning on buying a new radio for my touring car. I was thinking about M8 and Futaba PJK but then I came across the new JR XS3, with the no crystal syntheizer.

If anyone has or know someone that have this radio, can I get an opinion on it. How's the speed compare to the other radios that I mentioned earlier.

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Old 01-31-2003, 11:59 PM   #2
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Crystals ain't that much of a pain. It doesn't have the features the M8 or a PK has. Get an M8, you'll be happier.
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Speedchair, you might want to check out the new AIrtronics MX3, good radio with features, the only downfall I see to it is 3-model memory.
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Old 02-01-2003, 12:09 AM   #4
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The JR XS3 is going for appx $240 on the open market, and being on the budget, I feel the crystal issue is somewhat an issue.

Anyone know what Airtronics plans are for the M8. I saw their limited edition with Novak synth module and receiver. I wonder how much this unit will go for.

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Old 02-01-2003, 05:38 AM   #5
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The MX-3 has 3 channels and 5 model memory, the XS3 has 3 channels and 6 model memory.... Both have about the same parametes to adjust.... They have all the important adjustments, just not all the bells and whistles the M8 or Mars have.....
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Speed,

Having used all of the radios suggested, except the New XS3, which is really a XR3 ( which I own ) I can say that having no crystals is a big advantage if your racing. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to change xtals just to get practice, while the other guys with an M8 and switch just "tune" into one that is not being used. I am hoping JR is gonna release a module for my R1. Now the M8 is a great radio and has a ton of features, most of which many people do not use, much like the features on the 3pk,Mars or R1. Either way you go, you will get a high quality radio. If you can, don't overlook comfort, pick up each radio and feel it in your hands, I think that will tell ya which one you should buy. Now here is my biased opinion, the M8 with a switch is the way to go.

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Now, I did not suggest the Hitec 3d because 4 people I know, that have had that radio, all of them have had the case crack. Hitec has replaced them all for free, but it is just a hassle.
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SpeedChair: I own a Lynx 3D with the spectra module, and believe me, it does matter that you don't have crystals. Not just that you don't have to worry about conflicts, but that its so easy to make the change. It just takes a turn of a dial and in the case of the new Jr radio, accessing the channel function in the radios menu.

Don't waste your time thinking about buying the M8 then buying novaks module. That module ALONE goes for $100+. That makes for an insanely expensive radio package, and you would still want to have the dialable reciever, which would mean another $100.

The JR XS3 would be a good choice if you want to go crystaless. The only people who don't think its a big deal to not have to use crystals, are people who already have $100+ worth of crystals in their pit box.

The Lynx 3D w/spectra and Novak XXtra combo package is also a good deal to consider. And yes, HiTec has taken care of the cracking problems.
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:11 AM   #8
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I appreciate all the great feedbacks on this thread. It's a great help getting answers from all of you. This is one of the most awesome hobbies, and researching and meeting other people are another benefit of this hobby.

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Speedchair, The XS3 is sitting on my dining roomtable and will be used tomorrow all day a our race. I'll dial it in in the morning.

It is very light, slim in design, feels very well balanced front to back and you can dial in the frequency on digitally on the radio.

Ergonomics are very good. menus and are easy to navigate and its intuitive to use.

Some fast features:

No RF signal output when changing frequencies. In other words-you can change frequency with radio ON-but not glitch anybody!!!

Has EPA, Dual Rate, 3-channels, 6 model memory and direct access whilke driving for dual rate and brake endpoint adjustment (a biggie in gas racing!!!).

Fast frame rate for digital servos.

I cannot confirm this last one-but it feels like the spring on the steering wheel gets proggressively stiffer at the endpoints.


My other radio is a R1-so i am putting up against the best of the best!!!

All can speak for his ergonmics today. Tomorow I'll know how it "feels" while racing!!!

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Ray don't you mean SX3 and not MX3... the Mx is an airtronics
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Impactplayer-thanks!! I corrected it!!!
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Default Very good Radio!!

Okay guys,

This is what I found out today. I ran the radio in my 19 turn Tc3. my previous best in 19 turn on this layout with my R1 was a 26 5:00. Not that this was all radio-but it didnt hurt, I did a 27 5:03 for TQ and won the A. I found the radio to be different feeling than my R1, but not bad. IN a nutshell, it has a shorter throw on the wheel lock to lock. It feels faster in reaction time to my R1-but I doubt it. Just new-maybe. I did the heats in Normal mode and the main in fast mode (for digital servos) and it felt even better in fast mode. I'm leaving it there. I ran my R1 in 12th scale and appreciated how much lighter the Xs3 is. My initial feeling is-I really like the radio. i think its easy to use. I made changes all day on it and never picked up the manual.

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Old 02-02-2003, 07:20 PM   #13
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i have only heard good things about this radio, a friend of mine who works at the lhs ordered 20 of them, he said and they have sold a good amount of them in a short amount of time to the local racers he got one as well and is pleased with it.
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How big is the receiver it comes with compared to an Airtronics micro receiver or Novak XXL? Also does anyone know how much it weighs compared to the others?


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Old 02-02-2003, 09:05 PM   #15
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I'm getting really exited about this radio....does anyone know if this radio comes with nicad or not? DSC cord?

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