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Old 08-13-2019, 08:46 AM
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Questions?? Futaba T4PM, KO Propo EX-2 or sth else?

I'm looking for a new mid range radio. Had a long break from RC and used to use a Ko Propo Helios before.

As I'm not racing anymore, it doesn't need to be best High-End radio. That's why I'm looking at the EX-2 or the Futaba T4PM. Did have a look at Sanwa MTS or the M44 too. Budget about 200 USD.

My summary so far:

KO EX-2
Can't find a lot feedbacks from that one?
Don't know if it's equal to the Futaba in speed and functionality?
Do like the design of the handle (from what I've seen on the web, as I don't have a hobbyshop nearby with all of them on stock). It's not plain plastick like the Futaba or the Sanwa models in that price range.

Futaba T4PM
The design loks like a junior version of T7PX, which I like.
Read some don't like the feel of the steering of it? Too hard or springy?
The handle looks simple and plasticky.

Sanwa MTS / MT44
Not really know much about them. But read many good things about them
Looks like both have a simple plastic handle.
Receivers seem expensive

What you guys recommend?
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:08 PM
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If you can find an MT44 in your price range that will be a great radio.

You can get non-Sanwa brand receivers for $40-$50 which helps with the main negative of Sanwa radios.

They come with adjustable thickness grips which is a really nice touch.

Try out as many as you can, as the feel of the radio in your hands is such a big factor.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:51 AM
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I had a long break as well, I have been deciding on what I should get to replace my old 3PJ with a 2.4G module. 7PX is out of question as I am not racing anymore, there is really no need for such a high-spec transmitter. Among my choices, KO EX-2, Sanwa MT-44, Futaba 4PM, Spektrum DX5. KO is always my choice as I started RC with EX-5 and EX-2 (not the current EX-2, but the AM version), then moved to Futaba PCM. The trouble is that a lot of my vintage cars are on Futaba servos, so I have decided to simply go for the 4PM with 2x receivers to see if it is any good.
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want high end? but dont want the cost? flysky noble nb4.
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I had a long break as well, I have been deciding on what I should get to replace my old 3PJ with a 2.4G module. 7PX is out of question as I am not racing anymore, there is really no need for such a high-spec transmitter. Among my choices, KO EX-2, Sanwa MT-44, Futaba 4PM, Spektrum DX5. KO is always my choice as I started RC with EX-5 and EX-2 (not the current EX-2, but the AM version), then moved to Futaba PCM. The trouble is that a lot of my vintage cars are on Futaba servos, so I have decided to simply go for the 4PM with 2x receivers to see if it is any good.
So did you got YOU FUTABA 4PM already? Did you try the KO EX-2 before or any other current KO in comparison? How are your toughts?
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I would choose either the 4PM or MT-S / MT44 over other brands personally, but just be aware that any speed benefits from the 4PM require the full setup.
If you aren't going to run the 4PM with the 334 receiver and expensive Futaba SR servos, you won't be able to utilise the faster SR mode.

The benefit of the Sanwa is that it has a very fast SHR mode (only slower than Sanwa's own faster modes, to my knowledge) which will work with any brand digital servo.
It's not a big deal to carefully file down a few servo plugs to fit (if needed), at least in my experience. I use both Futaba and Sanwa servos.

The MT44 does have a rubber handle, but it makes little difference IMO, I prefer the MT-S wheel feel (same mechanical feel as MT-4S, which has same tx/rx response speed as MT44 but a little hard to find now).
The MT44 is a little springier and bounces more on return, but I did get used to it. The MT-4S and MT-S wheels are my favourite.
Some people have opposite preferences so as mushroomed said you do have to try yourself.
I stress these are minor differences though, I would happily use any of them.

If you get the MT-S or MT44 get the combo with 482 RX
If you get the 4PM get the combo with 334 RX (if you want to utilise SR mode in future)
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