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Old Jan 22, 2012, 09:44 PM
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futaba fasst or spektrum

Which would you guys prefer futaba fasst or spektrum 8 channel systems
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 09:53 PM
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you will probably get a lot of opinions on this I prefer spektrum for the simple reason I dont like futaba and I cant remember ever having a problem with spektrum.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 10:38 PM
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 11:24 PM
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Spektrum if you like fixing busted planes , futuba if you just want to fly , or a xps/futuba like i use , flawless !
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 12:37 AM
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has to be futaba.8FG upgrades to 14 channels.you probably wont need them all but they are there if you do.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 01:09 AM
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Yeah, good thread! After owning an FM JR XP8103 since '98, I am extremely ready to upgrade to a 2.4 system. I really like the clean, unpretentious looks of the Futaba 8FG. I am so tired of a glitzy look, with fake bolts around the gimbals. Also I like the frequency hopping system utilized by Futaba. But it does seem that Spektrums new DX8 system (with less expensive receivers available) might be a better value. I am still trying to get settled on a decision. I hope someone has some info that might help.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 02:04 AM
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Futaba has decades of research and proven reliability in RC.... Spektrum, not so much.
I still have Futaba's from the 70's and 80's that continue to be reliable today.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 05:36 AM
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Spektrum if you like fixing busted planes , futuba if you just want to fly , or a xps/futuba like i use , flawless !
I suspect the guys that are fixing busted planes with Spektrum will be fixing busted planes regardless of which system they are using..


IMO, They are all good systems just pick whichever you like better and go with it. Every system out there has had some sort of issue in the past but I'd be willing to bet that 95% of the problems all start with improper setup or user error, NOT the system itself... Its hard to get fair judgement on any one particular system/brand name because as usual its what that person is currently using which is the best one.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Spektrum if you like fixing busted planes , futuba if you just want to fly , or a xps/futuba like i use , flawless !
spektrum wont cause busted planes anymore than futaba....some people just like spending more and choose to talk down what costs less.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:30 AM
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you cant just say spektrum sucks because you have had a blackout i had 3 blackouts in 3 flights! i had a bad bec.......
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Spektrum ALL THE WAY!!!

I am a fan of Spektrum. There also other brands out there like Airtronics and JR wich is sorta like a Spektrum and Hitech. I don't have anything bad to say about either. I will say this, alot of Futaba users that fly heli's are switching to the new DX8 for the awsome programing that it offers. I gues it depends on what you are flying and what you plan to fly in the future. The other advatage with Spektrum or JR is the BNF model options that will be available to you through Horizon.

I have been a Spekrum user startng my third year. I went from a DX5E that came with my RTF Alfa .40 to a DX7 and now I own the DX8. I love my DX8. I fly both heli's and planes and it works great for both.

As for FUTABA I really don't know much about them other than some Heli pilots are switching to the DX8.

Airtronics is comeing back! there new 10 channel is said to have the highest transmiter speed of all the transmiters out there. As for the programing? I do not own one and I probably will not due to owning a DX8.

Hitech also has a good 2.4 system but again I do not own one so I really can not comment.

To sum it all up, it is personal preferance. I really beleave if you stay with one of the 4 transmitters that you will be satisfied with thier performance. I do suggest seeing what the fellas at your local club are useing and get there opinions. That way if you need help with programing they can answer your needs instead of waiting for an hour on the help line to find out the you fliped the wrong switch LOL. One last thing, I am partial to a minimum of 7 chanels. That way if you do move into large scale birds or helis with goveners and such you will be able to without buying a new radio.

Hope this helps! Bobby.
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I've witnessed more trouble with Spektrum gear with users at my field than any other. The problems were experienced by beginner and veteran fliers. No issues at all with folks using the Futaba gear.
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