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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:52 AM
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Redrocket also sells the DX8 for $430 linked below. These are the best prices I've found.

$430 for DX8, TM1000 and AR8000
$280 for Aurora 9, Optima 7 (free) with voltage telemetry built into all receivers ...
If you are going to quote the Full retail price of the DX8 at 429.99$ then you should do the same for the A9 $$429.99
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•Stock #191244 - 2.4GHz Transmitter & 7ch Receiver Only Version Transmitter and Optima 7 7channel 2.4GHz Receiver, with Rechargeable Transmitter Batteries and AC Charger (no RX Battery) ESP $429.99
You can easily get the DX8 for 365$
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 09:54 AM
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If you are going to quote the Full retail price of the DX8 at 429.99$ then you should do the same for the A9 $$429.99

You can easily get the DX8 for 365$
I was quoting the best I could find for both systems. I see the link showing a place discounting the DX8 to $365, which is the best price I've seen so far. Still, with one more channel and voltage telemetry built-in to all their receivers, the Hitec system seems like it's about $85 less.

A better way is to equalize prices first

$374 (inc shipping) DX8, TM1000, AR8000
$384 (inc shipping) Aurora 9, Optima 7, Optima 6, Optima 6

I think this is the difference

$248 for TM1000 x 2, AR600 x 2, SPMA9570 x 2

Which makes the Aurora 9 system about 60% less expensive for the package.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 10:37 AM
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If you are going to quote the Full retail price of the DX8 at 429.99$ then you should do the same for the A9 $$429.99

You can easily get the DX8 for 365$
Actually the MAP price on the Aurora w/7ch RX is now $399.99.

Also there is a new bare bones version with the Optima 6 for $339.99 as seen here: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXBXGA&P=7

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Old Feb 29, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Your math is confusing...

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I was quoting the best I could find for both systems. I see the link showing a place discounting the DX8 to $365, which is the best price I've seen so far. Still, with one more channel and voltage telemetry built-in to all their receivers, the Hitec system seems like it's about $85 less.

A better way is to equalize prices first

$374 (inc shipping) DX8, TM1000, AR8000
$384 (inc shipping) Aurora 9, Optima 7, Optima 6, Optima 6

I think this is the difference

$248 for TM1000 x 2, AR600 x 2, SPMA9570 x 2

Which makes the Aurora 9 system about 60% less expensive for the package.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 11:55 AM
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What is the MAP for it with the 9ch receiver Mike?


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Actually the MAP price on the Aurora w/7ch RX is now $399.99.

Also there is a new bare bones version with the Optima 6 for $339.99 as seen here: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXBXGA&P=7

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Old Feb 29, 2012, 12:09 PM
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The best price I've seen for an A9 with O9 receiver is $370 from Servocity. They also have the transmitter only for $290.

This compares almost equally with what you can get a DX8 for. ($365 and $299 respectively)

But, the DX8 does come with the TM1000 and even though the A9 has receiver voltage telemetry, you would still need to buy the Hitec telemetry module to add any other sensors.

I got a slightly used A9, two O7 receivers and HPP 22 for $250. I sold the two O7's for $90 so I got an A9 for $160 with programmer.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 12:18 PM
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Just and FYI, you can get a Hitec telemetry station module for $37.

So, for $407 you get an A9 with O9 receiver and telemetry station VS $365 for the DX8 with the same components.

Granted, with the A9 you get 1 more channel, more and easier programming features and most importantly to me Hitec reliabilty.
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Amazing what great values todays radios are.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 01:23 PM
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Amazing what great values todays radios are.
No kidding... Phil Kraft 4 channel "Sport" radio was what, $400 back in the late 70's? No servo reversing or dr even... nothing but 2 sticks and 4 trim tabs. Oh, and the power switch, yeah... the power switch. Nice! This was my first radio.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Just came back from my LHS and was looking at their new Radio Display case they recently got and of course was looking at the radio and I will admit the A9 was looking very nice.

Ask my buddy who works there if they sell many of it and he said NO, they had that one for quite sometime and it just doesn't sell like Spektrum does and Futaba. I guess radio brand popularity differ from region cause he said it was a great radio but when people come in looking for a radio they look at SPK and FUT.

I will say the A9 looked very nice shinning in that display case. My first impression of it was soso, what's up with the antenna wire sticking out from the back?
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 03:52 PM
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No kidding... Phil Kraft 4 channel "Sport" radio was what, $400 back in the late 70's? No servo reversing or dr even... nothing but 2 sticks and 4 trim tabs. Oh, and the power switch, yeah... the power switch. Nice! This was my first radio.
I had "Sport Series" Kraft as well. It was a hand me down form my father. My first radio was a big old red box "Citizenship" which was also from my dad.

Then I got my first Futaba.........
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 03:55 PM
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Just came back from my LHS and was looking at their new Radio Display case they recently got and of course was looking at the radio and I will admit the A9 was looking very nice.

Ask my buddy who works there if they sell many of it and he said NO, they had that one for quite sometime and it just doesn't sell like Spektrum does and Futaba. I guess radio brand popularity differ from region cause he said it was a great radio but when people come in looking for a radio they look at SPK and FUT.

I will say the A9 looked very nice shinning in that display case. My first impression of it was soso, what's up with the antenna wire sticking out from the back?
I'm not crazy about the styling myself. The wire is another thing some don't like. Makes it easier to change modules to PCM. Doesn't bother me as my Optic 6 has it as well.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 04:49 PM
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I think the wire out the back is fabulious,when i travel i can just snap out the antenna and arrive with one,also i have never hooked it on anything you'd have to be flying in a field of fishooks lol.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:08 PM
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Can the trimmers be assigned to dual rates for example if I wanted to change the value I use for aileron dual rate but now want to change it on the fly, can the trimmers be assigned to such function as changing the value of d/r?
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 06:01 PM
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No, only mixing values.

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