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Old Feb 13, 2013, 06:35 AM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1826368
some interesting comments on this one over in the battery forum.And then Lo and behold Sanyo says an endloop can be charged at 2 amps 1C on thier data sheet http://www.eneloop.info/home/technol...ta-sheets.html which do you really believe humm.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:23 AM
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Tower Hobbies now showing A9X with a mid May stock estimate, price 459.99 with maxima6rx.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:27 PM
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link?

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http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LNDEAS&P=G $460 with maxima 6
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LNDEAT&P=G $490 with maxima 9
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:01 PM
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So, is the maxima 9 supposed to be faster than the 6?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:17 PM
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Thanks.

I don't understand them shipping it with non telemetry rx's. I guess the latency issue meant more to them than we all realized...
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:56 PM
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Thanks.

I don't understand them shipping it with non telemetry rx's. I guess the latency issue meant more to them than we all realized...
The latency was never a issue for me, and I fly 3D, but the low latency debate hurt sales for sure. Some others said it was a problem for them, but IMO most probably had a placebo effect and some where wearing their colors. OTOH, the 9x cuts the Optima's latency in half, so that's good.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 06:26 PM
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So, is the maxima 9 supposed to be faster than the 6?
No, they are the same @ 7ms frame rate.

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Old Feb 14, 2013, 07:02 PM
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No, they are the same @ 7ms frame rate.

Mike.
Do you have to switch modes to bind and use them as a receiver?

Or do you bind as a minima and it just works?

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Old Feb 14, 2013, 07:14 PM
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I still think the new radio is a joke at only 9 chnls. However, The service department in San Diego is tops with me. Had to send in my A9 for weird problems. They replaced the mother board and also the display and it was all done within 10 days from sending to getting it back today. Said a bad chip. What I liked was the fact that all my models are still loaded. Thumbs up to the service folks. Thumbs down to whoever stuck the new TX at 9 chnls.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:45 PM
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I still think the new radio is a joke at only 9 chnls.
A joke? What a ridiculous statement. What percentage of RC hobbyists do you actually think use more than 9 channels? 5%? Maybe Mike can chime in here since I'm sure Hitec has done market research.

The one decent hobby store in my city carries a lot of planes, and none of them uses more than nine channels. Granted, these are the planes they stock, and I have no doubt they order more exotic planes for a smaller number of customers. I've never seen any of these personally since I haven't been to the couple of club flying fields where they tend to fly bigger, more expensive planes. Some of them probably go all out and have a lot of money wrapped up into the hobby, but I think they represent a minority of users. Hitec isn't trying to market to every customer segment.

I have an A9 and it has served me well for 3 years. The new model looks like it's an improvement in many ways, so that doesn't seem like a joke to me. However, the competition has improved, too. I think it's possible the new radios coming soon from FrSky are going to put some price pressure on semi-expensive radios like the A9X. Even the HobbyKing 9XR is quite compelling. I'm not wanting to make such a downgrade hardware-wise, but even limited experience with the Companion9X/eePe software has made me a believer in the power of the ER9X/Open9X firmware. This should be an interesting year!
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:06 PM
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A joke? What a ridiculous statement. What percentage of RC hobbyists do you actually think use more than 9 channels? 5%? Maybe Mike can chime in here since I'm sure Hitec has done market research.

The one decent hobby store in my city carries a lot of planes, and none of them uses more than nine channels. Granted, these are the planes they stock, and I have no doubt they order more exotic planes for a smaller number of customers. I've never seen any of these personally since I haven't been to the couple of club flying fields where they tend to fly bigger, more expensive planes. Some of them probably go all out and have a lot of money wrapped up into the hobby, but I think they represent a minority of users. Hitec isn't trying to market to every customer segment.

I have an A9 and it has served me well for 3 years. The new model looks like it's an improvement in many ways, so that doesn't seem like a joke to me. However, the competition has improved, too. I think it's possible the new radios coming soon from FrSky are going to put some price pressure on semi-expensive radios like the A9X. Even the HobbyKing 9XR is quite compelling. I'm not wanting to make such a downgrade hardware-wise, but even limited experience with the Companion9X/eePe software has made me a believer in the power of the ER9X/Open9X firmware. This should be an interesting year!
When one graduates from the trainer planes they often use more than 9 channels. More than 5% anyhow.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:32 PM
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When one graduates from the trainer planes they often use more than 9 channels. More than 5% anyhow.
Right. Oh, to be such an RC stud -- I better get back to my simulator!
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:40 AM
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Interesting, Tower has published an ETA of mid of May!

So, if we extrapolate that - considering the ETA's for different Hitec RC equipments we had in the past- , then we will have the new TX available for the flight season 2014.

Btw., what is the official ETA published by Hitec for the new A9X ?

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 02:43 AM
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Interesting, Tower has published an ETA of mid of May!
So, if we extrapolate that - considering the ETA's for different Hitec RC equipments we had in the past- , then we will have the new TX available for the flight season 2014.
Btw., what is the official ETA published by Hitec for the new A9X ? Juergen
Certainly not very far away as the Aurora 9X has been well displayed in the
Hitec Product Catalogue 2013 (English Version) which is in two parts due
to max ,pdf file sizes permitted when transferred.

. Hitec Product Catalog 2013 #1 5.44 mb - pages 1 < 27 Transmitters, Telemetry Chargers and some servos.

. Hitec Product Catalog 2013 #2 8.27 mb - pages 28< 43 Servos and accessories.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 07:26 AM
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[QUOTE=wingz;24139493]A joke? What a ridiculous statement. What percentage of RC hobbyists do you actually think use more than 9 channels? 5%? Maybe Mike can chime in here since I'm sure Hitec has done market research.......................................... ...

This is one of those discussions that you can learn from or plant your feet and insist that 95% of people in the RC hobby use less than 9 channels. An uncomplicated 30cc gas plane with two ailerons, two flaps, two elevator halves, rudder, steerable nose gear, throttle, and ignition kill - requires the use of ten channels. Many scale and non scale planes require multiple independent throttle channels, retractable gear, separate gear door actuators, remotely varied gyro stabilization on one of more axis including nose gear steering, multiple flap systems, smoke, and the list goes on. If you think these folks represent only 5% of the hobby then you must be working your way through the foamie stage. If are open to learning there is a world of excitement and fun to experience in RC that you are unaware of. My guess is that the 9X is intended to help retain market share while Hitec completes development of their new XX Channel Touchscreen, wifi programmable 2.4ghz radio sysem.

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