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Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

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Old 06-23-2007, 12:59 AM
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Default Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

OK so I want to do a poll to help myself and others in making the decision, which 2.4ghz module based system should I buy because its best to convert my mhz aircraft radio.

Please base your vote on the overall product, such as, link robustness, manufacturing quality, transmission speed, availability, everything. Im sure theres pros and cons to each, please explain if you like. I will be converting my jr 10x

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Old 06-23-2007, 01:01 AM
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I am leaning towards the xtreme system. You can get a 10 ch receiver compared to 9 with Spektrum. And its antenna is neat, no wires, just a little stub.
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Yup!---
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Default RE: Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

I think it's going to be hard to get an impartial vote as I don't think many people have owned both to be able to truly compare.

I own the extreme link. So far it's working great. I have a 9c and the 8 and 10 channel receivers. One thing about the receivers is that you will only be able to use the # of channels that your radio sends in fm mode. IE, I can only get 8 channels with my 9c. With the ex link you can however do some programming with the receiver (which I haven't messed with... failsafe + channel doubling eliminating a y etc)

One of the more critical differences that I've read about (no direct experience) is that the ex link will handle receiver voltage down to 3.7v where the spektrum will reset at 4v.

The only - about ex link is the availability of the product. There's a lot of promises but the items are very slow to get listed. The sales have been up and running for awhile now boasting a ton of products yet nothing new has been released as promised & now I think they are even out of stock, items have been removed from the site though. + if you're looking for a tele # forget it. It's email cs only.

One other thing to consider is the size of receiver that you need. If you're a sport flier then you probably only need a 6 channel receiver max and ex link isn't going to have any full range receivers available other than the PFs (as far as they've stated). The 8 channel receivers are $100/pop... kind of expensive for setting up several 40 size planes.

I think that whoever comes out with a $50 6 channel full range receiver is going to own the market...
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Default RE: Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

The actual voltage range of the Spectrum is 9.6 volts down to 3.5 volts
Anyone careless enough to undersize battery needs for their servos -and permitting voltage depressions and early depletion of the pack - will be in deep sh-t with any 2.4 systyem
for that matter -- any modern system .
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Default RE: Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

Here is a question that needs to be added to you poll . . . who owns both and actually can and should participate in your poll.

By the way I did not participate in your poll because I only own the DSM2
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I am looking for a general consensus of peoples perception and opinion, which system overall is better. I know there will be alot of biased votes as not many people actually own both and theres alot of dx7 owners that will vote for spektrum just because they own that brand. But overall with many people voting I think it will show the system that is best. Or it could be close, but I hope not. This should be interesting.
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Default RE: Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

Jayzer,

I am still without a vote, however I decided to put the dsm2 into my 10x since the receivers I buy now will be campatible with a 9302 or 12x (If / when) I get one of those.
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Default RE: Which Aircraft Module System is Better, Spektrum or Xtremelink

I didnt think about that. Good point, if I end up getting a 12x or 9303, the spektrum receivers will be compatible, but im not sure thats enough to go spektrum as my 10x is still fairly new to me and I would like to use it for at least a couple three years. Thats something to think about though.
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Just to let you know since you haven't voted and cant see the results so far, Xtremelink as of now has twice the votes of spektrum, 16-8. Im still on the fence but falling towards xtremelink.
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ORIGINAL: jonkoppisch



One other thing to consider is the size of receiver that you need. If you're a sport flier then you probably only need a 6 channel receiver max and ex link isn't going to have any full range receivers available other than the PFs (as far as they've stated). The 8 channel receivers are $100/pop... kind of expensive for setting up several 40 size planes.

I think that whoever comes out with a $50 6 channel full range receiver is going to own the market...

Good points, a couple of my planes only need 5 channels, 4+battery. And the cheapest jr pcm receiver is 100.00 for a 7 channel so the first guys to make a 6 ch at around 50 i think will own the market. I would like it to be a 7ch though for dual elevator and aileron servos.
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I think that whoever comes out with a $50 6 channel full range receiver is going to own the market...

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Unfortunately it may be that no one cares to own 'that' market-----at all ever!

Always a possibility-------I've seen it happen with other product lines---- so impossible it is not.
No sense in trading dollars for market share------just wears out your machinery and doesn't 'profit' anyone.
IF--BIG IF--- you can do so at a decent margin OK------now, start taking 'decent' percentages of $50-------worthwhile?
The multiplier is too small :-).
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OK I do own both, at the moment---Got my DX7 for sale in the RCU Market/Place---
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Tande - more info please . . .

Jayzer. JR already has two 6 channel DSM2 Receivers (one for small aircraft and one full range.)
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Hi Robt---I have no interest in "Flaming" anyone---I will PM you---
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Jayzer. JR already has two 6 channel DSM2 Receivers (one for small aircraft and one full range.)

I was just checking them out, the spektrum 6 ch full range is $80 9ch full range $170.00, geez that is expensive for there 9 ch compared to xlinks 10 channel for $119. and there 8ch is $99.00 same price as spektrums 7ch. So I think if cost is an issue xtremelink is the way to go.
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tande - thank you.

jayzer - Good point. I thought the price of the DSM2's was cheaper than their PCM stuff, so i was happy. I am also selling the old stuff to help fund the new . . .

So far it is the compatibility that has won me over, until I get other proof . . .
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I flew the DX-7 in couple of planes including one turbine jet. No problems at all. However, I sold it due to the reports of power problems, and bought the XTREME. I have a bunch of flights on it, and again, no problems at all. Great range, and I have my 10X back to use which I really like. I will stick with the xtreme. Bob
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I have the DX6 and the Xtreme, 10 DX6 receivers and 3 Xtreme 8 channel and two 10 channel.
Both have been absolutely reliable. For bigger planes I like the Xtreme but for now I'm keeping the DX6 too.
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Foamaholic, why do you prefer xtremelink in bigger planes over spektrum.
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Hmm,
And who was it that just cleaned house at the XFC? Air and Heli? Was there an Extreme anywhere to be seen? I guess I can see where they cast their votes.
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Just that the DX6 is supposed to be a park flyer system so I trust the Xtreme better for planes I fly real high or far out, although I have read the DX6 has good range too.
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Not to be ignorant but whats the xfc, seems like ive heard about it but not familiar.
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One of the more critical differences that I've read about (no direct experience) is that the ex link will handle receiver voltage down to 3.7v where the spektrum will reset at 4v.
The Spectrum reset time in the neighborhood of 7 seconds. Does anyone know if the ex link soft fails or resets requiring seconds to reacquire the signal?

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where did you come up with 7 seconds?
our simple tests with a glider at altitude showed NOTHING like that . a couple of sec maybe.
We did this many times usig a carbon fibre glider with only 1/4" antenna poking out on eithe side
About as demeanding a test as we could come up with?
Do you have a DX7 ?
Have you done first hand tests?
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