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Old 09-15-2015, 12:44 PM
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Default New Futaba 18SZ?

Cheaper than the 18MZ....almost some of the same features but wayyyy less in cost?.. sounds like a winner.
http://www.futabarc.com/systems/futk9510.html
Old 09-15-2015, 12:56 PM
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Looks like a really nice radio. The price point is great too!
Old 09-15-2015, 01:26 PM
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What are some of the differences that stand out between these two radios and what will make someone choose the MZ over the SZ?
Old 09-15-2015, 01:42 PM
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About $1800.00
Old 09-15-2015, 02:02 PM
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Telemetry still does not have a fuel volume unit......!!
Old 09-15-2015, 02:49 PM
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Wonder if the menu is similar to 14 and 18?? LOVE the18MZ.
Old 09-15-2015, 04:01 PM
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I love my 18MZ too, but I still think it's over-priced. Hopefully this new one is more reasonable.
Old 09-15-2015, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by rcguy59 View Post
I love my 18MZ too, but I still think it's over-priced. Hopefully this new one is more reasonable.
$1099.00 @ tower
Old 09-15-2015, 04:10 PM
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So what are the $1,900 worth of features they took out of the 18MZ?
Old 09-15-2015, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
So what are the $1,900 worth of features they took out of the 18MZ?
Two additional sliders, 1 volume knob, bigger screen and $1500.00 of mark up
Old 09-15-2015, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
So what are the $1,900 worth of features they took out of the 18MZ?
Doesn't look like much...one main thing is the camera.
Old 09-15-2015, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by basimpsn View Post
Doesn't look like much...one main thing is the camera.
Yeah, that 0.2 MP camera had to have added $4.99 to the cost of the MZ.

The picture of the SZ looks like it has the area where a picture of your aircraft would go so I'm figuring you can just put your pic on your SD card and import the pic.
Old 09-15-2015, 06:41 PM
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Hey, it has flight conditions! Finally a Futaba radio with flight conditions for less than $2000! We haven't seen that since the 12FG!

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Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
So what are the $1,900 worth of features they took out of the 18MZ?
Come on, Matt! Your bias is showing! You know the travel case for the 18MZ is easily worth $1900! SMH! ;-)

I would have purchased the SZ over the MZ had it been out 2 years ago.
Old 09-15-2015, 07:58 PM
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No Sounds directly assignable to switches.
Old 09-16-2015, 12:27 AM
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I have just ordered the 18sz, I've been waiting a long while for a suitable replacement for my 12fg, the 18mz was way too much money so the sz fits the bill.
Best guess on delivery is sometime in October here in the UK
Looking forward to the new toy
Old 09-16-2015, 08:50 AM
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I took a two year break from the hobby and I sold my 14MZ. I have one of these on order and should be a great replacement for it. Hopefully, I'll be able to import my old model set ups to get me in the air faster. It would be nice if they released the manual some time soon.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by dubd View Post
Come on, Matt! Your bias is showing! You know the travel case for the 18MZ is easily worth $1900! SMH! ;-)

I would have purchased the SZ over the MZ had it been out 2 years ago.
I hear you, I think this radio is way less than half of what I paid for a 12Z over 12 years ago, inflation adjusted,almost 1/3! But I got 12 years of use from the radio!

Seriously you cant wait to buy forever, so sometimes these things happen. In a different industry, I dealt with these "features vs price" arguments all the time. This is not easy call.

And such a low price, this unit seems to indicate that the 18MZ sell through pipe may be full? I would think that this low price 18 channel would significantly cannibalize a big percentage of the (remaining) 18MZ sales.

This might be a good radio to tide me over till the new dual band Jeti (the one with the 915 MHz secondary band) come out.

BTW, doesnt the FAAST telemetry have airspeed??
Old 09-16-2015, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
I hear you, I think this radio is way less than half of what I paid for a 12Z over 12 years ago, inflation adjusted,almost 1/3! But I got 12 years of use from the radio!

Seriously you cant wait to buy forever, so sometimes these things happen. In a different industry, I dealt with these "features vs price" arguments all the time. This is not easy call.

And such a low price, this unit seems to indicate that the 18MZ sell through pipe may be full? I would think that this low price 18 channel would significantly cannibalize a big percentage of the (remaining) 18MZ sales.

This might be a good radio to tide me over till the new dual band Jeti (the one with the 915 MHz secondary band) come out.

BTW, doesnt the FAAST telemetry have airspeed??
I'm waiting for the Jeti 24 as well. Should be out by the end of the year. FAAST telemetry only has GPS speed. No pitot available. Part of the reason I'm done with Futaba. Very few updates/added features to the MZ and telemetry is limited.
Old 09-16-2015, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by afterburner View Post
I'm waiting for the Jeti 24 as well. Should be out by the end of the year. FAAST telemetry only has GPS speed. No pitot available. Part of the reason I'm done with Futaba. Very few updates/added features to the MZ and telemetry is limited.
Could not have said it better myself!
Old 09-16-2015, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by afterburner View Post
I'm waiting for the Jeti 24 as well. Should be out by the end of the year.
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Yes I would buy 6-9 months after that to give time for you beta testers.....errrr......early adopters to test the software :-)
Old 09-16-2015, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
Yes I would buy 6-9 months after that to give time for you beta testers.....errrr......early adopters to test the software :-)

Yes, but Jeti has been VERY responsive to suggestions and implementation of software upgrades.
Old 09-18-2015, 06:24 PM
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FYI for now. the 18sz does NOT support 14mzh files. Will Futaba make a handshake program between the two different file types? Only time will tell..
Old 09-20-2015, 11:07 AM
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Saw the new radio this weekend at JP, but didn't get to "play" with it because everyone else was whenever I went by. I did get a chance to pick it up and hold it for a few seconds. It felt smaller and lighter than my MZ, but it could have been the jet lag.

I did see someone going through some menus, and they looked somewhat similar.
Old 09-20-2015, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DrScoles View Post
Wonder if the menu is similar to 14 and 18?? LOVE the18MZ.
Pretty good sized thread on the radio on those other two forums Mike, I don't want to get too specific and I think you know who I mean, but I got threatened with the loss of my membership for suggesting folks go to one of other websites due to the ad invasion here.....

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