|SONNY MONKS||11/10/2018 19:18:33|
165 forum posts
Hi All,Does anybody own the above,i would like a review please.
|Denis Watkins||11/10/2018 19:39:03|
|3205 forum posts|
From Helifreek online
Picked up a DS14 a couple days ago to replace the DS16 that I sold while I played around with a Vcontrol for a couple months waiting for the DS24 to come out. I was surprised at how different it is than the DS16, and thought I'd share some observations that might help those who are new to Jeti. I've flown the DS16 since release in 2013 aside from the last 5 months or so where I tried to convert my brain to VControl.
Edited By Denis Watkins on 11/10/2018 19:39:59
|SONNY MONKS||11/10/2018 19:59:23|
165 forum posts
Thankyou for the review denis,i dont fly helis,im just wanting a more reliable radio than my current spekky dx6,and im willing to pay that bit more for better quality,i wont probably need most of the functions it has,im just a four channel plane flyer,i was thinking of purchasing the jeti ds12,but that apparently is now due for release maybe next summer,so im a bit tired of waiting hehe.
1843 forum posts
Definitely not in agreement with the bold text from that reviewer. They don’t do it to make the radio more affordable, they do it to demarcate it from the model above and because they want to get more money from follow up software purchases for features that could/should be there from day 1. Remember they wrote all this code already for the DS16; there is precisely zero additional cost to them to include it, but that could hurt sales of their more expensive models so they don’t.
Frsky have their faults but are the only mainstream manufacturer to have ditched the “more channels/mixing/features = more £££s” model - using open source means those parameters stay the same in the main across models, with only the form factor and physical build materials/design altering across models. OpenTX may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least you get all the features and channel coounts that 99.999% of flyers will need in even the cheapest sets.
Edited By MattyB on 12/10/2018 00:23:41
|Mark Howard 1||12/10/2018 07:10:44|
|21 forum posts|
When I was flying mainly heli's I went for the Jeti system (DS14 & DS16) mainly for the integration with a number of the popular flybarless controllers. I have found them to be totally reliable and just great to use. I have never had signal drop outs or any other issues that seem to get reported for some other brands and this seems to be common for other users too.
The commonly reported cons of the Jeti's are: weight (aluminium case), cold to use in the winter (aluminium case), price.
The main pro's seem to be: top screen (visible when using a neck strap), software and setup, quality, great gimbals, ease of adding switches and moving them around, signal quality and reliability, telemetry options available (voltage/current sensors, vario's, air speed etc).
When I bought my DS14, it came with a voucher which allowed you add a few functionality modules free of charge - I'm not sure if the deal is still available but I thought it worked well as for helicopters you probably want a slightly different set of functions to those flying planes and the voucher allowed you to only add the functions you needed at no extra cost.
So I'm definately a Jeti convert.
Having said all that, when I came to add more planes to the fleet, I bulked at the cost of buying a whole bunch of Jeti receivers as they are not that cheap. A basic 6 channel rx is around £65 and those with stabilisation are approaching £120. If you don't have many planes to equip this may not be an issue.
For planes I went for the FrSky Horus X10S with OpenTx, partly because I was interested in getting into OpenTx but also because receivers are much cheaper (6 channel stabilised around £25) and I needed quite a few. There are similar telemetry modules available for the FrSky system too. The signal reliability is also reported to be pretty solid.
There are a few areas of the Horus that are not up to the Jeti quality but overall, it feels good to use and the gimbals are excellent.
There are pros and cons to everything in this game but for me, it's Jeti or VControl for heli's and Jeti or FrSky for planes. I still have a DX9 for some BNF's but have drifted away from Spektrum for all of the commonly reported reasons.
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