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Steve Colman03/06/2020 21:20:32
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I'm currently using a DX8 and for the most part it has served me well for about 7 years.

My fllying tastes have slowly gravitated towards powered gliding in general and specifically F5J type models and think now might be the time to upgrade my DX8. After witnessing some friends flying with TX's with audible alerts and varios, I've realised how useful these are when flying. Having invested in a number of Spektrum RX's over the years I wish to stay with the system which makes the DX8 G2 and the DX9 prime contenders.

So my question is which one? Looking at the specs there isn't a great deal between them although the DX9 does have a couple of options that the DX8 G2 doesn't have and it's glider programming seems to be a little better thought out.

But, and here's the rub. I can get a DX9 + the basic 6 channel AR610 Rx for 399 euros. Or the DX8 G2 + AR80102T Rx for 379 euros. Given that the AR8010T Rx is around 100 euros to buy itself I think this is a good deal, saving 120 euros against buying the DX9 + AR8010T.

Would be very interested to hear your combined knowledge.

If I can be convinced that the outlay for the DX9 + AR8010T is indeed worth the extra dosh then that may be the path I'll follow.

Thanks, Steve.


Edited By Steve Colman on 03/06/2020 21:22:18

Steve J03/06/2020 21:36:25
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Do you have an airframe that you would use the 8010T in? I ask because I bought an 8010T for a glider when they were released and ended up not using it because it is huge for an eight channel.

Steve Colman04/06/2020 07:39:47
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Airframe is Topmodel CZ Marabu - plenty of room.

Chris Walby04/06/2020 08:16:48
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Hi, I don't glide (too fat! actually nowhere to fly and like powered FW), but have DX8 gen 1 and DX8 gen 2 for about 6 years in total.

I don't have and have never used a DX 9, but I think I would go for a DX9 gen 2, why:

  • The DX8 gen 1 and DX gen 2 model files are not transferrable, so you have to reprogram all of your models back in.
  • The DX8 always seems a little bit of the poor relation compared with the DX9 in both the gen 1 and less so for the gen 2 versions.
  • The DX9 gen 2 has more functionality and I think would be better long term
  • As mentioned the AT8010T is a bit of a brick

Steve J04/06/2020 09:00:27
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I am not sure what the software differences between the DX9 and the DX8G2 are other than the extra channel. Does the DX8G2 have free channel assignment?

I have a DX9 and I would miss the sliders on the back and the long switch on the right front if I changed to the DX8G2.

John Lee04/06/2020 09:40:42
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Comparison Chart


Steve Colman04/06/2020 17:47:15
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Thanks to your replies gents.

I think I'll go for the DX9 despite the extra cost. As well as the few extras over the DX8G2 like the rear sliders the switch layout is identical to my DX8 which is a plus. Besides, If I went for the DX8G2 I would probably always feel like I've opted for second best just to save a bit of cash and would perhaps rue the decision afterwards.

Thanks again.


kc04/06/2020 19:17:31
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Are all your old Rx compatible with a modern DSMX only EU spec Tx?

Steve Colman04/06/2020 20:12:22
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No, not all, but the majority yes. Those that aren't compatible I will still fly on the DX8 as I do now. And, I still have a DX6i that's still perfectly servicable if needed.

Speedster04/06/2020 22:30:32
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Posted by Chris Walby on 04/06/2020 08:16:48:

The DX8 gen 1 and DX gen 2 model files are not transferrable, so you have to reprogram all of your models back in.

At this webpage you can change the DX8 g1 to G2 files, and it's working great smiley


Just get the DX 9 smiley



Steve Colman15/06/2020 13:11:47
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Firstly thanks very much for everyone's replies. I have ordered a DX9 from my local model shop. smiley

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