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Q: New Poll - what's the main R/C brand you use (2014)?

Multiplex  
3%

 
 

Hitec  
8%

 
 

Futaba  
31%

 
 

Spektrum  
38%

 
 

Jamara  
0%

 
 

Graupner  
1%

 
 

JR  
9%

 
 

Taranis  
6%

 
 

Planet  
0%

 
 

Jeti  
1%

 
 

Turnigy  
1%

 
 

Older set  
1%

 
 

Other  
1%

 
 

(1982 votes)


Les Littleton16/04/2014 15:33:48
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Dx8, dx6i and futaba t8j, happy but confused !

steve-richards16/04/2014 16:44:54
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Iv stuck with futaba since 2006 no problem with it

Every thing else looks a bit basic to me

but never tryed anything else

ken anderson.16/04/2014 16:55:43
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look's like futaba and speccy are still the preferred brands..

ken Anderson ne...1 ........ brands dept.

Erfolg16/04/2014 17:53:41
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It would be most informative to be able to view the previous poll, so as to see the trend.

What is not apparent is the current position with respect to sales in the last 12 months or what ever other period that could be viewed as informative.

Although access to the previous poll would be nicesmiley

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator16/04/2014 17:57:23
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Erf, you can view the previous poll - just follow the link in David's first post in this thread!

BEB

Frank Skilbeck16/04/2014 19:17:50
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So Futaba and Multiplex have both lost 25% of their market share, Jeti and Hitec have doubled theirs. Seems like Taranis is hitting Futaba the hardest, market share has gone from 41% to 32% and they've slipped to 2nd place behind Spektrum.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator16/04/2014 20:18:54
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Oh Frank! I was saving that for later! wink 2

BEB

Erfolg16/04/2014 22:18:50
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There is an indication that the immediate progress of Frsky, with just one model, is putting them on par with both Hitec and JR.

Looking at some sales such as Graupner, Jeti and you wonder if world wide sales replicate the apparent UK market, if they have a future as manufacturers and if it is worthwhile for any UK retailer in selling them.

Peter Jenkins16/04/2014 23:15:09
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I started with Futaba (FF 6) and was very happy until I started a project that needed more than 6 channels. Naturally, I went for the FF9 but shock horror, 2 weeks later the 2.4 GHz storm was launched. After waiting and waiting and waiting for the Futaba 2.4 module, I gave up and went for the JR (Spectrum) DSM9 combo. I really loved the much easier programming on the JR compared with the FF9. The JR Rx was bullet proof but sadly the Spectrum 6 Ch and 5 Ch Rxs proved to have problems and cost me 2 aircraft, one being an expensive aerobatic aircraft. After that I stuck to JR Rxs until I decided to make the break and get the JR XG11. Now, the provision of a free 8 Ch Rx together with the 11 Ch Rx you get as standard was a bonus. Since then, I've sold my FF9 and Futaba Rxs, decided to keep the JR DSX9 Tx and Rx and am considering selling the Spectrum Rxs that I've bought. I've still got 2 mid size scale aircraft that are fitted with Spectrum Rxs so I'm considering my position there.

The XG11 seems to tick all my boxes. So far, very reliable and very quick to connect unlike the 3.5 secs it takes the DSX9 using the Spectrum protocol to connect. A true frequency hopper, and a host of facilities that are darned useful such as Model Match and the ability to set a warning tone at any point on the throttle stick. Since I mostly fly electric F3A aircraft, having an audible prompt when I've reached my level flight power setting is such a boon. Having a pre-=set 4 aileron wing function was wonderful when setting up my biplane with four ailerons - all it needed was to select the 4 aileron wing and it was done!

As far as I'm concerned, JR is the way to go - powerful but easy to use. One downside - it isn't the cheapest out there!

Frank Skilbeck17/04/2014 08:37:03
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Posted by Erfolg on 16/04/2014 22:18:50:

Looking at some sales such as Graupner, Jeti and you wonder if world wide sales replicate the apparent UK market, if they have a future as manufacturers and if it is worthwhile for any UK retailer in selling them.

Graupner have just been relaunched in the UK after being bought out of administration last year by SJ and have a new UK distributor, so like Hitec (Aurora 9) there market share may be on the up. Multiplex similarly are just introducing (at last) the Profi series and apparently have an upgraded Royal Pro series out later this year, so we will see.

Jeti like Weatronic are a niche high end player, sort of like saying Ferrari don't sell as many cars as BMW, both Jeti and Multiplex offer a pretty comprehensive range of add on's to their systems e.g. neck straps, trays, alternative switches etc so although their market share isn't big their users are likely to spend additional money with them.

Rich too17/04/2014 10:39:49
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Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 16/04/2014 19:17:50:

So Futaba and Multiplex have both lost 25% of their market share, Jeti and Hitec have doubled theirs. Seems like Taranis is hitting Futaba the hardest, market share has gone from 41% to 32% and they've slipped to 2nd place behind Spektrum.

wow, Jeti have moved - instead of 3 users, there's now 6, Futaba must be running scared! wink

Rich

Rich too17/04/2014 10:40:46
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 16/04/2014 20:18:54:

Oh Frank! I was saving that for later! wink 2

BEB

the usual Futaba bashing cheeky

Rich

Ian Jones17/04/2014 12:50:53
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Like many I started with Futaba but when I needed more features for helicopters at an affordable price I was advised to go for Hitec (9 years ago). Helicopters didn't happen but I've stuck with Hitec because I've found that price Vs quality of their transmitters, receivers, servos, etc they are hard to beat.

Ian

Erfolg17/04/2014 13:09:55
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There does seem to be a niche for those who like pretending they are old time cinema ice cream sellers, with their massive tray of confectionery.angel 2

You know one was quite amused when I put my vacuum flask cup on his trany, well I think he was amused, as he said "very funny, how amusing".

Rather than comparing some such as Jeti to Ferraris, I would suggest TVR or even Lotus, a lot of style, a bit of go, but not a patch on the Porsches of all types that other manufacturers produce, rather understated power, good value, stying a little acquired, Easily under estimated by those driving their Escorts with racing stripes.. All reassuringly expensive.

Frank Skilbeck17/04/2014 14:34:32
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Erflog, I think you are being a bit unkind to Jeti, their cases are machined from magnesium and their sticks use hall sensors rather than pots etc, they also do tray and non-tray versions. There was a few of them around at the recent aerotow I was at (and some Taranis, Multiplex, Futaba and JR). Weatronic are doing some clever things with cams on the throttle stick for the jet boys so they can have throttle and brakes on the throttle stick with a change in spring stiffness when the brake is applied.

Don't knock a tray for control until you've tried it, I'm a stick pincher rather than a thumb flier and have just started using a tray and finding it quite good (No I don't have a Jeti though)

Tom Satinet17/04/2014 15:40:14
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Posted by Erfolg on 17/04/2014 13:09:55:

There does seem to be a niche for those who like pretending they are old time cinema ice cream sellers, with their massive tray of confectionery.angel 2

You know one was quite amused when I put my vacuum flask cup on his trany, well I think he was amused, as he said "very funny, how amusing".

Rather than comparing some such as Jeti to Ferraris, I would suggest TVR or even Lotus, a lot of style, a bit of go, but not a patch on the Porsches of all types that other manufacturers produce, rather understated power, good value, stying a little acquired, Easily under estimated by those driving their Escorts with racing stripes.. All reassuringly expensive.

#do you have a lot of experience of the software on the Jeti tx?

PaulH17/04/2014 16:02:58
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Used Multiplex until the advent of 2.4, bought a DX6i, then DX8, then DX18. I still have the 3 Spektrum TXs and have never had a problem, all 100% reliable. Sadly the much loved Multiplex 35 was stolen, but long after I stopped using it.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator17/04/2014 16:36:01
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Posted by Rich2 on 17/04/2014 10:40:46:
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 16/04/2014 20:18:54:

Oh Frank! I was saving that for later! wink 2

BEB

the usual Futaba bashing cheeky

Rich

Now, now Rich - don't force this downhill.

Remember, as I have told you - I was a Futaba user for a very long time, so you can't simply label me as "anti Futaba". Until a few months ago - when I joined the other 25% of their users that seem to have defected in the last three years! - I'd never bought a mainstream Tx that wasn't Futaba. So, I'm not simply bashing Futaba Rich - just telling it like it is. I assure you I take no pleasure in pointing out Futaba's deficiencies - just the opposite in fact, as some one who has supported them well (in word and with cash) it saddens me considerably to watch their continuing decline.

But maybe people like me are what they need, a "critical friend". Perhaps if more people were upfront and told Futaba why they are leaving them it might help Futaba to develop a sound technology development strategy to get us back one day! I don't think you, or they, will find that way back simply by dismissing us as "Futaba bashers" - it ain't that simple mate.

BEB

ken anderson.17/04/2014 17:02:55
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the title says it all really-what's the main radio brand you fly.......not what radio manufacturer should we give a lug bashing to...really at the end of the day its up to the individual what he spends his hard earned on....and don't you think that any modeller in the hobby for a while will have a few radio's discarded.....not by the fact that they are no good - only through the tech progression that is ever changing.......and creating obsolescence....

 

ken Anderson ne..1 ........radio dept.

Edited By ken anderson. on 17/04/2014 17:03:19

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator17/04/2014 17:33:08
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Agreed Ken! thumbs up

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