JR and BNF RC models
A couple of years back the DSM 2.4GHz technology was introduced in the RC hobby. RC transmitters that started to use this technology were among others Spektrum DX6i and JR X9503. These radio transmitters have been able to use the same RC receivers since they have all been based on the DSM technology.
This has enabled the Bind-n-Fly (BNF) market with RC airplanes ready to fly if you have a DSM compatible RC transmitter. Today a nice selection of BNF RC models exists and many pilots find them affordable since they can use their existing DSM RC transmitter along with the BNF RC model.
If you are a fan of JR Radios this ends now!
JR Radios is now moving away from DSM and going their own way when they introduces the JR XGx line of RC transmitters. Dual Modulation Spectrum System, or DMSS is what JR calls their new technology that is working in the 2.4GHz spectrum.
Three models exist today. From the beginner oriented XG6, through XG8 and up to the high end XG11. Five new receivers are also introduced R411B, R611B, R631B, R831B and R1131B ranging from 4 channels up to 11 channels.
The XG6 is a mode 2 transmitter while the XG8 and XG11 can select any of mode 1, 2, 3 and 4.
JR radio controlled future, upgrade or not
Does the RC hobby really need a new standard? Will the RC community throw their DSM compatible equipment away and follow JR’s new upgrade path?
I think that JR will lose some of the beginners and intermediate pilots that already have DSM compatible transmitter and receiver and enjoy BNF RC airplanes. Since the BNF RC models are compatible with the DSM technology and JR’s new DMSS is not, I can see that the new JR XGx-range will not be the future upgrade path for this group. On the other hand, if you are in the process of changing your RC equipment, JR XG might be the way for you. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
I am not saying that the new JR RC radios and the DMSS technology is bad but looking from a user perspective this seems like the wrong way to go. In addition, it is quite early in the DSM lifecycle that JR chooses to switch technology and many users has just adapted to the DSM technology.
JR is known to have good quality and have probably thought this through before choosing this path. However, the future will show us if this was a good move by JR.
Look at this video from HorizonHobby on YouTube where the new JR DMSS radios and technology is discussed (starting at 01:06 into the video).
What do you think about the new JR XG DMSS line of RC transmitters and receivers? Will you upgrade or not?