HobbyKing is preparing to release a brand-new RC transmitter to replace the much-loved Turnigy 9X. The new transmitter, the Turnigy 9XR will be DSM2 compatible out of the box and will have many of the same features as the Turnigy 9X but without the need for further modifications. To give FliteTest viewers a single stop to get the latest information on the Turnigy 9XR, including linking to reviews when it actually ships.
The RCGroups Turnigy 9XR Thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...&highlight=9xr
More updates on the 9XR are likely to appear on HobbyKing's Twitter account
When will the Turnigy 9XR be released?
The Turnigy 9XR without a module was released by HobbyKing on December 24, 2012. The Mode 2 version can be purchased here.
HobbyKing is now saying that the 9XR will be available between December 20 - December 25, 2012
The Turnigy 9XR will be released in November 2012, according to Anthony Hand on Twitter
As of August 12, 2012 HobbyKing was doing final testing on the 9XR. (SOURCE: HobbyKing Twitter Account) Mass production was expected to start in August. (SOURCE: HobbyKing Forums)
In late August, HobbyKing's Twitter feed noted that sub-assemblies for the 9XR had entered production.
What features will the Turnigy 9XR have?
- The 9XR will natively use the 2.4 gHz DSM2 (Spektrum) protocol. This will mean that it will be compatible with Spektrum and Spektrum-compatible receivers such as HobbyKing's OrangeRX line. (UPDATE - The first release of the Turnigy 9XR does not include an RF module. Presumably a future version will have a native module.)
- The 9XR will also include support for other protocols like DSMX, Futaba's FASST, and FrSky through transmitter modules. (SOURCE: HobbyKing Twitter "module based with inbuilt 2.4 antenna plus options for FASST, DSMX & long range 433mhz plus it looks & feels much nicer.")
- The 9XR will use an open-source firmware similar to ER9X for the 9X.
- A built-in port will allow for custom firmwares to be uploaded. (UPDATE - To use this feature you will need an AVR programmer such as this one
- The display will have a built-in backlight.
- The build quality will be better than the 9X, featuring higher-quality switches and components, and allegedly scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass.
- The 9XR will use the same Atmega chip as the 9X.
Who developed the Turnigy 9XR?
The 9XR was designed and built by HobbyKing, instead of being a rebadged version of another transmitter. There is information that the Chinese company FlySky produces the 9XR for HobbyKing, although it is unclear who actually builds the radio.
The software is a modified version of ER9X, an open-source firmware for the Turnigy 9X. Other firmware can be flashed to the 9XR through the AVR programming port in the bottom of the radio.
Where can I buy a Turnigy 9XR?
It is currently exclusive to HobbyKing.
What does the Turnigy 9XR cost?
The retail price is $49.99 without a module, battery, or other accessories.
According to HobbyKing, the Turnigy 9XR is expected to retail for around $50. (SOURCE: HobbyKing forums)
What issues or problems are being reported about the Turnigy 9XR?
This post will contain the latest information about reports of problems from Turnigy 9XR users as well as workarounds or solutions.
Is the Turnigy 9XR backwards compatible with the Turnigy 9X?
No.. The 9XR uses the DSM2 protocol, while the Turnigy 9X uses the FlySky protocol. Backwards compatibility will likely be available through a separate module for the 9XR.
What modules will work with the Turnigy 9XR?
The Turnigy 9XR will use standard JR modules. Modules that are built for the 9XR can use the internal antenna, or may use their own antenna mounted on the module itself.
What will the Turnigy 9XR look like?
A brief view of the Turnigy 9XR can be seen in this video review of a Turnigy transmitter case.