spins wrote:to BadCrash
I highly doubt the explanation of the "inside source" . It is a common sense that a Chinese OEM factory can not simply "decided to put in a cheaper chinese replica main processor". The BOM (Bill of Material ) is strictly specified by customs and checked by QCers of the customs.
Well, that is the way he explained it to me. I don't know how these factories operate, nor do I know how much insight Spektrum has into the production line. Maybe Spektrum authorized the "cheaper" processor, I don't know, I don't want to blame it on Spektrum. The only thing I do blame them for is that they don't recalled that particular batch of receivers, or at least released some kind of warning.
I think that many of the problems that are put down to the manufacturers are, in fact, finger trouble on the part of the end users.
Well okay, here is my full story: Last summer I lost a model with an AR500 receiver. A couple of weeks earlier, my friend at Spektrum told me, that they had an issue with a batch of AR500 receivers, but that only very few very actually sold, before Spektrum found out about it, and destroyed the batch. Initially after the crash, I blamed it on interference or a bad battery, but then I remembered what my friend told me, and the crash pattern exactly matched that of the processor bug (stuck aileron). I phoned him up, send him the receiver and he confirmed that the receiver was one of the "few" that were sold. Spektrum said they were sorry and send me a new receiver.
I wouldn't post this here if I didn't know a 100percent, that it wasn't my fault, but that a faulty AR500 was to blame. I'm still very happy with Spektrum and still flying a bunch of AR7000 without any problems at all, I just lost some kind of confidence in the AR500. I am not saying that the AR500 still has problems, I just know for sure that they had
one with some of them.