If you look at the reviews, you will quickly see this is by far the best dual band DMR mobile radio available.
Will Not Become Obsolete
This CS800D is currently having three products designed to work in conjunction with it. The first product will be a much larger remote display This larger display will have the following advantages:
(1) Easier to read for us older folks who cannot quite see the tiny displays of other brand radios.
(2) Have the ability to have much more information on the display to allow you to know the status of the radio and the communication channel you are in contact with.
This add on product is being designed in the United States and will be have open source code so you folks can make changes and enhancements that was never contemplated by the engineering staff at Connect Systems.
For competitive reasons we will not discuss the other two products at this time. All we can say is these products will add features to the radio that will put it in a class of its own.
Have you ever tried to get support for some of the other radios. If you know Mandarin Chinese and you have free international calling you will have no problems. If you want to speak to someone whose native and only language is English, you call Connect Systems during normal business hours. We also answer e-mails after hours and holidays. Here is what some of our customers say.
"Once emailed Connect Systems in the early morning hours east coast time. Knowing they were west coast and would not be open for hours I was surprised to get an email response from Jerry personally before they were even open." (From Facebook)
"I've always has good support from Connect Systems. Chris is amazing." (From Facebook)
Unconditional Money Back Guarantee
If you do not like the radio for any reason including the color or performance, return the radio in the original box with all the accessories given and we will refund your purchase price of the radio. We have been in business since 1982 and we know it is better to give the customer a refund for a perfectly good product than to argue with the unhappy customer.
If you have a problem with the radio we will repair or replace it within its one year warranty period. With other competitors you might have to send the radio back to China for any problem.
We try to keep this radio in stock. However because it is such a hot seller, we have not been able to do it. We expect to catch up with demand during the second quarter of 2018. If the radio is not in stock, please contact us by e-mail and we will put you in the queue for the next shipment
We think we have the lowest price for the radio. If you see it advertised elsewhere with a lower price call us at 818 889 0503 and see if we will match it.
Free Firmware Available
The manufacturer is constantly adding features and fixing problems as they occur. We maintain the latest firmware as well as the previous versions in case a previous version will work better for your needs than the latest versions.
This radio is unbelievably priced at $299. A great deal for a radio with its quality and features.
If this web store cannot take your order for any reason, please call us direct at 818 889 0503 during normal business hours.
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Works as advertised. Love the fact that the head has the speaker and mic connection and is easily removed and placed away from the body. Great for mobile operation. Plenty of speaker audio!
I like the 800D because it is DMR and UHF and VHF. Covers everything I want to do in my mobile.
The cs-800d is amazingly pleasant to listen to! For all of you that imagine I'm just discovering DMR, I'm talking about FM. I have high expectations for DMR that were all easily met but even on FM, this radio is just downright comfy, clean and clear!
From the factory, the Mic buttons are reversed in some spots.
(To go up a channel, you press the down arrow). I switched it in the CPS and then other areas seemed reversed. Coulda been me, or it may need a firmware update. Either way that was my only VERY picky dislike.
The bad and the ugly:
Nothing! Not a single thing falls into this category.
Ladies and gentlemen, the bad and the ugly have left the building.
Connect systems customer service combined with mature, ready for prime-time radios makes me a new and loyal customer! Keep up the good work!
I really like the radio. It's the best DMR radio I've had. There are a few small occasional firmware related glitches (related to scanning and they don't happen often) but nothing that interferes with functionality. I have 2 other DMR radios from Connect Systems; both are the CS581 (VHF) model. I would say this series in the best radio in this price range.
I've had my new CS800D (Version 2, with 130000 contacts) for a few weeks now, and it's a very good radio. CSI has paid attention to the details and it shows - things work as they should.
In particular, this is a great radio for mobile operation. The controls are arranged for easy operation, and as a bonus, it has what I call the "butler" - a voice that announces the channel - which is a bonus when driving. My only niggle with the radio is that there's only one rotary control, which you can assign to select the channel or volume. I set mine up for volume. The radio would also be quite appropriate for sight-impaired operators.
The audio from the receiver is outstanding on DMR. I connected the CS800D to a medium-sized speaker system in the shack, and the sound was phenomenal. Even the tiny internal speaker sounds pretty good.
CSI says that the sensitivity is "a bit down" on VHF, but in the laboratory, I measured a respectable MDS of -126 dBm on VHF, and had no major problems in town with VHF reception. UHF sensitivity is a few dB better.
For the price this is a hard radio to beat. Remember that any radio you buy is no better than the support from the vendor - and CSI supports their products well.
I think its an excellent radio. I would love to see it change Zones while traveling, and visual confirmation while scanning channels. However, that's probably more of a DMR thing than the radio's.
I am thinking about a second one for the shack. For now learning all the features and functions.
Excellent radio for the price. Although I was disappointed I missed out on the 250.00 sale.
Satisfied I got 8 radios so far
My main reason for going with this radio, was the ability to separate the head from the unit. I was able to mount the head in the front of my car and the radio in the trunk. I threw a code plug from my local amateur radio group into the radio and it worked perfectly! Great quality product. I am considering buying one for my Ham Shack next (when funding is available).
Features it does not have and should. Larger screen, ability to have two different frequencies up at the same time, in particular a VHF and UHF, but any combination really.
Front mounted speaker should be a better speaker, does not sound all that good. Receive should be more equally balanced ie: should not have to set it all the way up in the settings to 15 and still have to crank the volume all the way up to get a decent loudness. Drop the words "End Call" every time somebody gets done talking. no need for that in my opinion.
Bought the radio for the dual band capability but am also impressed with all that was packed into an understated package. Programming was easy and did not need to do a COM PORT search as I have with other radios. I received good reports on the audio quality. Very happy with the purchase.
I installed the radio in my Honda Accord. The radio deck is in the trunk and the control head is on the dash. The radio works great and looks fantastic. The only minor issue is that at night the display goes dark. I am sure this will be addressed in next firmware.
Have not unboxed radio yet but other club members love it