996 vs 796

Status
Not open for further replies.

E5911

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
514
besides cosmedics, what is the real differnces? are firmware updates the same for both?
 

sjlamb

Member
Joined
May 27, 2007
Messages
883
Location
Sarasota County, FL
besides cosmedics, what is the real differnces? are firmware updates the same for both?
Apples and oranges.... The BC796D is a very nice radio (perhaps even great for its' time). The 996XT is a significant improvement on many, many levels. It is very difficult to make a fair comparison between two units that began production approx. (7) years apart.

The 996XT is the current "State-of-the-Art". The BC79D was also... once upon a time but, its' time has now passed. Read up on the difference between conventional memory allocation (BC796D) and Dynamic Memory Allocation (BCD996XT/BCD996T). That difference alone puts the XT series light years ahead of the BC796D in terms of technology and programming flexibility.
 

torontokris

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Feb 22, 2008
Messages
1,717
Location
Toronto Canada
796 - 1000 channels
996 - 6000 channels
996xt - 25000 channels

That gives you an idea of the advancement. No the firmware is different for each unit.
 

Skypilot007

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Dec 26, 2005
Messages
2,409
Location
Medford, NJ
Hard to believe there is 7 years of technology between the two. Bells and whistles wise yeah there is a big difference but the P25 audio quality from both is about the same.
 

sjlamb

Member
Joined
May 27, 2007
Messages
883
Location
Sarasota County, FL
Hard to believe there is 7 years of technology between the two. Bells and whistles wise yeah there is a big difference but the P25 audio quality from both is about the same.
BC796D was first introduced in 2003. I own both and, at least at my location, find that the BCD996XT auto P25 decode and audio is vastly better than the BC796D.

I would hardly refer to the 25,000 Channel Dynamic Memory Allocation in the XT as "bells and whistles". It is that advance in technology alone that makes the BC796D pretty much a relic in many locations.
 
Last edited:
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top