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Xts2500 vs Xts5000

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Will001

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Hi everyone:
In the future, I would like to get an 800 MHz Motorola radio, so I wanted some opinions on which is better: Xts2500 or Xts5000. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated!
 

dgruber

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For me I would definitely go for the 5000. Much bigger PTT button. Bigger batteries available. Better designed with the volume nob and channel selector. Overall I think its a better radio then the 2500. But the 2500 is not bad either!
 

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If you can afford the 5000 you won't be disappointed. The 2500 is a great radio for what it is though. Still well built and works great an all just a few less features and a little cheaper.
 
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The real differences between the two radios are size and some features. For example, the XTS2500 doesn't have a clear/secure rocker like the XTS5000. The XTS1500/2500s don't use conventional UCMs as shared across the rest of the XTL and XTS5000 line and as such, they are a little more difficult to track down.

Personally, I prefer the XTS2500 when encryption isn't really a big deal mainly due to it's size. That doesn't mean I don't like the XTS5000s either as it's nice to be able to share some accessories (such as batteries) across all of my XTS3000s, XTS5000s and in a pinch my EFJ 5100s.
 

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Before I bought my XTS 5000 UHF model 3..I had the XTS 3000 mod 3 version and it was a great radio but I sold it awhile back and purchased the XTS 5000. The quality and performance of the XTS 5000 is great for what I need it for. :D
 

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I originally had a UHF 5000, because I upgraded from a 3000, & had plenty of batteries. I always thought the 5000 was a superior radio to the 2500. At the time, there was no way to toggle between low, & hi power on the 2500, but that was fixed with recent FW. Now you can. But I wanted to get on P25 900 MHz, & there's no 5000 that does that. I didn't want a UHF 5000, & 900 2500. Besides, my 3000/5000 batteries were getting old. A friend who works for a HUGE utility company from time to time has to throw out NOS Motorola parts to make room for newer parts. They were going to toss new Jedi, & HT1250 batteries. So he gave me NOS HT1250 batteries which work with the 2500. I sold the UHF 5000, & bought 2 mint 2500's. UHF, & 900. To me, they are equal. Maybe the 5000 is more rugged, but I don't abuse my radios. I use the orange top button for encryption. So to me, they are equal. However, you can purchase higher cap batteries for the 5000, vs the 2500.
 
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