FrSky X9d Plus is a strong and rigid radio that stood proudly as the best radio for RC hobby over the last decade. It was one of the favorite transmitters of all the hobbyists  regardless of what they were focused on. Hence many receivers were available and FrSky keeps pushing their limits to release new receiver to match the needs of hobbyists for various crafts like RC plane, drones, boats, etc. So there comes the question Which Is the best FrSky X9D Receiver available?

Before going to answer the question, we need to understand what exactly is meant by ‘best receiver’ or the ‘most apt receiver’. Let’s say, you are looking to buy a vehicle, and it has to be the best vehicle. Then it will be difficult for you to choose as the best vehicle will depend on your purpose. If you are looking for solo rides, then the best vehicle will be a motorcycle for you.

If you are looking for something that can carry many people, then a Bus may be the best vehicle for you. If you are looking for something for your family, then a car or an SUV may be the best for your purpose. As you can see, ‘the best’ changes according to your need or purpose. The same is the case when you are looking for the best receiver.

If you are an FPV pilot and you are flying racing drones mostly, then you will need a small and lightweight receiver to accommodate in your craft. But if you are into RC planes and wings, then you will probably need a receiver with PWM outputs and it can be huge and heavy. You might not be able to accommodate this receiver in a tiny racing drone. 

 Hence, the ‘best receiver’ actually depends on your purpose and it varies from purpose to purpose. What you might consider as the ‘best receiver’ for a purpose will actually be the worst for some other applications. Therefore, we are going to discuss some of the FrSky receivers and you can find out Which will be the best FrSky X9D Receiver for your purpose.



The X8R is a smaller receiver than the previous 8 channel receivers but has so much more capability and functions it can do. The new SmartPort supports the new hub-less sensors as well as the older hub analog sensors.

 The X8R supports 8 standard servo outputs or PWM channels, and you can access all 16 channels by using the Sbus line with Sbus supported servos or use a FrSky S.BUS Decoder for the full 16 channels which might not be needed as 8 channels will be more than enough for simple applications like RC planes.



  • FrSky DFT/DJT/DHT/DHT-U in D_mode
  • FrSky Taranis X9D/XJT in D8 mode
  • FrSky Taranis X9D/XJT in D16 mode

Firmware Upgradable: Yes

Length: 46mm

Breadth: 26mm

Height: 14mm

Weight: 16.6g

Operating current: 100mA

Number of channels: up to 16 channels



XM+ is a lightweight and full range tiny receiver that can fit in your thumb. This small-sized receiver can be used for smaller crafts like Tiny whoop and small drones where the size of the components is a limiting factor. XM+ features a failsafe feature which is highly useful if the radio control signal is lost.  Hence, XM+ might be the best FrSky X9D Receiver for whoops and tiny drones.


Compatibility: D16 Mode

Length: 21mm

Breadth: 12mm

Height: 3.5mm

Weight: 1.6g

Operating current: 30mA

Number of channels: 16 channels



 FrSky ultra mini and tiny receiver R-XSR is the evolution of its predecessor, XSR receiver. The R-XSR is a standalone receiver with all the functions of XSR and in addition, it’s almost 1/3 size and 1/3 weight of the XSR receiver.

Moreover, it features a redundancy function that is integrated into this tiny receiver which ensures the security, and the IPEX connector makes it more convenient to replace antennas. Hence R-XSR might be the best FrSky X9D Receiver for racing drones.


Compatibility: ACCST D16 / ACCESS Mode

Length: 16mm

Breadth: 11mm

Height: 5.4mm

Weight: 1.5g

Operating current: 70mA @ 5V

Operating Voltage: 3.5-10v

Number of channels: 16 channels



X4R SB receiver supports 3 channels from convenient PWM channels and up to 16 channels from SBUS port. In addition to that, it has RSSI output on it. It is Lighter in weight and physically smaller than its predecessors D8R-II. Moreover, it has an external analog telemetry port for utilizing telemetry data.

With the 3 PWM channels, it can be perfectly used for RC Wings where you only need 3 PWM channels for all the controls. If you need to get more than 3 channels, you can get up to 16 channels using the Sbus port. So X4R-SB might be the best FrSky X9D Receiver for a RC wing.


Compatibility: ACCST D16

Length: 40mm

Breadth: 22mm

Height: 6mm

Weight: 5.8g

Operating current: 100mA @ 5V

Operating Voltage: 4-10v

Number of channels: up to 16 channels



 We have briefly covered some of the important and best FrSky X9D Receiver that can be used for different purposes. The ‘best receiver’ depends on your need or purpose. Hope this article has helped some to find some important FrSky receiver and their features.