Midland 75-822 vs Cobra 75 CB radio

drbandkgb Dec 24, 2012

  1. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Hey XN'ers

    Im looking for members that may own the Midland 75-822 CB radio or the Cobra 75.
    Im looking to add this CB or the Cobra 75 to KGB's Xterra. I like the idea that this can be a hand held or in car CB radio..
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  2. TKDx00

    TKDx00 Lockers Installed Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Dave, it has been my experience over the years with CB's that they all are pretty much the same. The differences are based on individual likes and use. What some people forget to check out is the upkeep factors. What I've found useful is to talk to a radio techie to findout what are the potential costs to fix it incase something goes wrong. Unless the owner has the know-how. Persoanally I like Cobra products, they've never let me down.
     
  3. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    I have always used Cobra.. I like the idea that the Midland can be portable.. This could be useful in the nXm Rock challenge ;)
     
  4. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Iirc the cobra can't be a stand alone unit, but it does have weather and with 2 ant. Boxes in 2 different rigs you can swap the hand unit. I have the cobra and I like it used it for Moab and when on the highway. The weather on it is pretty handy as well.


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  5. NMTerras

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    The ability to remove the radio from the truck is intriguing...for our uses, that would be handy for group trail rides, when you have to get out and spot. Otherwise, the Cora's been good so far
     
  6. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    The stand a lone thing was just a plus.. I like the idea that these both are small... and require very little space in the Xterra
     
  7. KBTerra

    KBTerra Bought an X

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    I am so looking to getting the Midland CB.
     
  8. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Sean is right, it's one of those things you have to decide do you want hand held ability or weather? I pondered both of these as well before purchasing mine


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  9. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    I went and ordered the Midland.. about 20.00 cheaper.. The frugal in me loves that lol...
    Should be in next week some time...
     
  10. jmercxterra

    jmercxterra Test Drive

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    I've had the cobra on a couple vehicles I've owned. But if I had to do over I am intrigued by the midland. But, I will put in a vote for the cobra. I will try to post some photos of my setup later on tonight. I hope those will help you decide.
     
  11. jmercxterra

    jmercxterra Test Drive

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    Just saw this... probably a good choice I like that it can be used as a handheld. When you start shopping for antenna mounts if you haven't already look into the k400-3/8c cant recall who makes it right now but you should be able to Google search that and find it.
     
  12. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Thank you sir... I have a firestik mount already.. I have had great luck with those on my other 2 Xterra builds..

    Yeah in the end it was the easy of plug and play that won me over.. I have read some great reviews on this too...

    Since this will be going in the Family Xterra I figured plug and play was better..
     
  13. Silver dude

    Silver dude Sliders Founding Member

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    Great choice I love my Midland. I've wheeled with people that have that Cobra radio a lot of feed back and channel noise. When my Midland has been perfect. Though I suppose antennas play the largest role. The only issue I have had with the Midland is that the back has a belt clip rather then the typical handset hook. Been thinking of installing a super magnet behind a dash panel to allow it to hang up easily. Though I suppose it would be super easy to buy the typical radio hook and catch and mount it to the metal belt clip. I only use the cb when wheeling in a group (rare) otherwise the radio and mag mount antenna lay in the garage.

    Ben
     
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  14. TN4x4Xterra

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    I want a how to on this David!
     
  15. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Plug in... and .... Play ;)
     
  16. TN4x4Xterra

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    Dirty old man ya are ;) jk

    I've been considering another cb mainly for weather alerts and my passenger loved the cobra 75 but I've been having a bit trouble figuring where to mount the plug and receiver box in my 2nd gen tho. Hate to drill holes tho.
     
  17. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Thats one reason why I went with this one... I dont mind drilling holes ;)
    But I like the idea of hiding this one.. Only thing ill need to hide is the cable to the antenna..
     
  18. TN4x4Xterra

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    Easy to hide cables in the xterra. I just did this for my backup camera a bit ago. The panels pop off or allows you enough room to slide cables between. Easy.
     
  19. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    You think in the center console ?
     
  20. TN4x4Xterra

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    I've thought about it in there. I'll look at the front area tomorrow and let ya know a couple possible locations and we can kinda brainstorm?
     
  21. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Right on... Kelly wont let me play alone in the Gen 2 ;) I need to poke around in it to see where it would fit..
     
  22. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Well I have to say thank you to Best Buy... I ordered this on the 24th and its at my house on the 28th..
    This being Xmas time and all.. Thats fast...
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  23. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Nice! Install tomorrow? Lol

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  24. Airmapper

    Airmapper First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Hey Dave, anything to report on this? You intended it for the 2nd gen right?

    I'm currently in the same debate over the same 2 radios. I was leaning heavily toward the Cobra, as it's a nice completely hidden install.

    However the Midland now is gaining favor is it would make a perfect unit to get dual use from between my X and Bronco, no need to buy a 2nd CB, just an antenna install, at least in the short term, less I find I need a CB in the vehicle and hand off the Midland to a spotter.

    Specifically, does it clutter up much? Part of my initial preference for the Cobra was getting all cables out of sight under the center console, with the Midland unit I'd have to plug it in the 12v port, and have an antenna cord dangling out somewhere. If I want to run an aux cable to the head unit I have a 3rd cord.
     
  25. drbandkgb

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    I haven't installed it yet.. I have been waiting on the weather to warm up.. I hate cold..

    This radio is pretty nice from what I can tell.. I like that it will run off batteries and work as a stand alone cb.. This will help with nxm next year.
     
  26. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Supporting Member Founding Member

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    Once upon a time I would have sworn by the Cobra 75, but I've had two of them fail in the past year (no audio output through the built in speaker) and found lots of folks on forums that experienced the same thing. The QC on this radio just isn't what it used to be. I still like Cobra, but I have a little Midland 1001z that 20 years old and still going, so in this case, I think I'd go for the Midland.
     

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