Product Comparison: Galaxy DX 959 vs Cobra 29 LX


General Specifications
Brand
Galaxy
Cobra
Model
DX 959
29 LX
Origin
Malaysia
USA
About the Product
Galaxy CB radios are designed with features that a serious CB operator can appreciate and a new user can easily master. The radio functions are laid out in a driver friendly format essential for ease of use while keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead. Each knob or button controls its own task, minimizing the need to look at a display or cycle through multiple menus. The DX-959 has been a solid performer for more than 15 years. It is at the top of our mobile CB line and is jam packed with big radio features.
The 29 LX features a modern aesthetic design with a selectable LCD Dot Matrix display in red, green, blue or amber to compliment the interior of any cab. The display also has customizable night and day settings to enhance readability in both very bright and dark conditions. Based on the 29 LTD Classic platform with added features: A 4-color display where the user can program any one of four colors, radio check diagnostic to allow the operator to monitor the vehicles antenna system, the voltage system and the radio's RF output power.
Key Specs
Channels
40
40
Frequency Range From
26.965 MHz
26.965 MHz
Frequency Range To
27.405 MHz
27.405 MHz
Frequency Stability
0.001 %
0.005 %
Frequency Control
PLL Synthesizer
PLL Synthesizer
Modulation
AM, USB, LSB
AM
Input Voltage
13.8 V DC
13.2 V DC
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Galaxy DX 959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio
  • Put the radio in my truck with a 102" whip and ball mount. Using the factory mic that came with it. Get great reports on am. Everyone says its loud and clear.
  • 6-8 miles usually loud and clear any day or night. Best so far was 17 miles mid day. Love the back lit faceplate. Ssb works great.
  • This radio works well as a Mobile radio/ or base station radio which is how I have mine setup (for both).
  • It has 40 channels + 80 ssb channels but it has all the bells and whistles and performance and HEADROOM that I'm familiar with owning a Galaxy radio. When you talk on this radio, people want to talk back to you,meaning that it's a clear,loud radio.
  • The only real issue is the very drifty VCO on Sideband. This is not an issue at all using AM channels of course. Put a decent power mic on this Radio and it will do what you expect it to do.
  • Channels are miss aligned was hoping for way better performance than what it does!
Cobra 29 LX CB Radio with Instant Access Weather Stations
  • The reception is excellent, people say it sounds clear, and it pretty.
  • Works really well channel scan option is great the color changing display is really cool you can have it match any interior or color of your truck or close to it it works great with my astatic 636l microphone.
  • I paired it up with a Firestick Firefly and after tuning my antenna I got a 1.5 on channel 1 and 40. Which is as good as I could get it. Any higher and my channel 1 SWR would be too high.
  • It was so good that I had to order one for myself. 40 channels with scan are nice and radio is clear with a decent antenna. Have it hooked to a 25 watt pa speaker under the hood and does everything expected.
  • Okay so I just got this CB radio and opened it up and I find out my cb Mike button is pressed in and won't come out. So another words it's stuck in the talk position.
Size & Weight
Height
2.12 in.
2.49 in.
Width
7.88 in.
7.6 in.
Depth
9.25 in.
8.6 in.
Weight
6 lbs.
4.5 lbs.
Transmitter
Power Output (AM)
4 W
4 W
Power Output (USB/LSB)
12 W PEP
Frequency Response Min
300 Hz
300 Hz
Frequency Response Max
2500 Hz
3000 Hz
Frequency Tolerance
0.005 %
0.005 %
What customers say about "Transmitter"
Galaxy DX 959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio
  • Radio is very clear but I also have a Very Low SWR setup. Only thing the radio does not have is Channel Search. Over all EPIC RADIO.
  • The radio works as advertised. Clear and sensitive. Also a powerful transmitter.
  • The radio has a frequency counter built in. This is useful for Single Side Band operation.
  • This radio, when tested, transmits the full 4 watts AM, and 12 watts SSB on dead key. The frequency counter and channel display are the older 7 segmented green LEDs, and the meter used is analog. No LCD technology here.
  • The downside is that the transmitter's frequency cannot be adjusted in SSB, just the receiver.
Cobra 29 LX CB Radio with Instant Access Weather Stations
  • Ive had a few cb radios and the is by far one of the best ones ive had there are a lot of people that complain about the on off switch but if your carefull with it you wont have any problems. I like it and it transmitts like a champ I give it 5 stars for quality and use.
  • Transmits and receives from really far away. I also like the calibration features for the antenna.
  • The transmit and receive in all the cobra 29s are the same. the exception is all the other things each model has to offer. the key is you have to have the radio peaked and tuned to get any kind of perfomance out of any brand name.
  • The Radio itself seems nice, but the unit had a dead transmitter on arrival. I would like to add that I did NOT fry the transmitter on a bad antenna setup. Everything was connected properly, and all grounds/connections were tested with a multimeter.
  • I have had nothin but problems with this cb. Half of the time the people cant hear me... It just doesnt transmit, or the other half they are breakin up so bad
Receiver
Sensitivity for 10dB (AM)
0.5 µV
1 µV
Sensitivity for 10dB (USB/LSB)
0.25 µV
Image Rejection
80 dB
80 dB
Audio Power Output
2 W
4 W
What customers say about "Receiver"
Galaxy DX 959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio
  • The clarity of signal is superior to anything I have ever had in the rig, The sensitivity to received signal is fantastic, this radio does pull in the signal.Galaxy stands behind their products, so this was a no-brain-er.
  • My radio had a very choppy and distorted receive when driving. Turned out to be a cold solder joint on the antenna wire on the SO-239 on the inside of the radio. Takes about 10 minute to warm up to use on SSB. Having said that it has a very sensitive receiver and good audio.
  • Man, what an awesome radio. Was pretty weak at first with just 2 watts but after a peak and tune. ... This baby sings. Receive is very good as well.
  • Works great picks up and receives up to 4 1/2 miles . Hows other great features as well . Wow
  • I ordered this radio, everything turn on but I couldn't transmit or receive anything so I took it to a cb shop and the shop said the radio was incomplete and missing parts, I got it brand new out of the box.
Cobra 29 LX CB Radio with Instant Access Weather Stations
  • Very happy with this purchase. Installed the CB in a Jeep Wrangler JKU with a Firestik attenna. I get a very strong signal receiving and transmitting.
  • Fantastic radio. Looks great in my truck. With no modification and a Wilson 1000 antenna I can transmit and receive at least 6 miles loud and clear, probably more depending on terrain.
  • My favorite feature is the built in receiving capabilities for the weather radio, as being a full out weather nerd, as well as a degreed meteorologist, and a storm chaser, this is just flat out cool!
  • What's to say. Set up with center loaded antenna. Transmits and receives well. Pretty clear. Loud.
  • Sound is weak so is receiver range. Pulled it out n replaced it with a $40.00 ,15 year old Uniden which has loud sound and better reception .
Features
Display
Analog, easy-to-read meter with 4 scales
LSD Display & Signal Strength Meter
Controls
On/Off Volume Control, Squelch Control, Mic Gain/R.B., RF Gain Control, Dimmer Control, RF Power Control, Channel Selector, Talkback Control, Clarifier, SWR/MOD/PWR Switch, NB/ANL/OFF Switch, PA/GNF/CB Switch, Mode Switch, Tone Switch
On/Off Volume Control, Squelch Control, Dynamike Knob, Menu/Enter/Channel Selector, RF Gain Button, Delta Tune, Talkback Control, SWR Calibration, Dim/Escape Button, Channel 9/Channel 19 Button, Scan/Memory Scan Button, CB/WX Weather/PA Button, NB/ANL Button, S/RF SWR CAL Button
Weather Alert
Yes
Yes
Extras
Automatic SWR Circuit, Roger Beep with On/Off switch and LED Indicator, Galaxy Noise Filter for use on weak signals, High SWR Alert LED Indicator, Noise Blanker and Automatic Noise Limiter, 3-Position Tone Control Switch, Green/Red LED Indicator for RX/TX, LED Channel Indicator
Selectable 4-Color LCD Display, 10 Weather Channels, Weather Scan, Emergency Weather Alert, Memory Channels, Radio Check Diagnostic, Heavy-Duty Dynamic Microphone, Front Panel 4-Pin Microphone Connector, Switchable Automatic Noise Limiter & Noise Blanker, Adjustable Dynamike Boost
What customers say about "Features"
Galaxy DX 959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio
  • It also has a "Talkback" feature to test microphones, though I generally don't use it in day to day use. It can cause audio feedback if the volume knob is up too high.
  • Other features are mic gain, RF gain, a dimmer knob, and adjustable RF power. There are 5 switches on the front as well. One for the meter (SWR/MOD/PWR), ANL (automatic noise limiter), CB/GNF/PA, AM/LSB/USB, and incoming signal tone.
  • I love the features of this radio, especially the frequency display. Lots of mods available for this radio.
  • The SWR meter was a little pessimistic, reading about 3:1 with a 2:1 match, which is good, and measuring signal strength, modulation and power it was spot-on. Being able to dim or shut off the display lights is also a neat feature, as I don't like lights glaring at me from my dashboard.
  • The built in Roger Beep feature (easy on/off).The built in Talkback feature (easy on/off and volume).The built in Frequency Counter (has a dimmer for night driving and easy on/off). The multi-function meter (a select switch for SWR/Power/dB).
  • The only true negative is how large the unit is. I have no place to mount it and it is too big to fit in the glove box.
  • One complaint that I have is that the buttons rattle and overall the knobs seem cheaply made which seems surprising for a unit of this caliber. I
Cobra 29 LX CB Radio with Instant Access Weather Stations
  • This radio has everything a CBer could want in features. It even gave a "check antenna warning" when installing my antenna and the SWR was very high.
  • I really like the scan feature on the CB and weather frequencies. Cobra has been around a long time and still make a quality product.
  • A bonus is the 10 channel weather stations. I live in socal, so knowing what the weather is gonna decide to do is a plus! The microphone that it comes with is good quality for the price.
  • The biggest selling point was the fact the radio would turn on if a weather alert was transmitted in your area. The second day on the road we came out to the car after dinner to find the radio on and transmitting a weather alert.
  • The two outside knobs are really small in diameter. Someone with big fingers might not like them.
  • Display light stopped working 3 month after install. Now can't see info. Lasted just long enough to get outside of return and replace time.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certifications
FCC
FCC
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
139.95 $

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