Seems like a percentage of people have issues with mad katz (saitek). One guy admitted he was heavy handed during combat though so it makes me wonder what kind of abuse the product goes through? I've had 3 saitek hotas over the years and no issues. It seems that things have gone downhill since mad katz took over. I'd go thrustmaster over CH. CH appear to have barely changed since I owned one back in the 90's. Looking at the flightstick pro it appears to be identical to the unit I had ages ago. You need a lot of switches and controls for Elite thus I would say Thrustmaster is better. Firstly you need voice attack software: http://www.voiceattack.com/ Then head over to HCS website and listen to the various voice packs they have for sale. http://hcsvoicepacks.com/ I haven't purchased yet but I reckon I will. Once set-up your ship will respond with your purchased voice when you talk to it.