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Author Topic: Flex 6500 vs. 6600  (Read 1169 times)
W6UV
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« on: November 07, 2017, 04:48:14 PM »

Other than having a different form factor so that the equivalent of a Maestro can form the front panel of the 6600M model, I really don't see any difference in the specifications between the 6500 and the 6600.

Are the 6500 and 6600 (not the M model) the same thing internally?
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NI8R
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 05:14:21 PM »

I think one is over rated and the other is over rated with a fancy user interface.

I bet the 6500 is made with better parts, The 6600m probably has more cool words in the description which function as a pre-amp on the high bands.
The newest software on the "m" will have a Feng shui meter to tell you what direction the wind is blowing and the water is flowing. Standard on all models w/parts made in china.


Now, i think i should get into marketing. i am about to sell some unicorn flex rigs Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2017, 07:15:51 AM »

Very difficult to go to the Flex website to see how they differ isn't it...  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2017, 09:12:26 AM »

Very difficult to go to the Flex website to see how they differ isn't it...  Roll Eyes

I see this forum is as helpful as ever.

I was referring to the internals, which are not well documented on the Flex site... The specifications are nearly identical, which make me wonder if it's really the same internals as the 6500 just in a different form factor to accommodate the front panel in the "M" version.

Speaking of the "M" version, I wonder if it uses the same Dell tablet as the Maestro does?
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2017, 11:33:53 AM »

My understanding of the major differences between the previous 63/6500 series and the new 64/6600 series was a newer, faster and less expensive FPGA resulting in an across the board price reduction in the new models. Also an RMDR spec matching that of their flagship 6700 within both new models.  The new "M" series are of course targeted to that market segment who insist on having knobs while at the same time cutting the previously mandatory umbilical cord between their rig and a legacy PC.  Of course the "M" series still uses the Windows "Tablet" OS, but at least it's a standalone unit which users have been asking for and will likely be a strong competitor for the new Icom 7610. Although we still don't have a final price for the 7610, the 6400M will very likely be in the same ballpark ($3300 incl the optional ATU).  Kudos to Flex for giving us both VFO knobs and user-programmable front panel buttons. Additional kudos for that gorgeous 1980 x 1200 display and HDMI output.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2017, 02:27:21 PM »

The 6600 has 2 capturing units while the 6500 has only one. Of course the diversity with beam steering will be implemented in the far future after they 'll fix the noise blanker and the 4 bit auto notch!
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 08:57:57 AM »

Very difficult to go to the Flex website to see how they differ isn't it...  Roll Eyes

I see this forum is as helpful as ever.

I was referring to the internals, which are not well documented on the Flex site... The specifications are nearly identical, which make me wonder if it's really the same internals as the 6500 just in a different form factor to accommodate the front panel in the "M" version.

Speaking of the "M" version, I wonder if it uses the same Dell tablet as the Maestro does?

Well, you get what you give, you asked a generic question to which I generically answered.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 10:56:36 PM »

Other than having a different form factor so that the equivalent of a Maestro can form the front panel of the 6600M model, I really don't see any difference in the specifications between the 6500 and the 6600.

Are the 6500 and 6600 (not the M model) the same thing internally?

No, they are quite different.

The 6500 has multiple receivers but they all share a single front end and antenna switch internally, so you can
not due diversity reception, and simultaneous use of two antenna.

The 6600 has added a second front end and antenna routing switch internally, so that the multiple receivers
CAN DO diversity reception and use two different antenna on two different receive channels at once.

Neal
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2017, 09:52:56 AM »

6500 vs 6600:
Two SCUs (ADC units)
7th order contest band preselectors (all other radios except the 6300 have 3rd order filters)

6700/6500 vs 6600/6400:
Modular design, meaning you can plug in boards later for added options
No MARS support by default. It's an extra add-on.
M models available with control console based on Maestro, and HDMI output
Mic connector is different (1/4" TRS vs Foster and XLR, 1/8" in 6400)
CW key is 1/8"
New, different, cheaper, faster FPGA (as mentioned) and other parts. As a result the 6600/6400 will only run SmartSDR 2.0 and higher.
Pre-amp differences. 6700 is capable of +40dB. The 6600/6400 is capable of +30dB (have to double check)
Performance will be in-line with the 6700. Maybe even a bit better, but that remains to be seen.
2 XVTR ports instead of just one
No 2m using 2nd nyquist, no 4m (6700 has both 2m and 4m, 6500 has up to 4m)
Larger size
Different cooling arrangement (quieter)

6400 vs 6500:
122.88 vs 245.76 Msps sample rate with the 6500 actually being better.
This also means 7MHz vs 14MHz panadapter bandwidth.

That's all that I remember from when these were unveiled.

The 6400 really is an upgrade to the 6300. The 6600 is basically for people who want two SCUs like the 6700 but don't want to spend the money and can live without 2m/4m and 8 slices.
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« Reply #9 on: Today at 12:12:59 PM »


The newest software on the "m" will have a Feng shui meter to tell you what direction the wind is blowing and the water is flowing. Standard on all models w/parts made in china.


Wow a bit racist eh? Seemingly unaware that Apple's products are made in China. If they were made in the USA they'd be falling to bits.
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