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DX6i vs. DX7 comparison

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Heliman

Puget Sound, Washington, USA

I am looking to purchase a Spektrum radio and am looking at the DX6i and the DX7. Initially they look very similar. Does anybody know what the primary feature differences are between the two, short of downloading both manuals and going through them page-by-page?

I know the obvious that the 6i does not come with servos and it is 6ch. vs the 7ch DX7. Is there somewhere online with a side-by-side comparison? I haved looked all over the Spektrum web site and cannot fine one.

Thanks,

Dan

03-26-2008 Over year old.
BarracudaHockey

rrMaster

Jacksonville FL

If you want or think you want at some point nitro go with the dx7 so you can run a governor.

Also the 6i doesn't some with batteries and a charger AFAIK. Other than that its a nice little radio if it meets your current and future needs.

Andy
AMA 77227
http://www.jaxrc.com

03-26-2008 Over year old.
Micro-Maniac

Elite Veteran

Pasco,Washington Formerly: Captain Chaos

The RTF DX6i TX with AR6100e RX that's included with the E-flite Blade 400 package comes with disposable batteries and no charger
The stand-alone DX6i with AR6200 RX comes with rechargeable NiMHs and charger and can be charged in the radio via the radio charge jack

DX7 is a converted 72mhz radio with high neckstrap attachment for balance with long 72mhz antennas
DX6i is a newly designed radio which I believe the neckstrap attachment is properly positioned for balance with short 2.4ghz antennas

DX7 bind/range check button is located on the back-side of the radio
DX6i bind/range check shares the trainer switch

Dx7 trainer switch is selectable on either left or right 'rocker' switch and only works when pushing the switch in the upward position which can be awkward
DX6i has a traditional trainer switch which is not so awkward

DX7's other switches are well laid out for ease of use IMO
DX6i's throttle-hold switch is in an awkward position IMO - I would probably have to swap it's position with the rudder d/r switch myself

DX7 has 3 flight modes on a 3-position switch
DX6i has 2 flight modes on a 2-position switch

DX7 has 7 channels which affords more function and/or mixing possibilities
DX6i has 6 channels which affords fewer function and/or mixing possibilities

Dx7 has hover throttle and hover pitch trim features which I don't know of anyone who uses them
DX6i has no hover throttle/pitch trims

DX7 has no throttle-cut button
DX6i has a throttle-cut button

DX7 has selectable swash mix exponential
DX6i either doesn't have swash mix exponential or it just isn't selectable

DX7 has 3 heli p-mixes and 5 airplane p-mixes with center offset feature
DX6i I believe has 2 heli p-mixes and 2 airplane p-mixes with no offset

DX7 has 2 menu systems accessed and navigated via several buttons which you have to press 2 at once to access one menu system and while turning the radio on to access the other menu system
DX6i has 2 system menus as well both of which can be accessed and navigated via a single scroll wheel/button at any time without having to cycle the radio power

03-27-2008 Over year old.
BarracudaHockey

rrMaster

Jacksonville FL

That explains the battery thing, the one I saw was a combo with a Blade 400

Andy
AMA 77227
http://www.jaxrc.com

03-27-2008 Over year old.
Hover_X

Heliman

Puget Sound, Washington, USA

Thanks Micro-Maniac! That's quite the detailed explanation that I was looking for.

03-29-2008 Over year old.
Hover_X

Heliman

Puget Sound, Washington, USA

What is a throttle cut button? Is that used to auto-rotate?

03-29-2008 Over year old.
Micro-Maniac

Elite Veteran

Pasco,Washington Formerly: Captain Chaos

Throttle-Cut is used to kill IC engines

Throttle-Hold is used for auto-rotations, safety & minimize crash damage etc

03-29-2008 Over year old.
TERollins

Senior Heliman

Culpeper, Va

I currently have a DX6i that I got with my Blade 400 and I'm wondering if I should just go to the DX7 from the start. I'm thinking/wanting to maybe get a 50 size nitro heli later in the year. Does it make sence to make the switch now or wait until I'm ready to get a 50 size nitro? I'm 50/50 on making the switch. Part of me thinks I should just stick with the DX6i and get proficient in flying my 400 and when the time is right make the switch to a 50 size nitro and get the DX7. Any advice? Thanks!

04-11-2008 Over year old.
Micro-Maniac

Elite Veteran

Pasco,Washington Formerly: Captain Chaos

The DX6i is kind of a neat radio - I say go ahead and enjoy it for now since you have it and upgrade later on when it becomes necessary

04-11-2008 Over year old.
TERollins

Senior Heliman

Culpeper, Va

Micro-Maniac ....thats what my gut was telling me so that's what I needed to hear.

04-11-2008 Over year old.
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