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Old Mar 21, 2011, 01:51 AM
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SD-6G VS DX-6i

I wonder what some of you think about the two radios and which is the better one to Buy
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 11:09 AM
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Other than the DX6i being able to be used for the Horizon Hobbies Bind & Fly stuff, no contest. The SD-6G has way more capable programming than the DX6i, The SD-6G can support dual ailerons and elevators, no other competing radio does.
We have a bunch of the Airtronics 2.4 in our club, RD 8000's, SD-10G and and a couple of the SD-6G's, one of which was an upgrade from a DX6i that cost the owner too many planes
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Having used and flown both, SD-6 is better by far! Currently Hobby People has them on sale for $139.99

I also buddy cord the SD-6 to my SD-10 for training and have also buddied a SD-6 to a SD-6, no problems at all so far. To date I have programmed 12 different planes into SD-6's for 3 different people, it is easy, quick and just works!

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 02:35 PM
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Thank you ,good points for the Airtronics . There is not much info out ther unlike on the DX there is endless tests and user.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:43 PM
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I wonder what some of you think about the two radios and which is the better one to Buy Andreas
When considering a radio purchase one must also look beyond the radio, dont forget receivers and there pricing as well as availability.

The already mentioned the added bonus with DX6i and the BNF models available. If those are something that interests you then it adds value to that specific transmitter.

Can't say anything bad about neither since my experience is with the DX6i is nothing but positive and I have no experience with the other brand.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:46 PM
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SD-6g versus DX6i

freechip makes a good point. Forgetting about the SD-6g's more advanced programming and mixing capabilities, consider how much less expensive additional receivers are for the Airtronics radios.

5-channel full range receivers are readily available for $49.99. 6-channel park flyer receivers are on sale right now for $39.99. The SD-6g is not only more capable and less expensive up front, it will save you significantly more money down the road as you continue to purchase receivers.

The ergonomics of the SD-6g embarrass the DX6i. The SD-6g looks and feels like a much more expensive, higher quality transmitter. The quality of the buttons, switches, and LCD panel are suprisingly good for such an inexpensive radio system. To me, it also feels better when I hold one when compared to the DX6i.

The DX6i is a good 6-channel radio platform, but being compatible with bind-and-fly models is its only significant advantage. The only comparison that might come out even more lopsided would be the SD-5g versus the DX5e.

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:55 PM
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Very nice points , bind and fly comes also as plug and play , using your rx and tx, it appears to me as if the Dx dose have 2 aileron set up in its software ? wy is it that thee is so little on airtronics when it coms to you tube clips and so on i wonder. any way thank you so much for your thoughts , keep it coming
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Yes the DX6i does have Dual aileron wing type in its programming options. As good as the other radio may be compared to the DX6i, its manufacturer's marketing skillz fall short when compared to Spektrum/HorizonHobby hence why you see so many of them in vids or at events.

It does not mean that its superior in any way shape or form but simply one very popular radio and brand.

You just need to know what you need now and what you may need in the future then look at the brands that suit those needs.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 09:14 PM
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Both are good Tx and probably will make you happy for quite some time.

FYI there are after-market DSM2 Rx for $8 (yes eight dollars) that work with the DX6i. From an Rx cost point of view if you are happy to use after-market Rx then the DX6i will work out cheaper.

There have been some problems with the scroll wheel and the trim switches breaking on DX6i, at least with the early ones. I am not sure if that problem has been fixed.

If BNF models interest you, only some are available as PnP, the micro ones that are based around integrated Rx/ESC/servo blocks are only BNF.
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 04:37 AM
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From my point of view the Airtronics is a complete non-starter. But that's because I like indoor and small models like the Parkzone UM series which use the Spektrum 6400 brick (<4g including a couple of servos) and it's variants. No other manufacturer makes anything even close to that .

But that's probably just me....so, as always, which is best for you depends on what you want to use it for .

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Old Mar 22, 2011, 04:49 AM
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It is true that no other manufacturer comes anywhere close to having the selection of Rx that Spektrum offers, including a rich assortment of specialist Rx for particular aspects of the hobby. For example they have several heli-specific Rx, the tiny Rx blocks used in the micro BNF, large Rx with heavy-duty redundant power supplies etc.

+1 to Steve's comment, "which is best for you depends on what you want to use it for".
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Doesn't HobbyPeople offer some Bind & Fly stuff for ATX?

Just found this 2.9 (0.10oz) indoor Rx on the ATX page:

http://www.airtronics.net/index.php/...-receiver.html

Anyway. I like both radios.
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 08:05 AM
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Good to see they are expanding their selection of Rx but that is quite an expensive 4ch Rx by today's standards!
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Brand       Model       Channels    Weight (g)  Price   Notes
----------  ----------  --------    ----------  -----   -----
Airtronics  RX40V           4           3       $50
FlyDream    IS-4R           4           2       $20
FlyDream    IS-4R0          4           1       $20       b
Spektrum    A6400LBL        6           8       $70       a
XPS         Nano-T          6           3       $30
----------  ----------  --------    ----------  -----   -----

a) 6ch Rx + brushless ESC + 2 linear servos
b) Short range/indoor with micro-JST connectors
The Spektrum 6400 is more expensive and heavier but then it has an integrated brushless ESC and two linear servos. The others show that $20 to $30 is a reasonable price for a light weight micro Rx. The XPS is a full-range 6ch but only 3g. FlyDream really show what can be done with the convential 4ch being only 2g and the 4R0 bringing it down to 1g!
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 10:17 AM
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So, who is setting the standards? Spektrum, Sanwa/Airtronics or the Chinese?

There are 3-Pack that might help: http://www.airtronics.net/index.php/...eiver-fh1.html
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 06:20 PM
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I simply meant that $50 for a lightweight 4ch Rx is more than double the price of the Chinese or Korean (eg Assan X8 4ch $26) competition, approaching double the price of an American brand full-range 6ch (XPS) and about the same as a regular 6ch Rx from Spektrum (4g) or Futaba (8g). So all in all, it is not an inexpensive alternative.

The Airtronics radios seem good (especially the SD-10G) but their Rx are at the more expensive end of the market.

When considering Rx as part of the overall solution, if the choice is between Airtronics and Spektrum then Spektrum has a much richer set of choices, access to the BNF products, similar prices for comparable products and access to very inexpensive (<$10) after-market clone Rx. Spektrum also currently support telemetry so that if you become interested in that aspect later you can simply upgrade to a telemetry-capable Tx.

So the SD-6G may or may not be better than the DX6i but Spektrum has a lot more to offer on the Rx side. Whether that matters depends a lot on what you are interested in doing
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