Final design of the case used in the new 64/66 models.

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Is the case design shown on the Flex web site the one that will be released?  Only IMHO it is not in the same class and as the well designed ones used on the 63/65/67 units.  Which were attractive and well made, unlike the ones that are being shown for the 64/67 models which appear to be just a simple piece of U shaped metal with some vent holes punched in the sides. Unlike the previous models which had a top/bottom and two sides.  The vent holes were attractive and functional.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Would bother you if the cases are not made as well as the older models?
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John - I noticed the same thing.  It does look like the case quality took a step backwards.  Then again perhaps we've only seen the 64/66 prototypes.  I check today and can't seem to even find a photo of the 64 or 66 on the FRS website now. 
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The 6400/6600's are taller, (pic's not to the same scale:-)) but they look to still have a top/bottom and 2 sides.

Looks to be in the same class to me.
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Ok I re started Firefox and they are there,  hmmm
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Bill -VA3WTB

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They look really nice Tim,,sets them apart from anything on the market I think.
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Tom N5MOA

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The pictures I posted are the ones seen when you click the "BUY" button.

I thought those would be the most recent, apparently I was wrong.
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Tom, I think there is a mistake. The one in the BUY area looks to be more of what I would expect. Lets see what shakes out soon.
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Bill, Tim's link above is to the 2 piece case with slots, and he said the pics I posted were  "early prototype and not representative of the production units".

My guess is the website needs updating.

A case is a case, it's function is to keep the inside inside and the outside out. The 2 piece in Tim's link I'm sure is functional, and quite a bit less expensive to fabricate.
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Yup, looks like they took down all the photos of the new products?
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Thanks for your reply Tim, but your links take us to pictures of the cheap looking case.  However if one goes to the downloaded product brochure one sees a picture of a 64/66 with a case the same quality that we have come to expect from Flex.  Which picture is of the production models?
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So is the new case the one with the vertical vent cutouts or the case that looks more like the original cases with the honeycomb perforations?
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I don't know at this time witch one is the shipping case,,keep in mind everything was considered to keep the price point very competitive. So much so it will be hard for competition to under cut them, when one compares features and performance. For me,,I am ok either way, it is the radio I'm interested in, not the covering.
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Will the final version have the 2 piece rear apron, with the screws in the center?
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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No. Single panel construction on final version.
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Larry - WA7LZO

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I LUV it!:-)
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Rick WN2C

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Who cares what the case looks like! I care about the performance of what is inside of the box. I do not have too many people come in to my shack to show of the radios to and don't really care about looks of the radio (just the display) or how things look to someone else.
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I think both aesthetic and performance are important.
I like to have both a nice box with quality materials as well as good performance inside of the box. No reason why they shouldn't go hand in hand.
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As a soon to be new Flex owner (6600M) the only other place I have seen cases discussed was on the IC-7610 Yahoo site.  One of the principal arguments Icom Afficianados give for the 7610 being superior is the aesthetics of the Icom 7610 front and rear panels compared to the Flex.   If that is the best they can come up with to compare they are in trouble.  I trust FRS will give me a superior SDR  product.  And do it before Icom gets their radio on the market.
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I can understand the "M" models requiring more frontal area for the Maestro accommodation. I don't understand why the non "M" models require the additional volume.
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Economies of scale and room for "stuff" like a 120 mm fan.
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Larry - WA7LZO

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Or, perhaps to accommodate a nice 500W or 1kW version of the PG-XL, neatly tucked inside that beautiful free interior space? 6600M with internal big PA, the Ultimate FD or DXpedition radio all-in-one box! Grab it, and Go!
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Gerald told me at HAMCOM, the radios they were displaying were prototypes , not final production models. He said the cases would have the same look,feel and quality of the 6500 I traded in.
At over $5,000.00, with tax, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect the same quality of design and hardware as the 6300,6500 and current, 6700.
(I'm using my soon, I hope, to arrive 6600M as a price example)
James
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The photos are of various stages of prototypes. We don't have photos yet of the final design because the pre production units just came in. The enclosure components are built by the same suppliers who we use for the earlier models and Maestro and are built to the exact same standards. We will post final photos as soon as they are available.
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Don't forget the rack mount kit for the non-M versions! After all these are to be remoteable on racks.

Lloyd
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One of the things I like about the 6000 series is the heavy duty well made cases. The new 120Mm fans and larger heat sinks are great news! More air flow at low rpm’s & lager heat sinks = Quieter and more efficient heat dissipation than the prior models.

I agree with some of the other comments, When you are building one of the best performing radios on the market why would you cheese out on the case? I am so I glad to hear the new radios cases will be the same high quality as the prior models.

Yes Rackmount kit for all models 6400/6600 & "M" models as well. Please:)
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Any new pictures of the 6600M or 6400?
:)