SmartSDR 2.x vs Maestro - Differences?

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I am wondering if there are any differences, operational or functional, between a stand-alone Maestro and an iPad running SmartSDR 2.x? I understand one would have physical knobs on stand-alone Maestro, but other than that,  are there any differences in functionality. Can I adjust or use something on the Maestro that isn't available on the iPad/SmartSDR combo or vice-versa?

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James Watts

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I own a Maestro and also run the iOS SmartSDR App on an iPad.  To the best of my knowledge the same controls are available on both platforms, but the iOS SmartSDR App offers some nice software enhancements that the Maestro doesn't have (yet), such as color intensity spectrum signal display, and DX call signs can be displayed right on the spectrum display, and a built in logging option (optional add-ons). 

I enjoy using both remote platforms.  I use my Maestro when I don't feel like weeding down through App menus.    
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Check out the IOS software for the Ipad demos (youtube) It's a very good program that works very well on an iPhone as well as an ipad. 
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I've downloaded and tried SmartSDR on my iPad. I like it a lot, however, I don't have a Maestro to know or test differences. I guess my question would be can the Maestro do anything that a flex/SmartSDR device couldn't?
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I forgot to mention the iOS SmartSDR/iPad arrangement doesn't offer the same hardwired input connectivity features that the Maestro has (Key, Powered Speaker, Line Out, PTT, 2nd Mic Input, Phones, and Line in.  Although some of these features are available via BlueTooth with the iOS App.  And if you want decent sounding transmit audio with the iOS App, my suggestion is don't rely on the internal mic in your iPad.  Instead buy a BlueTooth headset/mic.
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Very good points. Thank you. I guess PTT would be an obstacle on SmartSDR too. I've found a couple lightning to USB/XLR adapters that should work with the iPad, but testing would be required I'm sure.
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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An iPad will get you into wifi networks requiring a password, while this is problematic with a Maestro.
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Bill NE1B

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I easily log into wifi networks requiring a password, but the problem is checking the YES box to pass by the Security Certificate on the Maestro.
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SmartSDR: Split is now listed in the Slice Flag, clicking on it will open a new slice RX "up" 1KHz in CW or 5KHz SSB mode.  No need for this with Maestro, just press "RX" for the B slice (above the smaller tune knob).

With Maestro: if one slice is open, the B slice can display TX A Compression while Slice A is displaying dB Level.  or touch Meters> (lower right of screen) and see all Meters on the right side of the Maestro screen simultaneously.

Maestro:  BW filters for Slice A and B can be adjusted 2 ways (Cntr or Hi Lo) more easily and quickly with knobs (opinion).  Both ways are have their place.  I like Cntr when running a frequency, I like Hi Lo for SSB and Digital modes.

Most things done in SmartSDR can be done on the Maestro but easier (opinion).  Except ..see below

SmartSDR: when moving the mouse, a frequency flag, tracks with the cursor line, displaying the frequency to the nearest Hz  (opinion; I like that and wish the Maestro did that).

Maestro: I can squeeze the screen to customize the panafall bandwidth, SmartSDR cannot do that yet, (even if your iPad has a touch screen ).

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