I would assume the number of simultaneous slices would depend on software, so why is the 6600 limited to 4 when the 6700 can have 8?
I am sitting here considering whether the 6600 can replace my 6700. I don't use most of the 6700's exclusive features often, but I like knowing they are there,
Personally I see no need to replace your 6700 with a 6600M. Consider.... The loss of one transverter port isn't a big deal because the 6700's 2M capability can easily double as a 2nd port transverter IF. As for the 7th Order Filters, if you happen to find yourself in situations where you need close RF proximity 7th order contest filtering, there are numerous after-market companies that sell add-on band filters. As for the 6600M's built-in screen, odds are the 6600M will probably be used in a shack environment most of the time so what would you rather view SmartSDR on; an 8 inch display or a large screen PC monitor? And of course the screen on the 6600M cannot be disconnected and used remotely, but the 6700/Maestro combination can. And while some see the 6600M having the advantage of not needing to be connected to a PC, you can do the exact same thing with the 6700 connected directly to the Maestro. And finally the biggie, the 6700's 8 slices. Granted I don't use 8 slices all the time, but I really enjoy having the ability to click on a Profile and monitor activity on 8 different bands at the same time. This has allowed me to catch many short band openings I would have otherwise missed.
Each to their own of course, but I much prefer the flexibility of the 6700/Maestro combination over the capabilities of the 6600M.
I bet 99% of operators can't keep TWO slices straight on their screens.
Who needs all these slices? I almost never use my second slice.
In my opinion, the 6300 is the best radio made by Flex.
Actually, I would like a 6300 light, call it a Flex 6100 with:
-no PA (maybe 5W out) and no tuner.
-One slice, two slices, would not matter.
-Runs dead silent, with no FANs in the box at all.
Could direct drive a 1500W LDMOS amp with 2 watts.
Happy Holidays ALL!
Btw, nice job on the 6300 FLEX!!, mine has been running continuously for ~2 years now. Irritating little ADC fan and all..