For RC enthusiasts out there, you might be quite familiar with the Spektrum DX line of radio transmitters. Two of the more popular in the DX line are the DX6 and the DX6e. The names are similar as both of those come from the DX6 line. But what is the difference between the Spektrum DX6 and the DX6e?
The DX6e is more affordable than the DX6, but doesn’t come with a voice alert, which the DX6 has. However, the DX6e has an external mode change, has one less programmable mix, and only supports regular swashplates in heli mode, while the DX6 offers more programmable mixes.
They may be quite similar in the way they were designed, in the way they look, and in some of the features that they have, but make no mistake about the fact that the Spektrum DX6 and the DX6e have some significant differences from one another. The DX6 is supposed to be the higher-end transmitter while the DX6e is supposed to be closer to the economy level. But let us get to know more about these two so that you can get to know the ins and outs of what makes them different from one another.
The DX6 is a capable 6-channel radio transmitter that is on the lower side of the price range but still offers more than what others at the same price will give you. It was specifically designed to be constructed from the ground up to make sure that it doesn’t merely follow its predecessors but is able to stand out on its own very well.
One of the most amazing features of the Spektrum DX6 is that it comes with a programmable voice alert that can easily allow you to use the different features that come with this transmitter without the need for you to take your eyes off of what you are controlling. This feature is neat because it makes things easier on your part as you can fly your drone or model helicopter without even taking your eyes off it for a second, as you merely need to rely on the programmable voice alert feature instead of having to glance down at the controller.
Another great feature that you can take advantage of when it comes to the DX6 is that it comes with a 2.4GHz Spread Spectrum Digital Spectrum Modulation technology that will allow you to have consistent frequencies all throughout the entire time you are flying your drone or model helicopter. This is something that not all transmitters in its price range have. Simply put, other frequencies won’t be able to bother the radio’s performance as other electronics won’t be able to transmit beyond 300MHz while the DX6 transmits at 2.4GHz, which is purely digital.
Moreover, in addition to its airplane and heli programming, the DX6 also has a lot of different programming features that work for sailplanes as well so that you can also use it for other remote-controlled models. You won’t be restricted to drones, helicopters, and airplanes when you are using the DX6.
The DX6 also has what we call a wireless trainer link, which allows it to give instructors a chance to wirelessly partner up with another DSM2/DSMX transmitter. You only need to link one time as the ModelMatch feature will allow you to seamlessly re-link with the same transmitters without having to go through the same matching process all over again.
These are merely some of the many different standout features that you can get from the Spektrum DX6. Simply put, the DX6 is actually a really good performer despite it being solidly in the affordable line in terms of its price range. You would actually think it’s priced much higher than it is because of how it has so many different features that are neat, helpful, and downright amazing. Of course, the more expensive options have a few more features but you are not going to see a huge gap between them and the DX6.
While the Spektrum DX6e does have an “e” in its name, it actually looks a lot different from the DX6 because it comes with a more modern look even though the “e” actually stands for economy. Yes, that’s right. The Spektrum DX6e is on the economy side of the transmitter price range as it comes with a price tag that is much more affordable than most other transmitters on the market.
Even though it’s technically a budget option, the DX6e doesn’t feel like it’s cheap at all as it has a lot of different features that make it look and feel like a more expensive radio transmitter. That’s something that those who are on the budget side of things will love about this transmitter as they can get the features of more expensive options on a more affordable transmitter that doesn’t skimp out on the details and on the different options it offers.
The DX6e has a lot of different programming options for you so that you can actually fly almost anything. This includes airplanes, helicopters, sailplanes, and multirotors. Of course, the frequency of the signal it transmits is also at 2.4GHz, which is based on the same Spektrum AirWare software used in most other Spektrum transmitters regardless of the price. That means that the signal you will be transmitting will hardly ever get interrupted by other electronics that transmit at much lower frequencies. Also, the Spektrum AirWave software allows you to easily share settings with other Spektrum transmitters that make use of the same signal.
You are also going to love the fact that the DX6e also comes with a Wireless Trainer Link that is great for pairing with another DSMX/DSM2 transmitter. Similar to the DX6, the DX6e’s Wireless Trainer Link allows it to remember transmitters it has already paired up with before so that re-linking will be quite easy the next time around as you no longer have to go through the initial pairing process all over again. The DX6e previously did not have the wireless trainer but it has since been updated to include this feature.
So, all in all, the Spektrum DX6e comes with a lot of the same features that you can find in the DX6 and other more expensive Spektrum transmitters but comes at a much more affordable price. It sits somewhere between the DXe and the DX6 in terms of its features and price but it feels like it should actually be more expensive than what its price would tell you. This makes it one of the best economy radio transmitters on the market as it offers a lot of different options and features despite being as affordable as it is.
Difference Between Spektrum DX6 vs DX6e
At this point, you may have noticed that there are plenty of similarities between the DX6 and the DX6e. Both of them are 6-channel transmitters that transmit at a 2.4GHz frequency and are capable of making use of different programs to fly almost anything that can be flown remotely. In that regard, what makes them different from one another?
The truth is that there really aren’t a ton of differences from one another if you compare the DX6 to the DX6e. It would be a different story if you were to compare the DX6 to the DXe but, when it comes to the DX6 and the DX6e, the differences aren’t really drastic to the point that you would immediately prefer one over the other especially if you look at the huge gap between the two in terms of their price.
One of the first differences is the fact that the DX6 comes with a programmable voice alert that is truly a gem to use especially because it allows you to easily control whatever you are flying without taking your eyes off it as you can now use the programmable voice alert to your advantage. This is something that doesn’t come with the more economical DX6e transmitter, and it might be the biggest reason why there is a huge price difference between the two. However, if you have gotten used to not using voice control features, you might not think that this feature is something that will convince you to upgrade to the DX6 if you have the DX6e.
Another difference is that the DX6 comes with five programmable mixes while the DX6e comes with only four. Again, this shouldn’t be too much of a difference for most hobbyists out there to the point that it would make you upgrade to the DX6 if you have the DX6e. But if you are still choosing which of the two to buy, this might make you want to lean over to the DX6 because of how an additional programmable mix might be handy in the future.
The antenna configuration is also different between the two as the DX6 uses a diversity antenna while the DX6e makes use of an adjustable antenna. Of course, the DX6 uses a better antenna but you won’t find a ton of functional differences in the way they perform.
So, overall, the Spektrum DX6 and the DX6e are quite similar to one another but the latter is simply the more economical version of the two as it lacks a few features here and there. Still, the features it lacks probably aren’t enough to convince you to go for the higher model, especially if the DX6e is the one that perfectly fits your budget. But if you can afford the DX6, then there is no reason for you to not choose it over the DX6e as it comes with additional features that can make a difference when it comes to pure enjoyment and performance.