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I am considering adding a panel mount radio to my 601XLB. I really need a com radio but a nav/ com/ gps would be nice - whats out there less than a $1000 (maybe used or discontinued) that you could recommend. I will be at Airventure and hope to find a deal but need some advice first.
The MGL V6 is a popular option and lists at $1095 http://www.mglavionics.com/html/radios.html
A lot of features in a small, lightweight package. Perhaps they'll be special pricing at Airventure.
Ditto Michael's comments ... and now it comes with an extremely high contrast white text-on-black background display screen that is far better than the original black-on-green screen! (The old units can be upgraded to the new display for a reasonable cost.) The whole thing only weighs about 250 grams (8.8 oz) and you're getting a com radio and stereo intercom with music input. I've had one for about 4+ years and it seems to be bulletproof - I've never heard a negative comment or of a problem. It fits in a 2 1/4" instrument hole. Matt at MGL (US) provides excellent customer service! Usually at AirVenture you'll get free shipping and perhaps a discount ... it never hurts to ask! ;>)
(Sorry - didn't have the V6 powered-up in the above picture, but at least you can see how little panel space is involved!)
I don't think lack of a nav radio is a problem - most just gather dust, anyway as GPS dominates. GPS technology advances so fast and is getting so cheap that a separate unit is not that expensive - in addition to my IFly 740 GPS (pictured above - with which I have had an equally good experience!), I have the iFly app on my phone as a backup and it works flawlessly using the phone's GPS and internal antenna!
(Not affiliated with MGL or iFly/Adventure Pilot , but obviously a satisfied customer!)