The Quansheng UV-K5 walkie talkie has a very high popularity in terms of walkie talkies. Not long ago, the upgraded version of K5, K6, also came into the sight of amateur radio enthusiasts. So, what are the upgrades in this “mid-term facelift” K6? I believe this is the area that many friends are paying attention to, after all, the K5 is already a highly cost-effective UV dual Band handheld radio with comprehensive functions. Is it necessary to spend more money on these upgrades ?
This Quansheng UV-K6 walkie talkie officially offers three major upgrade points, namely: sound quality upgrade, orange backlight, and metal front cover.
Both K5 and K6 support C-port charging, and the Type-C interface on the side can directly connect to the charger to charge the walkie talkie battery. I think this design is really very convenient and practical. However, when flashing, you still need to use the K port on top. When flashing, you need to long press the PTT button to turn on the device, keep the flashlight on, and the screen will not display, indicating that the flashing mode is enabled. Then, open the flashing software, select the COM port corresponding to the write frequency cable, and select the firmware for the flashing function. The specific flashing process will not be repeated. Friendly reminder: there is a risk of flashing and there is a possibility of bricking.
Another upgrade of Quansheng UV-K6 is the orange backlight, which complements the orange color of the top volume knob. I think it’s a finishing touch. However, some people also like the white backlight, which varies from person to person. In addition, keyboards that were not officially mentioned have also been upgraded. Although the key positions of K5 and K6 have not changed, the keys of K6 are more regular, unlike K5 which has some irregular keys. Some users have reported that after upgrading the keys of K6, some key problems that existed on K5 have been optimized. I have not conducted a lengthy test on K5 and have not found any issues with its buttons. However, personally, I still quite like K6, which has a relatively regular button style.
The left operating area of K6, like K5, has not changed at all. The button feel is average, but the official mentioned an improvement in the sound quality of K6 (upgraded speaker). However, the recently produced K5 also uses the same speaker as K6, so the sound quality of the current K5 and K6 is not much different, and the effect is indeed a certain improvement compared to the early K5.
In terms of antenna interface, like K5, K6 uses SMA male head and SMA female head. Of course, upgrading the antenna is one of the most convenient ways to improve communication performance.
Finally, as a cost-effective handheld walkie talkie, both K5 and K6 are commendable in terms of functionality. U-band 400-470MHz transmission and reception, 470-600MHz reception; V-band 136-174MHz transmission and reception, 174-400MHz reception; 50-108MHz reception and aviation frequency reception, as well as very practical one click frequency matching function, can be said to be a comprehensive UV dual band walkie talkie. Of course, except for the lack of Bluetooth function, it is a small regret.
The main difference between Quansheng K5 and K6 lies in their power and applicable scenarios
Firstly, the Quansheng K5 is a handheld wireless microphone with low power, commonly used in recording studios or live music performances that require precise sound control. It has a lighter weight and good handheld comfort, making it suitable for long-term use. K5 adopts high-quality materials and sophisticated manufacturing processes, ensuring its stability and reliability.
In contrast, the Quansheng K6 has a higher power output and is suitable for a wider range of occasions, such as live performances, radio program production, and movie dubbing. The powerful power of K6 can provide clearer, richer, and more powerful sound, making it perform well in situations that require larger sound output. In addition, K6 also has some additional features, such as adjustable directionality, optimized noise suppression, and gain control, which enable it to meet the needs of users in various sound processing needs.
Overall, Quansheng K5 and K6 each have their own advantages and suitable occasions. K5 is suitable for situations that require fine control of sound, while k6 is suitable for situations that require larger sound output and provides more sound processing functions. When choosing, users need to decide which product to use based on their own needs.