Sherwood tests the FTdx-3000

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  1. KO6WB

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    The results of the receiver testing on the new FTdx-3000 is finally posted on Sherwood Engineering Receiver Test Data site;
    It appears to be somewhat of a disappointment with specifications below the FTdx-5000, K3, KX3 and notably the TS-590S. The expectations were this would be very close to the better offerings from Yaesu, it isn't quite there.
    How does this pertain to the introduction of the Flex 6000 series who have very good receiver performance even on their low end model?
    Will this cast a shadow on the upcoming TS-990S?
    I don't think we have reached the peak of receiver performance just yet.
    There are other considerations for purchasing a rig with receiver performance being just a part of the process. Perhaps the FTdx-3000 has a much better IMD on transmit or some other features that haven't been covered yet.
    So what do you all think?
  2. N1JGE

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    In the short time I played and compared it at HRO I was not impressed. However it was only a short time and I have not made any final conclusions except the front looks fake.
  3. KB4MNG

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    With the price of the radio, If I bought one, I would be ticked off. With todays technology and knowledge, they should know what the performance is when they design the thing. All receivers today should at least be equal to a vintage rig such as the TS 950 but that is not the case.

  4. N0NB

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    Some thoughts come to mind.

    Built to a price point?

    Marketing over engineering?

    Regardless of its specs Yaesu will sell plenty of them. Many people will like it and find it a good deal and others will move on.

    Those that would really be disappointed may will be purchasers of the IC-7700. That is a very poor showing for a radio with a $7k MSRP! To be fair, do keep in mind that Rob's chart is sorted solely by the second to last column on the right. The IC-7700's numbers compare favorably to the top rigs on the chart but falls flat with its Narrow Spaced Dynamic Range of 2 kHz and thus gets a very low ranking. This is the key to understanding the Sherwood chart.
  5. N0NB

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    The table does not have the TS-950 that I could find. Do you have the specs for Narrow Spaced Dynamic Range handy?
  6. N3AWS

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    Well, I won't be buying one. It's been about 5 years since I bought a used Icom 756 Pro II and I must admit I was interested in the 3000. FLEX 6000 is still in the running, but more than likely I'll wait and see what Elecraft, Icom, and Ten Tec come out with.
  7. K0RGR

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    I'm a little surprised too, but the question is "how good is good enough". The 3000 is rated 2 dB better than my Ten Tec Omni VI+, which is my new standard of comparison. The Omni does everything I need it to do in the receiver department. Would I hear the improvement if I moved up to something a lot higher on the list? Maybe, but at what price? I have an R4C sitting on the bench. I will have to compare it to the Omni someday. He rates the R4C with an add on filter much higher.
  8. WB2WIK

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    ....but it's pretty!

    I did try out the 3000 at HRO and although I didn't think it was a killer rig, it's cute and pretty.

    My Orion here at home is better and was about the same price point I think.

    Anyway, it's a big world. Some like chocolate, some like vanilla, and Baskin-Robbins has them all covered.
  9. N3AWS

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    I would look for a killer rig to come from Ten Tec in the not too distant future.

    Gotta wonder what a K4 would bring to the table...
  10. K7JBQ

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    K2, K3, K4. I'm waiting for the K7.


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