I really like the IC-R75 and R8500, but they are out of my price range for the time being. The R7000/7100s look nice enough, but I wondered if anyone as used them and how they compare to modern transceivers? I have a Tecsun PL-600 which is OK with the external whip antenna, but the BFO is very warbly and the AGC on it leaves a lot to be desired (lots of pumping like it is too past, even after I did the resistor mod, as well as still large holes in the range of quiet / soft). I am currently using an IC-7410 as my main rig and really love the front end on it, especially with a 6" full range driver. After adjusting the filter width and shape, roofing filters, pass-band adjustment and a little bit of NR, it is a dream to listen to at night. That external speaker makes it super smooth and almost tube-like. I know the R75 is related to the IC-718, and having used that rig I know it doesn't have the best receiver (even with the AF DSP). I have never used either the R7000/7100 so wondered if they were worth the $250 -$350 they're fetching on FleaBay. This is not a necessity, hence why it seems I am being a cheapass ha. However, I like to listen to other bands or even broadcast stations while tuning the bands or mid QSO. Do the portable handhelds work ok? I could definitely spring $100 or so. I have a lot of homemade EQ / preamps / amplifiers and speakers so built in speaker is not a detraction. I just wonder how well they handle adjacent signals without being overloaded and how their selectivity since they are so small and have such a large bandwidth. I realize an external antenna would help with weaker signals, but am afraid it would swamp the front end. So, any opinions, suggestions, or advice? Thanks!