Some hams with less than good ears prefer an older analog transceiver due to the receive audio is more clear on SSB. Note that CW is not an issue. Newer digital transceivers sound something like a blanket is placed over the speaker. Perhaps a better statement is the new radios sound like using a 1.8 kHz SSB filter vs 2.4 kHz or at least that way to my poor ears. Do note young ears have no difficulty hearing the SSB audio on the newer digital radios. If your ears are not great consider the following older analog radios. The TS-830S with legendary audio did not make the list due to frequency drift, but considered the best sounding and clear SSB ham radio ever made. The following transceivers I listed have close to zero frequency drift or not detectable on the HF bands. Long term listening has a fatigue factor. The list of transceivers below are not very fatiguing over hours of use. All recommended HF transceivers include an antenna tuners and about no drift. High stability TXCO are options and are preferred, but I would not turn down the following transceivers without a TXCO. Top of list IMO is the Kenwood TS-940SAT or TS-950 series. The TS-950 are either the SD or SDX model. These transceivers tops the list of QST reviews for best selectivity and low noise floor. Some has issues with the solder joints, but most with issues have been 'weeded out' or have been repaired. I would look for late serial numbers as these transceivers have all the Kenwood service bulletins installed from the factory. You can search the internet for high serial number radios. Prices range from about $500 to $700 for the TS-940SAT and $800 to $1200 for the TS-950 series with the SDX having the highest price. Some ask more, but you do not have to pay more. Ask about optional filters installed, however the standard 2400 Hz SSB filter is about as tight as old ears prefer. Next is the Yaesu FT-1000MP and Mark V. The MP series is 100 watts out and the MP MK V is 200 watts out. Most for sale are MK V series. Many hams have no intention of selling this HF transceiver. Good news is 1000s of these radios were produced and are for sale. The receiver is not quite as selective and quiet as the Kenwood TS-940 or TS-950 series per QST and Sherwood Engineering tests, but the HF bands are not crowded like in years past unless a contest is scheduled. An outboard DBR speakers removes most noise anyways (more on this below). The FT-1000MP series of radios are very reliable unlike some of the Kenwood transceivers listed above. Fine examples range from $800 to $1200. Most are around $1000 and up in price. Most have all filters installed. The ICOM IC-765 is a very good radio. Some state the receiver audio amplifier is a little noisy (hiss), but an outboard DNR speaker removes the noise including band noise. The transceiver selectivity is a little better than the Yaesu FT-1000 series.These radios are reliable. Cost is little less expensive than the Kenwood or Yaesu. I seen fine examples sell for $600. It is a very good receiver. The Yaesu FT-1000 series is better overall and at least 5 years newer. Some Hams may be concerned about service and the factories do not support these radios. However, there are experts available that specialize in these radio repairs and can service any issue. I use an AD COM DNR speaker. Removing band noise is very important with less than good hearing. Many older Hams have issues mentally removing the background noise with the received signal. The DNR in the AD COM speaker is better than most modern transceivers DNR as the sound is natural sounding and that is important to older ears. Although expensive new at over $200, many used are available for about $100. Buy used. This speaker makes the received SSB signal armchair copy.