In many ways, yes. The TS-440S was a game changer when it came out in 1986. If I remember correctly, it was the first radio in its class to have an internal automatic ATU, direct keypad frequency entry, and 100 memory channels. Not such a big deal today, but back then these features were new to most amateurs. The TS-440SAT was my first 100w radio digital readout transceiver and I loved it! Sadly, the dots appeared on the radio within the first year. After the second trip to Kenwood service, I sold it and upgraded to a TS-930. Today, the IC-7300 has set the bar for entry-level HF rigs in the same way Kenwood did 34 years ago. It wouldn’t be my choice as it is missing several indispensable (to me) features that I rely on, but then Icom isn’t targeting me with this rig—the 7700 would be more up my alley if I were inclined to trade my K3 for an Icom (not that I ever would). But if I were just starting out and didn’t want to go QRP, the 7300 is a lot of bang for the bucks. Even though I joke around by calling it the “Fischer-Price IC-7300,” I do give Icom a hat-tip for bringing it to market.