I think it is a great rig for the money, I got to play with one for a few hours. I have two complaints about it. It doesn't seem to deliver the full audio spectrum that you are receiving on voice. Second complaint is that it has IF DSP.. BUT on SSB you can't narrow it down to whatever you want, there are I think 3 choices and that is it. So, if you do any RTTY or PSK31 or whatever, you are stuck with a wide filter. If you are only going to do voice and CW I think it is a pretty good rig for the money. I'd buy it over the IC-718.