I was reading reviews and postings around the internet of the IC-7000, and I was quite disappointed. Since this radio came out when I finished college and started graduate school, I had been salivating over one for a while. Now that I'll soon have one of those jobs where you get money in exchange for long hours in the office, I wanted to get one really bad.
The IC-7000 looks really impressive on paper. Its sexy, it does 70 cm down to 160 m. It has IF DSP like the IC-756 Pro. But:
1. The DTMF mic can't send DTMF tones, really?
2. The jacks on the back are not stress protected, so any bump to the cable puts the full load on the SMD PCB, seriously?
3. Many, many people report a blown driver stage occurring.
4. The display is hard to read in sunlight since its not a reflective LCD like in the Kenwood TS-480, etc.
5. The tuner jack a shares a pin with the temperature sensor, seriously?
6. The mic jack doesnt have an audio output in the pin, making headsets cumbersome to use?
7. Power output sags considerably when used from a battery. Most car batteries don't put out anything close to 13.8 volts, especially pushing 20 amps.
8. IMD and dynamic range performance was reviewed to be pretty poor by QST.
9. Radio is very sensitive to RFI due to unshielded design for remote mounting cable.
10. There is no automatic power off feature, leading to dead car batteries
11. Complex menu system that makes mobile operation tedious
12. Overheating problems since fan doesn't spin unless you key down
13. eHam rating (4.4/5.0) is pretty poor for a radio that is supposed to have such advanced features and coverage
14. Poor stock mic TX audio unless professionally modded
These are the issues I have gathered.
What gives? I really wanted this rig, but will be going with a TS-480HX instead. Is the IC-7000 really this bad? Some people even talk of a recall being necessary.