I just had the opportunity to A/B the 7200 with some old Drake twins and TR-7 radios. I tested weak signals on 20 and 15 meters. The weak signals that were clobbered by all the receiver noise in the 7200 were perfect copy on both of the old drakes. The signal strength was the same on all radios but the old Drakes were so quiet that they could pull signals out of the noise.
Yes I had the preamp off and even tried various levels of noise reduction but signals were heard but not able to understand on this noisy receiver.
I now use my TR-7 more than the 7200. Thats Sad.
Yep, that 1/5 review on the respected 7200 is head scratcher.
My guess is his QTH was subject to oddball local noise that the old Drakes could handle and his new 7200 could not. He admitted that he had tested the receiver only on 15 and 20 meters.
I've done quite a few eHam reviews; all were written after I used the equipment for several months at least and in every operating mode. I've done several reviews after a full weekend of DX contesting with the radio.
I notice that K4MT doesn't appear in DX summit in the past three years. He doesn't appear to be very active on the air.