Lets go over this again.
There are a bunch of guys out there who think they know more about the design of the 7000 than the guys who designed it. Not the least of which is all of those mic mods that seems to propagate the net.
Yes Alan, we know your view on the mic mod.
I can hear with my own ears what difference it makes when monitoring myself on a WebSDR or getting someone to record me. Whether or not you agree with how it sounds is entirely a matter of personal choice. The AB5N mod does make a difference, adding a bit more clarity. A boost in the 2kHz range gives you better articulation which makes you easier to understand. Good TX audio does make a difference. Having good TX audio has allowed this station to bust pileups on many an occassion operating /M to stations including one over 8,000 miles away even though those in the pileups have been running 1.5kW into multi-element beams dozens of feet up on towers and I've been using 100W into my Little Tarheel II driving down the road.
Whilst it may defeat the noise cancelling nature of the microphone which I remain dubious as to how much increasing a hole by less than half a millimeter does, modern vehicles at least in the EU are quite quiet. Certainly nobody in the 2 years I've had a 7000 in the car has complained about background noise and I regularly hold QSOs at >70MPH.
If you follow the instructions for setting the microphone gain, well explained in the manual, the transmit audio won't sound any different than any other Icom
Yes it will because the Icom 7000 doesn't have equalisation to tailor it to your voice and doesn't rebalance the audio when you alter the TBW unlike all the other Icom 7xxx series. If you think I'm wrong in that statement perhaps you'd like to take it up with Bob Heil who has worked directly with Icom on transmit audio and states that the Icom 7000 has a problem with TX audio and the stock mic due to the fact that the Icom 7000 doesn't have equalisation unlike all the other 7xxx and 7xx Pro series Icoms. He even goes as far as suggesting to use the ACC2 port on the back and use external equalisation to get good TX audio from the Icom 7000. If you watch Ham Nation episode 36 he explains it.
I think that when it comes to TX audio on the Icom 7000 that Bob Heil may know a little more than you do.