I have and IC-7000 and an FT-897D, spend the extra money on the ICOM.
You will only end up buying additional filters for the FT-857D.
Plus the IC-7000 IF DSP is fantastic, it really does remove noise and hetrodynes, and you can fine tune the RX bandwidth and shift the passband to suit your listening habits.
The only downside of the IC-7000 - it draws more current than the FT-897D in standby, runs a bit warm, and the TX audio can sound a bit 'odd'.
Change the mic insert and don't wind the TX audio bandwidth down too narrow, especially when using compression, as it can cause a 'ringing' effect on certain speech sounds. But the FT-897D TX audio needs some help too !
Martin - G8JNJwww.g8jnj.webs.com