The data for the FTDX9000 is far from impressive. Lack of receiver and transmitter performance versus the price should be of concern. Many hams seem not to be interested in performance and seem to think that the highest price radio is the best. The FTDX9000 would fall into the poor performance category.
As for comparisons, what aspect of performance do you want to compare?
If I was going to compare these 2 radios I want to know how well the radio receives a very weak signal with a very very strong nearby.
Then I want to be sure the receiver sounds good and has no inherent distortion or a poor audio amplifier with distortion and hiss.
Then I also want to be sure the transmitter is properly designed and puts out a clean signal.
Both radios have a good ergonomic front panel with a thing called knobs that most hams prefer.
We can go on and on about all the shortcomings of these radios, however at the end of the day you have to be an informed consumer and tick the boxes that are important
to you. There are no miracle voodoo radios on the market, there are only radios that perform better because they have better measured technical performance advantages.
A radio with the best technical specifications might also be the worst radio if its annoying to operate and sounds like crap because of audio IMD and distortion. In my opinion
the newer generation of direct sampling SDR radios are getting closer to delivering a product to the ham market that is perfect in all regards. I dont see much evidence of this
desire for design perfection from the Japanese designers. A good example is that you pay 5000 to 10,000 dollars for a radio and you still have to buy a keying buffer box. What planet are the designers on when you cant included a 1 dollar mosfet in a 10,000 dollar radio? If these engineers worked for me they would be fired for being incompetent!
While the FTDX5000 has impressive IMD figures in Class A and and its general TX signal can be good when driven properly. Unfortunately like many transceivers available,
the FTDX5000 suffers from ALC compression which causes splatter. The FTDX9000 has poor TX IMD. For such an expensive radio to have such poor IMD specifications
is really pathetic. Looking at the performance of the FTDX9000, its specifications is not much better than a cheap mobile radio like the FTDX450. A lot of money to pay for big box with poor performance and a lot of knobs with no performance advantage in the real world.
Specifications separates the men radios from the boy radios that have all bells and whistles in a big box with no performance. If it was me making the decision the FTDX5000 would be the winner. However I would not buy a radio that has ALC compression transmitter design problem. I will wait till Yaesu fixes this design issues in the FTDX6000. Unfortunately the Japanese designers dont seem to build on what was good products. Rather than fix the minor issues with the FTDX5000 they willl design a completely new product and repeat the same tragic mistakes. I can never understand this short sighted design stupidity especially with analog electronic products. If the product was designed properly and met specifications in 1980, it could still be produced today. They seem to want to sabotage their designs just for the sake of producing something new rather than something better.
If the FTD9000 had the specifications of the FTDX5000 it would have been an easy choice. Maybe Yaesu will produce a FTDX9000 with the receiver of the FTDX5000, a clean transmitter with no ALC compression, a calibrated S-meter and a decent bandscope. That would just about make it close to the most technically perfect radio available. I would not hold your breath waiting for this radio because all the Japanese companies dont appear to understand the market that they designing products for. They treating hams like silly fools who have no technical skills to see through their shallow marketing and poor performance products. Any company that is still producing crap products like the FTDX9000 that are expensive white elephants with no performance is not really serious about being in the ham performance market. The ham companies are becoming like CB radio makers, who produce the same crap year after and year and just put a new name on the box. They must just think " that will fool em!" I could be wrong maybe they will release the President FTDX9000 soon and it will have super receiver and transmitter specifications. Yaesu does however get a A for producing radios with knobs and decent front panels. They certainly know how to design a VFO knob thats smooth and silky. Unfortunately I could not spend that amount of money for the performance of the knob alone!
I have a 5000 but was wondering if anyone had compared it to a 9000.