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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | ICOM IC-756PRO Help

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ICOM IC-756PRO Reviews: 148 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $3500
Description: ICOM IC-756Pro Transceiver
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KC7MF Rating: 5/5 Jul 5, 2013 17:17 Send this review to a friend
You just can't go wrong with this excellent transceiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am very happy with this radio. I find the receive audio to be excellent. The receiver is sensitive yet quiet. Discrimination wonderful. The DSP works very well.

I consistently get outstanding audio reports and I have done little to tweak the audio.

I find operation very easy and intuitive. The screen is large and easy to read. If you have never used one, the band scope will become your new best friend. What a great convenience.

Some time ago I acquired a TS-590S. Frankly I like the Icom much better. It is easier to use and I believe its transmitter is much stronger or at least more consistent. I sold the TS-590s and kept the older Icom. This is not to say that the TS-590 is not a nice radio. It certainly is. My decision was simply a matter of choice. I think the Icom performs better in most instances.

These radios are still commanding upwards of $1000.00 but for the features and performance they offer I find them to be a bargain. The fact is that to get all of the features of one of these on a new radio you are going to have to pay way more than that. Way more.

I highly recommend this transceiver if you can find a nice one. Mine is not going anywhere.
M3-FJU Rating: 3/5 Apr 7, 2013 03:38 Send this review to a friend
over rated  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
well after waiting a long time to try this radio I got one,rushed home to fire it up and wright from the off I was shocked, if you take away all the bells etc you are left with a middle of the road radio, all this about a great rx well to me its nothing special,it works but has a bit lacking,the rx audio is a bit thin,no matter what band width you use,the tx audio I have been told is very clean,the filters are ok again nothing special, if you look at the facts and figures you will find the 756 is a better radio,the 7400 is better and my ts 850 kills it,along with my flex 1500,in my view icom should have spent more time on the rx/tx side instead of putting a silly screen on it, that is to small and lacks any real use, having to turn on pre amps on different bands etc is wrong, in my mind i thought 7400 was a better hf radio than the pro, well il be keeping my 850 and flex and selling this radio, sorry icom il be sticking with kenwood
KJ4SPM Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2012 16:25 Send this review to a friend
Icom IC-756PRO= GREAT $ 1000.00 Rig!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I recently purchased a very lightly used IC-756PRO. One of the first things I noticed was the low "floor" noise while listening around the bands. I would also like to remark on what an ease this radio is to program. I would highly recommend this make and model rig to anyone in the "$1000 rig" market.
K6HOM Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2012 13:56 Send this review to a friend
Very Nice for $1,000  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased mine used for $1,000. What an excellent radio for this price! My interests are DXing, rag-chewing, SWLing and JT65. This radio had every feature that I wanted and they all worked well.

Solid construction and build quality, weighs a lot for its size.
Color bandscope. It tells me enough about band activity that I don't need more.
Good ATU
Comes with all of the filters that most are likely to need.
DSP works decently.
Real analog meter
Multiple antenna connectors
Reliable, no repairs to date

Only one downside for me. While this RX is sensitive and hears well, to me it lacks the last little bit of articulation with weak SSB signals. Nothing fatal, it is just that it is sometimes harder to make out an operator's call sign when his/her signal is weak. This is as compared to a K3 and FlexRadio 5000A switched in/out on the same antenna. But, I would not complain for the price and age of its technology. I could easily live with this radio as my only one.

I have been an avid SWL for many years and if I knew then what I know now, a 756Pro RX could be one of the very best SWL receivers for under $1,000. Its filtering, dual PBTs, DSP and rock-solid frequency stability run rings around my former reference SWL receivers. While it does not have a synch AM detector, it makes up for this in lower background noise, variable AGC, and higher sensitivity. The only place it is lacking is that its bandpass filters do not allow LW reception.

For $1,000 for a good used example, it would be hard to go wrong with one of these.

W0XX Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2012 23:24 Send this review to a friend
Still a Good Radio for the $$  Time owned: more than 12 months
Won't go into the pros and cons. Radio plays very well and reasonably priced these days (1000-1200). easy to figure out how to use, no buried menu stuff. Only gripe for me is I wish teh Mic and RF Power controls were larger. Radio hears well, decent receiver, perhaps not contest grade but good enough. PRO2 a slight bit better (can be had for 1200-1300), and PRO3 not that much of any improvement over the PRO2. So, save your money, get a PRO and enjoy. Band scope is nicer then most others, easy to use and understand. Not a minature scope like on the FT-5000 and 30000. Solid performer.
WA6MOW Rating: 5/5 Jun 28, 2012 06:53 Send this review to a friend
The Best $1000 Rig  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have owned the Pro2, Pro3, K3, FT-950, etc so you get the idea I like using different rigs. I am not a contester and only work cw. I am lucky in the fact there appear to be no active hams living close to me so I can not attest to strong signal blocking ability. I have never kept a rig more than 6 months but I have decided to keep this one. Knobs and features are laid out perfectly. Once you use a scope it is hard to be without one. Awsome build quality. Antenna tuner is a marvel and tunes better than my LDG Z11Pro. QSK is a joy. The DSP,while not state of the art, works quite well. There is fan noise but it is not offensive. I really beleive that this rig is the best value in the $1k used radio range.
M3DAF Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2012 14:35 Send this review to a friend
Best thing since sliced bread  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Had this radio now for 4 weeks now and i must say that it is the best thing since sliced bread,
If you are looking at getting a radio, then i can say get a ic-756-pro you will not be disapointed. a+++++++++++++++++
N0SYA Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2012 11:21 Send this review to a friend
Wonderful rig so far  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Got to spend some time with a pro and would like to comment on it.

In the past I've had many different Icom rigs, from 735 to 765, with stints running 738s and 746s and 746pros, and have had use of many others over the years. However my main rig was a 706, not known for strong signal handling ability or rx audio quality. I also had a Icom R71A rx rig alongside the 706, with the R71 being a bit better in most respects to the 706 as far as rx performance goes. I have a stereo speaker on the floor in use for the hf rigs as believe it or not I try to enjoy program content as well as music over hf - a good speaker brings out the best in a rig. So there's some background on recent ham rig employment at casa del n0sya.

I've been doing some research on the various popularly priced used hf rigs as a replacement for the 706 (the fan is always on and I hate fan noise), and as I have a small stockpile of Icom xtal filters I decided a 756 original would do well, and allow me to put those xtal filters to good use. The 756 also has that lovely screen, and for those who have never had a tv (specan) in their radio, it's a wonderfull thing to have. Why buy a (used) radio that doesn't have a tv in it when you can for the same price as one that does? Then I noticed in reviews of the rig that all original 756 non pro screens seem to fail, and at $400 or so for the replacement screen I decided that was out. 756 originals often sell for $700, so add in the cost of the eventual new screen @ $400 and other options I feel are worthy (tcxo) and you could buy a proiii for as much.

So I next investigated the 756pro series. I saw many pros going for $1100 or so online, with the proii going for 1300 or so, and the proiii going for around 1500. I looked at the qst reviews on each and decided that for the money the proii seemd to offer the best bang for the buck, low dollar and better than a pro. There seems to be much more similarity between the proii and the proiii than the pro and proii - as far as sensitivity, dynamic range, and other criteria. Another issue is am demodulation. I am a ambc and swbc listener aboutr as much as I'm a ham. Diode rectified am is cheap and works, but it's not the best. The software am demod in the pro series is pretty much the best I've used for a non synchro detector. If you feed it a nice sig it produces nice audio. even reminds me of the clarity and range of my old Halli tube rx, with much better highs than my Drake R8, the pro reminds me of a JRC 535 or 545 in audio quality, something I have always been looking for.

What the pro offers standard that was optional or unavailable on the 756 original model is full dsp demodulation, a much more refined and usefull specan, a xtal oven reference oscillator, and a full color screen that seems to be much more reliable and legible than that of the original 756. Again, my heart was set on a proii and as much as I tried, each proii was sold before I could respond to the ad. A pro model became available suddenly and I decided I would look the specs over betwixt the various pros and decide if I could live with a pro rather than a proii. I found that some of the specs of the pro were better than on the proii, such as blocking and even 5KHz toip dynamic range. It also offered less odd order tx distortion at the 5th order point. All in all the pro series is within 5dB or less of each other in each spec. So a simple pro's not too shabby, and decades more advanced than what I had been using to date.

The pro offered me looks like it just came out of the box, and these things have been around since what, 2002? Anyway the pro came home with me and replaced the 706 and R71 on the desk. The learning curve, wich is very intuitive having learned the ways of Icom with various other Icom rigs, is short save for the most cryptic and least often needed adjustments. A freak about stability, I checked u/lsb on 20MHz wwv after many hours of operating and adjusted the carrier through the wonderfully convenient case opening on the side of the rig, and the pro is now within less than a Hertz of wwv. And it stays there.

So far as to performance, I am very impressed. It reminds me of the 765 in performance, but with that stellar tv screen. I have to say that I feel the audio reproduction is outstanding if not spectacular. An aquantance who doesn't share my love for listening to static (or understanding it) immediately noted how much better the pro sounded than the others. High praise indeed. And that screen! You can easily see distortion on signals, watch as those ufos wizz by, even lightning crashes are fascinating. I never thought a tv in a rig could be so usefull, but now I am spoiled and can never look back. All that being said, yes I'd take a proiii if it was within means, but I do not feel cheated being "stuck" with a pro.
W7TNS Rating: 5/5 Mar 4, 2012 15:53 Send this review to a friend
A full, fun rig you'll like!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
HAve had a "new" 756Pro for about 3 weeks now. At this point, love it! Still have my main rig before, an amateur version of the rig still! But had a chance to get this one from a dealer in excellent shape. Now that I have gotten used to the bandscope, I can tell you its hard to see how I was a ham since mid 80's without one! Also, this rig's virtually endless supply of filters makes the bands fun again. Have a D104 with Heil cartridge that gives pretty good audio rpts since i adjusted rig for my voice. Now, for all those people out there who have 7600, 7700, 7800, ft5000, and ft9000's, knock yourself out. But for us ol' semi retired guys, this rig fills the slot fine. If you find one about $1k or 1100, take won't regret it! Enjoy!
VE3TMT Rating: 5/5 Nov 29, 2011 07:18 Send this review to a friend
Still FB Rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
A little over 2 years since I got the radio and submitted the first review, so time for an update. I still have the radio, which for those who know me is an accomplishment in itself. I continue to use it on a daily basis and it is always a treat to operate. I have accomplished WAS, WAS RTTY and DXCC with the radio in the short time I have owned it and it has never let me down. Love the band scope, and the dual watch feature makes it so easy to work the DX on split. I continue to get unsolicited reports on the great audio and I am using only a Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 mic directly into the radio. None of that expensive outboard processing gear needed. Needless to say I am still very impressed with the radio. If you are in the market for an HF radio in the $1K range, this is the one to get. Trust me you will not be disappointed.
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