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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-2000 LE Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-2000 LE
Kenwood TS-2000 LE Reviews: 11 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $$2070.00
Description: HF+VHF+UHF transceiver,100W on HF and 6M,100W on 2M and 50W on 70 cms in all modes,dual conversion,black case and front panel,comes now with the digital recorder and audio sintetyzer builtin.Kenwood built only 300 of these.
Product is in production.
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AD4C2006 Rating: 5/5 Jan 4, 2007 10:34 Send this review to a friend
Great radio for many bands  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
As a ham who likes to try all new radios in the market every year,made myself the xmas gift getting the latest version of the TS-2000,the "LE",they call it the "black version".About seven years ago I had the original version of this radio but never liked the ugly silver gray color it had,seemed I was sit in front of a CB radio instead of a hamradio,so I got rid of it after 3 months of use but never had any complain of its performance,just a bad looking radio.Then when Kenwood arrived with this new "black" radio it impressed me how well it look like specially when all your equpments are black as well as my amp,ant tuner,EQ,etc.
Now lets go to the technical aspects that everybody like to read,my other radio that I had when this one arrived home,was the all well known IC-756Pro3 from Icom,great unit,no complain at all of it so far,then I did the A/B switch test with same antennas between both radios for 2 days and night in all bands from 160 to 15M and the results were this:
1-Both radios are about the same in noise,it seems to be that the Icom has little bit less noise on the lower bands,but the Kenwood is quite close to it.
2-The IC-756Pro3 is little more sensitive than the LE on the higher bands,aparently the preamp on the Pro3 has more sensitivity than the one on the LE but both will receive the same station no matter what.
3-Both radios has IF DSP and both are capable of reject strong signals close to the used freq,so selectivity on both is the same.The LE has an outstanding beat cancelling circuit and its even faster than the Pro3.The noise blanker as in the Pro3 will not add distorsion in the received audio.
4-Receiver audio quality,oh well in this point Icom is not better than the LE,don't forget that maximun bandwith on the Pro3 is 3.6Khz and on the LE is 5 Khz,so when you receive ESSB the diference is quite big,audio coming out by the speakers(same on both radios)on the Kenwood is way superior than on the Pro3.I am using Radio Shack RCA speaker of 40 to 18,000 Hz.
5-Transmitter audio quality on the Pro3 is limited to just 2.9 Khz factory bandwith set by Icom,in this point Kenwood set the Tx filter to 3.0 but If you can upgrade the radio downloading the N3GX Gold software from NU9N website,then the TX will open to 3.2 Khz,my actual bandwith is from 60 to 3.2 Khz after installing the new program trough the rear RS-232 conector.

The Icom is limited to 6M where it works great as the kenwood but this last one will have a nice feature to operate on 2M or 440 while you are still working SSB on HF so If you are called in a local repeater you will hear the call,hit a key tell the station calling you to wait and be back in a second to HF/SSB and sign off temporarly and talk on VHF,isn't cool? yes it is,this radio also as everybody knows can do cross band repeat and not even with the recomended Kenwood special handheld,you can do it with any portable or mobile radio available,it will work great.The only things you will miss in this black LE are the dual receiver and the big spectrum analyzer but other than that is an excelent radio to own.
So,today for the money you pay,around 2 grands is the radio that has more features in the market.
Very quite RX,with excelent audio quality on RX and TX,all ham bands,a whole station in a small package and now with nice black looking.Again Kenwood did a nice piece of equipment.

Lake Worth,FL
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