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Reviews Summary for ICOM IC-756PRO2
ICOM IC-756PRO2 Reviews: 157 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $2969.95 Street
Description: HF+6m Transceiver
Product is in production.
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K2JF Rating: 5/5 Jun 13, 2019 21:37 Send this review to a friend
back home again!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've had the Pro line in the past then moved on to the 7300, 7600 and other brands like the Yaesu Ft 950 and Kenwood 570 DG. Thankfully I found my way back home. Damn I love this radio! It's so beautiful and colorful to operate. Simply stated it's gorgeous! I do think it needs a little help I can give it with the West Mountain Radio Clearspeech DSP filter.. really quiets it way down more than the built in NR can - at least at my QTH in the middle of noisy NYC.
WY7CHY Rating: 5/5 Feb 12, 2018 09:06 Send this review to a friend
Excellent radio if you get a good price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The IC-756 ProII is an excellent radio. When first produced, it was one of the best radios on the market. Unfortunately, customers are still very proud of their used IC-756's and the price. New, the ProII and ProIII are close to $2,900. Used, a ProIII is around $1500. A ProII; if you can find them; is still around $1,000. I was able to get this one mint condition for $800. Couldn't be more please.

Full power out 105+/- watts. Best receiver I've ever had. Isolates noise superbly and allows me to hear QSO's that my Yaesu loses in the noise. Notch filter, 3 internal filters, etc. make this one of the best receivers I've ever had. Excellent mic audio with mic gain and Compression.

My only complaint, but it's strictly a personal thing, is that I prefer a menu to change output power instead of a knob. Everything is basically on the front panel. Only a couple of menu items. I use different amps, and each requires a different amount of input RF power. With a knob instead of a menu numerical setting, I have to test power out before transmitting into amp. With a menu/numerical, I could simply set it to 15, 75, or whatever setting/power I needed. But this is definitely not a deal breaker. The IC-756 ProII in my opinion is BETTER than the newer IC-7300 and many other radios. Too bad it's no longer produced. But if you can find one at a decent price, BUY IT!!!
NY7Q Rating: 5/5 Aug 8, 2017 06:38 Send this review to a friend
MINE WAS LOADED  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
K3VO Rating: 3/5 Aug 7, 2017 18:56 Send this review to a friend
Glad it was a gift  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I got my Pro from a neighbor when he became a SK. I sold my Kenwood 570 since I was expecting a super rig with the Pro.
let me say that I have a bad taste in my mouth with Icom. I had a IC-746 which was a really good rig until the finals blew. Icom did not support the 746 for very long and now the they are doing it with thePro series according to reviews.
The menus in the Pro are a royal pain.. Keep the manual handy to do minor things like set the clock. The manual is not really that clear in understanding the functions.
I after 62 years in the hobby find the band scopes worthless.
I like to work CW and the filters are terrible. I have yet to be able to work CW using the SSB filter for copy.
This is the first rig I have had that does not put out 100 watts. Others in these reviews have found the same thing.
I do get good audio reports but so did I with even a HW -100.
When the rig came out I looked hard at it but for $3000 I stuck with my Kenwood.
Again it was gifted to me so will keep it but its the least favorite rig I ever had and I have had many high end rigs over the years.
R2ABT Rating: 5/5 Nov 29, 2016 11:49 Send this review to a friend
Almost 7600 for half price!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Believe it or not, I've bought it absolutely brand new one in 2015. Sometimes people buy things and keep them in a box to sell through the years. I don't understand them, but it's a good job that there they are! So, I was lucky and stole the rig for $1200. I really stopped dreaming about better rig. Love it!

73! de Peter R2ABT
KB8DGC Rating: 4/5 Jan 16, 2016 10:23 Send this review to a friend
Pretty nice when it's not in the shop  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had my 756PROII for a couple years now; it was my top choice when getting back into radio. I think I would do it all again, too.

But this has been a tough review to score for me. I bought the rig used, so who knows what action it saw in the past... but even so there are several known issues which Icom should have taken responsibility for and fixed, especially on a popular, long-lived, multi-generational, pretty expensive radio. Instead, as the design ages, board spares are gone, and you're stuck with component-level repairs that Icom won't touch - although customer support and the local tech have been outstanding for at least trying to help.

The weak signal performance is unremarkable vs. newer rigs and SDRs, but quite good among its contemporaries given the on-board preamps. For typical contesting and especially casual ragchewing, it is a very solid performer.

The ergonomics are comfortable for extended use. The layout and menus are pretty logical for the amount of content crammed into relatively few knobs and buttons. The audio, at least to my ear, is VERY pleasant (not hollow or rushing or tinny), and apparent volume scales logically with signal strength. A straight key and paddle can be simultaneously connected on the back and front jacks.

Filters definitely make contesting and tricky casual discussions more enjoyable. It's not always obvious which signal-shaping component is pre- or post-ALC, and sometimes adjustments require a detour through the press-and-hold secondary menus, but the outcome is worthwhile.

The separate digital USB-D/LSB-D modes (with separate filters) are a nice thought. The two-pole RTTY filter is a neat idea too, for classic RTTY die-hards. ;) There's even RTTY-R in case your decoder won't reverse it for you.

Split operation is straightforward but aggravatingly lacks a sub vfo indicator on the spectrum scope. This is so hard for me to believe I've looked several times. It could be an easy firmware fix. Also the spectrum scope is quite sluggish compared to newer units or many SDRs, but worlds ahead of those in the 746 or even the newer 9100, making it easy to look around for nearby activity.

The radio does tend to run warm during long sessions, but apparently to no ill effect. I think there is a hack out there somewhere to run the fan in rx.

The transverter port is a great idea, but beware of its departure from stated specs at some frequencies. I hope to use it but so far have not done so.

Some of the better-known, bigger issues:
- Display problems (backlight, glitching) on some units
- Muting diode deterioration on some units, leading to oscillation and/or catastrophic failure of the tuner board
- Some of the rig's active circuitry in the RF and PA sections is still powered in standby mode so oscillation and failure can even occur in standby.
- Isolation is marginal on a couple rear panel signals, which can cause RF feedback and/or distortion of transmit audio. Not hard to work around once you think to look there, but... why?

- The RF Power, Mic Gain, and Keyer speed controls are among those exiled to tiny little knobs, but I use them ALL THE TIME, certainly more than Balance or NR amount
- Some people don't like the character of the CW filter when it's made very narrow, it's not a problem for me.
- First element truncation on high speed QSK, though I'm not fast enough to tell
- Local sidetone, beeps, etc., show up on the audio output pin on the ACC jack
- The power output is a bit below spec on some bands, but I don't run mine flat-out anyway.
- For some reason the 746 has 2m but the 756 family doesn't. I'm sure they had their reasons, but it would've really made for a great all-purpose radio if they could've found a way to leave it in.

Overall I'm satisfied, and although I've been debating between a 3 or 4 for weeks, it really is not worse than "good." But anyone considering this as a primary radio should verify that the issues above are not a problem for them, and/or are not evident on a unit they're considering.
W0BKR Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2015 08:15 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio Even Today  Time owned: more than 12 months
I havc had the PRO2 off and on for a number of years, I seem to find myself going back to it frequently until the "itch" hits me to try something different. I have used the PRO, PRO2 and PRO3 and frankly, I like the PRO and PRO2 the best. Great display, love the TFT over LCD displays any day.

Hears well, a bit noisy on rcv, don't notice the DSP or NB that really does much so I rarely use the NR function.

Pretty easy to figure out how to use it and if not abused, should last you a very long time. My friends still have theirs from the initial purchase and likely, I will get another down the road.

Only thing I ever noticed was just use one antenna connection. If you use both, be sure the unused one is well isolated and no RF comes in else you will likely have the ESD damage to the control board and switching circuit which will render 6 meters inop unless you engage the antenna tuner. It is repairable and ICOM should have used better protection/isolation.

All in all, the PRO2 is my favorite. Still a great bargain at 1200-1400 on today's market (used).
W4KVW Rating: 3/5 May 25, 2015 09:07 Send this review to a friend
WAS a Great Rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well I must say the ICOM 756 PRO II "WAS" a Great rig.Only problem is it no longer is repairable & it's no longer working.It is a pretty common issue from what I see on the web now that the display board will stop functioning after time & there are no replacements for them which pretty much makes the radio unusable.I understand it's not will it happen but when will it happen.I have seen a half dozen of these rigs online in the last 2 weeks with this issue so I guess time is catching up with them.I purchased mine New in June of 2003 for $2279 so I'm not sure if I got my monies worth but I sure had a lot of fun with it & worked a lot of stations? That is a lot of money for any radio in my book & I thought it would last much longer.Just be aware if you currently own a PRO II or have been considering purchasing one that if the screen fails chances are you will NOT fix it or get it fixed.Not sure if the same board was used in the 756 PRO III but I'm guessing it was so I guess they will start failing soon as well. Guess that's one way too get people too buy a New radio (No Parts No Repairs).If you have a PRO II enjoy it while it's still working & that beautiful color display is still showing those signals because I'm afraid for you & feel it will go away leaving you just like me.In the market for a New radio for my Ham Shack. {:>(
PY3CS Rating: 5/5 May 22, 2015 07:42 Send this review to a friend
Best equipment!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Really love my 756 PROII, after having a TS-2000 which changed the icom not regretted it, quite the contrary. Excellent reception and transmission puts the TS-2000 to shame, a lot of noise like a beehive. Of course they are different radios, but if you do not operate sattelite stay with the IC-756!
Because it is a radio dedicated to the hf Ic-756PRO II is complete in all the bands. Great sensitivity. And if you want to invest in IC-7600 to stay with your 756ProII because the cost benefit is not worth it. The elimination of the analog meter in the IC-7600 has generated much protest, and reduced to double conversion in the receiver, since the IC-756ProII and III is threefold conversion. If you want to change then change the IC-7700 then yes will have greater benefits.
K9IKE Rating: 4/5 Jan 5, 2015 15:34 Send this review to a friend
Nice rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned my pro2 for over 12yrs. This radio has been very reliable. Love the band scope and
the many looks you can achieve with the radio's
menu. Tried other rigs since but I keep coming
back to the pro2. To get 100w this radio needs
13+ volts, and I hate the mini controls for mic
gain, power, etc. Other wise a great rig, once
you read manual it becomes easy to operate
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