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7180 vs 7160

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Looking at getting a radio for my truck. Currently I have the 2180 for my FD so my thought was to get the 7180 so I could just dump the programming to it. Is there much difference between these 2 radios? Any advantage of one over the other?

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7160 = Analog, no trunking. 128 channels. 8 character display.
7180 = Analog, MPT and LTR. Remote head option. 512 channels. 12 character display.

Personally, if I was in your shoes, I'd take the 7180, if the prices were compatible. The 7180 chassis is shared by a number of radios, the NX-700, 800, 900, 901, not to mention the TK-5720, 5820. This means that there are going to be more accessories out there. The display is a bonus, the dot matrix on the 7180 is a bit nicer to read than the segment display used on the 7160.

If the prices are close, I'd personally choose the 7180.
 

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I didn't realize that only the 7180 had the remote head option. Thats one thing I want as I'm limited on space and dont want to hack anything up in my truck.

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Yes, the remote head kit is the KRK-10.
When remote'd it put the majority of the radio out of the way. The control head itself is pretty small and can easily be tucked into much smaller areas. I use them on my work truck for an NX-700 and an NX-900, as well the NX-900 in my own truck. Since the control head has it's own speaker, you can just run off that, although I prefer to use external speakers on my remote installs. A larger remote speaker will give louder and more intelligible audio.
 
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