NX-3720 all day. Between myself & a few friends, we've had close to 10 different NX-700s from various sources - all had pretty poor RX when compared to the TK-7180 & other analog-only Kenwood radios. The current generation of NX-3720s, NX-5700s, etc. have the best receivers & audio quality I've ever heard on a Kenwood (and I'm specifically talking on the analog rail band).Well, if money isn't an option, a Kenwood NX-700 (EOL'd) or a NX-3720 would be a good option. Those will do NXDN and analog.
That's probably an unauthorized reproduction of the Icom IC-V8 using inferior components. The IC-V8 was discontinued by Icom in the mid 2000s. If you find a "new" on for sale now, it may not be a real Icom radio.I was able to find an radio which goes by the name of "XINHON IC-V8 VHF"
And they all have some amount of slop room. Due to component variances and how well the underpaid worker on the assembly line tunes the radio, they'll vary from radio to radio.Don't get all wrapped up trying to find the radio with the absolute "best" specs. Most all 2-way and amateur handheld radios built by legitimate manufacturers have about the same sensitivity.
I know there are incidental variances and such - again thank you for the response sir.And they all have some amount of slop room. Due to component variances and how well the underpaid worker on the assembly line tunes the radio, they'll vary from radio to radio.
If you really want to go overboard on this, get a good commercial radio (name brand, not CCR) and have someone with a service monitor spend some time tweaking it.
Acquired the V86. Happy to report that off the bat I can hear the difference. Highly recommend this receiver with a tuned antenna. Certainly not hearing much hiss nor static and I use this mainly in the urban environment.On RR frequencies my V86 outperforms all other radios I own for sensitivity and selectivity. That includes commercial Icom radios I own such as an F3261DT and an F1100DT. One advantage the V86 has is that on weaker signals the hiss and static are not overpowering and harsh like they are on other radios. As far as hearing voice over the hiss and static this radio is better than all other commercial radios and scanners I own. I use this radio in the car as a mobile receiver with a roof mounted antenna and when I get out of the car I use the F3261DT on a swivel belt clip. In the area where I live BNSF has towers every 20 miles or so. I can usually hear the towers that are 20 miles away with a little hiss and 40 miles away with more hiss but still understandable. This is with the DPD productions 5/8 wave traintenna connected to the V86. I experimented with the V86 sitting it on a shelf next to various scanners with the same antenna type on each radio and it outperformed them all on RR frequences.
I don't have a V8 to compare it to but I wouldn't doubt that an older model would outperform many newer radios. The first scanner I ever owned, a Uniden BC100XL back in the late 1980s was the best scanner on the airband that I ever owned. Later scanners struggled to pull in signals that the old 100XL easily pulled in. They just don't make things like they used to.
Used the FT-60R and Uniden BCD325P2. The Uniden is horrible on the VHF band. Managed to compare both against one another and roughly 60 percent of the transmissions were let through.I have used both a Uniden bc125at and Yaesu ft-60. Both are great for monitoring rail, but I think the Yaesu has a slight edge on the Uniden scanner.