As I write this, I'm listening to yet another of countless ops fall victim to their own simple request for a critical audio report. The op is well into his second half hour of hearing "cut this band, boost this band, go into this menu, raise this control..." plus all kinds of rationale for why he's getting the last advice he'll ever need. He's also sounding increasingly odd despite having quite easy to copy audio at the start. My prediction, if it follows past cases, is this op will soon hear a counter opinion (by someone who is inevitably even more of an audio expert) and the cycle will begin again. Avoiding the "How Do I Sound?" trap: The question that *should* be asked of anyone asking for an audio report is "How do you want to sound?" This is what establishes a common goal and understanding before the controls get hopelessly twiddled to someone else's preference. It's important to know before dishing out opinions like Pez how an op mostly uses his or her station. If it's DXing and contesting, audio that cuts through pileups and ether-muck will be quite desirable and manufacturers know this when designing their rigs. If a fuller and easier on the ear sound is preferred for casual conversation with friends on a regular basis, then this will require a completely different approach. Fortunately, technology has freed us from the limits of other people's opinions where web based receivers can be set up to record an audio file that can be downloaded and evaluated. This is the best way to find out how you sound compared to other stations. Curious how you measure up? Set up a receiver to record (or record the receiver's streaming audio locally on your computer) then join a conversation. After a minute or so you should have enough audio of you and other stations you just heard for comparison. In the end, you'll sound the way YOU want to sound based on how YOU use your station, at least within reason. Then if anyone has a comment about how audio, you can let them know with confidence that you sound exactly as you want to for a reason "but thanks for your opinion".