Mine sounds very grungy if you listen to it on a receiver that goes low in frequency response. VERY grungy, but if you remove the lows in the receiver it sounds ok. There are lots of much better sounding radios on both rx and tx. For the same price, you can get a Flex 6400M that sounds as good as anything on the air both RX and TX. Even an old Flex 3000 ($600.00) or 5000 ($800.00) sound much better. Worked someone with a new FTdx 10 today that sounded good, not hifi but good. The Xiegu G90 sounds better! I really like the user interface and the display on the 7610, the audio is garbage both ways, but its the best audio from Icom yet.