The Icom 7300 looks to be rather inexpensive
It’s looks like its listed at about ¥150,000 or about $1,250
About the same price range as the 10W Italian ELAD Duo which also
operates as a stand-alone 4th generation SDR
Brochure in English http://goo.gl/YlrbQG
The software looks to be very primitive compared to most other SDR’s – but then the Japanese are not known for their software
I would not be too surprised to see that Icom degraded the SDR’s specs so that it would not outperform their legacy 7851 – which virtually any 3rd or 4th Generation SDR will do today... however it’s phase noise is already 15dB better than their legacy 7200.
Pretty obvious that my prediction that SDR technology (Direct Digital Sampling Software Defined Radio) will replace the obsolete legacy technology radio’s has started to hit the Big 3 as well...
Perhaps the MOST INSULTING thing about the Brochure is that ICOM claims:
"RF Direct Sampling System — A First in Amateur Radio*"
" * Researched by Icom, among major amateur radio manufactures."
Obviously they are dismissing Flex as a Major Manufacturer