Bob Sherwood, NC0B, has been breaking contester’s hearts for several years now with his assessment of the top of the line rigs.
This scenario of listening to weak guys while tuning through kilowatt alley takes a receiver with the ability to separate the weak from the strong and the men from the boys. Some of the boys bought pretty expensive and well-known rigs which Sherwood Engineering’s Data Sheet found wanting.
Some of the newer designed radios (including all versions of FlexRadio and Elecraft) have scored pretty well without necessarily breaking the bank.
Having said that the top radio is a Hiberling from German for $18,000 (yes you read that right) and is likely the last pure analog rig to be designed and sold.