I have bought 3 of the newer 148 GTLs over the course of the past couple years with the front facing mic plug and they've all 3 been outstanding radios. I have one in my pickup truck, one on my wife's car, and one in the house set up as a base station with an AC to DC power supply and a Solarcon A-99 base antenna. They have all 3 performed great and I always get good audio reports and compliments on how great it sounds. The SSB works great and the built in SWR meter is dead on with my external meter. The NB/ANL seems to work pretty good, although the radio does not seem to be terribly sensitive to interference compared to some other radios I've used, and I like the knobs a lot better than the small ones on the Cobra 29 LX. This is about as good as a CB radio gets. For those that like the newer looking digital CB radios though like the Cobra 29 LX or the newer Uniden radios, this might not be the radio for you. It has the classic chrome front face with chromed buttons and an analog meter. It doesn't have built in talkback or echo, and the clarifier (called Voicelock on Cobra radios) does not adjust your transmit frequency, only the receive(although this is because of FCC regs, not because of an intentional lack of capability). It also doesn't have channel scan, instant channel 9, or an antenna light, although it does have a built in SWR calibration/check function so if you're curious about your antenna condition you can check your SWR, and even leave the meter on that function if you want to keep an eye on your SWR while transmitting. Overall though, they don't get much better than the Cobra 148 GTL if you want a reliable, professional grade CB radio, especially considering the relatively low price. Just look up any CB radio club or forum and ask people what they think about the Cobra 148 GTL. It's a great looking classic style CB radio with good sounding audio both sent and received even on single side band, and enough major features to make anybody happy. After owning various other radios from other manufacturers, there's a reason I run nothing but these radios in both vehicles and in my house, and I would recommend them to anybody.