I have an option to grab a new in box one for $250. I know it's $80 over when they were out new.. The seller put up lots of pics and it's purty.. I wanted a 148 and this is as close as I can get and feel comfy knowing it's literally new and unmolested.. the last 148 I bought for $125 fried on hooking up which aggravated me.. I did get refund from seller. The 296 also has the frequency counter plug on the back, so I may later add one without hacking it up.. I would like anyone whom may own one or knows of performance please chime in..