You know, I struggle with this question as well.
I guess for me it is only about a couple things:
1. Resell value since people expect an audio panel in an IFR bird (at this point I can never envision selling)
2. People always asking: Where is your audio panel...when they scope out the panel.
3. It makes the stack look more normal but what is normal?
4. I have to turn the volume knob up and down on the radio I don't want to listen to but this is really no big deal.
You are right, I already have most of the functionality that an audio panel brings to the table. I have an intercom, TX select switch, music inputs, all of my EFIS, GPS etc. connected so it is not like I am giving much up without one.
Oh the mental struggles we go thru...wants vs needs and needs vs wants....
Originally Posted by Sid Lambert
Why the need for the audio panel at this point?
The TX switch seems like the best route since most people never use any other feature of the audio panel.