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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:26 pm 
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really like fm tuners ive owned Magnum Dynalab but havent yet owned Mcintosh fm tuner if you were going to spend around 800.00 which tuner would you buy


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I also like, and prefer tuners to enjoy music.
Any of these, and you are getting very good tuners.

In your budget;
Magnum Dynalab FT-101, and 101A
McIntosh, MR-80, and slightly below, the MR-78

You can also take a good look at the Accuphase, the M-100, 101, and the 103

If you can't find any of the above, Sansui has many excellent tuners, although not as fancy looking at the above mentioned three.
TU-X1, TU-919, TU-717, and the TU-719, are four of the best Sansui

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http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/

probably, ok, is the best tuner information place on the planet.

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But to answer your question,
For the look only, I would pick the MR-80, and second, the Accuphase
Both are excellent tuners, and so are all the other one.

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I am sorry guys but I don't believe that 800 dollars can buy you a Mcintosh MR78. Also the MR78 is not below the MR80 .
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sure it can, there was one there for less last time i looked.


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Although the MR-80 is a better tuner than the MR-78, the 78 will usually be more expensive. 700.00$ to 900.00$ for the 78, sans cabinet, versus 500.00$ to 700.00$ for the 80, in fair to good condition.

You have to remember, although some of the McIntosh tuner are very good, they are nowhere near as good as some of the best Kenwood, Accuphase, and Sansui tuners have to offer. A 78 will command a higher price than the Sansui 919 because of its name, and not because it's a better sounding tuner.

I much prefer the look of the McIntosh, but a Sansui will sound better. To each his own.

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I have to disagree with some others. My McIntosh MR7084 sounds much better than the Kenwood KT8300 I had. Have not had experience with the Magnum Dynalab tuners.


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I would buy a McIntosh MR80 or MR78 because they will hold their value better than most tuners which are a rapidly declining asset.


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...the upside of a Magnum Dynalab is that you can always trade-up through MD...and they're very generous...and they're Canadian...I've owned 4 MD pieces...loved 'em all...

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jnaudio wrote:
really like fm tuners ive owned Magnum Dynalab but havent yet owned Mcintosh fm tuner if you were going to spend around 800.00 which tuner would you buy


Another option is to buy a used Magnum Dynalab 101A for around $400 and pocket the difference.


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Magnum Dynalab is a Canadian company that will repair and/or upgrade any of their tuners. I have an old FT101a that I had upgraded. It now sounds better than ever.
I have not owned a McIntosh. I believe you can get it repaired, but must ship it to the US to have it done at the factory.
For me, having access to factory upgrades & repairs is important as it is getting harder to find techs to do the work.
Unless you really like the look of the McIntosh or just HAVE TO try it, I would stick with the Magnum Dynalab. Old tuners from Sansui & others are great, but have become quite pricey for their age. Again the issue is finding someone to do the work and do it in a timely fashion.


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Vinyl Guy wrote:
Magnum Dynalab is a Canadian company that will repair and/or upgrade any of their tuners. I have an old FT101a that I had upgraded. It now sounds better than ever.
I have not owned a McIntosh. I believe you can get it repaired, but must ship it to the US to have it done at the factory.
For me, having access to factory upgrades & repairs is important as it is getting harder to find techs to do the work.
Unless you really like the look of the McIntosh or just HAVE TO try it, I would stick with the Magnum Dynalab. Old tuners from Sansui & others are great, but have become quite pricey for their age. Again the issue is finding someone to do the work and do it in a timely fashion.


I agree. I have found it exceedingly difficult to find a tech who can re-align tuners. Most, even if they are very good with other audio electronics, no longer have the necessary equipment.


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Both are in my book as reference FM tuners.
Unless you have access to an experienced McIntosh FM tuner tech or that the Mac you will buy is 100%(serviced , aligned)
best choice would be the MD, for service, value and sound quality.
I do have two MD a MD100 and a FT101A with upgrades, frankly they last and gives great sound especially on CBC/SRC.


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Stone wrote:
...the upside of a Magnum Dynalab is that you can always trade-up through MD...and they're very generous...and they're Canadian...I've owned 4 MD pieces...loved 'em all...

I'll take one of your hand-me-downs ;)

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