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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:43 pm 
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Geeze, this addiction will never end! :lol: I have been enjoying the FM on my restored (and hot-rodded) Marantz 1550 in my office. I am now rotating that system into a bedroom, so I am soon to be without conventional radio on the main floor of the house. I have already have a full system in use on the main floor (700W Yamaha, 4311's JBL S38's for the office)...I have everything except the ability to listen to FM.....so I am now in the market for a good quality FM tuner at the budget point of $400.00. I am located in Markham in the NE corner of the GTA. Will be listening to the usual suspects, so pulling in stations a million miles away is not needed. What I do want is a really clean tuner that can play broadcasts from a 200-mile radius I suppose. This will be located against an interior wall so I will not be able to wire into an exterior antenna (I know this will really limit me)....

The options for what I want are myriad. And I really am a neophyte here when it comes to a tuner. I am not hung up on a specific "look" or age; what I want is a great tuner that won't drift, is in good shape and will give me a solid reproduction of sound. Surprisingly, the Marantz seems to do a good job; it has little background noise, doesn't drift, has great bass and good highs and nice clean mids. No fatigue if I listen for 8 hours.

Recommendations? I am looking at a Sansui TU 5900 that intrigues me;it certainly LOOKS nice.... :)

As well, any suggestions for a remote antenna I can mount (hide) in the music shelving system I have built (it is 5 feet wide, 4 feet tall with 4 shelves)?

Once again I am grateful to plumb the collective here. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:22 pm 
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I'd recommend a vintage Accuphase T-101; I wish I had never sold mine.

Caveats: FM only and no presets.....

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:33 pm 
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I tried a Tivoli...WOWW the sound is perfect for me

very impressive for the price


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:05 pm 
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At that Pricepoint there is negligible to minimal differentiation among the contenders.

Just go get one that appeals to you for whatever your personal reason(s) are.


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If you want to pull in stations you'll be hard pressed to beat a Sherwood S3000. And the sound quality is right up there with the best tube tuners from McIntosh.

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Can recommend a Rotel RT-2100 and/or JVC T-X5 (both 5 gang beasts), available for less than your budget too.
Because you'd need an external antenna (and you cannot do), a splendid Leak Troughline from UK will be of no real use, unfortunately.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:05 am 
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There are many tuners in your price point. So my suggestions would be which features do you want? Do you want a remote, presets, or a digital readout? This will help to narrow the field. There are a number of Japanese tuners in your price range. For example, a Nak ST7 would be a nice find. Sometimes you can find a Rotel or Adcom tuner for around $100, which is very reasonable for the performance they offer. IME, the really good Japanese tuners tend to sell for a lot more money.

A set of rabbit ears, such as the ones from UHF can be helpful in your situation.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:12 am 
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Vinyl Guy wrote:
There are many tuners in your price point. So my suggestions would be which features do you want? Do you want a remote, presets, or a digital readout? This will help to narrow the field. There are a number of Japanese tuners in your price range. For example, a Nak ST7 would be a nice find. Sometimes you can find a Rotel or Adcom tuner for around $100, which is very reasonable for the performance they offer. IME, the really good Japanese tuners tend to sell for a lot more money.

A set of rabbit ears, such as the ones from UHF can be helpful in your situation.



I am looking for good solid sound; presets not important. Remote not needed as I won't be surfing. Normally I select a channel and stay there for multiple hours unless it is "drive time" when the hype and commercials drive me nuts! :evil:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:28 am 
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Hard to beat a well kept Magnum Dynalab FT101 or FT11.
They can be sent back to the manufacturer for a tuneup also for a reasonable fee.
FM only however.


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Go to www.fmtunerinfo.com. Check their shootout results. lots of choices


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:49 am 
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http://www.uhfmag.com/MiscAccessories.html

Scroll down, and look at this antenna. This might be an option for you.

Your first choice, TU 5900 is an excellent one . Other fine Sansui tuners, the 417, 517, 717, 719, 919, and since your first choice was the 5900, take a look at the 7900 and the 9900.

Other fine tuners, Pioneer, Luxman, Yamaha, Kentwood...

One of my tuner is the TU 719 which I use almost daily since 1980

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:20 am 
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There is no shortage of options in that price range.

If you looking at a vintage tuner however, factor in the cost of getting it re-aligned and tuned.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:22 am 
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If you do not mind station drift from time to time, analog tuner usually sound better than digital at your price range, used to own a Pioneer, sounds good for the money,

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... kii-tuner/

may be worth considering, especially if it was "recently serviced and aligned" - correctly.


If you can afford another $100, this Kenwood would be better,

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... 300-tuner/

As Japon just pointed out, go to http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/index.html for detail info for above models.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:35 am 
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Through the years, I have been extremely pleased with the musical sound of my
NAK ST-7 and my REGA Radio3........ both under your $$ budget
Enjoy the music.....


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:42 am 
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NordicNorm wrote:
There is no shortage of options in that price range.


...but no great tuners though.

My recommendation is to up the budget, and concentrate on FM only tuners.


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