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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:19 am 
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Had a Mitsubishi DA-F20, which finished #9 on that famous fm tuner shootout. Didn't seem terribly remarkable to me, but probably wasn't at its best as it seemed to drift.


I had a similar experience with one of the Pioneer tuners that was rated at number 20 & much higher than a Magnum Dynalab FT101a. I thought the MD had the edge in sound quality. I sold the Pioneer (eventually!) and had the FT101a upgraded. The FT101a after the upgrade had markedly better sound quality and clearly bested the Pioneer.

I find the fmtunerinfo.com is a nice site for those interested in tuners, but I take the shootouts with a grain of salt.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:22 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:27 am 
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I have a Yamaha CT-600 with bass to die for in a tuner. Not expensive or overhyped...just a nice sounding tuner with great selectivity and separation. The Ct800 & 1010 are even better I am told. My Pioneer TX-9100 sounds too clinical but it has the cool good looks that makes up for the thin sound. Sony ST-51XX-55XX are reputed as excellent. I have the ST-5150 that sounds very good.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:09 pm 
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Ive owned a few, started out with the Technics ST 9030, then had a Sansui TU 517, a Sansui TU 9900 and finally my Dynalab MD 108T
I dont recall a huge difference between the first 2 tuners, the 9900 was definitely an upgrade, and the Dynalab is by far the superior component.
With that said, the rest of my system has grown in leaps and bounds since that first tuner so FWIW I can't really give a fair side by side comparison.
I do love my 108T though....


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:14 pm 
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Just found this topic.

I am a big FM fan. Here in Toronto, we listen lots to 94.1, 91.1, 96.3, 88.1 (difficult signal) and 102.1. 99.1 also gets lots of air time.

We started with a dedicated tuner about 7 or 8 years ago with the very capable Sony XDR-F1HD and the simple di-pole antenna. Did a decent job.

I started down the path to improve the signal by looking for a better antenna, and google took me to the Magnum Dynalab website where I found their ST2 antenna. They aren't far from my office, so I stopped by and picked up the antenna, but while I was there, I learned about their tuners ... and fell in love. The antenna improved the signal on the Sony, so we lived with this for a while, but I couldn't forget their tuners.

A couple of years later, I found a used Magnum Dynalab FT101 Etude here on Canuck Audio Mart. Bought it and wow what an improvement. We loved it. We really enjoyed FM more.

I stayed in touch with MD and eventually, we ended up buying a their MD 209 which is a receiver. It has the same tuner board as the MD108T and while I was expecting an improvement over the Etude, this is incredible. Couldn't be happier.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:13 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:29 pm 
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Dynalab FT-101A with ST2 whip.
Sansui TU717
Sansui TU9900

Interestingly, I preferred them in the above order.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:56 pm 
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MD-100r
MD-90r
MD-FT11
(I like Magnum tuners :)) Mated to Fanfare FM2G whip mounted outdoors.
Honorable mentions go out to SAE 8000, Rega Radio, Arcam T-61


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:16 am 
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Tandberg 3001a.

Any Tandberg tr-20XX series receiver.

Dynalab FT-11

All very neutral analog tuners.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:25 am 
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Great and at reasonable prices.

Kenwood KT-8300
Yamaha CT-1010
Pioneer TX-9100

All are analog


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:39 am 
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Kenwood KT-8005
Kenwood KT-5020
Sansui TU-717

I would give a slight nod to the KT-8005 over the KT-5020. However I keep the 5020 due to the more modern design. (I had more trouble with the 8005. if I was a technician I would have kept it) I listen to Jazz FM a lot and there are times when I believe the sound is better the CD player. I wasn't that impressed with the Sansui in comparison to the Kenwoods and sold it


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:00 am 
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In terms of musical presentation.....
Nakamichi ST-7
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:24 am 
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Double D wrote:
I will limit my comments to those I've either owned or had direct exposure at a friends place.. so, here goes:

-MD107T my current top dog, replaced my old MD102T which was pretty nice sounding too, but the 107t aces it, and it SHOULD ! for the $$ :roll:

-Luxman T12, beautiful sounding, but prone to needing frequent tune ups.. sigh.. it may soon hit the market.

- Sansui TU717 and TU9900, as good as they say.. I rather regret selling the good 717 sample I had.. :shock:

Beyond the top 3..

- Technics ST9030,.. this thing will pull in stations after they sign off !! crazy for grabbing fringe stations, sonically decent, but a bit "flat" and one dimensional compared to the others.
- Yamaha CT1010, a bit of a surprise, lovely sound... big old school box cosmetics.. can't go wrong if you snag one at a decent price.
-NAD C427 - a nice modern tuner, not the most sensitive thing,.. fussy about antenna, but sonically, quite decent. Lots of creature comforts.. remote, timer, etc.

I owned a Yamaha CA 1010 amp and really wanted the matching tuner. They would have been a great pair. Sadly the deal went south.The CT1010 was a honey.
I have been using a Pioneer TX6500. While no hell in any particular category, it has been working and sounding the same since 1973 when I bought it. It sounds better than the ones in the AVR's I have.

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Last Tuesday's live to air tribute to Fats Domino suffered from noise here which I assume was atmospheric.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:13 am 
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Gotta go with Magnum Dynalab and my MD-90...
And at least one other has mentioned that a good antenna makes a big difference, so I'll go +1 on the ST2 vertical whip.


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