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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:36 am 
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My current amp is a Kenwood KA9100 (no wood cabinet) and I would like to complement it with a decent tuner to sit beside it for my radio listening pleasure.
I prefer one of the same large physical dimensions, silver face, no wood cabinet etc.
But there seems to be so many different models that meet the physical requirements I am looking for but I am learning that there were some that performed much better than others.
Which models were the strong performers?
Any recommendations...experiences before I place a want ad on Canuck?
Thanks in advance.

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Everything you need to know ... http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/kenwood.html

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Quadzilla's link leads you to the 600T, among others. I have one and highly recommend it. May not be super easy to find or cheap but well worth the effort.


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I had one of these KT-615 Kenwoods, and it is a decent tuner (without breaking the bank). This one is too much money (and the seller is known for posting fake ads), but if you could find one for $100 or less, you should consider it.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-stereo-systems- ... nFlag=true

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KT7500 is the match for KA9100 and is under $200 usually.... the KT8300 is also a match but its more than double the price


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look into the Kenwood Professional 700 series. TTOTL . A worthwhile investment in the best and resale down the road. You may want to look at the big amps in this line also.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:23 am 
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I somehow don't think that he is looking for a top model, or to change his amplifier ... but it would be helpful if he gave us a budget.

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Like you, i wanted a Kenwood Tuner to go with my Kenwood amp. I have the KA 907.
In the Kenwood advertising, the 907 is matched with 3 tuner choices of the day. 615, 815, and 917.
I started with the 615, and was able to switch to the 815. (I.e. What choices did Kenwood give YOUR amp?)
In the shootout, the 815 reviews are mixed. I found it quite acceptable. The review said some lack of bass. I found it tight. 'Synergy?'. I was using it with a passive speaker system with good extended low end response.
Read the Nikko Beta V reveiw just below the Ken 815. They call it a (pleasantly) warm tuner.
I have the Beta V, and I think its a bit too warm. Warmer than the Gamma 1, which is decently respectable.
I happened to find out that the Kenwood 815 FM guts are some same as the Nikko Beta 40 after a conversation where I said I thought they sounded similar.
Point... The shoot out is now some 15 years of starting date. While a comparison is drawn by a few guys testing, time changes all things.
It points out some tuners of the same make and model vary. (Specific comment on the KT815)
Over the heyday testing period, the radio station technology in their area could have changed. Not all FM radio stations are equal in sound (bandwidth). Their play source would have changed from the 2002 start date to more recent test data.
The tuners are getting older, and possible sound different than their tests. (Not to mention their hearing, although relative difference should be ok)
The website is full of GREAT info, do read up on the Kenwood sections, but be open your opinion will likely vary in real listening.
Once you think you have made a choice, review that tuner for consistent commentary. Maybe re-ask your question in the thread later as a followup.
You may find a well reviewed tuner of another brand that shares some FM chip technology with a Kenwood you were not specifically looking at.
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The KT-8300 that is listed on Canuck right now is a good tuner. Not badly priced either.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:05 am 
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Thank you all for the input and replies.
My budget? My Dutch lineage should say it all. :?

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Why don't you just spell it out for us? Do you want help, or do you want to play guessing games?

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+1 for the KT-7500 very underrated tuner usually had for a good price,i regret selling mine.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:25 am 
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Quadzilla wrote:
Why don't you just spell it out for us? Do you want help, or do you want to play guessing games?


I am more seeking performance reviews than pricing guides.
Was not playing games...just did not figure it was important or anybody's concern.
But to satisfy your persistent curiosity...sub $150 was my target.

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alexander_x wrote:
Quadzilla wrote:
Why don't you just spell it out for us? Do you want help, or do you want to play guessing games?


I am more seeking performance reviews than pricing guides.
Was not playing games...just did not figure it was important or anybody's concern.
But to satisfy your persistent curiosity...sub $150 was my target.


"Persistent curiosity"? OK, guessing games it is then. I spy with my little eye, something that can't recognize when someone is trying to help them ... and good luck finding a tuner.

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Maybe I am nostalgic; but I can't see myself paying big bucks for a tuner given the crap on FM broadcasts. There is nothing in Ottawa that I want to listen to since Tonic on CBC disappeared. I currently have 10 tuners in rotation and maybe getting rid of all but a few.


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