Best/Coolest Looking Tuners

Discussion in 'Tuners' started by nailer, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. Nick_G

    Nick_G Active Member

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    Well, although some will probably think it ugly, I really like the fairly sparse, somewhat industrial looks of the Kenwood L-02T:

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    If only they weren't so rare and expensive...
     
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  2. aileenamegan

    aileenamegan Super Member

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    Love it - one of my alltime favorites!
     
  3. doug s.

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    agreed - but at least it's cheap, unlike the s/s mcintosh's which sound no better.

    doug s.

    ps - i still have mine, but my mac's are long gone...
     
  4. pappylon

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    Maybe not the best but still cool my tx 700

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    It has pushbutton tuning

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  5. KiM3Ce

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    Thanks Nick, that does look impressive, although I don't like that square patch of tiny white lettering on the front panel. I would probably apply some black electrical tape :).
     
  6. audiomagnate

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    Those old Heathkit tuners are chick magnets! I have GOT to get me some of that! Lower the lights, put on the local classic R&B station (maybe they're playing some Barry White!) and you're in like Flynn! Stunning!
     

     

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  8. cgutz

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    TRW Bell - looks like the dashboard of a 50's auto. 3537.jpeg
     
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  9. audiomagnate

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    Did somebody say "dashboard of a 50's auto? Here's my Heathkit AJ-43

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  10. cgutz

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    Vintage_Kenwood_AM_FM_Stereo_Tuner_Model_KT_5300_fd4fc305ed4424c4aea2_1.jpg s-l640.jpg

    For years I had a cheap, but cute little RS TM-102 tuner (right). I used to call it a "baby Kenwood" as they definitely copied the look (left). I don't however, recommend the "baby Kenwood" if you want quality.
     
  11. Mac4100HK930

    Mac4100HK930 I like the pretty tones!

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    My Fisher FM200b and Kenwood KT8007. I like the Fisher best.
     
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  12. Sam Cogley

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    I'm all about simplicity, but the proportions of that tuner are...weird.
     
  13. Im not that bothered about the looks but heres my tuner. The best Iv ever listened to that Iv owned over the years.

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    Nice, two of my all time favorites!
     
  15. paba

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    Ok read the whole thread so i had to suggest a few good looking ones not yet mentioned ! my first choices where of course already mentioned but here goes... any of these will generate conversation if your guests see them in your living room.

    47 Labs midnight blue 4730 tuner (actually a recent production)
    http://www.ultrahighendreview.com/36829/

    Meitner museatex FMT with real wood, acrylic top and simple front panel but requires a remote. Just zen and classy.
    Can't find a web picture that does it justice. Guess i have take a picture of mine and post it.

    Burmester 978 (FM jewelry? But not just looks it sits with the best tuners)

    And 2 european tube tuners never seen outside of europe
    Swiss
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H4H4P_LHQLw/VkTMTBwqZII/AAAAAAAAMkg/On0GSaulOjM/s1600/tubner.jpg
    French
    http://www.gold-vintage-experience.com/boutique/tuners/esart-fmd.html

    Paba
     
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  16. aileenamegan

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    Interesting looking tuners. Especially the 47 Labs - never seen before. The other two look quite common for the time period they are from.
     

     

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  17. cube-tube

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    There have been loads of really good looking, iconic tuners over the years. I would like to think that I have two of them myself, both in near mint condition. One is the Yamaha TX-1000U, the other a Carver TX-11a. Both sound different from one another, but both sound great as well. The thing I like about these two in particular are their features, their clean looks, and the way they are able to pull in stations, especially the Carver. I'm using a C.Crane FM Reflect on the Yamaha and a Magnum Dynalab ST-2 on the Carver.

    Of course, a good antenna to get a good clean signal goes a long way.

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  18. R-2-R

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    Don't know if anyone has already mentioned or posted pictures of the Harman Kardon Citation Fourteen or Citation Fifteen FM Tuners but they are an eye catcher.
    Basically both are almost identical with just slightly difference in knobs and or features but still the same FM Tuner.

    http://www.thevintageknob.org/THEVAULT1/CITATION14/CITATIONXIV.html
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  19. Willeve146

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    The Technics ST9600; beautiful and one of the very best (Photo just doesn't do it full justice.

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