Discussion in 'Tuners' started by PabloTincho, Jul 10, 2017.
The sound factor is better than the wow factor. A great tuner will deliver the wow.
I already have a few super tuners
Hitachi FT-5500 MKII,
The sound really good but there are not pretty on my eyes, they are so plain
I have owned both of those Mits tuners. Of course the state of either one might or might not be comparable to another one you find, but here goes.
The 30 was one of the nicest sounding digital tuners I tried, not quite up to the Revox B160, Yamaha T-85, Akai AT-93, NAD 4300 but very nice and no digital nasties. The 20 was one of the very best sounding tuner I ever had, big soundstage, great resolution of low level detail, smooth, just lovely. I would definitely give the edge to the 20 but the 30 does sound very good and if you do find one they tend to be bargains, not always the case for the better known 20.
Did you do any modifications on the Mit 30 ? does it have automatic selection of filters ?
Both were stock, though I did have the 20 worked on a little bit after I deemed it was worth keeping and later had to have the power supply serviced after it failed.
In terms of how the 30 works, you can download the manual here:
Based on your criteria I'd be going. with the Mitsubishi.
You want wow factor, wait until you see what the DA-F30 display does when you tune in a station!
Sony ST-SE700. Still one of the best digital tuners pound for pound all these years later.
I go by the sound quality/reception performance personally, but man, that DA-F30 sure looks like a VCR player. Out of the three he mentioned earlier, the Denon TU-767 with the wood side panels is the classiest looking, meets his specs for 5 gang, has wide/narrow selectivity.... might have to find one myself and check out the sound.
Tuners I have currently:
Yamaha T-85 (recapped and filter sockets/filters by me, aligned by RadioX Tuners)
Audio Dynamics T-200 ( same as above)
Pioneer TX-9500II (same as above)
Sony XDR-F1HD (stock except for taller feet)
Yamaha CT-810 (recapped and with filter sockets/new filters)
Kenwood Basic T-2 (same)
Harman/Kardon T-403 (same, but definitely needs an alignment, audible distortion, but very tube-like)
Sherwood S-3000 III (tube, mono, awaiting a rebuild)
Sansui TU-70 (tube, awaiting a rebuild)
You might consider going to fmtunerinfo.com and modifying a vintage unit per their specs. I did this with a Kenwood KT-7550 and it is the best sounding source component I have (assuming a good FM station). I listen to this unti more than anything else by far.
TAS issue 4 cover, my favorite. Welcome aboard.
Go with a passive tuner!
My favorite as well. Good to be here!
Sherwood S9600 CP. Flywheel tune knob, superb analog tuner, digital display, unusual look, brushed
aluminum finish. Defeatable servo lock tuner. Picture from the January 1982 front cover of High Fidelity. Very good review. $40 on eBay right now.
Here ya go....
FM200B? One of my favorites.
perhaps the Benytone MT-4000 X-calibre will ease your pain?
I have had Denons, Kenwoods, but i just love my Sansui TU 717.
I have two in mint condition with basic upgrades, I just can't part with them. Sounds great and gorgous to look at.
Technics ST-G7. Hard to find, spectacular specs. 5 gang (varactor), digital readout, digital signal strength readout in dB, automatic variable bandwidth, 94 dB SN.
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