Magnum Dynalab Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Tuners' started by techguy0192, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. techguy0192

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    A little surprised to see so little discussion on Magnum Dynalab tuners and related gear. So, here's a thread for the the MD owners, users with questions, and those interested their tuners.

    As a long time fan of Magnum Dynalab, I have the following gear: 101A Tuner, MD205 Signal Sleuth, and their SR100 antenna. I'm lucky to have some great FM stations in my area and the MD gear is a joy to use.

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  2. fiddlefye

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    I have the same set-up, minus the Signal Sleuth which would probably be overkill here. Love the tuner.
     
  3. AudioGeek

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    I had a 101A that I liked a lot, but eventually sold it to get a Yamaha CT-7000. Wouldn't mind having one of the top end MDs some day.
     
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  4. Big Harry

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    I am the original owner of an FT101 and it is one of the best tuners I have owned. There is no way I would trade it for another tuner.
     
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    I was looking for one of their internet tuners. They are hard to find and super expensive as well.
     
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    Hard to resist that move.....
     

     

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    I also had an original 101. The 101A is better but by a small margin. I've been thinking about a MD90; however, I'm not sure what it will really offer over my 101A. Anyone with a MD90 that can comment?
     
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    I never compared mine to a 101 or 101A, but it sounds great. Much better than internet streams from the college radio I listen to on my MD90.
    No complaints. No desire to upgrade.
     
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    I've always wondered about the sound differences between the tube and non-tube version of products that have both as an option. :confused:
     
  10. R-2-R

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    Wow!......surprised to see this dedicated thread on Magnum Dynalab tuners to say the least!

    As a long time love affair with my Magnum Dynalab FT-101A tuner it sure is good that there has been a thread dedicated to them.

    I also have basically that same set up as techguy0192 shows pictured in the original post but with one slight difference on the antenna.

    I have the FT101A tuner, the MD-205 Signal Sleuth along with the ST-2 antenna located outside on the highest point on my roof.

    Can be seen here: http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/racked-system.371286/#post-10136720
     
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  11. DOBIEGUY

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    My FT-101 was part of a package deal found on AudioGon years ago. Listed with the Sleuth and wired remote control,it was for local pick-up only. I was there in a New York minute. The tuner turns out to be a Etude version!
    Flipped the Sleuth and the remote to the same buyer for a few bucks more than the package!
    Reception is outstanding with a ST-2 antenna. Sound quality is exceptional with a dead quiet background.
    Along with a pair of Yamaha T-2s there is no shortage of quality FM listening in my house.
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    I can't say enough good stuff about the MD205 Signal Sleuth. The difference it made was shocking. Honestly, it's a must own for anyone with an analog tuner. Stations that were not listenable can be pulled and if needed I can makes tweaks with my MD tuner, such as switching to mono to further clean up the sound.
     
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  13. decooney

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    MD-102 with a few mods. Sounds nice.

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  14. satkinsn

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    I have an FT-11 and the SR100 antenna. I winnowed down my gear a few years ago, but kept the MD, and thoroughly enjoy it - it's one of my two or three favorite pieces.

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  15. MiamiEd

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    I bought a used Magnum Dynalab FT-101 about two years ago. It is rock steady, sounds good and has a sensitive front end. Also, the analog dials and toggle switches are easy on this old ham radio operator's eyes.

    I use this tuner to listen to a local community radio station that specializes in Jazz and the local NPR station. I use the ST-2 antenna stashed in an interior closet.

    The combination gives me hour after hour of listening pleasure.

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  16. heyraz

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    The analog dial, switches, and meters have always been irresistible to my grandson.
    The tuner is the first thing he goes for when he visits.
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    Hey you smart folks out there. I have the FT11. Like its sound a lot, but after about 10 minutes or so after power up, the station drifts. I have it set to 96.5 for example and after time, it shows 96.4 and is not tuned and the station cuts in and out. A quick adjust met of the know back to 96.5 and it is rock solid thereafter. Any ideas of what could be causing the warm-up drift?
     
  19. Punker X

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    Pretty normal for a tuner to drift in the first 10 minutes. Most service manual state to let the unit warm up for 10 minute before doing alignments. The local oscillator need to stabilize.
     
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  20. decooney

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    Good to know, thanks for the info. I bought my MD 102 second hand and did not get a service manual. Sort of figured this out over time I guess, but this actually explains a lot. Sometimes there is no drift at cold startup and other times its more noticeable so i just let it warm up for at least 15 minutes now before focused listening. Thx.
     

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