Tuner recomendations

Discussion in 'Tuners' started by bill114, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. bill114

    bill114 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I figured I'd put a shout out to find a tuner that would suit my situation. I live about 3 miles from the Gulf of Mexico on a ridge that's about 50 ft above sea level. The transmitters of the two FM stations I listen to
    (88.5 and 89.7) are around 40 miles away to the east. I used to have an outdoor antenna but the frequent violent summer storms we get plus hurricane season makes an outdoor antenna impractical for me now
    (plus the fact that when I had a new A/C system installed a while back, the numbnuts installers cut the rf cable I took great pains to run in my crawl space to the antenna (about 40 ft.).
    So, I need to find a tuner that is good at DXing with an indoor antenna. I currently have a Marantz 115B that works ok on closer stations but with only 3 gangs, can't cut the distant listening. The Marantz possibly needs an alignment but there isn't anyone I know of around here that won't charge me three times what the tuner is worth for an alignment. I have a Godar FM 1A antenna but get just as good signal with an old Radio shack rabbit ears.
    I need to keep the cost around $100
     
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  2. Jygesq

    Jygesq Well-Known Member

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    used yamaha tx-950 ,
     
  3. dr*audio

    dr*audio Fish fingers and custard! Subscriber

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    Onkyo Integra T-4087. I don't know of any good analog tuner you could get for $100.
     
  4. Dave_1962

    Dave_1962 Lunatic Member

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    Yeah $100 prolly won't cut it. Where I am: Accuphase T-100 going for over $1000 / Kenwood KT-600 go for $550 / KT-8300 go $250 - $500. These are 5, 8 and 6 gang respectively. If you find more than 3 gang at $100 consider it a fluke and buy immediately. But really - At $100 save your money until you have $500 then start looking. Of course IMHO and YMMV. My numbers are CAD both in funds and location.
     
  5. bill114

    bill114 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I figured it wouldn't be analog. Most of those are old and in need of work which is what I have now. My target is around $100 but that's not a hard number. In my recent search I've run across candidates from Sony, Yamaha, Sanyo and others which were in my budget range and I'd consider upping the $ a bit for the right unit. Something like the Accuphase isn't in the picture.
     
  6. RxDx

    RxDx Speaker collector Subscriber

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    The Yamaha TX-950 is a sweet little tuner, very sensitive, and it has fine
    tuning on AM and FM. Several at auction around your target price.
     

     

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  7. Dave_1962

    Dave_1962 Lunatic Member

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    A great place to learn tuners:

    http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/

    Scroll down a bit to see alphabetical brand name index on the left side of page.
    I do find that some of the pricing info is dated as in about ten years old.
     
  8. bill114

    bill114 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Yeah, I'm familiar with the site
     
  9. bill114

    bill114 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Do you own one?
     
  10. RxDx

    RxDx Speaker collector Subscriber

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    I owned a couple at one point, and used them a lot, before I upgraded
    to an Onkyo T-9090 II and T-4711.
     
  11. Nick_G

    Nick_G Well-Known Member

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    How about a Denon TU-800? The last two completed listings I can see sold for $75 and $77.
     

     

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  12. bill114

    bill114 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    that's nice
     

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