best i've ever owned was the technics (panasonics) st-9030--you can find 'em for less than $300 on ebay. really exceptional piece.
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the link above has a very comprehensive test and review of the sony. The tester states that the sensitivity is the best he had ever seen. Also, you can read a review in The Audio Critic. Pete called it the best tuner in the world. :), mentioning the audio critic usually brings an immediate attack, but I purchased the tuner before I read the review. I listen to a local college station also. I picked it up with no problem for years, then one day noise and static appeared on my Marantz ST-6000 tuner. The noise was also on all my table radios and receivers. While reading a blog, a guy mentioned that he had a similar problem and the Sony was the answer. I bought one, and he was right!! No more noise or static. The noise is still there on the receivers, but not the Sony. I am not sure which tuner 'spec' affects this. I use the common T shaped antenna that came with my receiver. Of course, since it's such a great product, Sony has discontinued it. Sony is infamous for such actions. I used the Technics ST-9030 years ago in Germany. It was great but I can't remember it in enough detail to compare to the Sony. German FM Radio is techically excellent, so maybe a lot of it was the signal. The sony also receives High Def signals.
Maybe you need to find anther spot for your antenna. If a car radio picks it up, any halfway good tuner should. There must be a dead spot there. Just like when your in the car and stop at a traffic light, you lose the station. A few feet forward, and it comes right back in. This sight may help with analog tuners, and info about specs. [http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/]
I 2nd fmtunerinfo.com, they have an excellent shoot-out section. I've been through a lot of tuners, I live in a rural area about 50 miles to the nearest big city. I finally settled on a McIntosh 74, that conked out and then I put in a MR-7082 and have a small winegard antenna on my porch. I pull in a wide range of stations, including a great jazz 1 in DC that I tried to get for years. Funny thing, I didn't find the Magnum 101 to be good for me. Good luck.