Dyna FM-3 can be had on ebay for way under $50 most days.
There are many choices for good vintage tuners in that price range. Do yourself a huge favor, spend a little time at http://www.geocities.com/tunerinfo/.
If you want to purchase new, I highly recommend you contact Don Scott, who used to review tuners for S'phile, you can find a link to his e-mail at the above site.
You could easily spend well over a $1000 and still not equal what you would get by purchasing a good vintage tuner.
the adcom 1A is real nice sounding and built like a tank!
eBay for $100 or so but they don't turn up very often.
I just got a Mcintosh MR-74.this beast is beautiful and sounds awesome! I paid $500 for a truly MINT one but you may be able to do a bit better on price if you see one in eBay.macs are worth every penny imo.
Ivanj I agree. What I am saying is Don Scott already has some brand new Marantz ST6000 that he has already modified, which can be purchased right now. I think he wants about $450 for them. The stock unit sold for $300.
The HiFi Choice Best Buy review is at:
If you want a good sounding unit with
remote that is brand new with 3 year
warranty, try www.everestaudio.com .
They sell a new silver unit for CAN $
849.00 including shipping. At current
exchange rate, this is $525 for a new
unit, 12 presets, cool looking snd has
excellent remote control. I bought one
for my son's system which he is taking
to college. In some ways, better than
my Mac 78.
Hands down, no competition in my experience, you can't beat the little Creek T43(retailed for $700) tuner, which can be had or $400 range used! I would put this tuner (with good antennae) up against anything for this price range..anything! It's very very very good, and pulls good stations.
go find one, and you WILL NOT be dissapointed. Good luck
I totally agree with Lthkeepr about the Creek T43, but there is better news. The Cambridge Audio T500 is basically a copy of the T43 designed by Creek with slightly cheaper controls and the like. Once the T500 breaks in it is scary how well it images, let alone how it actually pulls in stations all for a mere $279 from Audio Advisor. Don't forget Audio Advisor has a 30 day return policy. My T500 was a great purchase that really surprised me.
It depends on the tuner. Some tuners can benefit from simple tweaks, others need more work. A simple tweak would be to disconnect an unused something like an antenna outlet. A more involved tweak would be replacing components in the IF strip. Don has experience with many tuners. If anyone is interested email me and I'll send you a before and after of what he did to my Accuphase performance-wise. Don's kind of like a Dr. He needs to examine and apply his experience before he can apply science. But, he doesn't need to give away his secrets!
Again, I have listened to a couple of tuners, and still do not feel this Luxman I have (T 110u) isn't a slouch. I listened to an Accuphase T 100. My friend, and I compared
these two in his living room. We both felt that the bass was a little deeper, and bigger with the T 100, and it might have been a *litlle* richer, but the Luxman's bass was solid, and tight, and deep enough. We both felt the Luxman was crisper in the midrange, and a little more dynamic
I did not go home feeling like I had to have a new tuner. I felt the Luxman was still a very, very rich sound, and not thin like some claim. The soundstages were really indistiguishable, yet I feel the Accuphase would beat the Luxman, but not in every category. Because I like dynamics, I am happy with the Luxman on a good Jazz station, because of the midrange.
A tuner without any IC chips, the Accuphase, I am sure has an edge, but with the newer chips, there seems to be more control, and dynamics. The Accuphase has a huge transformer,
and that is a lot of the reason that the bass is so big, and I have to have good bass, but the Luxman, is a very, very good sounding tuner, and good bass weight, with good control.
Oops!!! I am now buying the Accuphase from my buddy, who was disappointed with the Accuphase, but after listening to
this a little more, I will have to conclude, that it may be a whole 'nother level of sound quality. I don't want to altogether compare, because both are very nice sounding. I tend to look for break neck dynamics, but I can see that, that isn't the criteria. The separation, timbral accuracy, tonality, deep bass, and 3 dimensional sound, are definitely there. I keep thinking I have a trained ear, but I get along better when I just realize I really don't know.