Have you considered contacting McIntosh service and support. I have always found them to be extremely helpful and cooperative.
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Sounds like the tuners section getting weak on one channel.
Try the tubes as Elevick mentions or tuner cleaner. I think the 1700 has the gang type tuner? If so the cleaner may solve it, if not you might also check with AudioClassics.com they are McIntosh people that know the older components quite well.
I tried to switch 12AU7 with new one which I suspect it is the one that has to do with decoding information for the two channels. But no result. I haven't talked to Macintosh dealer because I believe they are sort of expensive. I temporarily retired it and replace with my old Marantz 18 which gave the FM alive. Thanks you guys!