I've looked for classical stations other than WRTI and never found one. I found this via Google, it's HD only and I have no idea of it's signal strength.
There's really no such thing as hi-def broadcast radio. HD stands for hybrid digital and refers to the digital wave that rides on the FM carrier.
There is a good resource for finding out about vintage tuners here:
In the old days WRTI used to be 24/7 jazz radio. The classical station was 95.7 (I think). They changed their format and RTI picked up their DJs and started daytime classical broadcast. There was a smooth jazz station around 106. They might have moved on the dial or changed format, I don't know. Pretty slim pickins, although RTI is good sometimes.
You might want to consider a Magnum Dynalab model as well, there are a good number of them available and they are excellent tuners. And if you don't have your computer nearby your rig, you could also consider getting one of their internet tuners, that would greatly increase the number of classical stations you could get.
Thanks Lowrider and Fleib ... you'd think that living in Philly is like being in a third world country. Sheeezz.
One station ... that's it!!! Hardly worth looking for an FM tuner for just one station. Might as well do a wireless hookup from my car radio to my stereo rig.
Well if I was so inclined to burn money, what are your thoughts about the MAC MR-78 or Tandberg 3001A?
Yes, FM music in the Philly area has been dying for many years now. I stopped using an FM tuner about 5-6 years ago as it was just collecting dust and taking up space. I still look at tuners, and have even seen deals so good that I'm tempted, but then again I think about....would I actually use it? That always quells my desire, though I still look. LOL!!
The fmtunerinfo site can be a little overwhelming, so I suggest looking at the rankings at the bottom of this page,
Surprising that the MR-78 is ranked #77, and a Tandberg 3011A is ranked #50.
Bifwynne, I wouldn't put any real money into a vintage tuner unless you're prepared to get it serviced. Most techs aren't really up to aligning and modding a tuner. There were at least 2 versions of the MR78, a good tuner but apparently one version was better. The Tandberg has good specs but can sound a little brittle, maybe the one I heard wasn't 100%. There's a guy with 2 Kenwood L-07T on Audio Circle trading post and there's a Nakamichi ST-7 here, might be worth considering.
You should use that link in my last post. It's really a great resource. On the left - click on the manufacturer and get the low down.
I have a Sansui TU-717 that I picked up off ebay. It had just been serviced and aligned. I think I paid around $300 or less. It looks just like new and sound great. I looked on ebay today and there are some in that price range. It ranked 13 in the shootout rankings. 300 for me was pretty reasonable. Your priorities may vary.
Also worth considering is many stations provide high quality internet radio streams these days in addition to over the air broadcasts.
From a technology perspective, internet streaming these days has a clear edge over traditional FM stereo broadcast technology IMHO. Like FM stations though, most Internet streams provided can vary greatly in terms of sound quality. Streaming rate/resolution is but one factor to consider. Higher bitrate streams are better in general, but not assurance alone of better sound quality. Its the overall implementation of the stream with attention to sound quality that matters. There are many very good ones to sample though these days.
I am an FM radio fan from way back, but I am finding more and more internet radio resources these days that I tend to prefer over what can be accomplished over air with local stations, except perhaps under the most ideal FM reception conditions and with a top notch quality FM tuner/receiver. Plus the variety of sources available over the internet is without equal. You can easily spend an afternoon just sampling through the various streams available.
"I wonder if I can stream internet/cable FM radio off my FIOS connection."
Definitely via any internet connection or service from any internet provider including Verizon/FIOS..
You need a DAC somewhere. In computer already, outboard, whereever.
Easy way to try is a stereo y connector from computer headphone jack to dual RCA phono into pre-amp line level input. I started that way. Easy, cheap and can sound pretty good, though a good outboard DAC can well be a step up from most DACs built into most common home computers.
Wired connection from computer USB port to DAC with USB input is one way.
Also Audioengine and maybe others sells a couple of devices that provide a wireless conenction from computer USB out to DAC digital input. That is something I would consider.
Currently, I use Logitech Squeezebox music players with server software. THe Logitech system (recently discontinued unfortunately) provides access to many internet radio sources. Sonos is the most common similar system today probably, but there are others as well. Each will have their own design/features regarding specific internet music/radio sources available most likely, so pay attention to that with any particular device or system considered.