Maybe something like this Luxman TP-117?
Thanks for the reply. I’d be open to this.
"Why not just get a good pre, and hook up a tuner to it?"
The Emotiva PT-100 is listed as a "STEREO PREAMPLIFIER/DAC/TUNER"https://emotiva.com/products/pres-and-pros/pt-100
I'll take a look at those Adcoms and some separate preamp/tuners. I've also seen some older NAD's that could work.
"another option is to get a receiver and use the pre outs to drive a bigger amp"
This was plan "A", but I don't seem to be able to control the volume. Nearly lost an eardrum with the volume turned all the way down as I turned everything on. I'm researching why this isn't working, but wanted to see what other solutions are out there.
The PT-100 seems like a good contender at $300.
@2000m2 - If your current HK has pre-outs, then the VC on the HK should control the volume when you have a power amp connected to the pre-outs. Seems to me the HK either does not have pre-outs, or you are connected to the wrong outputs. Are you sure you are not connected to tape monitor outputs?
What model HK do you have? Can you confirm the labeling on the outputs you are using?
@2000m2 - I don't think that external processor loop is affected by the volume control and your description of what you are experiencing would confirm that. If you want over the air radio reception, a tuner/pre-amp or a different stereo receiver that does have standard pre-outs would be in order.
Good luck in your search.
If you really only use the tuner to listen to the news, I would strongly suggest that you put your money into getting the best preamp you can, and then get yourself a small profile tuner for FM reception. If you want the best quality audio from the tuner for music, I also suggest that you get a separate tuner and a separate preamp. There are many if you really only use the tuner to listen to the news, I would strongly suggest that you put your money into getting the best preamp you can, and then get yourself a small profile tuner for FM reception. If you want the best quality audio from the tuner for music, I also suggest that you get a separate tuner and a separate preamp. There are small profile tuners that you can get for not too much money. Worth researching.
What I will say is that a great tuner with a fair antenna is a worse choice than is a fair tuner with a great antenna. I also discovered that some tuners are very sensitive to RF radiation and that LED bulbs can be huge RF polluters. Fortunately, an inexpensive snap on ferrite core will address the RF junk from LED bulbs
Here’s the Revox located about an hour north of Philadelphia:
and you just missed this Mitsubishi but they can be found if you look:
I believe McIntosh also made a preamp/tuner as well. A separate preamp and tuner from the same company for aesthetics and system synergy would be better and there are many companies who make both that are excellent. Perreaux, Quad, Aragon, Tandberg, B&K, Hafler, Dynaco, Sumo and many others make great preamps and tuners.