I own several former Stereophile Class A tuners. All of them clearly deserve that classification but the sonic transparency of the RHT-10 is clearly the best. In a league of its own and unbelievably hard to get (Rotel's other models current and past are no where near the quality of this tuner. It was their all out effort in the mid-1990s). Completely leaves the Magnum Dynalab Etude and Fanfare FT-1 noticably lacking. Stereophile thought so also degrading their classification of these tuners. But unlike Magnum Dynalab, that have some of the best customer support in the business, it was not an easy thing to get replacement parts for the RHT-10. I got an extra display for my RHT-10 (without a display what would you do)? Extra panels and other cosmetic items are not available. We, as a high end community, should support groups like Audio Research that treat their older products with the same pride that we do as customers and have almost every nut and bolt for components over 20 years old. Back to tuners, my other tuners I use in an alternating basis are: Audiolab 8000t, Meridian 604 (the digital output bigger brother to the current 504), Roksan Caspian (I previously owned 4 top McIntosh models). By the way, if have to go on the cheap for a tuner I highly recommend the mid to late eighty's NEC T6E or NEC T601E Tuners (Former Stereophile Class B and remarkably transparent and wide sound stage for the money).
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I agree that the Rotel RH10 is one of the best tuners ever made at any price,but I strongly disagree about your comments that Rotel provides great back up service. I have the complete Rotel series RMB 10 power amp and passive pre-amp and I can't even get Rotel to return and e-mail enquiry.
The RMB 10 requiries servicing(caps are leaking) and all requests for assistance from Rotel has been ---0000!
It's an excellent tuner. I own one; bought it new in the summer of 1995. I suspect that the reason you cannot find much info about it on the web is that Rotel doesn't make it anymore. Like Nanderson, I too once owned a Magnum Etude; and the RHT-10 is clearly far superior.
I will say, however, that the RHT-10 could be a bit more sensitive; should be used with a good antenna.
I have now or have had in the past 8 out of TIS's top 10 best sounding tuners of all time as well as many other top tuners they don't list and am using an RHT-10 as my primary tuner (because of the remote) at this time. Not to disagree with any of you but I have had 2 Tandberg 3001 As that to my ears bested the sound of this tuner mainly because of a noticeably wider & deeper sound stage. That being said, I will be putting my Michi up for sale on "the 'GoN", Canuck Audio Mart and US Audio Mart in the next week or 2, if anyone is interested in getting a head start on this ultra rare tuner pm me or contact me thru Agon
This site is the bible for tuners that’s been going for years, I went with a few that they recommend and they were spot on with their reviews, but it looks like the Rotels didn’t rate.