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02-25-2005, 08:05 PM
What's the best tuner for $300 or less?

02-25-2005, 09:34 PM
What's the best tuner for $300 or less?

IMO, you can get really good performance from older analog tuners. As far as sound quality goes, the tuner is the best bargain in audio. (You can probably get 3 or more good used tuners for $300.) Finding a used tuner is fairly easy once you know what to look for. I settled on a Yamaha T-1 - depth and width of the soundstage and smoothness of high frequencies are involving and non-fatiguing. The DX'ing feature is good for picking up weak stations. A good muting circuit gets rid of noise when you're tuning the dial between stations. The trick is finding FM stations that don't use compression. Here's a link with tons of info:

As far as newer tuners go, I've read good things about the Marantz ST6000. The Cambridge Audio T500 is $279 and comes in black or silver. Some of the newer tuners from Rotel, Yamaha and others come with a remote.

02-26-2005, 09:38 AM
Here are some new tuners to get you started:

I'm not necessarily endorsing these online sellers, but I have bought from audio advisor and sound city with no problems. If you go with a refurbished unit, get all the details of the manufacturer's warranty that applies and you might check to see whether the online seller performs or helps with warranty service. Happy hunting!

02-26-2005, 09:42 AM

This link will take you to where you can find the Marantz ST6000.

02-26-2005, 02:54 PM
Thanks're the man. The hunt shall begin.

02-26-2005, 03:55 PM

03-17-2005, 08:07 AM
I use an NAD 4020A which can be had on eBay for around $50

With a good antenna, it becomes a very good piece of equipment

JoeE SP9
03-24-2005, 10:05 PM
What's the best tuner for $300 or less? Check this site for information on tuners. (http://www.fmtunerinfo,com)

Dave Lindhorst
05-12-2005, 02:00 PM
You cannot go wrong looking for a Yamaha TX 1000. A fantastic Tuner. One of the best that was made. No longer in production but you may find one used on Ebay. It is a solid well built great performing, great looking unit with absolutely solid specs and looks to go with all the performance. Mine is about 18 years old and I still have not found one I like more. I purchased mine at the PX for a cheap 245.00. They go for about 300 to 500 now.