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03-09-2004, 12:48 PM
Hi all....I just upgraded from a NAD C320BEE integrated amp to a Sunfire Symphonic Reference amp/pre amp stack. I kept the NAD C521BEE cdp and am looking for a tuner to go with the system. The unit is powering a pair of Energy Audissey 5+2's. I guess the logical tuner would be the NAD C422, but the more I read about other tuners, the more confused I get. I'd like to keep the price at or below $500 and am looking for advice from you much more informed guys and gals. I have access to a few "hi-end" audio stores and at home tryouts are probably within my reach, but am looking to narrow the field a bit. I truly don't know much (if anything) about tuners and that's why I'm asking for help. I have a '77 Pioneer SX 1250 receiver that pulls in alot of stations with just a passive indoor antenna, and a Yamaha 5540 receiver (for HT) that gets very few stations with the same antenna, so I guess I'm looking for a tuner able to pull in weak signals (whatever that may be called). I also have a powered indoor antenna that I used with the Pioneer, but it didn't seem to work any better than the passive one, so it sits on a closet shelf (ready to be used if needed). Any opinions and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please pardon my ignorance and thank you in advance....Jack

piece-it pete
03-09-2004, 02:03 PM
If you don't need a remote on your tuner I would suggest an older unit. $500.00 should get you a heck of a tuner!!


I have a Sansui TU-217 & love it!! Here's a TU-717:


Good luck!


happy ears
03-09-2004, 03:34 PM
I bought an used Sansui T-5 analog tuner which I have been very happy with. Total cost $8.00 Cdn. It replaced a Pioneer electronic tuner that would cut out know and then, internal problem. Although both tuners where able to pull in all the station I preferred the sound of the Sansui anaolg tuner. Apparently Sansui made some tuners that where highly rated but some of them are still pricey.

03-13-2004, 07:37 AM

unless your willing to go to a magnum dynalab or equivalent, get a cheap $15 tuner form a pawn shop. i have done this and been quite happy. i use the cheeeeep ratshack FM only antenna ($20) with great results.

going to a mag dyn is really the way to go if youre truly into fm. i just went to audiogon and the first thing i see is:

http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?misctunr&1083882838 (http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?misctunr&1083882838)

03-13-2004, 08:19 AM
Pete, Happy ears, tr.....Thanks for replying to my post. I've decided to keep my eyes and ears open for a deal on an older analog tuner. I'm really not an FM junky, so no need to spend a fortune. No doubt, I would have spent good $$ on a tuner and not even use it to its full potential. Thanks again for the great advice and I look forward to picking your brains in the future.....Jack

03-13-2004, 09:11 AM
I'll give you a list of my favorite tuners. They all have great performance.

Magnum Dynalab- probably the very best

Accuphase- arguably close to the M-D

Yamaha T-80, T-85

Onkyo T-9090

Nakamichi St-7 w/ Schotz noise reduction

These are all excellent.