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Old 01-10-2015, 08:54 PM
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Back in the day when there was something worthwhile to listen to on FM, I dreamed of owning the Day Sequerra tuner.

Now, FM is a wasteland. A few tuners today have great technology and there is nothing worth listening to.

It's only nostalgia that stops me from selling my MR78.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:05 AM
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I'd have to agree garyprotein. Here in the UK most of the commercial and state broadcasters output are heavily compressed.
BBC Radio Three (Classical music) is about the only one I know thats mostly free of undue compression and effects. Listening to a live broadcast is bliss, natural dynamic and good transparency.

I curse loudness wars and the routine use of Antares Autotune & multitrack effects that allow talentless performers air and record space.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:10 PM
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It really depends on your market, IMO. In Chicago most of the stations are Clear Channel garbage, but we have a couple good stations and the 88-92 band has some excellent programming. When I travel to other states I find a lot of content that I just never hear in Chicago. YMMV, but I do quite a bit of listening on my MR88.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:42 AM
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Agree, Gary, that much of what is on FM these days is dreck. But what keeps my MR77's in business here in Corvallis are, thanks to a rotored Yagi, a listener-supported classical station and a community-college station in Eugene (about 40 miles away) and a listener-supported jazz station in Gresham (about 70 miles). Programming is 24/7, and both tuners get a fair amount of playing time.
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:02 PM
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Say what you will about the crowded and often abused broadcast signals we are able to receive, I still find it fun to have tuners in my sound systems and DX around finding something fun to listen to. I manage to find more than one station that broadcasts a quality signal with programming I am interested in hearing. A good outside antenna is one of the key's to getting topnotch tuner performance and the ability tune stations at a greater distance. If your tuner is only connected to a cheap dipole ribbon antenna you are not truly hearing what your tuner is capable of delivering. I have a McIntosh MR74, a MR85, a MR88, and a Tandberg 3011 tuner. I enjoy them all.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:44 PM
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I use a Magnum Dynalab Etude with the separate tunable RF unit fed by stacked yagi's. Fine for DX FM but still I find a lack of quality transmissions. Its such a pity.
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I have a Carver TX-11a tuner that is better than any station in San Diego. I have an exterior FM antenna and a custom made AM band directional antenna from the days a few stations experimented with stereo. The only decent broadcasts are a few live classical broadcasts on KPBS-FM, and KSDS-FM, which has a great bunch of underpaid DJs playing from an extensive collection of jazz. The only decent rock station is in Mexico. Being close to LA and Tijuana, there are about 60 stations in range most filled with corporate mandated over compressed playlists. I used to listen looking for new discoveries but alas today I rely on reviews and the Internet for those discoveries.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:26 PM
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I use a McIntosh MR-77 daily.
We have several public radio stations where i live one of them being a 24hr classical station
which,for me, is the only reason to have a nice tuner.

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Old 01-22-2015, 06:55 PM
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I couldn't agree more with Dan: A system just doesn't seem complete to me without a tuner. Perhaps it's just age, or perhaps the enjoyment of picking signals from the airwaves - experimenting with different antenna types, orientation etc etc and the satisfaction that comes of it when you've finally got that one elusive signal under control!

Speaking for myself, FM has introduced me to all kinds of music that I would never have thought to have searched for on my own - even different types of classical music - a genre that I already know well. Radio programs, talk radio, local news & weather programming are other important reasons for having access to FM in my system.

No question about it, an FM tuner provides a important source for my daily listening & enjoyment.

McIntosh MR 78, MR 80 & MX 110 here.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:57 PM
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