Do any of you have an FM (or AM/FM) Tuner in your system? If so, what make/model do you own? Photo if convenient, please.
Most radio channels got option to stream (see Roon’s Live Radio). Why would you even consider AM/FM tuner in your system ?
There is no FM to be found here, and refuse to use DAB+, so no need for a tuner.
Streaming everything, also radio.
Sorry, it was not a poll question. It was “if so, what make/model…” The Magnum Dynalab has a range of models. If someone owns one or similar, I would like to know your experience.
Naim NAT 02 bought in 1989, probably the only silver bumper as I bought it way before it was reviewed and they were changing to the olive cases.
Sounds much better than roon radio.
Only Naim item I have in my system.
Because in their opinion it sounds better?
You could say the same about vinyl.
Well my NAT sounds better than stream ,roon or otherwise.
Don’t have one now but did have an older mcintosh tuner back when I had a near complete mcintosh system.
It certainly pulled in a lot of stations and our local HD stations did sound very good.
I would not be so quick to poopoo good old FM radio!
But usually it’s the same people who think digital sounds better than a very well sorted vinyl rig…
Of course, it depends on quality of the radio stream sent out from the radio channel. In Norway they usually push out the quality they are using internally (read: the same used as source for whatever is pushed out to the radio). After everything got transferred to DAB/DAB+ here, it is actually even worse than before when comparing signal over radio vs streaming.
If you get streaming over a certain quality, there should be no reason what so ever to get better quality over normal radio vs streaming. There are no secret sauce here; streaming = the source for whatever you receive over your normal radio. Unless they compress it to death pre streaming over internet that is.
That’s a very nice tuner…very. Back in the day I had an MR71, MR73 and MR77 McIntosh. The MR71 was tube. Hmmm, I may have had an MR80 but not certain. Thank you for the photo and bringing the NAIM NAT 02 to my attention.
Back in the days I had Nakamichi ST-2 FM tuner, can be found cheap on the 2nd hand market. It is really good!
Great analogy. In the day, we had a(n Ohio) FM station, all classical like Chicago. It was great fidelity, and FM has always been a fun place to search for quality music. We have locally quite a few good FM stations, jazz and classical. HD etc. They are the staple of what we listen to in the car.
I was going to mention the good old car radio tuner, ours are tuned to all our " good" local stations.
Even though I can stream Spotify or Qobuz from my phone to any of our cars I usually play the radio!
Music plays 24/7 at home and the office. In the car, despite all the music available, we listen to talk radio. Car radio is great for us.
NAD 4300 here. If you have a local station you enjoy, over the air will usually sound much better than a stream.
I have always liked NAD and have two NAD receivers I plan to sell or trade
Sansui TU-717. It is old but sounds wonderful. That being said, radio stations definitely don’t sound as good as they used to.
A long time ago, in the time we refer to as ‘BC’ (Before Children), I treated myself to a top of the range FM tuner, a Pioneer F-91. It sounded as good as it looked but has not been used in the last 20+ years probably, due to changes in listening habits and use of multi-room audio. Must get round to sticking it on ebay. Picture borrowed from this site, which looks like a great resource to tuner fans: Tuner Information Center - Pioneer Tuners
Got a couple of FM only tuners here…
A Sony ST 5000F and a Sony STA-6B
Both sound good although the 5000F is not only the oldest but the best sounding.
The STA-6B is the most sensitive with a 7 gang tuning section.
Both come out well on FMTunerinfo and there really isn’t anything sensibly priced that I’d swap them for.
I still enjoy FM on good signals and decent programming and these both work well.