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Leak Troughline...Quad FM...yes, yes, yes they were and still are brilliant tuners, but their features leave alot to be desired, let alone their reliability. So, as an all-round product, what is the best tuner ever made?



I pose two possible answers:


Meridian 504 tuner, or


Pioneer TX-9800?

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?

Those two not even in it!

Without going into the very dim and very distant, I'd go for either a Naim NAT 01 or the Audiolab 8000T. One I have long coveted, the other I use every day.

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?

What about the TAG T32R?

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Ah well I include that under the umbrella of the Audiolab 8000T, but I never felt the TAG version was quite as good as the original

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Andrew Everard:

Those two not even in it!

Without going into the very dim and very distant, I'd go for either a Naim NAT 01 or the Audiolab 8000T. One I have long coveted, the other I use every day.



Great choices - however, I've heard off the fmtunerinfo website that the 8000T had computer reliability problems and the Naim NAT 01 is actually overhyped and overpriced...how's your 8000T been?

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Andrew Everard:
Ah well I include that under the umbrella of the Audiolab 8000T, but I never felt the TAG version was quite as good as the original



Fair enough.

Another that springs to mind, although I've never had the pleasure, is the Densen B-800.
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Hughes123:

how's your 8000T been?

Still working fine since you were (even more of) a nipper!  Only repair has been the replacement of the backlight lamps for the display, and it still sounds amazing.

You shouldn't believe all you read on websites - my good friend Malcolm Steward has a Naim NAT 01, and it's still the best tuner I have ever heard, though admittedly through a full-house Naim flagship preamp and active six-pack system with DBLs.

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Mr_Orange:
Fair enough.

Another that springs to mind, although I've never had the pleasure, is the Densen B-800.

How can it spring to mind if you've never heard it?

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?

I will never claim my tuner is the best ever, but compared with the modern hybrid tuners the Marantz 2060ML easily outguns the sub-500 quid sector of the market. Sorry for keep banging on about my tuner - it really is striking. Although build quality and facilities are rubbish compared to newer efforts.

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Andrew Everard:

Hughes123:

how's your 8000T been?

Still working fine since you were (even more of) a nipper!  Only repair has been the replacement of the backlight lamps for the display, and it still sounds amazing.

You shouldn't believe all you read on websites - my good friend Malcolm Steward has a Naim NAT 01, and it's still the best tuner I have ever heard, though admittedly through a full-house Naim flagship preamp and active six-pack system with DBLs.



My TU260LII probably sounds quite good through that though.......


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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Andrew Everard:

Hughes123:

how's your 8000T been?


Still working fine since you were (even more of) a nipper!  Only repair has been the replacement of the backlight lamps for the display, and it still sounds amazing.


You shouldn't believe all you read on websites - my good friend Malcolm Steward has a Naim NAT 01, and it's still the best tuner I have ever heard, though admittedly through a full-house Naim flagship preamp and active six-pack system with DBLs.



Last year I connected my Marantz through the Naim Nait 5I, and the RS6's sang like I'd never heard previously. Shame about the compatability of my CD player. . .

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Andrew Everard:

Hughes123:

how's your 8000T been?

Still working fine since you were (even more of) a nipper!  Only repair has been the replacement of the backlight lamps for the display, and it still sounds amazing.

You shouldn't believe all you read on websites - my good friend Malcolm Steward has a Naim NAT 01, and it's still the best tuner I have ever heard, though admittedly through a full-house Naim flagship preamp and active six-pack system with DBLs.



Malcolm is still a Naim'er then - used to read his columns in the old days of HiFi Review!
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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Andrew Everard:
Mr_Orange:
Fair enough.

Another that springs to mind, although I've never had the pleasure, is the Densen B-800.

How can it spring to mind if you've never heard it?



Fair point. I was just going on what I've read elsewhere, and Densen's reputation in general.

Have you heard it, Andrew?
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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?

Yes - very good, but not quite the cigar.

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What sort of price do the Naims fetch? I can get a Pioneer TX-9800 for £249.99 but that sounds a bit pricey if it isn't that good - perhaps the Audiolab will fit the bill. Oh, and this is for a JVC A-X400 and Mission E30 system, not my reference Arcam/Wharfey one...

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Re: Best FM tuner ever made?
Hughes123:
What sort of price do the Naims fetch?


According to a recent 'worldly' hi-fi mag article...
"The NAT 01 in 2001 cost £1,945 new and now sells for £800 to £1,400 second-hand, depending on vintage."

A quick search shows that a 1985 (chrome bumper) model sold on Ebay recently for £500.

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