Denon TU-800L - possibly the best Denon tuner ever?
Has anyone else ever come across one of these tuners before? I picked one up at the beginning of the year via that well-known auction site. I have tried several tuners over the last few years and this Denon is, so far, the best digital-synthesised tuner I have ever used for its combination of sound quality and RF performance. To give you an idea, the sound quality is up there with my Yamaha T-85, and, if anything, possibly a touch better. The sound quality on a good broadcast is superb with space, clarity, depth and dynamics. In fact, I was particularly impressed with the audio on an episode of Mark Radcliffe's show a while back via this tuner. I seem to remember reading an old Gramophone review on the Net where this Denon came close to the audio quality of their reference tuner which was an Audiolab 8000T.
It also has 3 IF bandwidths. The 3rd Super Narrow setting is excellent for picking up very weak signals near to strong ones, and is IMO probably one of the best tuners you can get if you are into DXing but still want top notch sound quality. It seems that it is the TU-260 that has got the lion's share of the attention in the British hi-fi press (and there are always lots of them on eBay), so this model seems to slip under the radar. But this tuner will probably eat the TU-260 alive!
So if you want to pick up a sleeper then look out for one of these tuners. I got mine for just £22, an absolutely astonishing bargain for the performance! I'd be interested to know if anyone else here has ever had one.