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Posted on September 5, 2016 at 05:39:09
aarocks
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I have a McIntosh MR78 with the Modafferi upgrade and I absolutely love it. I'd like to get a second tuner for the headphone system in my office and I'm sure I'd be perfectly happy with another MR78 but it might be fun to try a different one. Any suggestions? I'm up for modern, vintage, digital, analog, whatever. I only listen to a local classical station so I don't need extreme station grabbing ability.

By the way, are there any good tuners/receivers with a good headphone output? It might be fun to go radio-only in the office and get rid of my other gear in there. Classical music is good for getting work done.

 

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RE: Need a second tuner, posted on September 5, 2016 at 09:36:28
HoosierAudio
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Try a HarmonKardon Citation 18, get it recapped and aligned, and enjoy. Even has headphone outputs.

HA

 

An Audiolab 8000T, posted on September 5, 2016 at 10:20:03
jedrider
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If you want a relatively compact kick ass tuner. Yeah, I also want one with a BUILTIN headphone amplifier (and it could use a remote control).

I use an outboard headphone amplier. I thought about drilling a hole in the exterior, but alas, the chassis is already full of components with not much space left over.

 

How does it sound?, posted on September 5, 2016 at 11:09:21
aarocks
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How would it compare to the upgraded MR78?

Are the headphone jacks 1/8" or 1/4"?

Nice looking unit.

 

RE: How does it sound?, posted on September 5, 2016 at 11:47:31
HoosierAudio
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I haven't heard a fully modded MR78 so a direct comparison can't be made, but I have owned/heard/auditioned most of the TOTL tuners from the Sansui TU X1 to the Sherwood S3000 and most in between. The 18 will hold its own with the best of them. Those are 1/4" headphone jacks powered by a pair of mono LM318OpAmp based circuits conservatively rated at 2W typically closer to 4W after a recap. Each 1/4" jack is perfectly capable of driving some small HE speakers.

The main audio outputs to the RCAs are powered by discretely formed dual mono differential amps completely independent from the headphone monitor amps.

The link will give you some additional information.

Hope that helps.

HA

 

RE: How does it sound?, posted on September 5, 2016 at 14:07:54
aarocks
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That could be perfect. Do you happen to know the output impedance to headphones? I'm hoping to use it with LCD-3s which I believe have ~50ohms input impedance.

 

RE: How does it sound?, posted on September 5, 2016 at 17:10:55
HoosierAudio
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Sorry can't help there but, those inexpensive cans you see in the pic are 32 Ohm and they sound way better than they should.

HA

 

RE: Need a second tuner, posted on September 5, 2016 at 20:51:08
hahax@verizon.net
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How about a Kenwood 5020. It was a cheap tuner but rates in the top 10 of the Tuner Information web site.

 

RE: Need a second tuner, posted on September 6, 2016 at 12:50:12
6bq5
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Try a Kenwood L-01T
According to the Tuner Info site - a giant killer-
Happy Listening

 

if the 8000T's microprocessor fails it's a boat anchor, posted on September 7, 2016 at 20:50:15
Timbo in Oz
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Great tuner, yes.


Warmest

Tim Bailey

Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger


 

RE: Need a second tuner, posted on September 15, 2016 at 11:22:43
jygesq
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try a nice used yamaha tx-950 . plentiful around $100 on ebay.

 

Yamaha, posted on October 15, 2016 at 20:00:07
mr.bear
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You might want to look at a Yamaha T-70, available for a bargain price some as low as $30-40. I picked up a Schiit headphone amp at a hock-shop and enjoy superlative FM performance and great headphone sound for under $100.

I heard it from an actual eyewitness that WFMT classical in Chicago, around 1980 when they became the first FM station to be re-broadcast nationally via satellite, used this tuner to receive their off-the-air signal to feed to their satellite uplink. Whatever...

It is a nice sounding tuner in stock form: good octave-to-octave balance, great depth to the image-- an extension of their Yamaha "natural sound" philosophy, if that interests you.

 

RE: Need a second tuner, posted on October 23, 2016 at 14:17:23
krankkall
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I ended up with a digital OPTONICA Tuner (weighs a ton) for my second system.
Pretty decent IMHO and set me back under $50, including shipping.

Steve

 

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