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My modest FM needsare being served

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 20:19:43

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Joined: November 13, 2001 this Yamaha receiver. It's now functioning as a combination 1) Phono preamp, 2) FM tuner, and 3)Headphone amplifier in my system, feeding the analog signal sources to my principal preamp, a Lexicon MC-12. There are separable preamp output/power amp input jacks on the rear and I use the preamp output. Its FM guts appear equivalent to those of a 1990-ish Yamaha TX-350 component tuner. The reception is par excellence in my neck of the woods (actually "neck of the LA basin") and the sound is warm, clear, and shows a deep soundstage.

The headphone output is a little warm and soft, but not at all unpleasant- a little excess of the ol' "Natural Sound" effect.


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RE: My modest FM needsare being served, posted on October 15, 2016 at 20:27:25
Eli Duttman

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If present, use the recording O/Ps of the tape monitor loop to completely bypass the receiver's line section.

Eli D.


RE: My modest FM needsare being served, posted on October 16, 2016 at 15:14:19

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Your comment is noted; I did listen carefully to the outputs of the "PREAMP OUT" and the REC OUT and felt they were very close in sonic character. I want to maintain the volume control, handy to trim the output for the differing sensitivities of different phono cartridges.


yes, not bad, posted on October 18, 2016 at 11:31:54

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I use a very similar model in our 'family room' (albeit rarely) for FM radio to good effect.

all the best,


And how are the 'modest needs' of the FM stage being met? , posted on October 20, 2016 at 14:40:18
Timbo in Oz

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That is, are you feeding it with a multi-path free signal that is strong enough to give full quieting, on all desired stations?

Do you know?


Tim Bailey

Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger


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