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Well, time has come to get rid of my McIntosh Tuner, its is one of their simpler slimline models, MR500, not their finest but good enough for our local Houston area FM reception
Last month our only classical radio station was sold and since I only listen to classical on FM there is no point in keeping the Mac.
Houston is the fourth largest city in US and this particular FM station belonged to University of Houston, non profit I suppose, but they could not resist.
I was just passing by this forum but after reading your post I truly felt your pain.
When I lived in NJ (now in AZ) one by one the classical stations were gone or just went to total crap. Even the NYC stations were powering down or being over shadowed by "other" stations. It didn't help that I lived near three major military air and army bases.
Sold some pretty high end tuners.
Look into internet audio streaming. I listen to Classical FM100 out of London. I use a Marantz NA7004 and it has an excellent DAC and looks nice.
Yes I miss my tuners!
best of luck
yes quality Classical FM stations are dropping like flies. I own a Yamaha tx-950 which I bought on ebay used for $100. It was mint, with original box and manual. Hopefully the 3 remaining classical stations in my area Hartford,CT will continue classical music. One of local NPR stations gave up on it. The other in Amherst ,Ma still does classical and reminds people on fund drives. If they no longer carry classical,it will be a loss. But the price of hardware of $100 for all these years in not a biggy
...I haven't had my KT-8300 upgraded. It's a wonderful tuner, and I'm sure it's worth the cost of having it updated, but it's not of much use if there's no signal to be had.
My tuner didn't get much use for almost 10 years after I moved. I was in a bad reception spot, wasn't ready with the roof antenna, and the classical station was fairly mediocre.
Finally got the roof antenna ready, the stations probably upgraded their equipment too and our classical station seems much better than before. My only problem now is that I didn't string enough coaxial cable to reach the spots where I would like to place the tuner, but that can be remedied.
Yeah, the equipment can sit around a long time unused. Better sell it then or just put it in storage.
I'm sorry to hear that. I listen to KBAQ in Phoenix. If they ever sold, I think I would chain myself to their transmitter. Not that it would do any good.
I went to high school with Sterling Biaff (if he's still with KBAQ). Born and raised in PHX, I listened to KHEP 101.5 ("everyday, the classics in stereo and quad"). They sold and it immediately became another country station, after the new owners swore they would keep it classical.
Very cool. I believe Sterling had some health problems, but he is back on the air. I am a major KBAQ fan, have listened to it streaming and prefer air waves.
I'm beginning to think Phoenix and I am the exception to what is happening with FM stations and tuners. For those that don't know, KBAQ is classical, public radio and excellent programming and sound quality.
Thank-you for responding, I looked at your site, very nice. We have a similar place here in Phoenix, http://www.audiovideochoices.com/blog/. They started used/vintage, have only been there a few times. Stopped in last week and they had become a Tannoy dealer. Nice to see there are similar stores other places.
I'm in the same boat. I have a McIntosh MR85 I'm about to list for sale. The one classical station went over to all news. A couple of stations I like are just out of range. To think I really loved listening to an analog tuner at one time.
And think of all the 10B's that will be worthless in ten years.
and think of all the 10b's that will be worth more in 10 yrs.
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