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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.
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.
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.
try a nice used yamaha tx-950 . plentiful around $100 on ebay.
Try a Kenwood L-01T
According to the Tuner Info site - a giant killer-
How about a Kenwood 5020. It was a cheap tuner but rates in the top 10 of the Tuner Information web site.
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.
Great tuner, yes.
Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger
Try a HarmonKardon Citation 18, get it recapped and aligned, and enjoy. Even has headphone outputs.
How would it compare to the upgraded MR78?
Are the headphone jacks 1/8" or 1/4"?
Nice looking unit.
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.
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.
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