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Sangean HD Tuner

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Posted on September 15, 2021 at 11:46:26
duck decoy
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The Rotel phone tech couldn't figure out was wrong and repairs could be $$$$$ so I bought a Sangean HD tuner. It sounds OK at low levels, but at higher levels it sounds like a $200 unit. Would buying a decent DAC improve the sound or is the quality limited by the quality of tuner section?

 

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get a used Sony XDR-F1 HD tuner , posted on September 16, 2021 at 06:22:57
mhardy6647
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either already tweaked or have it tweaked. Pretty sure Mike Williams (Radio X) in Michigan still 'does' these.

The price seems much more reasonable on these now than it was a few years ago.

PS The Sangean sounds like a $200 tuner because it is a $200 tuner. I don't know about the one you have, but the one I have (which sounds perfectly OK to me) cannot be switched to receive the non-HD signal manually (which is too bad).




(This is the Sangean HDT-1 that I have, FWIW)

all the best,
mrh

 

RE: get a used Sony XDR-F1 HD tuner , posted on September 16, 2021 at 12:19:28
duck decoy
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I am leaning toward the Cambridge Audio DAC Majic 200M which gets good reviews and is rated 5* at What Hi Fi. $500 or so is my thinking.

 

RE: get a used Sony XDR-F1 HD tuner , posted on September 29, 2021 at 08:52:26
BFitz
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My recall after testing my Sangean was it did not have flat response out of the analog RCAs or on the digital out through the DAC. The flatness problem was done in the digital filters. I would try it first with a borrowed DAC before buying one.

 

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