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Old 12-27-2016, 05:31 PM
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For me it would be a trade-off. I like the real switches, too. But the blue face of the MD-109 does have a rather warm Binghamton-type appeal, no?
Curtis.......No, not for me. I much prefer this.........

MD108t



to this........

MD109t



We're talking hands on hot and sexy versus flat and anorexic.
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:35 PM
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...I'll speak up for Ivan, yes he is a Magnum Dynalab dealer ...
Hmmm, this is getting interestinger and interestinger ...
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:07 PM
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Thank you Dan for your insightful comparison and review.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:29 PM
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Forgot to say, I'm likely going to upgrade to a gold faceplate and knobs, while it's in the shop (to better fit with the accuphase aesthetic).
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cleeds.......Yes, I saw that MD109 on Agon last night. The big touch screen display in the middle of the face is a turn off for me. I prefer the tactile experience of touching real switches on an analog tuner and find it far more appealing than tapping on a touch screen, not to mention the touch screen looks ugly with fingerprints showing when it's turned off. The MD108t is it for me.


I like the switches too....
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:13 AM
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Thank you Dan for your insightful comparison and review.
Eric.......Appreciate your comment. I see you have the McIntosh MR80 in your main system. That tells me you understand the value of a tuner as a source component. To me, a sound system is not complete unless it includes a tuner.
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Old 12-28-2016, 02:00 AM
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Dan great read fantastic job. So are you going to sell the 88 and upgrade. I always kind of loved those 88s.
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Old 12-28-2016, 09:26 AM
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Dan, how do you feel they compared in terms of DXing w/noise. That is one area I feel my MR88 was much superior to my souped up MR74. It could pull in those further to reach stations with much less noise due to the DSP. I'm wondering how the 108 compared.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:03 AM
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Eric.......Appreciate your comment. I see you have the McIntosh MR80 in your main system. That tells me you understand the value of a tuner as a source component. To me, a sound system is not complete unless it includes a tuner.
Dan...I could not agree more.

The role that FM has played in expanding my musical enjoyments cannot be overstated and the tuner continues to be a staple for a good part of my listening.

On a side note, I had also owned a beautiful MR78 that had been gone through by Terry but the MR80 held the lead in dealing with more difficult reception problems.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:39 AM
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I also want to thank Dan for the excellent review. I have owned many tuners in the past--Marantz 10b, Day Squerra FM Studio tuner, Mcintosh MR71, and a Magnum Dynalab 101a. I believe the best the MD 108t which be upgraded to the signature edition. I perfer the 108t look over the 109 mainly the tuner has a combination look of all the others.
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