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Old 11-20-2018, 10:17 PM
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I love my 108T SE. while FM is not what it used to be (and thatís an understatement), I listen to it 3 or 4 nights / week. Iím with Dan though on the looks of the 109 - doesnít do it for me.


Ps to my own post - I saw one of these in person in Munich and it looks much better in person than in the photos. Still, to my eye and my eye only, I prefer the 108.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:32 AM
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I really enjoy FM but Iíve got a lot of other $10k upgrades waiting in line that will make more of a sonic difference than this baby will.

The reviewer compares this new MD tuner favorably to his Day-Sequerra, which is also very good tuner.

When I was working as a design engineer for a leading broadcast equipment manufacturer we used a Sequerra Model 1, McIntosh MR 78, and Sansui TU-X1 as our reference tuners. The best sounding by a fair margin was surprisingly the Sansui TU-X1.

This was a closed loop test where we fed our FM exciter with audio from a Studer A80 and compared the output of the whole chain to the original.

Iíd still like to get a TU-X1 but they are very hard to find.

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Old 12-05-2018, 01:16 PM
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Hello,

How are the newest products from Magnum Dynalab? I know they had some problems in the past but now I see they ressurect

Any info would help a lot!
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:20 AM
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Iíd still like to get a TU-X1 but they are very hard to find. Tom
Tom - A few TU-X1 show up annually on eBay and Audiogon. Also, if you follow the conversations on https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FMtuners/info, the folks there will generally alert members when a TU-X1 or other scarce, but highly regarded tuner (HK Model 14, etc.) is listed.

The newer Magnum Dynalab tuners seem to be pretty good, judged on user feedback. The fact that they are still in business after all these years says a great deal.
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:15 PM
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Tom - A few TU-X1 show up annually on eBay and Audiogon. Also, if you follow the conversations on https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FMtuners/info, the folks there will generally alert members when a TU-X1 or other scarce, but highly regarded tuner (HK Model 14, etc.) is listed. The newer Magnum Dynalab tuners seem to be pretty good, judged on user feedback. The fact that they are still in business after all these years says a great deal.
Thanks! I'm a manner of the FM Tuner group - I guess I should pay more attention to it. I'm not that actively looking, but if the right piece comes up I'll definitely check it out. Our Wisconsin house is about 100 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul so a good tuner is a necessity there.
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The generally most highly regarded DX machine when you need to 'reach out and touch someone' is the Yamaha T-85 or TX-1000 (essentially the same as the T-85 with a few less bells & whistles, but with a tuning knob). My T-85 has been recapped & aligned and is a stellar performer.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:05 AM
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Dave.......That was more of a fluff article than an actual review of the astonishing Magnum Dynalab MD-109 Signature Edition FM Tuner. There is some serious electrical engineering in this tuner, as well as the Magnum Dynalab MD-108T Signature Edition FM tuner, which I prefer for its more traditional look.


Magnum Dynalab MD 108T




Those who may not have read my Magnum Dynalab MD108t vs: McIntosh MR88 review may find it interesting.
Dan, wonderful review. I only listen to FM very occasionally although I feel there are a few decent stations in my area. My new MR87 pulled in a huge number of stations with my roof mounted antenna. I like being able to vary the sensitivity. I have mine set on moderate. Also I like very much the 87's ability to digitize the signal and output it to my D1100 which only accepts digital sources. I don't believe even the new Magnum tuner can do this. Since I don't do vinyl I have enjoyed immensely being able to bypass the traditional analog preamp with the full-fledged digital D1100. I know the 87 is not the best tuner out there but as you point out it is competitive with the best.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:44 PM
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Dan, wonderful review. I only listen to FM very occasionally although I feel there are a few decent stations in my area. My new MR87 pulled in a huge number of stations with my roof mounted antenna. I like being able to vary the sensitivity. I have mine set on moderate. Also I like very much the 87's ability to digitize the signal and output it to my D1100 which only accepts digital sources. I don't believe even the new Magnum tuner can do this. Since I don't do vinyl I have enjoyed immensely being able to bypass the traditional analog preamp with the full-fledged digital D1100. I know the 87 is not the best tuner out there but as you point out it is competitive with the best.
Charles.......Thank you for the compliment on my Magnum Dynalab MD108t vs: McIntosh MR88 review. It is a wonderful FM tuner that draws you to it with its performance and beauty. Turning the tuning dial, flipping the switches, and fine tuning with the magic eye tube are just a few of the features that set the MD108t apart from other FM tuners. It is a luxurious experience. I really enjoyed having it in my studio system for a period of time. I also am pleased to have discovered just how well the MR88 stands up to the MD108t performance, and like you said the MR87 and MR88 offer a digital output which is unavailable on the Magnum Dynalab tuner. I still lust for an MD108t. Maybe, just maybe, one will come my way some day.


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Old 12-21-2018, 09:37 PM
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Owning a 108T SE is a beautiful thing. I enjoy it immensely 3 or 4 times a week. FM drops off every day, but still enough around here to make it quite enjoyable.
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Speakers/Cables > TAD R-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL 212 SEs (2x)
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Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Rental (while the room is being built): Accuphase E650 replaces the C3800 and A200s. All of the other stuff above that's usable, except the turntable stuff. Using TAD CR-1s, rather than the R-1s.

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced


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Old 12-21-2018, 10:06 PM
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In the realm of the FM supertuners, which one wins the shoot-out, the Magnum Dynalab MD 109 SE or the Accuphase T1200?
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