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Old 01-25-2015, 09:04 AM
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Default Competitor to the MR88 (with HD)? Can I have it all?

I am looking for a tuner with HD capabilities. Magnum Dynalab is coming out with some HD offerings this spring (according to their website), but I wondered what suggestions for current tuners that might be alternatives to the MR88 folks might have. Unfortunately, there aren't as many tuners out there as there were in years past. I just don't want to buy the MR88 or an MD model and then say "I missed that one" and have buyer's remorse. I, of course, would like to save $$ over the MR88 (likely wishful thinking).

In a fantasy world (because I just can't find this device), the device would allow acquisition of both streamed internet content (including Tidal and equivalents), AM/FM and HD. I am less concerned about XM/Sirius.

I know, I'm wanting my cake and trying to eat it too, but appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks in advance. Weirdcuba.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:28 PM
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Weirdcuba.......The Sony XDR-F1HD is an AM/FM/HD tuner. It is no longer manufactured but is available from a couple Amazon vendors used.

The Sony XDR-F1HD is definitely no McIntosh MR88 but might let you play around with HD radio to wet your feet.


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Old 01-25-2015, 04:17 PM
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I think the Sony that Dan mentioned is the only standalone HD tuner other than the MR88, pending whatever MD will release. I don't know that there is any one perfect tuner today, but there are plenty of options available to meet various needs.
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Thanks. I have the Sony XDR-F1HD on order from an Amazon seller. Darn things cost more used than they did new, but they're still 1/10 the cost of an MR88. This will likely suffice for a while to allow me to fiddle with the antenna / figure out stations / and figure out whether the balance of the 9/10 of the $$ is worth the outlay. I heard the MD offerings were going to be at the $900 and $1600 price point, so that will be another data point.

Thanks. This post was worth it - I wouldn't have known about the Sony otherwise.

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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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Why not a Sonos w/ TuneIn Radio (free) and a XM Satellite (subscription) connected to a WW Silver Starlight Digital Cable, Wyred 4 Sound Remedy Box, WW Silver Starlight Digital Cable and into the DAC du jour?

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Thanks. I have the Sony XDR-F1HD on order from an Amazon seller.
There are any number of things that don't work for the best with the XDR-F1HD. Mike Williams, who is Punker X on the AK forum, once had a website for his tuner work (couldn't find it) offers several levels of mods to make it easier to use as well as to enhance it sonics and reception performance. You can reach him through a PM on the AK forum or possibly through the TIC Tuner Information Center - Vintage Stereo Tuners.

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I think the Sony that Dan mentioned is the only standalone HD tuner other than the MR88, pending whatever MD will release. I don't know that there is any one perfect tuner today, but there are plenty of options available to meet various needs.
There are a couple of others, though I'm not much good as I don't recall the names. Don't expect many more as HD is pretty much 'dead in the water'.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:37 PM
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Day Sequerra makes some as well, it turns out. Not exactly cheap, though.
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Thanks for all of the thoughts. I'll give the Sony a try,and as in so many things audio related, possibly regret spending the $$ and return to the analog solution. This will give me time to play around and wait on a good used specimen.
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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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Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints under as much as my bank account can then accommodate
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
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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Thanks for all of the thoughts. I'll give the Sony a try,and as in so many things audio related, possibly regret spending the $$ and return to the analog solution. This will give me time to play around and wait on a good used specimen.
If/when you sell the Sony, you'll likely break even, if not make a few bucks. Enjoy the journey!
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Here is Mike Williams' website with info on his Sony HDR-F1HD upgrades described. http://www.radioxtuners.com/

The other HD tuner is a Sangean, though, like the Sony, is no longer available.
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