He would not listen to me and said it was a done deal and there was nothing I could do. Such a sad, despicable, greed infested company! A lot of emails have been sent to this seller with a name of articouture, but no response at all. Acid baths are also an option… as is other non-contact abrasive techniques. In general, many, but not all, older tuners designed before the modern FM station congestion can have problems with RFIM.
For larger devices, like those in the inch range, allow for between 4. At the largest end of the spectrum, you should have at least 7 feet for TVs that are 80 inches or bigger. The larger retailers often offer enticing deals due to the sheer amount of TVs that they have for sale.
You can also find additional savings on refurbished TVs and open box deals. With Slickdeals, you can find deals all-year long. However, some of the best deals are available during the Black Friday period, which happens every year immediately after Thanksgiving.
The entire Christmas season is also an excellent time to find 4K TV discounts, as is immediately after Christmas. During college and NFL playoffs is another smart time to buy, as well as in the summer when sellers have additional motivation to clear out inventory before the newer models arrive.
No Price Specified 2. You have chosen to thumb up this deal. You have chosen to thumb down this deal. An alignment can improve a tuner's weak-signal reception, distortion, and stereo separation.
Also, in many cases the tuning dial reads incorrectly, and an alignment solves that problem although it should be pointed out that a well-calibrated tuning dial does not necessarily indicate that the tuner is properly aligned. Setting the tuner's detector correctly can also improve reception of adjacent-channel stations. If one listens primarily to strong local stations, it may not be apparent that a tuner is out of alignment, and a misaligned tuner can have sensitivity as high poor as uV and still sound fine on locals.
With a good alignment, the sensitivity of many top tuners can be improved to 1. Then a bunch of BNC cables, test leads, probes, etc. In some cases, you may have to build adapters or probes from scratch or otherwise improvise. Procuring the equipment is one thing, and figuring out how to use it successfully is another. Many people could do it with proper training and help, but it is best learned by observing in person, like learning a trade, rather than by reading how to do it.
Usually the manual for the stereo generator is a good starting point. Our panelist Bob discusses alignment techniques in our FMtuners group in the series of posts beginning here , and here is a useful discussion of alignments of Scott tuners, most of which have broader application. When selecting a shop for tuner modifications, repairs, or even just a tuneup, ask what kind of test gear they use to complete the final RF checkout and alignment. We believe it is critical that RF mods, repairs, and alignments be fully measured to ensure that the tuner meets or exceeds factory specs as set forth in the service manual.
This critical measurement should be in addition to the final listening test. January update Bob suggests the following for those who want to learn to do their own alignments and repairs: One, to give people a map or learning process. Second, to help by identifying the material that should be covered, and key phrases to be used in searches.
You should be able to get all the info you need on the internet. To understand an FM tuner, you need to understand FM. Keyword searches in places like Wikipedia, or in general on the internet: Questions you need to understand: What is the FM deviation standard?
Why are pre-emphasis and de-emphasis used? How is an audio signal's amplitude represented in an FM signal? What is the standard for stereo pilot frequency and level? How does stereo multiplexing work? Next, understand how an FM tuner works. First, though, separate the learning process by the major technologies for vintage tuners: Start by reading the theory of operation, then the tuner block diagram, and identify the above sections on the block diagram. Make sure to include all three technologies if you want to get the full spectrum.
Then work at identifying the above sections on the schematic. A really good read on the state of modern tuners, including explanations of many sections above, can be had by reading David Rich's two FM tuner articles in Issues 23 and 24 of the Audio Critic, located here. Completing this self-study exercise should give one the background needed to start aligning and repairing FM tuners.
See our DIY Mods page for information on modifying tuner audio sections. This small PCB fits in place of a standard ceramic filter and provides sockets for two filters plus some additional IF amplification.
There's more information about the board on our Filters page, and here are some of the variations: Bill also measures and sells matched sets of ceramic filters, and sometimes has modified tuners for sale to DXers or audiophiles. Contact Bill at ammonsphxATearthlink. The best information we've seen on all aspects of antennas can be found on Jeremy Lansman's website.
It's an absolute must read. The Carver TXb's owner's manual has a very nice section on antennas. To demystify the murky world of antenna specifications, be sure to check out our contributor Brian Beezley's website , with computer-modeled performance results and reception patterns for many antennas. Mark has been doing audio restorations since and his work gets rave reviews from our contributors.
Mark can handle repairs and restorations of almost any vintage equipment, including tubed gear and peculiar brands like Sumo, and offers a six-month limited warranty on all restoration work. As an authorized McIntosh Service Center, Mark has access to original McIntosh parts, can service their equipment dating back to the s, and also provides warranty service for newer Mac products.
You can also visit his website or call him at Terry DeWick in Knoxville, Tennessee, is well known to many McIntosh customers as an extremely talented technician, but his expertise and services are not limited to McIntosh products. He states on his website: Also repair of Antique Radios, A. Authorized McIntosh warranty repair. Tuner alignment and updates, Amplifier updates, measured data returned with each unit.
Email Terry at dewicktATesper. Tim Schwartz of Bristol Electronics in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey has worked on several pieces for two trusted TIC contributors, one of whom says, "His work is superb, turnaround time reasonable, fairly priced, and he's honest to a fault. He can be reached at Rick Rupert in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania offers repairs and restorations on all makes of tuners, receivers, and other equipment, whether new or vintage, tube or transistor.
Two trusted TIC contributors vouch for his work. Contact Rick at rrupertATaol. Foster Blair rebuilds and repairs all types of vintage Scott equipment, including amplifiers, tuners, multiplex units, and the hardest to work on, tube receivers. He has over 35 years experience working with Scott equipment and has an extensive collection of vintage Scott gear. Foster has the necessary test equipment, schematics and knowledge to fix dead, sick or wounded Scotts at very reasonable cost.
Contact Foster at fjblairATcomcast. Approved Audio Service in Bantam, Connecticut claims to "specialize in repair and calibration of all high-end audio equipment. They're an authorized repair center for many high-end brands and one of the few options for Tandberg owners. Visit their website for more information. Mike Zuccaro in San Diego, California is willing to tackle repairs on any tuner or receiver, whether tube or solid state, stereo or mono, including high-end units like Sequerras and Marantz 10Bs and even "exotic stuff.
None of our panelists have used him but his work has been recommended by others. Mike is a McIntosh factory authorized service center. Contact Mike at mjzuccaroATaol. We have heard some horror stories in our FMtuners group about tuners that Ken has held onto for YEARS here's just one of 'em, part of a long message thread , and obviously he has forgotten that reputable businesses have an obligation to communicate with their customers.
We're going to opine, without malice, that there must be some serious mental issue here, based on the number and severity of the complaints and Ken's utter failure to respond publicly to them.
With so many other good techs recommended above, you'd have to have a screw loose yourself to send your equipment into the black hole of Ken's shop. In addition to a discussion of tuners and related topics, our FMtuners discussion group groups. Registration is relatively painless. The most extensive online collection of radio, TV, broadcasting, electronics and engineering magazines and more resides at americanradiohistory. Our hats are off to David Gleason for putting together such an incredible resource.
You could easily spend hours investigating the audio websites indexed at Steve Ekblad's Audiogrid. Audiolinks is another great compilation that also offers useful electronics FAQs. The Audiophile's Guide to the Galaxy is a concise collection of the best audio links, including discussion forums, tech stuff and DIY, etc. The Vintage Knob , a growing "online audio museum," has beautifully designed pages with photos and commentary on all types of audio gear including tuners.
TIC unabashedly borrows tuner photos from k-nisi's site page 1 , page 2 , page 3 , which has lots of cool Japanese tuners rarely if ever seen in the U. Thanks to our contributor Lorne in Japan for this translation of k-nisi's tuner pages.
Another stop for Marantz fans is the MarantzTalk group on Yahoo. Ben's site should not be confused with classicaudio. There are a number of other good websites for fans of particular hi-fi brands.
Sansui is well-covered with Dave Compton's Sansui appreciation site at classicsansui. Rick has also resuscitated the old Vintage Technics site, with specs and brochure photos of all types of Technics equipment. Hans Hilberink's website covers vintage Luxman equipment, as does the Luxman group on Yahoo.
The Radio Road board on Audio Asylum is that audiophile site's primary tuner discussion forum. There's also a tuner discussion board on Audiokarma , as well as manufacturer-specific forums albeit with little tuner content for Fisher , Kenwood , Marantz , McIntosh , Pioneer , Sansui and Yamaha.
It's an absolute "must read" for FM radio and tuner enthusiasts. Prices for tuner service manuals on Rick Stout's StereoManuals. Yamaha maintains a Manual Library at its website with owner's manuals for 45 different tuners free for downloading. You won't find tuners at Radio Era Archives or antiqueradios.
The most popular and efficient forum for buying and selling tuners is the marketplace for vintage audio equipment on eBay , which surpasses even specialized sites like Audiogon for purposes of liquidity the ability to find a ready market whether you're buying or selling. Our panel has bought and sold on eBay hundreds of times, making us uniquely qualified to analyze prevailing prices of top tuners.
Some will find the most valuable aspect of this site to be the updated, accurate sale price information for the equipment we cover. But please note that eBay listings with misspellings or misplaced hyphens may not show up in the search, so if you're desperate to find a particular tuner you might want to do a search for all tuners by that manufacturer.
Please note that some eBay sellers are not willing to stand behind what they sell, reciting the mantra "sold as is, as always with used electronic equipment. It's not "always" and it doesn't have to be that way.
Prices listed on this site are for tuners sold by reputable sellers who guarantee that they'll work. If you're tempted by an "as is" listing, ask the seller specifically what problems the tuner has, and if you're not comfortable with the response, don't bid. If all the readers of this site try to avoid "as is" auctions they're justifiable in some cases , we may even help reduce the number of shady sellers selling damaged items "as is" on eBay.
Here is an eBay "Rogues' Gallery" to warn electronics buyers about nasty, fraudulent or maybe just deceptive sellers. If you've been abused or scammed, please email us with the details. And now, one of the sleaziest, most dishonest things we've ever seen. I'm not familiar with digital tuners so please do your research before buying.
It has a nice DAC too if you don't use it as a tuner. Our contributor doug s. He admitted to me that I might be right, 'maybe it's not a tuner.
Welcome to TIC, scumbag. This great ability of the Kenwood LT tuner to pick up stations is due to its 7 gang tuning capacitor The most gangs ever used in a tuner! I waited four years and could not find one on E-Bay" - also nonsense. LTs do pop up a few times a year on eBay. He also sold an LTII and said, "This tuner has the best selectivity and Sensitivity of any tuner as tested by the web site 'fmtunerinfo.
We suggest you avoid any future auction by this bottom-dweller. When numerous members of our FMtuners group emailed him and we put up a warning here on TIC, he changed his auction listing to claim that we were trying to hold down the sale price for ourselves! Here's a cautionary tale for any eBay seller who thinks he can avoid problems with overseas scammers by only shipping to U.
One of our panelists sold an expensive piece of jewelry to a buyer in Torrance, California named Vladimir Khrikulov, eBay user name "iloveukvv. He paid, and the necklace was shipped and delivered to California, so we're finished, right? One month later, our seller received a semi-literate email through the eBay mail system from the buyer, now claiming to be in Russia, complaining that the necklace was a "cheap Turkish fake.
Then he initiated a PayPal dispute claiming that he never received the item, but when the seller responded the scammer changed his claim to "item not as described.
Three morals to this story: Don't sell to an eBay buyer with private feedback. If the buyer waits to initiate an "item not as described" PayPal refund claim until after the seller has received payment and left positive feedback, any negative follow-up comments posted after the original feedback will not be visible. On eBay, buyers cannot receive negative feedback at all, so scams like this one are difficult to stop. If you want to sell to overseas residents, be careful. Take good photos of your item and have available the original purchase receipt or some other evidence that the item is authentic.
Welcome to the Rogues' Gallery, Sluggo. It is also "one of the very best tuners made by any brand in the golden vintage audio era at this price range!! Several TIC readers had unpleasant experiences dealing with a guy named Henry Jean-Louis of Valley Stream, New York, who used to pad his feedback by buying books for a penny and then tried to sell things like multi-thousand dollar Accuphase equipment.