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BUYING GUIDE - TUNERS - UNDER £200
PRICES SHOWN ARE THOSE AT THE TIME OF REVIEW
Tuners
£
Year
Verdict
AMC T7 £130 Jul 97 Although it has a tempting price, its sound quality is poor compared with its rivals.
Arcam Alpha 7 £230 Mar 97 An attractive, smooth sounding tuner that won't break the bank
Cambridge T500 £180 Feb 99 The T500 is one of the most gifted tuners under £500; a very accomplished all-round performer.
Denon TU-260L MkII £130 Jun 99 With its smooth, inoffensive sound and abundant facilities, the MkII is a worthy addition to the tuner line-up.
Harman/Kardon TU 950 £200 Jul 96 Sound quality is generally impressive. Let down by a rather constricted sound stage, but still good value.
Kenwood KT-2080 £130 Feb 97 Smooth, even balance allows the KT-2080 to convince with whatever itís receiving. £130 well spent.
Marantz ST-57 £150 Oct 97 The ST-57 is a smooth, warm tuner but lacks a little clarity and transparency.
Mission Cyrus FM7 £299 Apr 94 Musical, communicative and extremely detailed and a steal at the price.
NAD 412 £190 Jun 96 A remarkably musical and natural sounding tuner. Unbeatable at the price, or even twice the price for that matter.
Onkyo T401 £160 May 94 A competent machine, but time has taken its toll on the sound quality.
Rega Radio £230 Jan 95 Sounds on the whole more than its price, but in other respects it isn't especially competitive.
Rotel RT-930AX £175 Aug 94 The RT-930AX is a glowing little bargain. real quality at a very realistic price.
Sony ST-SA3ES £250 Apr 97 The Sony is worth every penny of its asking price. If you're a fan of radio this is one to go for.
Sony ST-SE700 £180 Aug 97 The ST-SE700 is one of the best at this price. LW reception is a welcome bonus.
Teac T-460 £120 Oct 99 An inexpensive and versatile tuner, difficult to fault as such. Sound quality on the dryside.
Technics ST-GT-350L £140 Jun 95 Not a bad buy at all and a very good fit for budget and mid-price systems.
Tivoli Audio Model One £99 Jun 02 Tranny, mono radio with detailed, warm sound and a truely surprising amount of bass and three dimensionality. A real eye opener!
Yamaha TX580 RDS £200 Feb 95 If you want something for casual listening with superior æsthetics, this might be the one for you.
TUNERS - £200+
Adcom GFT 555.2 £399 May 93 Quite musical but does not rejuvenate the waves! Good solid performance but less than luxurious.
Arcam Alpha 10 DRT
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Jul 99 Arcam's digital radio couldn't be simpler to use. Compared with good FM the benefits are marginal as yet.
Burmester 931 £4347 Nov 94 This is not a cheap tuner, but its cheaper than buying a radio station, which is the only possible alternative.
Creek T43 £399 May 98 A great little tuner. This is the one in the price bracket. Good value and a fine sound. (updated review Feb 02)
Cyrus FM7.5 £400 Oct 99 Fine, smooth and musical; commendably simple in style and operation. Only its price counts against it.
Denon TU-S10 £400 Mar 98 A stylish, well-built tuner which has a detailed sound but needs careful partnering
Fanfare FT 1 £1350 Mar 95 Whether it's sweaty disco or symphony hall, the Fanfare comes up to scratch.
Kenwood KT-6050L £300 Oct 95 A good value, excellent sounding rds tuner, but lacks full EON facilities
Linn Kremlin £1645 Mar 92 Commendable basic performance but, considering the price there are limitations.
Linn Pekin £545 Aug 01 Good when it comes to facilities and features. The Pekin suffers from insensitivity and a slightly thin sound, although vocals are clear and detailed.
Magnum Dynalab FT101A £749 Apr 92 Worth auditioning but bass rather dry and light.
Marantz ST-17 £600 July 99 Knock-out build quality and rich velvety sound. Poor-signal mute a bit too enthusiastic.
Meridian 504 £660 Mar 96 A clear, natural sound with good punch. Has strong rivals at the price, but acquits itself well.
Micromega Tuner £700 Jul 95 An unusual design from Micromega that's well built but sonically unrewarding and expensive.
Musical Fidelity X-Plora £600 Aug 01 Natural and open, the X-Plora is at home with the likes of Radio 3 and 4 with its detailed sound.
Myryad MT100 £530 Nov 99 Low on facilities, but when it comes to looks and sonic performance, itís the business.
NAD 702 £330 Jul 94 Well worth auditioning, even if you've never previously considered a receiver.
Naim NAT 03 £499 Sep 93 Soft and pure, especially across the midband. Speech very well reproduced plus solid weighty bass.
Naim NAT 05 £725 Aug 01 A very fine tuner indeed., the NAT05 easily makes up for in sound what it lacks in facilities.
Nakamichi ST3S £350 Dec 94 Looks good, but the sound quality isn't really worth the asking price.
Pioneer F-504RDS £300 Dec 98 One sole mark against the class-leading transparency is its slightly dry character.
Pioneer F-504RDS £350 Nov 95 Well engineered and competent tuner, but a little uninspiring.
Roksan Caspian £695 Aug 01 A well built and good sounding tuner that should give many years of happy listening.
Rotel Michi RHT10 £895 Mar 94 This classy looking tuner can hold its head up high amongst the best tuners at the price.
Rotel RT-990BX £500 Apr 95 The price of twenty concert tickets, and for that you can listen as if you were there. A bargain.
TAG McLaren T20 £1100 Mar 99 Extremely well built with a lucid if slightly dry sound. The only real drawback is the high price
Thorens TRT-2000 £500 Dec 97 An otherwise competent tuner is let down by a rather processed character.
 

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