MYRYAD: Their MT 100 FM stereo tuner test review

Stereophile write: The Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines "myriad," derived from a Greek word meaning "ten thousand," as "a very great number of persons or things." British and unabashedly ambitious, Myryad Systems has set itself myriad design goals for its M-series stereo components: audiophile performance, real-world pricing, convenience, circuit simplicity, common remote-control function, and physical beauty.

Myryad's designer and technical director, Chris Evans, highlighted the MT 100 stereo FM tuner during a press conference at the 1999 International Consumer Electronic Show. After reading Michael Fremer's recent report (Stereophile, June '99) on the high quality of 1999 FM broadcasts in the New York area when he used a rotor-operated, outdoor Channel Master FM antenna and a refurbished McIntosh MR67 stereo tuner, I decided to review the MT 100.

On first seeing the MT 100 emerge from its shipping carton, I had to admit that I rather liked its back-to-basics approach. Its sleek, snazzy, art deco design and functional and elegant construction were stunning. No bulky tuning knob or flashy displays here. Instead, the unit's appearance is dominated by its recessed, anodized black tuning knob, which is conical, and smooth—except for a circular cutout (as on a Movado watch) for your tuning finger. This is placed centrally in the silver-gray, ¼"-thick aluminum front panel. To the right, arrayed in an arc, three pushbuttons handle the Preset, Manual, and Search functions. The tuned frequency, preset, and signal-strength indicators are mounted behind a black plastic screen. These use a blue vacuum display, while the Stereo and Tuning indicators are backlit red.

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