LEAK: Trough-Line FM tuner – opinions?

As mentioned at the tale end of my write up on the history of the Leak Trough-Line FM tuner, I felt I should do a companion piece on the sound quality of Leak Trough-Line tuners, well here it is. This was an interesting and challenging project to embark on as it is the first time […]

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TRIO / KENWOOD: KT-917 FM tuner – what the experts say

The above image comes from hifiengine Hello gentlemen. What can you tell me about the Kenwood Kt 917 which I believe was badged trio in the UK. Thanks in advance. Ralph Thank you Ralph. In matters like this we always defer to http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/ Here is what they have to say: (1979, $1,000, photo, schematic, detector/MPX […]

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TRIO / KENWOOD: KT-917 FM tuner – Some people believe that the Kenwood KT-917 is the finest FM tuner that was ever manufactured.

This is what tubesound.com have to say on the subject: Some people believe that the Kenwood KT-917 is the finest FM tuner that was ever manufactured. This is truly the cream of the crop. Pulse Count Detector, high build quality, Made in Japan. A fellow in my community decided to trade-in this KT-917 for some […]

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NIKKO: Gamma V FM tuner test review

Howard Popeck writes: Only a mini test for this one I’m afraid. My notes from that time are not very comprehensive. Anyway … Built in 1978, the Gamma V is a very sensitive and selective rack-mount style digital tuner. It cost around £400 when new, as best I can recall. Construction is all frame and […]

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TRIO / KENWOOD: KT-917 FM tuner – ‘was the most technically advanced high-end FM tuner upon it’s launch in 1979’

They write: The Trio KT-917 tuner (known as the Kenwood KT-917 outside of the UK and Japan) was the most technically advanced high-end FM tuner upon it’s launch in 1979. It replaced, and bettered, the already world-beating Trio 600T. If there was ever a better tuner than the Trio KT-917 then I have yet to […]

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Classic VALVE tuners?

Hi guys, I start to spend more times listening to radio recently. I recalled I’d asked regarding valve tuner but can’t remember where the tread was. Would appreciate if someone can help here, I am keen into valve tuner (the old ones). I’d search brands like Scott, Fisher, and nearly confirm one in Ebay (lafayette […]

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ONKYO: Their T9 tuner – calling all enthusiasts

So, I’m in the very early stages of putting together a turntable-focused system. I’m running an entry-level Technics SL-BD10 turntable that a friend from work gave me (soon to have a donated Grado green cartridge) and an 80s Technics receiver that another buddy lent me because my 4-yr old Onkyo doesn’t have a phono input, […]

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NAKAMICHI: CA-5EII + Nakamichi PA-5E (and the Nakamichi ST-7 FM tuner, in passing) test review

NB: This was originally published in 2010 Hello, and welcome to the next of my series of reviews of vintage equipment. First, I only write about equipment that I have had extended, direct and personal experience of either as an end-user or retailer – or both. I don’t get involved in measurements. During 34 years […]

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The sound from a good FM tuner…. WOW

  “I was recently bitten by the FM bug through the purchase of a £19 Teac tuner to listen to The Proms. It sounded good enough to get me curious as to what a ‘proper’ tuner might sound like. So I started my search for the next rung up the ladder. Reading through the various […]

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Trio (Kenwood): KT 917 vintage state of the art FM tuner circa 1979

I have owned mine since 1979. The UK price back then was circa £900 which according to an online historic £ to $ conversion taking into account a total inflation of 244% means circa $5k at today’s prices apparently. Anyone else out there with one of these magnificent devices? Dip in and out HERE

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