Advice on a used tuner purchase

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  1. Jim_C

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    I have this old NAD 3130 integrated amp that I recently pulled out of the closet to see if it still works. I'm happy to say that it does.

    I had forgotten how good it sounds with my Klipsch. I've decided to add it to my second system but I want a tuner. I'd prefer an NAD but I'd be happy to get any decent one. I want to be around $100-150 used for this if at all possible. As I said, this isn't the main system. It doesn't get a lot of use so I don't want to break the bank.

    Any recommendations for NAD, Rotel, or another brand?
     
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    There’s no shortage of tuners on e-bay, Jim. Enter “Rotel tuner” or whatever brand you’re interested in on the home page and see what comes up!

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    sansui made some nice tuners

    taking a quick look at Ebay i see a few tu-717 tuners which are very nice. they are a very good deal under $100.

    there's also a tu-x1 on ebay at the moment. sansui's flagship, often considered one of the best tuners you can get.
     
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    I saw the current Rotel $350 tuner sold for $165 on Audiogon a week or so ago. I look at them now and then. I am staying away for now as someone has a Phase Linear 5000 Series 2 which would be very interesting. It is an analog tuner with Carver's auto-correlator circuitry built in which has dynamic range expansion and noise reduction. I had the outboard auto-correlator many years ago which was the model 1000 Series two along with the 5100 tuner which was digital and the model subsequent to the 5000. With the auto-correlator, except for the real expensive tuners (e.g. Sequerra), I have never heard FM like that. Luckily for me my receiver in the bedroom feeds several other places includes a second zone to my main system so I have FM there. I do like NAD's stuff as well. I still use one their amps for a remote zone and had the model 1600 tuner/preamp and the outboard tuner of the same series was very reasonable as is the current NAD line.
     
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    Thanks for the responses.
    I think that I'm going to try for an NAD tuner with Rotel or Yamaha being the back-up. There are a couple of decent looking ones on Ebay and a local shop has 2 NAD's at a decent price. Yeah, it's more than my stated range but I'm used to spending more than I was planning to when it comes to HT. [​IMG]
    I found this link during a search:
    http://geocities.com/tunerinfo/#reviews
    A lot of good info here. I had no idea that Sansui and Kenwood are so well thought of in the world of tuners. Of course, I don't know squat about the world of tuners so that shouldn't be surprising.
    EDIT: Well, I just Ebay'd myself an NAD 4130 tuner. I was able to get a little info on it through google. The comments were all positive. We'll see.
    Thanks again for the responses.
     

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