In the past any tuner I had was intergrated into the receiver. However, I just purchased a Rotel pre/pro and need to add an external tuner so I can listen to the radio. My expereinces with built-in tuners is that they suck, to be blunt. I have never been able to use the radio on any reciever simply because it nevers picks up anything, maybe one station if I am lucky. My question is does external tuners perform better? I would hate to put down the money for one and get the same results as built-in units.