I received this letter from a reader, and frankly, didn't know how important a source FM is to TAS readers. I'd love to hear from you about how much you listen to FM, and whether you'd like to see more tuner coverage in TAS. â€”Robert Harley
Pardon me for asking such a random question - as in not related to any recent article or equipment review in TAS. I have been curious for some time now as to why analog radio itself appears to be a forgotten musical medium and analog radio tuners are all but forgotten equipment in audiophile magazines today, including TAS?
I have a Magnum Dynalab MD 102 analog FM tuner, with the Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer in between my tuner and pre-amp. The musical results are fantastic, assuming my FM signal is good. And to help me in that regard as a clear signal can be a challenge in Boston, is the Magnum Signal Sleuth model 250 which really brings in the signal and cleans it up pretty well. No question that signal strength can be an issue, and may be the answer to my inquiry. But in most instances, I can get a very good quality signal.
I question whether I am missing something that everyone else has figured out, or if I am some sort of "fringe" audiophile that still listens to analog FM as a great source of music (and by the way, it's free!). I definitely listen more to my disc and vinyl collections at home and the iPod hookup in my car, but the radio is a great solution for a music source when you want variety, you want to hear the new artists developing and you want to hear what the new trends in popular and alternative music are. Also, in Boston I'm blessed some great Sunday morning jazz broadcasts which I look forward to and have picked up many new (and old) artists as a result.
When some of my friends listen to my tuner setup, they are blown away with the purity of sound that you can get via a good analog signal and corresponding receiving equipment. Is there any possibility of an article in the future regarding this topic? Maybe the article is part retro-review of the classic tuners from the 70's and also an analysis of todays leading edge audiophile equipment focused on this medium?