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January 31, 2010

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Scooby214

Russ, you mentioned the Accuphase T-100, which is the tuner at the top of my "A-list wish list." There is one on ebay right now for a buy it now price of $850. I'll probably never own one, but am impressed that you put the FM performance of the WR-3 at just below such a legendary tuner.

Maybe one day I will have an Accuphase T-100 to hook up to my yagi antenna. Then, I'll really be able to get in that fringe jazz signal I'm always trying to get in clearly.

Brian

Radio Russ

Brian, the T-100 is just awesome. It's a hand-wired work of art that not only had the best FM reception ever seen in its day, it also had a killer AM section. I pull the T-100 out of its storage box once a year just to bask in its radiance. I don't want to put too many hours on it because repairing it is beyond my current capabilities. Also, some of the FETs it uses are no longer available. My location doesn't present much of a challenge as far as adjacent channel rejection which the T-100 excels at. The WR-3 may fall short in several other categories in an urban environment so my comment was based on it's ability to pull in weak stations with very little noise using a non-directional, unamplified antenna. Sangean is making some of the best performing tuners available today and the WR-3 is their flagship model as far as I know. And why is it that jazz stations always seem to be the ones that don't come in clear?

Scooby214

My Sangean is one of my most selective tuners, just second behind the selectivity of my two DSP radios and my Sansui tuner.

Believe it or not, my properly aligned Sansui T-60 (one of Sansui's more basic analog tuners) successfully separates my favorite jazz station at 103.7 from the much closer urban station at 103.5. It certainly outperforms any modern bookshelf stereo I have found.

Brian

¾ Blind

Thank you for this review. I've been looking for an independent review of the Sangean WR-3 for a while. Looks like a quality table radio. If I didn't own a Kloss 88 I most certainly would get this.

Here is a suggestion for a next version: I wonder if it is possible to design a radio that stores in a stations memory various EQ settings tailored to the station, i.e., less bass for male talk (Bill Wattenburg), less treble for high-pitched nasally female talk (Laura Ingraham), flat EQ for jazz & classical, and smiley face EQ for pop music.

Gary

Great idea, 3/4 Blind. I was thinking the same thing with respect to my Logitech Squeezebox Boom.

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