a few months ago i bought a Pioneer TX-9500II tuner off ebay. Lovely silver faced tuner.. sounds better than any FM tuner I have ever heard. It's unmoded. strickly stock here baby. ;) (Some people consider this tuner to be one of the best tuners Pioneer ever built).
Anyway... tonight i was listening to the tuner for a good hour using my new IXOS headphones. Good sounds coming through the headphones from the tuner..
then for some odd reason I took the headphones and plugged them into the home theater Marantz receiver downstairs. blech is all i heard.
It sounded lifeless, flat, hissy, static up the ying yang. Just really bad. I have a powered antenna with rabbit ears hooked up to the receiver too.
I guess my question is this.... why don't modern day receivers/tuners have switches like my old Pioneer does? The 2 step muting switch on the Pioneer, really does work. I don't hear any hiss, or static, etc... Are todays tuners that are built into a receiver just a afterthought? no real money is spent on the tuner portion of a receiver.
I guess a stand alone tuner is going to be miles ahead of it's all in one receiver... because it's only got one function and doesn't contain any amps, video switching to interfere with the outcome.
I never knew FM radio could sound so good.. but it only sounds this way.... from a stand alone FM tuner.
Another vote for seperates.
Do any of you use a seperate tuner in any of your systems? I highly recommend giving it a listen. I was quite surprised to hear the big difference. No mo static in the attic.