Tuners "(AM/FM)"



McIntosh-MR88-Reviewed.gifWhile terrestrial radio has lost a lot of its luster in the United States since the 1996 deregulation of the media, AM and FM tuners are still common components and/or features found even in today's most affordable receivers. In many ways, the term "receiver" can be attributed to the idea that there is an internal radio tuner built inside.

Radio programming in the U.S. has suffered badly from the penny pinchers and bean counters at the likes of Clear Channel, Viacom and most other terrestrial radio companies. While these companies enjoyed dotcom-like boom times in the late 1990s, they also cut every penny they could, making managers of one station cover three or four. Most importantly, the suits responsible for running radio tried to make the media more national when its power was always its local or provincial reach. It's not uncommon for a radio group to put the same content on their country or classic rock stations in over 100 markets without any human DJs or anything to make the station unique to the specific market.

Terrestrial radio suffers from long (sometimes up to 14 minutes per stop set) commercial breaks and can't effectively compete with subscription-based satellite radio that can niche program over 100 stations, most of them without commercial interruptions. Millions of people have switched from terrestrial radio to satellite radio.

In Europe, where radio is far more regulated, AM and FM tuners as audiophile components are far more common. There is more specific programming on terrestrial radio that appeals to the music fan, including symphonic performances, live concerts, in-studio broadcasts and much more.

One of the ways radio stations are trying to combat against satellite radio is with HD Radio. HD Radio is a digital broadcast of 1 or more channels within the assigned frequency of the station. Only special HD Radio tuners can pick up this signal, but it is free otherwise.

Some companies that still make tuners include Sony, NAD, and McIntosh.

Read reviews of the McIntosh MR88 AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner and the Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner.


Newest

Jun 29
Andover Model-One Turntable Music System Reviewed Andrew says that while the Andover Model-One music system may be a niche product aimed at a very specific customer, its design and ease-of-use make it one of his favorite record players.
Andover Model-One Turntable Music System Reviewed

Jun 29
In Terms of Accessibility, the AV Industry is Getting Worse, Not Better The disappearance of Windows control options and lack of accessibility standards are making it more difficult for home theater enthusiasts with physical disabilities to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change.
In Terms of Accessibility, the AV Industry is Getting Worse, Not Better

Jun 24
SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Reviewed SVS makes a compelling case for dual subwoofers with the SB2000-Pro, an affordable tour de force with performance way beyond its price.
SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Reviewed

Jun 24
Bowers & Wilkins Announces 705 Signature & 702 Signature Loudspeakers You don't see Bowers & Wilkins announcing new Signature Series loudspeakers all that often, so when it happens it's...
Bowers & Wilkins Announces 705 Signature & 702 Signature Loudspeakers

Jun 22
Tix Available Now for HiFi Summit, the World's First Online AV Tradeshow AV trade shows have always been a tradeoff. Sure, they can be great for business and business connections, as well...
Tix Available Now for HiFi Summit, the World's First Online AV Tradeshow