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Denon TU-850 Tuners

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)


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analog fm stereo tuner


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joebone a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought one of these in 1987, used, and kept it 'til 1996, when I lucked into a McIntosh MR-78 for cheap. Were it not for that purchase, I'd still be happy as a clam with the Denon. I never could find out much about it when I owned it, but the proof was in the listening, which was excellent. The meter arrangements were also quite sensible, facilitating accurate tuning. Compared with the Mac, the Denon lacked a bit of body in the midrange, but I would never describe it as sucked out or etched. These deserve at least the recognition that is accorded to old Yamahas, Luxmans and the mid-line Magnum Dynalabs. In fact, I can easily imagine a strong argument that the Denon is as good as the MR-78, depending on subjective tastes concerning tonal character!

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Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Bottom Line:   
one of the best audio investments I've ever made

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by craig a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 16, 1999

Bottom Line:   
This fine analog tuner is the best tuner Denon ever made,it hold its own with most any other tuner of that era(1980) such as Kenwood,Sansui,Luxman etc.It has a very nice appearance too.A bargain on the used market.

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Overall Rating:4
Submitted by henry T. a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   
i was lucky enough to purchase this tuner on the net in a mint condition.denon tu-850 is a well made tuner w/ many function built in to it that i never have chance to use and most important quality that we purchase audio component in the first place is the sound.this is a review come out of my admiration for a unpopular product that sound vgood.
denon tu-850 has is weight about 25 lbs w/ 5x 17x 15 dimemsion,it come in 2 tone face plate.the 2/3 top silver faced part contain 4 open windows: 2 for L& R level output signal also serve as double function as multipath/signal,tuning meter eye,and rotary station indicator w/ a ortaty knob next to it.the 1/3 bottem contain all the 7 switches.form left to right there are on-off rocker switches,highblend,local distance,3 small rotary switches,and output volume control and the all have a good feel to them.inthe back there are 3 pairs of RCAs output fixed,variable,tape;f type antenna input as well as 300 ohm connector and more-i could detect the different between the two.the owner manaul si comprehensive and even tell you how to make a f-type coaxial cable which is something i need to learn.it alos tell you how to use the tuner as voltage meter to measure your amplifier output.all in all the tu-850 have many more thing built into than most tuners i had privilage owning them including the magnum FT-101.


the sound quality the best yet i have come across even w/ only a terk tv power antenna signal fed into it.it's real analog sounding detail and airy tuner differing from magnum FT-101 as cd sound (w/ a terk power dedicated Fm tuner).level of transprancy is as good as the FT-101 which is much better than sphile class c tuner : onkyo integra T-4700,nad older model name a few.dynamic is vgood as well as image width as well as bass and treble,the only quality that i was suprised missing is depth which i can let go cause after all this is only a tuner.one thing that i think interesting is although they both analog the magnum FT-101's sound is closed to good cd deck while denon is closed to my kenwood KD-500 w/ infinity black window/ astatic 2002 analog deck.i like to have a tuner like the denon hooked up in my system cause sometime i'm too tired tired from work and wanting to listen to good music i just turned it on instead of doing all the chords that one have to do to listen to turntable.i think that is privilage owning a good tuner like the denon tu-850 afforded.that said it all.finally,i'd like to thanks fluttie55 who let me know about posting this review for this goos site so that i can express my appreciation for a product well built.

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