Denon TU-800 Tuners

TU-800

Digital Tuner

User Reviews (3)

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Kirby Krause   an Audiophile [Jan 31, 1999]

This is a very nice digital tuner for the money, about $150 used. Many pre sets, wide and narrow bands. Fairly easy to use with very good sensitivity and selectivity. I would rate the sound as very good for digital. No volume control or remote. One feature I did not like was the pre set buttons are very small and feel fragile. Plus you must push the pre set button then push another button to enter it. Quality of construction is average overall. For digital tuners I like the rotary knobs much better than the push buttons for manual or auto tuning, this has buttons.
I have had over 60 top tube, analog and digital tuners to compare, for reference the Marantz 10B that was tuned up by Audio Classics Richard Modefferi(sp) is by far the best sonically. The best at getting weak stations is the Pioneer Elite F-93, poor sound though, the best sounding and performing analog are the Accuphase 100 and 101. Great tube tuner is the MR-67, better than the MR-71. As always, these are my opinions.
Enjoy.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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K.F. Suler   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 15, 2001]
Strength:

Very quiet, holds stations well very good at picking up weak stations.

Weakness:

No remote

I disaggree with the last reviewer. To compare a Marantz tuner to this one is like comparing apples to oranges. This tuner new was $500-600. It was rated Class A by Stereophile in the late 80s and is known for its tube like sound. It is better for picking up weak stations than the Onkyo 9090 MkII. This tuner replaced my MR-67 and although the performance is not the same (the 67 is one of the all time best tuners) it certainly holds its own. It is nearly as good as the Mac and my Yamaha T-2 Fm tuner(I bought it new for $800. in 1987). It is has a very good auto and manual tuning mechanism and has a signal strength meter as well. I just bought a Yamaha TX-950 and after I use it awhile I will submit another review of that comparison. Highly recommended.

Similar Products Used: McIntosh MR-67, Yamaha T-2
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Fred   Audiophile [Jan 22, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent audio quality with fine RF performance

Weakness:

Small buttons, would have preferred a tuning knob

This is an old model but since I saw it here and have used one for over 10 years(!), I had to write a review. Good tuners are becoming somewhat of a scarcity. Sonically this model still holds its own with the best and retrieves stations that many other tuners can't find. In direct comparision with a new Yamaha TX-950, this Denon was audibly better, although the Yamaha's ergonomics (tuning knob) are preferred. The Denon had the edge on getting weak stations as well as those 'sandwiched in' between each other. Short of spending upwards of $500 for a tuner, seek out a used TU-800. Again, very fine audio quality and excellent RF performance with useful features, even for people who like to "DX" on the FM band. After using it for well over 10 years it still performs very well and sounds exceptionally fine. Value, performance, reliability... Recommended!

Similar Products Used: Yamaha TX-950, Onkyo, Pioneer Elite, McIntosh, NAD
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
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