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Yamaha TX-396

AM/FM Stereo Tuner

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Yamaha TX-396

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Reviewed Feb 14th, 2017 by adagio

Yamaha have made and do make some of the finest tuners in the world and are recognised by enthusiasts to have produced some excellent designs with stunning sound quality.

This TX-396L is a well built and attractive slim tuner, recognisable as being typical of Yamaha's style. It is a decent step-up from the run of the mill budget tuners commonly seen today, but its build and sound quality sets it apart.

The model sold very well here in the UK and can be found second hand at between £20 to £45.00 depending on condition. It has good sensitivity, picking up an excellent range of signals given a good roof aerial. It will function quite well with an indoor aerial, but this will not be making the most of its talents, capable of tuning and separating signals for very decent noise free reception.

Suffice to say that in the world of enthusiast tuners costing hundreds of pounds (some running into thousands) this model doesn't enter the fray, mainly because enthusiasts look for every nuance and extremes of performance and will spend many hours renovating and upgrading worthy machines, (many from years past) and spend much time judging sound quality as between different models etc.

This Yamaha, will serve the typical radio listener well by doing what it says on the tin! It is straightforward to operate and gets on with making a good fist of sound reproduction that a typical listener will find easy on the ear.

In all, a decent modern tuner that stands out from not dis-similar budget machines by virtue of it's sound quality which, given good reception conditions, can be genuinely impressive.

 

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