Summary: I bought Yamaha because of their superior electronics. I am generally a Sony guy with most of my electronics sporting that logo. The Yamaha has everything I want except better a more sensitive FM detector and signal strength indicator. Out here in the woods, both of those things are sorely needed.
Good basic package but disappointing sonic performance
23 December 2013
Summary: I really wanted to like this tuner. It's simple, had good sensitivity/selectivity, intuitive UI, etc. But the sound quality was way sub-par. It had a thin sound overall that lacks any sense of depth or refinement. I wasn't expecting much at this price range, but it's almost as if engineers at Yamaha forgot how to make a decent tuner. I ended up returning it.
Pros: Good sensitivity - able to pull in weak stations in Stereo better than most tuners I've tried, Good UI, Elegant styling
Summary: This tuner is for audiophile purists who believe in the rule of separates. That is amp is separate, Preamp is separate and tuner is separate. Clean simple design, LED display, channel presets and rich analog sound. Definitely not internet radio. My one knock on it is that it has no remote control, but if you're gonna go old school like me you might as well get your butt off the couch once in a while to change channel that's how they did it back in the day.
Summary: I have no problems with this tuner. It is simple, but that just means I do not have to be a rocker scientist to use it. I thought it was a little pricey. My wife said but the dad gum thing and we did and I am very happy that we did. There are some really good AM stations here that I like to listen too, and this tuner picks them up and they sound very good. I give this tuner all the pros and no cons. The FM reception in this city is excellent.
Summary: I would rate this 5 stars out of 6, but a remote control is NOT included, but the TS500 will work with Yamaha remotes, and the big display does not include RDS data. So this is a very basic tuner. However, what it can do is deliver astounding FM reception and hi-fidelity with great dynamics and tremendous bass. Output is on the high side compared with other Yamaha stereo components, so you have to adjust the volume to avoid getting "blasted.
Summary: A good-sounding tuner when the transmitted signal is stong, but reception on anything but the strongest signals is far below that of my 15-year-old Yamaha TX-950 tuner using the same antenna in the same location.
Pros: With a strong signal gives good sound. Better and apparently flatter wide-range frequency response, especially highs, than the receiver tuner I compared it to.
Cons: Only works well with the strongest signals, and therefore restricts the number of stations available at my location.
Summary: As a hifi enthusiast I was looking to add a high quality, but inexpensive tuner for my stereo to pick up the local FM classical music station. Unfortunately at this price point there are not too many options available new, so I took a chance on this item. The tuner itself was more sensitive at picking up FM stations than any integrated receiver I have used, but the sound quality was no better.
Summary: The sound for this unit could get a 4-5 . I have done A-B comparisons with a number of other FM tuners , those that are new , And those from the 1970's and 1980's . The dynamic sound of this turner was surprising in that is was better in the following areas . Pulling in stations . only the SONY XDR-F1HD , a digital tuner may have been better . other wise the quality of picking up signals is very impressive .
Summary: I bought this Tuner because my wife likes to listen to the radio while she' s cleaning but I listen mainly to my iPod or Lp albums. It has the same sleek look that the amp does so it complements my room. It does what it's suppose to do and the amp does the rest so my wife is happy which means I am happy!
Summary: This Yamaha tuner is much more sensitive than the tuner built into the Denon receiver that I had been using. FM reception is difficult where I live. Previously I had the receiver input set to Mono to reduce background noise. The Yamaha tuner when set at Stereo has less background noise than the receiver had when set at mono. FM reception is much better using the Yamaha T-S500 tuner, so I rate this tuner very highly.