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Shootout Standings

Listed below are the cumulative tuner rankings immediately following each Shootout. All rankings but the most recent one have been moved here from the main Shootouts page, to make things more readable there.

Shootout #1 (posted 9/13/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. McIntosh MR 78
Winner: L-02T

Shootout #2 (posted 9/16/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood L-01T
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass.
2: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
3: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #3 (posted 9/19/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sequerra Model 1
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass.
2: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
3: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
4: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #4 (posted 9/22/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Denon TU-850
Winner: L-02T

>Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass.
2: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
3: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
4: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
5: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #5 (posted 9/25/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Yamaha CT-7000
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass.
2: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs.
3: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
4: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
5: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
6: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #6 (posted 10/06/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-917
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass.
2: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
3: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs.
4: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
5: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
6: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
7: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #7 (posted 10/14/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-X1
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
5: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
6: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
7: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
8: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #8 (posted 10/18/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Revox B260
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
5: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
6: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
7: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
8: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
9: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.

Shootout #9 (posted 10/25/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-7500
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
5: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
6: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
7: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
8: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
9: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
10: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.

Shootout #10 (posted 11/01/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Pioneer TX-9800
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
5: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
6: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
7: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
8: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
9: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
10: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
11: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.

Shootout #11 (posted 11/08/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-815
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
5: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
6: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
7: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
8: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
9: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
10: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
11: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
12: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #12 (posted 11/13/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Tandberg 3011A
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
5: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
6: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
7: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
8: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
9: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
10: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
11: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
12: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
13: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #13 (posted 11/20/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Magnum Dynalab FT-11
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
4: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
5: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
6: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
7: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
8: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
9: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
10: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
11: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
12: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
13: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
14: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
15: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #14 (posted 11/26/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Luxman T-117
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
5: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
6: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
7: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
8: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
9: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
10: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
11: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
12: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
13: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
14: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
15: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
16: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #15 (posted 12/05/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Fanfare FT-1A
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
5: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
6: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
7: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
8: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
9: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
10: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
11: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
12: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
13: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
14: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
15: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
16: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
17: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #16 (posted 12/20/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-717
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
6: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
7: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
8: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
9: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
10: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
11: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
12: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
13: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
14: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
15: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
16: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
17: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
18: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #17 (posted 12/23/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Technics ST-9038
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
8: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
9: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
10: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
11: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
12: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
13: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
14: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
16: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
17: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
18: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
19: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #18 (posted 12/27/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Naim NAT 01
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
8: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
9: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
10: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled off.
11: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
12: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
13: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
14: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
16: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
17: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
18: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
19: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
20: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #19 (posted 12/31/02): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sumo Charlie
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
8: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
9: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
10: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
11: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
12: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
13: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
14: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
15: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
17: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
18: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
19: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
20: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
21: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #20 (posted 01/09/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Pioneer F-91
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
8: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
9: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
10: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
11: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
12: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
13: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
14: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
15: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
16: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
17: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
18: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
19: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
20: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
21: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
22: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #21 (posted 01/13/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Technics ST-8077
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
9: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
10: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
11: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
12: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
13: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
14: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
16: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
17: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
18: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
19: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
20: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
21: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
22: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
23: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #22 (posted 01/23/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-217
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
9: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
10: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
11: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
12: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
13: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
14: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
16: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
17: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
18: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
19: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
20: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
21: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
22: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
23: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
24: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #23 (posted 01/28/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Nikko Gamma V
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
9: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
10: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
11: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
12: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
13: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
14: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
15: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
17: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
18: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
19: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
20: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
21: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
22: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
23: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
24: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
25: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #24 (posted 02/06/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
9: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
10: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
11: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
12: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
13: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
14: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
15: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
17: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
18: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
19: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
20: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
22: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
23: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
24: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
25: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
26: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #25 (posted 02/14/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Pioneer TX-9500II
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
9: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
10: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
11: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
12: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
13: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
14: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
15: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
17: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
18: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
19: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
20: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
21: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
23: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
24: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
25: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
26: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
27: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #26 (posted 02/20/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Marantz 2130
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
9: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
10: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
11: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
12: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
13: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
14: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
15: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
17: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
18: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
19: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
20: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
21: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
23: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
24: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
25: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
26: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
27: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
28: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #27 (posted 03/07/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-8300
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
4: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
5: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
6: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
8: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
9: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
10: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
11: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
12: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
13: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
14: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
15: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
16: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
17: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
18: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
19: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
20: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
21: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
22: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
23: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
24: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
25: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
26: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
27: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
28: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
29: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #28 (posted 03/11/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Philips AH-6731
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
9: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
10: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
11: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
12: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
13: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
14: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
15: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
16: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
17: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
18: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
19: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
20: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
21: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
22: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
23: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
24: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
25: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
26: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
27: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
28: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
29: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
30: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #29 (posted 03/26/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. SAE Mark VI
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
9: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
10: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
11: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
12: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
13: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
14: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
15: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
16: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
17: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
18: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
19: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
20: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
21: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
22: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
23: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
24: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
25: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
26: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
27: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
28: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
29: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
30: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
31: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #30 (posted 04/08/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Pioneer F-90
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
8: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
9: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
10: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
11: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
12: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
13: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
14: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
15: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
16: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
17: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
18: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
19: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
20: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
21: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
22: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
23: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
24: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
25: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
26: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
27: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
28: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
29: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
30: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
31: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
32: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #31 (posted 04/12/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Magnum Dynalab MD-108
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
11: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
12: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
13: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
14: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
15: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
16: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
17: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
18: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
19: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
20: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
21: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
22: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
23: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
24: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
25: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
26: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
27: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
28: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
29: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
30: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
31: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
32: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
33: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #32 (posted 04/25/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-D99X
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
11: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
12: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
13: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
14: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
15: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
16: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
17: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
18: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
19: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
20: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
22: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
23: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
24: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
25: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
26: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
27: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
28: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
29: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
30: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
31: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
32: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
33: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
34: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #33 (posted 05/01/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Yamaha T-2
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
11: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
12: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
13: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
14: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
15: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
16: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
17: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
18: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
19: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
20: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
22: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
23: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
24: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
25: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
26: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
27: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
28: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
29: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
30: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
31: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
32: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
33: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
34: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
35: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #34 (posted 05/05/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
11: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
12: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
13: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
14: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
15: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
16: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
17: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
18: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
19: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
20: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
21: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
23: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
24: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
25: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
26: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
27: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
28: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
29: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
30: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
31: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
32: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
33: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
34: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
35: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
36: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #35 (posted 05/08/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Realistoc TM-1001
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
11: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
12: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
13: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
14: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
15: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
16: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
17: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
18: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
19: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
20: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
21: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
23: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
24: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
25: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
26: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
27: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
28: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
29: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
30: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
31: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
32: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
33: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
34: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
35: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
36: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
37: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.

Shootout #36 (posted 05/22/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Denon TU-600
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
5: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
6: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
7: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
8: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
9: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
10: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
11: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
12: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
13: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
14: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
15: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
16: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
17: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
18: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
19: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
20: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
21: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
23: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
24: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
25: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
26: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
27: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
28: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
29: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
30: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
31: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
32: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
33: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
34: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
35: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
36: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
37: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
38: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #37 (posted 05/22/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Revox B760
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
3: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
4: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

5: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
6: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
7: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
8: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
9: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
10: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
11: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
12: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
13: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
14: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
15: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
16: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
17: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
18: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
19: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
20: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
21: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
22: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
23: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
24: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
25: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
26: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
27: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
28: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
29: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
30: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
31: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
32: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
33: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
34: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
35: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
36: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
37: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
38: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
39. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #38 (posted 05/30/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-919
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
7: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
9: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
10: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
11: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
12: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
13: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
14: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
15: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
16: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
17: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
18: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
19: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
20: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
21: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
22: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
23: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
24: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
25: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
26: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
27: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
28: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
29: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
30: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
31: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
32: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
33: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
34: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
35: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
36: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
37: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
38: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
39: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
40. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #39 (posted 06/09/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sony ST-J88B
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
7: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
9: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
10: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
11: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
12: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
13: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
14: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
15: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
16: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
17: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
18: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
19: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
20: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
21: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
22: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
23: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
24: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
25: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
26: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
27: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
28: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
29: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
30: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
31: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
32: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
33: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
34: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
35: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
36: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
37: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
38: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
39: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
40: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
41. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #40 (posted 06/10/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Nakamichi ST-7
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
7: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
9: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
10: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
11: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
12: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
13: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
14: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
15: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
16: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
17: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
18: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
19: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
20: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
21: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
22: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
23: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
24: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
25: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
26: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
27: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.
28: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
29: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
30: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
31: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
32: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
33: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
34: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
35: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
36: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
37: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
38: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
39: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
40: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
41: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
42. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #41 (posted 06/20/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood L-07TII
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
7: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
9: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
10: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
11: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
12: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
13: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
14: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
16: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
17: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
18: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
19: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
20: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
21: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
22: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
23: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
24: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
25: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
26: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
27: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
28: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

29: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
30: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
31: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
32: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
33: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
34: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
35: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
36: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
37: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
38: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
39: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
40: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
41: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
42: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
43. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #42 (posted 06/23/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Onkyo T-9090II
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
7: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
8: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
9: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
10: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
11: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
12: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
13: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
14: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
15: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
16: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
17: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
18: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
19: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
20: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
21: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
22: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
23: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
24: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
25: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
26: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
27: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
28: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
29: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

30: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
31: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
32: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
33: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
34: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
35: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
36: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
37: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
38: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
39: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
40: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
41: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
42: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
43: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
44. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #43 (posted 06/30/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-X701
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
7: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
8: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
9: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
10: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
11: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
12: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
13: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
14: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
15: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
16: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
17: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
18: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
19: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
20: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
21: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
22: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
23: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
24: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
25: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
26: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
27: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
28: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
29: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
30: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

31: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
32: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
33: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
34: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
35: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
36: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
37: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
38: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
39: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
40: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
41: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
42: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
43: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
44: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
45. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #44 (posted 07/14/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Meridian Model 104
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
5: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

6: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
7: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
8: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
9: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
10: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
11: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
12: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
13: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
14: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
15: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
16: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
17: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
18: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
19: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
20: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
21: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
22: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
23: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
24: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
25: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
26: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
27: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
28: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
29: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
30: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
31: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

32: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
33: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
34: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
35: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
36: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
37: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
38: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
39: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
40: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
41: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
42: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
43: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
44: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
45: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
46. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #45 (posted 07/27/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Audiolab 8000T
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
15: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
16: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
17: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
18: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
19: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
20: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
21: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
22: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
23: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
24: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
25: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
26: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
27: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
28: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
29: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
30: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
31: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
32: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

33: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
34: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
35: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
36: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
37: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
38: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
39: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
40: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
41: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
42: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
43: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
44: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
45: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
46: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
47. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #46 (posted 08/04/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Carver TX-11b
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
15: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
16: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
17: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
18: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
19: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
20: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
21: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
22: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
23: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
24: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
25: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
26: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
27: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
28: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
29: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
30: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
31: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
32: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
33: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

34: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
35: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
36: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
37: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
38: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
39: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
40: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
41: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
42: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
43: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
44: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
45: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
46: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
47: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
48. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #47 (posted 08/08/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Pioneer F-99X
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
15: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
16: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
17: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
18: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
19: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
20: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
21: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
22: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
23: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
24: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
25: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
26: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
27: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
28: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
29: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
30: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
31: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
32: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
33: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
34: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

35: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
36: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
37: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
38: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
39: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
40: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
41: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
42: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
43: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
44: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
45: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
46: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
47: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
48: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
49. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #48 (posted 08/19/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. SAE 8000
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
15: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
16: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
17: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
18: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
19: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
20: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
21: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
22: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
23: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
24: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
25: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
26: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
27: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
28: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
29: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
30: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
31: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
32: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
33: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
34: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

35: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
36: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
37: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
38: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
39: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
40: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
41: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
42: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
43: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
44: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
45: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
46: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
47: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
48: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
49: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
50. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #49 (posted 08/23/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-1100
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
16: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
17: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
18: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
19: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
20: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
21: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
22: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
23: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
24: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
25: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
26: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
27: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
28: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
29: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
30: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
31: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
32: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
33: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
34: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
35: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

36: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
37: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
38: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
39: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
40: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
41: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
42: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
43: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
44: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
45: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
46: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
47: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
48: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
49: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
50: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
51. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #50 (posted 09/10/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. McIntosh MR 80
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
16: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
17: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
18: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
19: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
20: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
22: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
23: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
24: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
25: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
26: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
27: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
28: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
29: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
30: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
31: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
32: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
33: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
34: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
35: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
36: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

37: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
38: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
39: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
40: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
41: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
42: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
43: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
44: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
45: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
46: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
47: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
48: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
49: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
50: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
51: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
52. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #51 (posted 09/13/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. NAD 4155
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
16: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
17: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
18: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
19: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
20: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
22: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
23: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
24: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
25: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
26: NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
27: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
28: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
29: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
30: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
31: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
32: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
33: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
34: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
35: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
36: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
37: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

38: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
39: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
40: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
41: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
42: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
43: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
44: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
45: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
46: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
47: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
48: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
49: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
50: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
51: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
52: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
53. Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #52 (posted 9/26/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Revox B261
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
16: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
17: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
18: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
19: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
20: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
22: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
23: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
24: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
25: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
26: NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
27: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
28: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
29: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
30: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
31: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
32: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
33: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
34: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
35: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
36: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
37: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

38: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
39: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
40: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
41: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
42: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
43: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
44: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
45: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
46: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
47: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
48: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
49: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
50: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
51: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
52: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
53: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
54: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #53 (posted 10/03/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Technics ST-9030
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
16: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
17: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
18: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
19: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
20: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
21: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
22: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
23: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
24: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
25: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
26: NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
27: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
28: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
29: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
30: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
31: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
32: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
33: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
34: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
35: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
36: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
37: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

38: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
39: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
40: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
41: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
42: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
43: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
44: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
45: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
46: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
47: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
48: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
49: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
50: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
51: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
52: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
53: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
54: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
55: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #54 (posted 10/09/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sanyo Plus T35
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
9: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
10: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
11: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
12: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
13: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
14: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
15: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
16: Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
17: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
18: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
19: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
20: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
21: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
22: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
23: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
24: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
25: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
26: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
27: NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
28: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
29: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
30: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
31: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
32: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
33: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
34: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
35: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
36: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
37: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
38: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

39: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
40: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
41: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
42: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
43: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
44: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
45: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
46: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
47: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
48: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
49: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
50: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
51: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
52: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
53: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
54: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
55: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
56: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #55 (posted 10/18/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Meridian Model 504
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
10: Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
11: Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
12: Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
13: Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
14: Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
15: Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
16: McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
17: Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
18: Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
19: Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
20: Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
21: Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
22: Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
23: Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
24: Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
25: Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
26: Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
27: Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
28: NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
29: Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
30: Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
31: Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
32: Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
33: Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
34: Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
35: Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
36: Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
37: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
38: Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
39: Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

40: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
41: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
42: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
43: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
44: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
45: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
46: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
47: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
48: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
49: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
50: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
51: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
52: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
53: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
54: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
55: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
56: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
57: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #56 (posted 10/22/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. B&K TS-108
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
10: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
11: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
12: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
13: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
14: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
15: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
17: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
18: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
19: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
20: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
21: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
22: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
23: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
24: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
25: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
26: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
27: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
28: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
29: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
30: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
31: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
32: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
33: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
34: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
35: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
36: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
37: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
38: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
39: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
40: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

41: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
42: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
43: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
44: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
45: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
46: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
47: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
48: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
49: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
50: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
51: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
52: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
53: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
54: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
55: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
56: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
57: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
58: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #57 (posted 10/28/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-417
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
10: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
11: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
12: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
13: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
14: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
15: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
17: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
18: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
19: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
20: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
21: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
22: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
23: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
24: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
25: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
26: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
27: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
28: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
29: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
30: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
31: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
32: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
33: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
34: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
35: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
36: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
37: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
38: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
39: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
40: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
41: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

42: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
43: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
44: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
45: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
46: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
47: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
48: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
49: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
50: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
51: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
52: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
53: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
54: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
55: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
56: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
57: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
58: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
59: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #58 (posted 11/09/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood L-1000T
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
18: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
19: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
20: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
21: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
22: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
23: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
24: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
25: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
26: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
27: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
28: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
29: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
30: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
31: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
32: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
33: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
34: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
35: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
36: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
37: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
38: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
39: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
40: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
41: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
42: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

43: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
44: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
45: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
46: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
47: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
48: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
49: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
50: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
51: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
52: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
53: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
54: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
55: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
56: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
57: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
58: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
59: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
60: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #59 (posted 11/17/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Accuphase T-109
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
18: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
19: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
20: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
21: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
22: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
23: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
24: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
25: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
26: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
27: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
28: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
29: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
30: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
31: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
32: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
33: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
34: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
35: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
36: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
37: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
38: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
39: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
40: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
41: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
42: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
43: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

44: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
45: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
46: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
47: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
48: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
49: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
50: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
51: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
52: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
53: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
54: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
55: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
56: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
57: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
58: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
59: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
60: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
61: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #60 (posted 12/01/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Sansui TU-S9
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
19: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
20: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
21: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
22: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
23: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
24: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
25: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
26: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
27: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
28: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
29: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
30: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
31: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
32: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
33: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
34: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
35: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
36: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
37: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
38: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
39: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
40: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
41: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
42: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
43: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
44: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

45: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
46: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
47: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
48: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
49: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
50: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
51: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
52: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
53: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
54: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
55: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
56: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
57: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
58: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
59: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
60: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
61: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
62: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #61 (posted 12/08/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Accuphase T-109V
Winner: T-109V

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
19: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
20: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
21: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
22: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
23: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
24: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
25: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
26: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
27: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
28: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
29: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
30: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
31: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
32: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
33: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
34: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
35: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
36: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
37: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
38: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
39: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
40: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
41: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
42: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
43: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
44: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

45: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
46: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
47: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
48: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
49: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
50: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
51: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
52: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
53: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
54: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
55: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
56: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
57: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
58: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
59: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
60: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
61: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
62: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #62 (posted 12/18/03): Kenwood L-02T vs. Onkyo T-4310R
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
19: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
20: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
21: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
22: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
23: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
24: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
25: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
26: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
27: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
28: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
29: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
30: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
31: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
32: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
33: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
34: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
35: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
36: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
37: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
38: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
39: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
40: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
41: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
42: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
43: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
44. -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
45: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

46: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
47: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
48: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
49: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
50: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
51: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
52: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
53: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
54: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
55: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
56: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
57: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
58: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
59: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
60: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
61: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
62: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
63: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #63 (posted 01/09/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kyocera T-910
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
8: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
9: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
10: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
11: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
12: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
13: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
14: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
15: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
16: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
17: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
19: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
20: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
21: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
22: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
23: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
24: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
25: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
26: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
27: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
28: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
29: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
30: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
31: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
32: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
33: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
34: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
35: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
36: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
37: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
38: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
39: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
40: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
41: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
42: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
43: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
44. -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
45: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

46: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
47: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
48: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
49: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
50: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
51: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
52: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
53: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
54: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
55: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
56: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
57: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
58: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
59: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
60: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
61: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
62: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
63: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
64: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #64 (posted 01/23/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-990D
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
8: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
9: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
10: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
11: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
12: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
13: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
14: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
15: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
16: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
18: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
20: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
21: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
22: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
23: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
24: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
25: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
26: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
27: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
28: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
29: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
30: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
31: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
32: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
33: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
34: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
35: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
36: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
37: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
38: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
39: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
40: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
41: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
42: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
43: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
44: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
45. -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
46: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

47: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
48: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
49: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
50: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
51: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
52: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
53: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
54: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
55: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
56: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
57: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
58: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
59: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
60: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
61: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
62: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
63: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
64: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
65: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #65 (posted 02/17/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Quad FM4
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
8: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
9: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
10: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
11: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
12: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
13: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
14: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
15: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
16: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
18: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
20: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
21: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
22: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
23: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
24: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
25: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
26: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
27: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
28: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
29: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
30: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
31: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
32: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
33: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
34: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
35: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
36: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
37: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
38: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
39: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
40: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
41: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
42: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
43: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
44: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
45. -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
46: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

47: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
48: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
49: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
50: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
51: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
52: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
53: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
54: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
55: Quad FM 4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
56: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
57: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
58: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
59: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
60: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
61: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
62: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
63: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
64: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
65: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
66: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #66 (posted 03/7/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-3300D
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
8: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
9: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
10: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
11: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
12: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
13: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
14: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
15: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
16: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
18: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
20: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
21: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
22: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
23: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
24: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
25: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
26: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
27: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
28: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
29: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
30: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
31: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
32: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
33: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
34: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
35: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
36: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
37: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
38: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
39: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
40: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
41: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
42: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
43: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
44: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
45: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
46. -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
47: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

48: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
49: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
50: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
51: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
52: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
53: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
54: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
55: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
56: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
57: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
58: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
59: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
60: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
61: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
62: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
63: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
64: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
65: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
66: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
67: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #67 (posted 03/23/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Magnum Dynalab FT-101 and FT-101A
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
8: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
9: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
10: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
11: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
12: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
13: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
14: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
15: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
16: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
17: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
18: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
20: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
21: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
22: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
23: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
24: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
25: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
26: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
27: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
28: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
29: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
30: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
31: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
32: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
33: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
34: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
35: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
36: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
37: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
38: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
39: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
40: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
41: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
42: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
43: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
44: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
45: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
46: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
47. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
48: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
49: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

50: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
51: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
52: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
53: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
54: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
55: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
56: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
57: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
58: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
59: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
60: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
61: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
62: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
63: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
64: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
65: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
66: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
67: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
68: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
69: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #68 (posted 04/20/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-5020
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
24: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
25: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
26: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
27: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
28: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
29: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
30: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
31: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
32: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
33: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
34: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
35: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
36: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
37: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
38: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
39: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
40: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
41: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
42: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
43: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
44: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
45: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
46: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
47: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
48. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
49: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
50: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

51: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
52: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
53: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
54: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
55: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
56: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
57: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
58: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
59: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
60: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
61: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
62: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
63: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
64: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
65: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
66: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
67: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
68: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
69: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
70: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #69 (posted 05/19/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Technics ST-G7
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:
1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
30: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
31: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
33: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
34: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
35: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
36: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
37: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
38: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
39: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
40: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
41: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
42: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
43: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
44: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
45: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
46: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
47: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
48: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
49. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
50: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
51: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

52: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
53: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
54: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
55: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
56: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
57: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
58: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
59: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
60: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
61: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
62: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
63: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
64: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
65: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
66: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
67: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
68: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
69: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
70: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
71: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #70 (posted 06/06/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Technics ST-8080
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
30: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
31: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
33: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
34: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
35: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
36: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
37: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
38: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
39: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
40: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
41: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
42: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
43: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
44: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
45: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
46: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
47: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
48: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
49: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
50. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
51: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
52: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

53: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
54: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
55: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
56: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
57: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
58: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
59: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
60: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
61: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
62: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
63: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
64: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
65: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
66: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
67: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
68: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
69: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
70: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
71: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
72: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #71 (posted 06/27/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Luxman T-115
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
30: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
31: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
33: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
34: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
35: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
36: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
37: -M- Onkyo T-9090 II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
38: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
39: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
40: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
41: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
42: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
43: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
44: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
45: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
46: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
47: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
48: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
49: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
50. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
51: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
52: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

53: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
54: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
55: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
56: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
57: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
58: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
59: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
60: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
61: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
62: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
63: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
64: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
65: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
66: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
67: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
68: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
69: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
70: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
71: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
72: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
73: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #72 (posted 07/13/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Onkyo T-4500
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
30: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
31: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
33: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
34: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
35: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
36: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
37: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
38: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
39: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
40: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
41: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
42: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
43: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
44: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
45: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
46: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
47: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
48: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
49: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
50: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
51. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
52: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
53: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

54: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
55: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
56: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
57: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
58: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
59: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
60: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
61: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
62: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
63: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
64: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
65: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
66: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
67: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
68: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
69: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
70: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
71: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
72: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
73: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
74: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #73 (posted 07/25/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Perreaux TU-3
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH-6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
30: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
31: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
32: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
33: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
34: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
35: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
36: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
37: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
38: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
39: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
40: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
41: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
42: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
43: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
44: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
45: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
46: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
47: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
48: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
49: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
50: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
51: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
52. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
53: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
54: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

55: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
56: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
57: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
58: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
59: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
60: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
61: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
62: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
63: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
64: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
65: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
66: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
67: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
68: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
69: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
70: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
71: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
72: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
73: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
74: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
75: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #74 (posted 08/23/04): Kenwood L-02T vs. Restek Metric
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
13: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
14: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
15: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
16: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
17: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
18: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
19: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
20: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
21: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
22: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
23: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
24: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
25: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
26: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
27: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
28: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
29: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
30: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
31: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
32: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
33: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
34: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
35: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
36: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
37: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
38: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
39: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
40: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
41: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
42: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
43: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
44: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
45: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
46: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
47: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
48: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
49: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
50: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
51: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
52: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
53. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
54: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
55: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

56: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
57: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
58: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
59: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
60: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
61: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
62: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
63: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
64: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
65: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
66: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
67: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
68: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
69: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
70: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
71: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
72: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
73: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
74: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
75: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
76: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #75 (posted 01/04/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Mitsubishi DA-F20
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
30: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
31: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
33: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
34: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
35: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
36: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
37: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
38: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
39: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
40: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
41: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
42: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
43: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
44: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
45: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
46: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
47: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
48: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
49: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
50: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
51: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
52: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
53: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
54. -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
55: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
56: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

57: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
58: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
59: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
60: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
61: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
62: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
63: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
64: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
65: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
66: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
67: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
68: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
69: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
70: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
71: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
72: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
73: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
74: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
75: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
76: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
77: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #76 (posted 02/03/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Kenwood KT-7300
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
30: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
31: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
33: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
34: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
35: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
36: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
37: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
38: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
39: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
40: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
41: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
42: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
43: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
44: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
45: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
46: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
47: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
48: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
49: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
50: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
51: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
52: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
53: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
54: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
55: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
56: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
57: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

58: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
59: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
60: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
61: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
62: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
63: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
64: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
65: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
66: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
67: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
68: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
69: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
70: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
71: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
72: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
73: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
74: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
75: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
76: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
77: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
78: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #77 (posted 02/13/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Cambridge Audio T500
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
30: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
31: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
32: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
33: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
34: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
35: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
36: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
37: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
38: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
39: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
40: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
41: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
42: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
43: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
44: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
45: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
46: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
47: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
48: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
49: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
50: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
51: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
52: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
53: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
54: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
55: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
56: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
57: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

58: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
59: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
60: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
61: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
62: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
63: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
64: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
65: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
66: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
67: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
68: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
69: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
70: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
71: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
72: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
73: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
74: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
75: Cambridge Audio T500 - Bass light, midrange forward and lacks focus, highs OK.
76: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
77: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
78: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
79: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #78 (posted 03/13/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Onix TU39
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
30: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
31: -M- Onix TU39 - Dynamic, smooth, the midrange give up some "life" to others. Some added sparkle in the highs.
32: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
33: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
34: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
35: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
36: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
37: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
38: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
39: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
40: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
41: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
42: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
43: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
44: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
45: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
46: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
47: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
48: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
49: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
50: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
51: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
52: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
53: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
54: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
55: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
56: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
57: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
58: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

59: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
60: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
61: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
62: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
63: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
64: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
65: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
66: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
67: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
68: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
69: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
70: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
71: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
72: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
73: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
74: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
75: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
76: Cambridge Audio T500 - Bass light, midrange forward and lacks focus, highs OK.
77: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
78: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
79: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
80: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #79 (posted 05/29/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Hitachi FT-007
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Hitachi FT-007 - Clean, balanced sound, but less dynamic than the L-02T.
30: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
31: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
32: -M- Onix TU39 - Dynamic, smooth, the midrange give up some "life" to others. Some added sparkle in the highs.
33: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
34: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
35: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
36: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
37: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
38: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
39: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
40: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
41: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
42: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
43: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
44: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
45: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
46: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
47: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
48: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
49: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
50: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
51: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
52: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
53: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
54: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
55: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
56: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
57: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
58: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
59: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

60: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
61: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
62: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
63: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
64: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
65: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
66: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
67: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
68: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
69: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
70: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
71: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
72: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
73: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
74: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
75: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
76: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
77: Cambridge Audio T500 - Bass light, midrange forward and lacks focus, highs OK.
78: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
79: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
80: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
81: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #80 (posted 12/27/05): Kenwood L-02T vs. Linn Kremlin
Winner: L-02T

Rankings so far:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

7: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
8: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
9: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
10: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
11: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
12: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
13: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
14: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
15: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
16: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
17: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
18: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
19: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
20: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
22: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
23: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
24: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
25: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
26: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
27: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
28: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
29: -M- Hitachi FT-007 - Clean, balanced sound, but less dynamic than the L-02T.
30: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
31: -M- Linn Kremlin - OK bass; articulate, precise sound; good high frequency. Midrange, bass loses some natural warmth.
32: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
33: -M- Onix TU39 - Dynamic, smooth, the midrange give up some "life" to others. Some added sparkle in the highs.
34: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
35: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
36: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
37: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
38: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
39: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
40: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
41: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
42: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
43: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
44: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
45: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
46: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
47: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
48: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
49: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
50: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
51: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
52: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
53: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
54: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
55: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
56: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
57: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
58: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
59: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
60: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

61: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
62: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
63: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
64: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
65: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
66: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
67: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
68: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
69: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
70: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
71: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
72: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
73: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
74: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
75: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
76: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
77: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
78: Cambridge Audio T500 - Bass light, midrange forward and lacks focus, highs OK.
79: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
80: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
81: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
82: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

Shootout #81 (posted 02/12/06): Kenwood L-02T vs. Burmester 978
Winner: TIE

Final Shootout Rankings:

1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
1 (TIE): -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
1 (TIE): -C- Burmester 978 - Natural, open and airy sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound with nice extended highs.
4: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
5: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
6: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
7: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
8: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.

9: -M- Mitsubishi DA-F20 - Quick, punchy bass, open, lively midrange and extended highs.
10: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
11: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
12: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
13: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
14: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
15: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
16: -M- Luxman T-117 - Very good-sounding tuner. No real faults, top to bottom. Not as three-dimensional as the L-02T and gives up some bass richness.
17: -M- Sansui TU-717 - Good bass and midrange with nice "depth" to the soundstage. More forward than the L-02T.
18: -M- B&K TS-108 - Very nice midrange, good bass and nice, extended highs.
19: -M- Technics ST-9038 - Very good bass, nice midrange, smooth treble.
20: -M- Magnum Dynalab MD-108 - Bass OK, very good imaging and realistic midrange, extended but forward highs.
21: -M- Kenwood KT-917 - Good bass, midrange and treble. A very pleasant sound but more one-dimensional when placed next to the L-02T.
22: -M- Sansui TU-S9 - Smooth, natural sound. A budget bargain.
23: -M- Kenwood KT-1100 - Quite tuneful, but flatter soundstage than the L-02T.
24: -M- McIntosh MR 80 - Good bass, lively midrange and pleasant highs. More one-dimensional than the L-02T.
25: -M- Sanyo Plus T35 - Good bass, laidback midrange and extended, pleasant highs.
26: -M- Technics ST-G7 - Very nice bass, articulate midrange, forward but nice upper range.
27: -M- Pioneer F-99X - Follows behind the big bass dogs but the midrange and treble are where it's at. Sweet, clean, quiet and to be copied.
28: -M- Kenwood KT-3300D - Very good bass, slightly diffuse light mids and pleasant extended highs. A laidback, nice listen.
29: -M- Pioneer F-90 - Great sonics with a slightly lighter sonic presentation than the top dogs. Upper midrange and treble are top-notch.
30: -M- Sansui TU-D99X - Good bass. Bass, midrange and treble work well together for a balanced sound.
31: -M- Hitachi FT-007 - Clean, balanced sound, but less dynamic than the L-02T.
32: -M- Sony ST-J88B - Good bass, pleasing midrange, slightly forward and sweet treble.
33: -M- Linn Kremlin - OK bass; articulate, precise sound; good high frequency. Midrange, bass loses some natural warmth.
34: -M- Restek Metric - Excellent imaging, bass and highs. Midrange gave up some to other tuners.
35: -M- Onix TU39 - Dynamic, smooth, the midrange give up some "life" to others. Some added sparkle in the highs.
36: -M- Perreaux TU-3 - Nice balanced sound. Gives up some richness and dynamics to the L-02T.
37: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101 - Good all-around sound, treble very slightly forward.
38: -M- Kenwood L-07TII - Good all-around sound but loses some inner detail.
39: -M- Accuphase T-109 - Great bass, dry midrange, pleasant but slightly forward treble.
40: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Etude - A good, balanced sound, but slightly dry.
41: -M- Technics ST-8077 - Good bass, midrange OK. Nice treble presentation.
42: -M- Technics ST-8080 - Good bass, good midrange, forward highs but not unpleasant.
43: -M- Nikko Gamma V - Very good bass, good imaging, treble forward but not unpleasant.
44: -M- Kenwood KT-8300 - Good bass and dynamics, with a slightly forward upper midrange and treble.
45: -M- Onkyo T-4500 - Slightly lighter but a pleasing sound. Neutral, top to bottom, with nice highs.
46: -M- Onkyo T-9090II - Pleasant sound, good bass, but not as dynamic as some tuners. Great DX machine.
47: -M- NAD 4155 - Good, punchy bass. Light, articulate mids with well-mated highs.
48: -M- Pioneer F-91 - Very good bass punch and control, articulate midrange with forward highs. May be a good tuner for a large room.
49: -M- Pioneer TX-9800 - Rich bass presentation. Good midrange with a treble slightly forward that took away from the total picture.
50: -M- Tandberg 3011A - Good bass, midrange a little light, sweet treble. Very good imaging.
51: -M- Sansui TU-417 - A most pleasant sound, bottom to top. Needs good signals.
52: -M- Carver TX-11b - Punchy bass, clean highs and treble.
53: -M- Sumo Charlie - Punchy bass, good midrange, slightly rolled-off treble.
54: -M- Revox B260 - Rich bass and lower midrange. Good imaging. Three-dimensional. The highs are a little too much for my personal taste. The high rating reflects its other positive sound qualities.
55: -M- Yamaha CT-7000 - Warm-sounding bass, pleasant midrange and highs. Highs a little rolled-off.
56: -M- Sequerra Model 1 - Harmonically rich bass and lower midrange. Very seductive, but if you want accuracy, shop elsewhere.
57: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "NEW" - Good sound, natural midrange, treble nice, loose bass.
58: -M- Kenwood KT-7300 - Punchy bass, pleasant mids and highs. Slight loss of ambience.
59: -M- Onkyo T-4310R - Pleasant, inoffensive sound, good imaging. Good digital DXing tuner.
60: -M- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A - Pleasant light, airy sound. Lacks bass dynamics.
61: -M- Realistic TM-1001 - Sweet treble, pleasant mids, but the bass is not as full and dynamic as the big dogs.
62: -M- Yamaha T-2 - Very pleasant and listenable. This may be the cutoff tuner between the keepers and the also-rans.

63: Revox B261 - Punchy bass, pleasant enough but slightly forward mids and highs.
64: Pioneer TX-9500II - Clean, articulate sound. Lighter sonic presentation against the L-02T.
65: SAE Mark VI - Inoffensive sound, good background music. A mini-Sequerra.
66: Denon TU-850 - Good sound, midrange just right, treble sweet, slightly bass-shy.
67: Sansui TU-217 - Good sound when reception is strong.
68: Kenwood L-01T - Good sound, midrange slightly forward, good bass.
69: Phase Linear Model 5000 Series Two - Bass-shy, pleasant midrange and treble.
70: Magnum Dynalab FT-11 "OLD" - Good bass, dry midrange, treble OK.
71: Quad FM4 - Very nice midrange, good resolution, extended treble, rolled off bass.
72: Technics ST-9030 - Inoffensive but bland.
73: Naim NAT 01 - Bass OK, midrange OK, treble sweet.
74: Luxman T-115 - Good bass, midrange OK, treble slightly forward.
75: Nakamichi ST-7 - Muffled bass, forward midrange, highs soft and inoffensive.
76: Marantz 2130 - OK bass, midrange and treble forward and "light" sounding.
77: McIntosh MR 78 - Good bass, slightly electronic sound.
78: Fanfare FT-1A - Best through the low-output jacks, clean but bright midrange, lacks bass power.
79: Kenwood KT-7500 - Flat soundstage, better sound can be found. One-note bass. More boring than unpleasant in a long listening session.
80: Cambridge Audio T500 - Bass light, midrange forward and lacks focus, highs OK.
81: Kyocera T-910 - Pleasant sound, but what's that ringing in my ears?
82: SAE 8000 - Not irritating but not involving, either. Too much background noise.
83: Kenwood KT-815 - Bass thin, treble forward. It cries out for a new audio stage.
84: Denon TU-600 - Good sound, but not recommended because of reception problems.

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