Re: Mac MR78 down to #36 of 40 in TIC shootout ...
If someone already owns an MR78, the ranking does not mean a silly
thing, other than perhaps some buyer's remorse (if they shelled out
big $ for it). But if they are happy with it, then fine. Enjoy the
Music. You've obviously got deep pockets (or have not listen to
However, with the MR78 ranked so low, I can assure you, sensible
people will now be VERY apprehensive in shelling out upwards of
$1000 or more for an MR78. Let's face it ... unless you live in a
cave, most everyone does a Google to do some "research" and will
undobtedly stuble upon TIC and its ranking. It made me think twice,
and that was when it was down at #36 not #50.
If the MR78 sold for $300, then so be it. But it don't - it commands
a hefty premium in the market - supposedly because it is a "great"
tuner. High price tag tuners merit greater scrutiny.
If it were in the Top 25, well then, there is wiggle room for
debate. But with its placement outside the Top 50 (!) leads me to
conclude it is over-priced and a poor value performance wise, and
its "reputation" was inflated. Probably a descent tuner, but way
If Jim tested a busted unit ... it merits a re-review soon to do it
--- In FMtuners@yahoogroups.com, Charles Peterson <charlesp@d...>
I believe these tests are honest, and done as reported by asincere and
well organized (much better than me, anyway) and criticalaudiophile of
many years standing.are not
done under blind conditions or (as far as I have read) systematiclevel
until people start taking it too seriously.statistically
significant (p < 0.05), between an MR 78 under level-matched blindconditions
and any other tuner above it, both performing normally, on Jim'slist on a
strong local stations that comes in well on both tuners. (I'd beta lot more,
say $50, if I were observing the procedings or had some other wayto be sure
they were actually done correctly.) Of course, a full report onFMtuners would
be required, and offer is limited to the first 5 people who reportsuch a
frequency response variations, probably exceeding 1dB in manycases. But I
myself have been amazed at how hard even such easily measureddifferences are to
hear consistently in music without, say, days of well-designedpractice.
tweaks having with no measureable difference or sound theoreticalbasis.)
did athe past two years. Jim can correct me if I am wrong.
http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/pretty fair job.