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Across the front panel we can see the Power toggle at left, the Stereo light beside it, with 3 toggles at center for MPX Noise Canceler, FM Stereo Only, and Muting. To the right are knobs for Selector (AM, FM, FM Auto, FM Stereo), with the Tuning knob at far right. Centre Tune and Signal Strength meters are just above.
The rear panel offers spring-load antenna connections at left, the AM ferrite rod across center, with Muting and Level adjust screwtaps below, and slide switches for FM AGC (Automatic Gain Control) and De-emphasis (75 or 25 ohms). Toward right near bottom are the audio outputs, one intended for Tape recording that bypasses the level pots. Fuse and switched and un-switched AC outlets complete the back panel complement.
Sound quality is right up there with the better Sansui models of its era, with very solid, defined bass, a sweet, open midrange, and wide separation. Dial calibration on our sample is very accurate. All the lights work, as I hope I’ve shown in the first photo, taken without flash. I liked and enjoyed this tuner a lot, and like a faithful bright-eyed sleek dog, it found a good and loving home. Shucks…I just couldn’t resist that. Canine comparisons aside, the TU-999 is an early classic predecessor to the legendary TU-9900, and a very fine performer in its own right. Both exhibit the solid and enduring quality of the marque at its height.
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