Sonically, it came quite close to our reference, though not quite as close as the T-110U did. But the sound is very neutral and clean, with very low distortion, and few reception artifacts once the CAT has been put in the cradle, so to speak. In sum, this is the hottest and best sounding digital tuner in our now considerable experience. No matter how charmed I was by its features and performance I just couldn’t keep it. This example had a slightly dinged rear panel on the left side, but the front and top are fine.
I headlined it as one of the best digital tuners I’ve heard, but you can’t hear them all. This Luxman T-02 is now battling “Multipath Mountain” in Montreal, a Royal pain for the FM-loving locals. So far, so good, though the buyer still seeks a pint-sized directional antenna that fits on an apartment balcony, a near-impossible battle between the long (FM wavelengths) and the short.
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