Endless Free Music: McIntosh MR89 AM/FM Tuner Delivers Traditional Radio Signals with Brilliant, Cutting-Edge Clarity and Offers Remarkable Range
If you love the experience of tuning into traditional radio stations, the McIntosh MR89 AM/FM tuner allows you to hear broadcasts with amazing clarity. The MR89 helps you maintain an emotional bond with a local radio station, which is so important to a sense of community. This cutting-edge tuner also has modern features to improve audio quality, and it offers remarkable range via an antenna, so you can tune in to broadcasts that originate many miles away.
While there is no doubting the popularity and permanence of paid music streaming services, there is still plenty of free music being broadcast over the air from thousands of traditional radio stations. And McIntosh has a long and distinguished history with radio and tuners. The McIntosh MR78 from the 1970s is considered by many to be one of the best – if not the best – tuners ever made. The MR89 AM/FM tuner extends this tradition of tuner excellence by letting you enjoy the abundance of free music that is broadcast over invisible airwaves.
The MR89 features exclusive McIntosh radio frequency (RF) circuitry that is capable of receiving both strong FM signals from nearby stations – something that can overload and cause distortion in lesser tuners – while also being able to tune in weaker FM signals located further away with little to no noise. The MR89's advanced signal-quality monitor can display detailed signal, multipath, and noise levels of the incoming RF signals to help fine-tune optimal placement of your AM or FM antenna.
The MR89 comes with an RAA2 AM antenna that features a 20-foot (6-meter) cable, which provides flexibility in placing the antenna for the best possible radio signal reception. (Contact a Music Direct audio consultant if you have questions about selecting an FM antenna.) A pair of balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, along with digital coaxial and optical outputs are included to connect the MR89 to your home audio system.
A multitude of advancements have been made in the MR89 to make your radio listening more pleasurable. McIntosh engineers analyzed and carefully updated this tuner's Sensitivity, Signal to Noise Ratio, Harmonic Distortion, Channel Selectivity, and Stereo Separation, resulting in substantial performance improvements for each. Plus, a variety of new features have been added. To help improve the sonics of lower-quality FM stereo broadcasts, Stereo Blending has been upgraded with the introduction of a new High Blend option, which blends the high-frequency portion of the audio frequency range more aggressively.
The new Softmute feature reduces audio output when receiving low-quality stations or between-station static and noise. Another added method to reduce noise is the new Highcut function, which reduces high-frequency audio content. Several aggressiveness settings are available for Stereo Blending, High Blend, Softmute, and Highcut to suit station quality and your listening preferences.
The black glass front panel, meters, knobs, and brushed aluminum end caps are all housed in a stainless-steel chassis polished to a luxurious mirror finish that imparts the timeless McIntosh look. The MR89 can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, home theater processors, room correction devices, speakers, and other source components to make a complete home audio system.
The MR89 includes a remote control, and, like all Music Direct products, it comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
Presets and a Wealth of Info Displayed
The MR89 can store up to 20 preset stations in both the AM and FM band. You can dial in your favorite AM and FM radio stations using the smooth, precise tuning knob. The MR89 supports the FM Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), allowing the display to show a wealth of information, such as station name, music genre, artist name, and song title (provided such data is transmitted by the station). The RBDS data display can be adjusted or turned off entirely according to your liking. A Seek function is available through either the front panel controls or from the included remote control. The sensitivity of the Seek function is adjustable through setup menus.
Sensitive Output Meters
A pair of 60-decibel output meters show the signal level that's being delivered from the analog outputs of each channel. While the volume is controlled by your preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or other control device, the meters on the MR89 accurately portray the Left and Right channel audio output generated from the received station. Depending on the program received, the meters are a good indication of the MR89's excellent stereo separation.
FM and AM Frequencies
The MR89 can receive the following FM frequencies that are used in the listed regions as well as in many other parts of the world: 87.5MHz – 108.0MHz (Europe); 88.1MHz – 107.9MHz (USA); and 76.0MHz – 108.0MHz (Japan). For AM reception, it can receive 531kHz – 1701kHz (Europe); 530kHz – 1700kHz (USA); and 531kHz – 1629kHz (Japan).
- Includes many advancements and new features to make radio listening more pleasurable
- 60dB output meters show the signal level that's being delivered from the analog outputs
- Exclusive radio-frequency circuitry
- Advanced low distortion performance
- Digital and analog outputs
Output Impedance: 100 ohms Unbalanced or Balanced
Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 watt
87.5MHz - 108.0MHz (Europe)
88.1MHz - 107.9MHz (USA)
76.0MHz - 108.0MHz (Japan)
Channel Spacing: 50kHz, 100kHz or 200kHz
Antenna Input: 75 ohms, Type "F" Coax connector
Useable Sensitivity: 2uV
Signal To Noise Ratio:
Frequency Response: ±1dB 20Hz to 18kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion:
70dB Adjacent Channel
75dB Alternate Channel
Stereo Separation: 45dB
531kHz - 1701kHz (Europe)
530kHz - 1700kHz (USA)
531kHz - 1629kHz (Japan)
Channel Spacing: 9kHz or 10kHz
Antenna Input: Balanced, RJ45 connector
Signal To Noise Ratio: 55dB
±1dB 20Hz - 1.5kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.1%
Selectivity: 45dB Adjacent Channel
Balanced Fixed Output
Unbalanced Fixed Output
Digital Coaxial Output
Digital Optical Output
AM Antenna Input
FM Antenna Input
Digital Coaxial Output: 0.5V p-p/75 ohm
Digital Optical Output: -15dbm to -21dbm
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
Rear Panel Data Input
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input
Power Control Input
Power Control Output
RS232 Control Input
Dimensions (WHD): 17-1/2" x 6" x 15-7/8"
Weight: 23 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 4.9 MB)