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McIntosh MR85 AM/FM Tuner

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Mcintosh Mr85 Am/Fm Tuner

McIntosh MR85 AM/FM Tuner

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States



An excellent modern tuner from McIntosh that perfectly matches your other Mc gear, whether new or vintage. 

Superb sensitivity and noise rejection for bringing in even the most distant stations. 

Will require a good quality antenna for optimum performance, or just a simple whip antenna to do a good job bringing in your nearby stations. We strongly recommend the Magnum Dynallab ST2 Omnidirectional FM antenna which will also work inside if you can't mount outside. This is the *only* antenna our staff uses.

This tuner includes the high quality McIntosh branded AM antenna pictured as well.

McIntosh Performance Features:
• Flywheel Manual Tuning
A newly designed, optically encoded weighted flywheel system makes dialing in stations an easy job. Reminiscent of the dial-cord flywheel tuning method found in classic McIntosh Tuners.

• Custom Preset Naming
All 9 AM and 9 FM station presets for each tuner module may be custom labeled with any desired name up to 8 characters. For example, FM Preset Number 3 (92.50MHz) can be renamed JAZZ 7, or WXYZ.

• Optional Second Tuner Module
A second fully independent McIntosh TM1 Tuner Module may be added to the MR85 by your dealer. This is ideal for applications where two tuners may be used at the same time, such as Multizone Systems or listening to one station while recording another station. The TM1 is the most economical way to add a second high performance McIntosh Tuner to a system.

Brand Background:

McIntosh Laboratory is an American manufacturer of handcrafted high-end audio equipment based in Binghamton, New York. The company was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh. The company designs and produces audio amplifiers, stereo tuners and other consumer electronics products. 

McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Our iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognized as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music.


Single Owner


Variable and fixed RCA output jacks. IEC Power Cord.

General Sound:

Neutral sound with little to no coloration

Cosmetic Condition:

8 - Very Slight Signs of Use

Working Condition:

Working perfectly and tested in our lab.


Unit, McIntosh AM antenna and special McIntosh AM connecting cable, and power cord


Original Manufacturers Packing

Original MSRP:



"17-1/2 (44.5cm) W, 5-3/8 (13.7cm) H, 17-1/2 (44.5cm) D, (including clearance for connectors)


25.5 pounds (11.6 Kg) net, 43 pounds (19.5 Kg) in McIntosh shipping carton.




Link to Manual:

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best 

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Better

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Best

Testing Process:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR. Vintage analog tuners also have moving parts related to the tuning gang and dial string. These parts are inspected for smooth operation.

If the unit passes visual inspection it is bench tested for a handful of key performance parameters using a Sencore SG80 AM/FM Stereo Analyzer. The SG80 allows us to “simulate” an ideal radio station using precision test signals instead of music. This device, in conjunction with an oscilloscope allows us to properly evaluate the following parameters:

1.  AM Reception (Where Applicable)

2.  FM Mono Reception & Tuning Meter Function

3.  FM MPX Reception (Stereo)

4.  Dial Tracking - How accurately the tuner dial or display indicates the actual frequency of the broadcast being received.

5.  Stereo Separation - A properly working stereo tuner will have minimal crosstalk between the left and right channel.

6.  Sensitivity & Signal Strength Meter Function - By lowering the output of the SG80 we can simulate weak stations and determine how well the tuner will be able to pull in weak distant stations. This adjustment also helps us verify signal strength meter function.

If the tuner has acceptable performance related to the parameters above we connect the unit for listening tests with a simple dipole antenna. We listen for audio reproduction quality of local stations and evaluate how many stations the tuner can receive while we sweep through the dial. We are looking to verify that the tuner can decode stereo on strong local broadcasts and pick up a wide variety of local stations at the bottom, middle, and top of the frequency band. At this point we also test convenience features such as muting, filters, built in oscilloscope function, etc.

We finish up with an extended listening test on our long term test rig. We tune in a strong local station and monitor for drift over a 2-3 hour period.


FM Tuner Specifications
Useable Sensitivity
14dBF which is 1.4uV across 75 ohms

50dB Quieting Sensitivity
Mono: 19dBF which is 2.4uV across 75ohms 
Stereo: 35dBF which is 15uV across 75 ohms

Signal To Noise Ratio
Mono: 75dB 
Stereo: 70dB

Frequency Response
Mono: +0,-1dB from 20 to 15,000Hz 
Stereo: +0,-1dB from 20 to 15,000Hz

Harmonic Distortion
0.3% at 100Hz 
0.3% at 1,000Hz
0.3% at 10,000Hz

0.45% at 100Hz 
0.45% at 1,000Hz
0.65% at 10,000Hz

Intermodulation Distortion
Mono 0.25% 
Stereo 0.45%

Capture Ratio

Alternate Channel Selectivity

Spurious Response

Image Response

RF Intermodulation

Stereo Separation
45dB at 100Hz 
45dB at 1,000Hz 
35dB at 10,000Hz

SCA Rejection

AM Tuner Specifications
20uV External Antenna Input

Signal To Noise Ratio
48dB at 30% modulation
58dB at 100% modulation

Harmonic Distortion
0.5% maximum at 50% modulation

Frequency Response
50Hz to 6kHz NRSC

Adjacent Channel Selectivity
45dB minimum IHF

Image Rejection
65dB minimum from 540 to 1600kHz

IF Rejection
80dB minimum

SKU: 103851