When it came time to pick a tuner for the multi room system of our Home Technology Demonstration Project the first thing that our integrator (Simply Automated of Victoria, B.C. Canada) pointed out was that it had to have it’s own remote so that we could teach the control codes to our system. Believe it or not … that narrowed the playing field quite a bit. Fortunately, Parasound ships a remote with the T3 tuner so we were able to try one of these beauties.

The new line of components from Parasound … HALO … are very nicely designed with silver faceplates and violet glowing lights behind each button giving the units a modern elegant look as well as clear visual control functionality. Complete with RDS, balanced XLR outputs, RS 232 control, and direct frequency access, the T 3 is easy to operate and install in any system.

A few things I found to be extra useful are:

* External Remote Input jack eliminates the need for stick on IR flashers. There is also an IR Loop output plug so you can daisy chain to an additional component.
* RS232 Port allows control from a computer or other automation controller with RS232 output. This provides about as much flexibility as you ever need from this tuner. With RS232 control there isn’t much that you can’t do. The RS232 codes can be downloaded from the Parasound website.
* 9 Station preset buttons allow instant access to up to 30 AM and 30 FM stations (press P1 then P5 for preset 15). Since these are hard IR codes the multi room system (with a keypad) can also access all of these stations.

This tuner retails for approximately $600. My only regret is that for our installation it is hidden back in the lab with the multi room audio system rather than on display in the media room. If aesthetics and performance are both important to you then have a look at the HALO line from Parasound.
T 3 Features:
60 station presets with Auto-Memory feature
Seek, manual, and preset tuning with RDS
Direct frequency access via remote and RS-2332
Balanced outputs with XLR connectors
Enormous encapsulated toroid power transformer
Vacuum fluorescent status display
Dual layer glass epoxy circuit boards
Multi-region European operation
External IR input and loop output jacks
Two 12v triggers; 1 input and 1 loop output
Gold-plated RCA output jacks
Fully remote controlled
Remote control also operates P 3 Preamplifier
Robust 2u Chassis, rack mounting adapter available
Parasound’s 10 years parts, 5 years labor warranty
T 3 Specs:
FM sensitivity: Mono – IHF 11 dBf
Stereo- IHF 37.2 dBf for 50 dB of quieting
AM sensitivity: IHF 10 µV/m
Signal to noise ratio: FM > 74 dB stereo, AM > 45 dB
FM stereo separation: 50 dB @ 1 kHz; 40 dB @ 10 kHz
Selectivity: FM 80 dB; AM 30 dB
FM frequency response: 30 Hz – 15 kHz +/- 1 dB
AM frequency response: 20 Hz – 5.5 kHz +/- 2 dB
Total harmonic distortion:
FM Mono < 0.08%; FM Stereo < 0.2% AM < 1% Capture ratio: < 1.5 dB AM Suppression: 60 dB Voltage: Switchable for 110V - 120V or 220V – 240V operation Dimensions: 17-1/4" w x 4-1/8" h x 13-3/4" d, 3-5/8" h without feet Net weight: 15 lbs.