Excellent Tandberg TPT 3031A FM tuner, digital audiophile model with preset tune

Item number:180384
Item location:San Diego, California, United States
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scratches on top cover, some nicks and scuffs on face.
Brand: Tandberg Audio Outputs: Stereo L/R RCA
Model: TPT 3031A Country of Manufacture: Norway
MPN: n/a Number of Channels: 2 (Stereo)
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Your chance to own a piece of audio history!

Tandberg earned a reputation for building rock-solid, super high-performance stereo receivers & other components in the late 1970's. These fine audio components were hand-assembled in Norway, and among other things their tuners had sensitivity and noise rejection capabilities equal to some of the finest component tuners made. They had a beautiful sonic quality and were built to last a lifetime.

However, Tandberg ran into financial distress by the end of the decade and was reorganized as a much smaller company. The old wood cabinet products were sold out completely to finance the new operation, which then launched the 3000 series. Among those more modern, brushed-anodized aluminum models, the TPT series of programmable tuners were standouts with the 3001A in particular ranking among the finest component tuners ever produced even today.

This 3031A programmable tuner was offered during the later period of the 3000-series era. It combines the FM performance Tandberg was known for with the functionality of a fully digital tuner. The tuner offers 16 preset switches, digital display, and remote control operation with optional remote (remote not included in this listing).

There are front panel switches for setting and accessing the presets, tuning up or down (manual or auto modes) mono/stereo, and mute. Preset tuning information is shown on a small 2-digit LED display on the left hand side, and the larger center display provides the channel frequency, with three LED's to the left of that indicating stereo operation, center tuning, and signal strength. The small window on the right hand side is the IR remote sensor.

On the rear panel you will find a pair of nickel-plated RCA output jacks along with a 75 ohm PAL antenna jack. Unlike earlier 3000-series components with the IEC 2-pin power socket and detachable power cables, this one has the cable attached permanently, passing through the rear panel via strain-relief bushing. The line plug is 2-pin US type, non-polarized. The tuner can be converted for 220V/240V operation by moving wires on the transformer, which is very easy to access. A label with detailed diagram showing the 220V/240V wiring changes is attached to the inside of the tuner chassis.

The operation of this tuner is flawless as you would expect from a Tandberg. All of the functions work as they should. As far as performance, it's very good if not quite as spectacular as the 3011A and 3001A. It probably doesn't have the phenomenal sensitivity of those models, but does pull all of my local stations in good stereo and it also pulled in a couple of LA stations albeit with a bit of noise. It also sounds pretty good to me. I like the fact that it matches the popular 3015A CD player cosmetically, with round metal switches finished in the same gun-metal gray. The matching 3032A integrated amp or 3038A preamp also have that same cosmetic treatment, as do many later production 3000-series models.

Although it's not the best example of the 3031A I've run across, the cosmetic condition of this tuner is very good, with a few exceptions. There are a couple of obvious scratches on the top cover, and some nicks and scuffs on the front panel. From a few feet away, all of that is pretty much invisible. Overall this tuner presents well and will be an asset to your stereo rack. The original manual is in similar used but decent condition.

Unlike Tandberg's earlier analog tuner models, the 3031A has no leaky storage battery, uses much more reliable preset switches, and has no dial lamps to fail over time. So, if you have been looking for a Tandberg tuner but were put off by those known issues with parts failure etc., this is a great opportunity to pick up an exceptional example of the last tuner model they made in the 3000-series.

Supplied with: comes with original operating manual as shown. No other accessories supplied, sorry. You will need an RCA cable and a PAL to F-connector adapter to use the tuner with most 75 ohm antennas. The PAL adapter is generally available here on , or at Radio Shack.


High-performance digital FM tuner16 preset stationsMono/Stereo and Muting functionsLED tuning indicators for Stereo/Center tune/Signal strengthRemote operation via optional IR remote control (remote control not supplied)Heavy-gauge brushed aluminum cabinet


Tuning range: 87.5 - 108 MHzUsable sensitivity: Mono: 1.0 μV50 dB quieting sensitivity: Mono: 2.0 μV, Stereo: 20.0 μVSignal to noise ratio: Mono: 78 dB, Stereo: 75 dBMuting threshold: 10 μVStereo threshold: 1 μVFrequency response: 30 Hz to 15 kHz, +0.5 dB, -1 dB mono/stereoDistortion at 50 dB quieting: Stereo: 0.3%Distortion at 65 dBf (0.5 mV/75 ohms at 1 kHz): 0.15% (mono, stereo)Distortion at 65 dBf (30 Hz to 15 kHz): Stereo: 0.4%Intermodulation distortion: Mono: 0.2%, Stereo: 0.2%Capture ratio, selectively measured: 1.0 dBAdjacent channel selectivity, +/- 200 kHz: 8 dBAlternate channel selectivity, +/- 400 kHz: > 75 dBSpurious response ratio: > 95 dBImage response ratio, balanced: > 100 dBStereo separation (60 Hz to 10 kHz, selectively measured): > 45 dB19 kHz suppression: 70 dB38 kHz suppression: 100 dBCenter LED on: 20dBfSignal LED on: 30dBfDimensions: 17-1/8" (w) x 13-3/4" (d) x 3-1/4" (h) (43.5cm x 35cm x 8.3cm)Weight: 11.8 lbs. (5.4 kg)

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