MR87 AM/FM Tuner

McIntosh has a long and distinguished history with tuners. The MR78 from the early 1970s is considered by many to be one of – if not the best – tuners ever made. The MR87 AM/FM Tuner continues this legacy by allowing you to enjoy the multitude of free music streaming over the airwaves.

It features proprietary radio-frequency (RF) circuitry to receive strong FM signals from nearby stations – something that can overload other tuners – without distortion while also receiving weaker FM signals located further away with little to no noise. The included RAA2 AM antenna features a 20-foot (6m) long cable that allows flexibility in placing the antenna in order to achieve the best AM reception. The MR87's advanced signal quality monitor can display the multipath and noise levels of the incoming RF signal to help fine tune antenna placement for optimal reception.

AM and FM stations may be luxuriously tuned using the smooth acting tuning knob and glass dial with illuminated pointer. The FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS) support, allowing the digital readout to display various information such as station name, music genre, artist name and song title when transmitted by the station. Up to 20 stations in each the AM and FM band may be stored in memory. Stations may be scanned with either the front panel controls or remotely from the included remote control. Advanced DSP tuning minimizes multipath tuning noise for clear audio quality. Both analog and digital outputs are included to connect the MR87 to your preamplifier or other system components.

The MR87’s classic black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps are all housed in an attractive polished stainless steel chassis that delivers a timeless look. It can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players, turntables, home theater processors​ and other source components to make a complete home audio system. Contact your local dealer​ to learn more.

FM General Specifications

FM Tuning Range

87.5MHz - 108.0MHz (Europe)
87.9MHz - 107.9MHz (USA)
76MHz - 90MHz (Japan)

FM Channel Spacing

50kHz, 100kHz or 200kHz

FM Antenna Input

75 ohms, Type “F” Coax connector

FM Analog Specifications

Useable Sensitivity

2.2uV (18.1dBf)

50dB Quieting Sensitivity

1.5uV (14.8dBf)

Signal To Noise Ratio

Mono: 70dB
Stereo: 68dB

Frequency Response

±1dB 20Hz to 15,000Hz

Total Harmonic Distortion

Mono: 0.4%
Stereo: 0.8%

Channel Selectivity

60dB Adjacent Channel
66dB Alternate Channel

Stereo Separation


AM General Specifications

AM Tuning Range

522kHz - 1602kHz (Europe)
530kHz - 1710kHz (USA)
522kHz - 1611kHz (Japan)

AM Channel Spacing


AM Antenna Input

Balanced, RJ45 connector (for use only with supplied McIntosh RAA2 Remote AM Antenna)

AM Analog Specifications



Signal To Noise Ratio


Frequency Response

0dB, -6dB 50Hz to 3,000Hz

Total Harmonic Distortion



45dB Adjacent Channel

Digital Audio Specifications

Digital Coaxial Output

0.5V p-p/75 ohm

Digital Optical Output

-15dbm to -21dbm

Sampling Frequency



Outputs Unbalanced

1 Stereo

Outputs Balanced

1 Stereo

Digital Coaxial Output


Digital Optical Output


AM Antenna Input


FM Antenna Input


XM Antenna Input


Service Port



Rear Panel Data Input


Rear Panel IR Sensor Input


Power Control Input


Power Control Output


RS232 Control Input


General Specifications



Rated Output

1Vms Unbalanced
2Vms Balanced

Output Impedance

100 ohms Unbalanced or Balanced

Standby Power Requirement

<0.5 watt

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.72cm)


25.5 lbs (11.6 kg)

Shipping Weight

40 lbs (18.1 kg)

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