ADCOM GFT-555 Brochure
Now...from the people who brought you the GFA-555 high-curre.nt, high-power am.plifier and the remarkable GFP-555 affordable tuner for the real world of FM broadcast conditions. ·ADCOM GfT-555
FM Stereo/AM Tuner
Unlike all other components, a tuner's
performance depends to a great extent on
where it happens to be installed - that is,
with respect to the nearest FM stations.
If you live in a close-in suburban area
where a station's signal strength is
reasonable and where there are few tall
buildings, almost any tuner may do an
adequate job. But in a major metropolitan
area with tali buildings and many strong
stations crowding the FM dial, your tuner
must contend with such problems as
multipath distortion and front-end
overload. And it should have the ability
to separate stations contending for limited
dial space.
In rural areas where stations are distant
and weak, and where signals sometimes
arrive at an adjacent or same broadcast
frequency from different directions,
a tuner requires high sensitivity for
adequate signal boost and good capture
ratios and selectivity to keep stations
from interfering with each other.
High performance and afford ability.
The ability to cope well with conditions
in both metropolitan and fringe areas
requires sophistica!ed, expensive circuitry.
Unless the ultimate selling price is no
object, some compromise in design is
usually necessary. The Adcom tuner is a
clear exception to this rule. Through the
use of recently developed component
parts and innovative circuitry, Adcom has
produced an excellent and eminently
affordable tuner.
In order to create a perfect balance of
sensitivity, selectivity, and low distortion
- performance characteristics which can
be appreciated every time you tune across
the dial-we selected four specially
designed, low-distortion IF filters with
critically-defined bandpass capabilities.
For excellent signal-to-noise ratios and
superb sensitivity throughout the FM
band, there is a two-stage dual MOSFET
RF input amplifier.
For outstanding stereo separation and
frequency response, the stereo multiplex
decoding circuits operate at 456 kHz
instead of the more conventional 76 kHz.
To assure that the selected station will
be heard without drift or error, the quartz­
referenced digital synthesis tuning system
is designed for a tuning accuracy of
The primary objective: musicality.
But tuning ease and accuracy under
adverse reception conditions were only
part of the design considerations. Even
though the technical aspects of tuner
design are certainly important, we
consider optimum musical quality most
important of all. We never forget that all
high fidelity components are primarily a
means to musical enjoyment.
Our main design objective-to optimize
sonic performance - is reflected only
partially by the measured specifications.
For example, the frequency-generating
circuitry associated with digital synthesis
tuning tends to raise the background
noise and distortion level of a tuner. To
avoid this problem, we adopted computer
shielding techniques - including ribbon
prevent the synthesIzed digitai
pulses from teaking into the high~gain
front end of the tuner.
Many operating c;lnd convenience
In our concern for providing you with the
best possible stereo reception, we haven't
lost sight of ease and convenience.
You can program up to sixteen stations
into memory-eight each, FM and AM­
for instant retrieval at the touch of a button.
And the large, clear fluorescent frequency
display can be read from ·across the room.
(A built-in lithium battery preserves station
memory during lengthy power outages.)
A five-stage LED Signal-strength display
enables you to orient your antenna for
optimum reception. If the signal from a
favorite station is just too weak to be
entirely noise-free, the switchable "high
blend" circuit reduces high frequency
noise to preserve listenability.
And under extreme conditions where
noise-free stereo signals can't be received
at all, you have a stereo/ mono switch for
a practical compromise.
Finally, as you can see at a glance,
we've also taken care to present all this
simply and attractively. And like most of
our components, you have a choice of
either all black, or a white or silver front
panel. Please write for literature and
reviews of other fine Adcom products.
We will reply promptly.
FM Section:
IHF sensitivity, mono: 9.5 dBf (1.6 uV)
Signal strength for -50 dB quieting:
Mono: 12.5 dBf
Stereo: 36.5 dBf
Capture ratio: 1.5 dB
AM suppression: 70 dB
Alternate channel selectivity: 80dB
Separation at 1kHz: 52 dB
Total harmonic distortion -stereo:
1 kHz: 0.05%
6 kHz: 0.09%
Intermodulation distortion (SMPTE 4:1 ratio):
<0.08% up to 100% modulation
Maximum signal-to-noise ratio:
Mono: 85 dB
Stereo: 75 dB
Frequency response: 30 Hz-15 kHz
Antenna impedance: 75 or 300 ohms
Line voltage: 120V/60Hz (available in 220V/50Hz on special order)
Dimensions: 17"x 3W' x13" D (432mm x 83mmx 330mm D)
Weight: 14 Ibs. (6.4 kg)
Optional accessory: Model RM-3 rack mount adapters.
Available on special order with white front panel with white buttons,
or silver panel with black buttons.
11 Elkins Road, East BrunswiCk, NJ 08816 USA
Telephone: 201-390-1130
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