Originally Posted by Kinolau
No...hence my shopping for one. I'm in a 3rd floor apartment that's about 80 above the river it faces with a clear line of sight of about 1/2 mile towards the local broadcast stations. My 11 year old Denon AVR3300 in the gym is picking up stations out the wazoo. The only reason I even looked closer at the stereo status on the MRX was because the Denon with the 30 year old Klipsch Heresy's sounded so much better using the FM Tuner than the MRX with ARC in the living room.
There is the possibility that there's a dead spot right where the 500 is in the cabinet. I'll disconnect everything and move the 500 into the gym to check if I have to. Though it would be simpler to connect an antenna.
Without an antenna, I don't care how close the radio station is... you are going to have a hard time getting it to come in and most likely if you do pickup a station near by, it will be mono as the signal will appear weak without an antenna.
If you have other receivers with antenna's, borrow the antenna off one of them. Or even simply go to radio snack and pickup a cheap antenna. It may not be the best antenna, but for local stations it should pull them in fine.
Also keep in mind, just cause the radio station is located down the street, in a building with a big sign on it for the station... does not mean the brodcast antenna for the station is down the street. Often the actual broadcast antenna is up on a mountian somewhere.
If your other receivers are picking up stations without an antenna (unless they are a cheap alarm clock radio with a built in antenna or that use the power cord as an antenna) I would be concerned. High end equipment almost never has a built in antenna and therefore if it was picking up stations without an external antenna it means it is picking up the radio stations just from the case of the equipment or the electronics inside!
No equipment is perfectly shielded, so picking up really strong local signals may be possible... but if it is pulling in lots of stations that would be very surprising and a bad sign for the shielding of the receiver.