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Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?
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Doug's got an SX-850 for less than $400.....................been looking at an SX-1080 for $600................like I need any of them but I WANT them................

He's had that 850 forever hasn't he? or does he just keep putting that model out? I sure wish he still had that Kenwood KA-8300 that I saw last time I was there. Would've finally got the matching amp to my KT-8300. 

Better get 'em before someone else does if you want them! They always stack up you know... :P 

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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?

I'm sure someone will say they are decent but no... nobody wanted Realistic when it was new! 

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Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?


Very underrated and they ARE good.  I have one in my office at work that is a great headphone amp.  It's the STA-64B (very low power) and is immaculate, good looking and sounds great. 

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Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?

 

 

I passed up a STA-2000 and I kick myself every time I think about it. I think they guy was asking $200 and it was in mint condition.

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There's a shop here with several Realistic receiver's and several kenwood tuners. none of those Realistic's looked any good though.

He had a HK 730 for $50 I've kicked myself for years for not getting. 

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Very underrated and they ARE good.  I have one in my office at work that is a great headphone amp.  It's the STA-64B (very low power) and is immaculate, good looking and sounds great. 

Yes - what Oregonian said!

 

They might not have had the looks of the others, but performance-wise some of them were top notch.

The thing to remember about Radio Shack products is that a lot of their stuff was made by the big companies, just rebadged.


Edited by af0h - 4/23/14 at 2:30pm
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Pic of my Realistic

 

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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?

That depends, if you like low distortion, low prices, good build quality, modern sounding tonality, conservative power ratings, and unlimited bandwidth, then yes, they're very good.

If you want a nice badge, then no.

I have a STA-2000D and it's able to hold it's own pretty well with my better known TOTL hifi items. I also got my friend a nice 30 watt realistic as his first vintage receiver and he practically wept at the sound quality of the thing (it was not mindblowing, but he was upgrading from computer speakers haha).

I think the average price I see for a realistic is $35, with a lot going for $15. In that price range, they are best value by far. Maybe the secret will get out, but I doubt they will ever outlive the stigma of being store-brand.

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That's not to say that realistic never made any duds. Kinda like sansui's many speaker lines, it can be hit or miss with realistic recievers.

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well the one I was looking at was a STA-235 and is selling for 75 bucks.. I dont know where you guys are getting these 15dollar receivers from. If I found those I would have ten of em in one week literally. I look on craigslist everywhere. 

 

That particular model I read about said that it was worth skipping over but the one you guys have and mentioned was good.

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Yes - what Oregonian said!

 

They might not have had the looks of the others, but performance-wise some of them were top notch.

The thing to remember about Radio Shack products is that a lot of their stuff was made by the big companies, just rebadged.

+1

RS was smart enough to go OEM...

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I like Marantz's look, like Sansui's G-series look.................but the Pioneer silver face look is so classy and clean to my eyes it makes me go into a trance.  Almost bought a SX-850 the other day just based on the looks!  I've never liked the blacked out look on any series of any manufacturer but Marantz pulls it off the best.  This is just gorgeous............and in person is mesmerizing. 

 

As with headphones and women, to each their own...............

 

 

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Yes, yes Pioneer Silver faced receivers do look classy. But I find the Sansui G-series faces to trance my glance as well.

 

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Yup - it's hard to look at that G-series Sansui and not fall in love.  :cool:

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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

Does anyone know if the vintage realistic receivers are any good?

 

I've got the STA-2000D, and it's a monster. Rated at 75 wpc at 8 ohms, but it delivers closer to 90 RMS. It's a very lively, punchy amp, similar to the Pioneer SX-850 I would say. Pairs well with my KG 5.2s (and my Mach Ones when I still had them). Easily the best $100 I've spent on audio :)

 

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