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post #7861 of 13403

So a friend of mine is doing an estate sale for his grandmother and offered me this.....................for free.  Has a tape deck and turntable that is from the same era. 

 

So looks like I'll be getting a receiver after all..................eek.gif

 

post #7862 of 13403

It looks very..."realistic." tongue.gif Actually not bad. Will expect a full report later. 

post #7863 of 13403
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

 

So looks like I'll be getting a receiver after all..................eek.gif

 

 

Score! 

 

Just done a bit of research and the Realistic receivers seem well respected. They were similar to Pioneers apparently.

 

+1 on the full report ;)

post #7864 of 13403

Report will be forthcoming, gentlemen, next week after I procure said receiver..........
 

post #7865 of 13403
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

It looks very..."realistic." tongue.gif Actually not bad. Will expect a full report later. 


It literally was owned by a 'little old lady from Pasadena/er, Seattle' since new.  Been in the same shelf I hear for 30+ years...........can't wait to see it.  Said to be pristine condition.  Hope she wasn't a smoker. 

post #7866 of 13403

IMHO - I'm a big fan of the vintage Realistic sound and build quality. I'm an even bigger fan of their attractive prices haha. They really did put out some good gear and most of them can still be had at great prices.

 

As for Kenwood - I've had the KR-9600 and the KR-790 and been able to listen to a good number of good examples and I find that they tend to share a "west coast" signature - low distortion and clear, strong presence, but strong on the bass to a fault. That strength tends for them to shoot out bass harmonics. It's not annoying or bothersome, actually, it makes most music sound awesome and powerful, but you can definitely tell with some recordings, i.e. spoken voice. Brief - you might not feel like you're there, but you'll feel something nonetheless.

 

Pioneer also put out some really exceptional gear. My -1980 has definitely (almost) cured me from hunting for "the next best thing" in terms of receivers. It just does everything right. Lower end Pioneers usually do most things right within reason. Like many people I think a sx-1250 is probably as good as (if not ever so slightly better than [just because of build quality, really. open one of them up and you'll see - frikkin tank])  the 1980. The good ones are every bit as good as people say.

 

On a tangent - 

I've been playing with a Sony STR-6065 I picked up last month. I got it all cleaned up and brought to spec, new bulbs, etc. I was pretty excited about it then, and I still am. The inside is one of the most overbuilt pieces I've ever seen. Heavy gauge wire, solid terminals, built like a scuba tank. In terms of pass-through sound quality, it is every bit as good as the sx-1980. Dead heat tie. The headphone out is plenty powerful too. It seems like it doesn't clip even at max volume, though I'd have to get an o-scope to confirm. The tuner is the only real difference - it is just not quite as good at catching those weak signals. On strong signals, it is still fantastic and the amp section does great. I'd say the tuner is still a 9.5 if the 1980 is a 10. For the price these things go for, I am ecstatic.

 

Here's your stereo pr0n - you can see the -1980 moping in the background, but still very content with its spot on the shelf.

 

P.S. I know y'all probably don't care, but those McIntosh XR-16 speakers are in the top 3 least-distorting and best sounding speakers I've ever listened to. Just saying - great to tell how your amp sounds.

post #7867 of 13403

Wow, first time I've read anything positive about Realistic gear. That stuff is always dirt cheap.

 

As far as Realistic amps/receivers, what's good? And how would you describe their sound signature?

 

And yes, I can agree with the warmness of Kenwood, sometimes to a fault. I fall asleep more to it than I do actual critical listening.

post #7868 of 13403
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Enjoyed reading that beerchug.gif

 

Sony is a make that seems to have such an unpredictable history... I've read that the late 60's stuff was their best. But then I'll read something like this.. They make some lovely looking gear, thats for sure. But I wouldn't know whats good or not. Might take a chance on an STR model some time as they do pop up every know and again :)

post #7869 of 13403

The Realistic (higher-end stuff) was cheap in price (in contrast to) but wasn't it built under a Private Label with a reputable electronics OEM?


Edited by Silent One - 6/26/13 at 2:33pm
post #7870 of 13403
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Originally Posted by PhoenixG View Post
 

Enjoyed reading that beerchug.gif

 

Sony is a make that seems to have such an unpredictable history... I've read that the late 60's stuff was their best. But then I'll read something like this.. They make some lovely looking gear, thats for sure. But I wouldn't know whats good or not. Might take a chance on an STR model some time as they do pop up every know and again :)

beerchug.gif

 

Especially the moping part...biggrin.gif

post #7871 of 13403

What do you think this is worth conservatively?  More than $400? 

 

post #7872 of 13403

Nope...$399 and not a penny more. biggrin.gif

post #7873 of 13403

Was shopping for a headphone amp when my Dad emails me and says he has my Mother's old Sansui in the basement, few hours later...

 

 

Sansui Stereo Receiver 331, powers my DT990 Pro 250 Ohms like a champ!

post #7874 of 13403

Here's to Moms & Pops!

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post #7875 of 13403
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Originally Posted by RatPatrol01 View Post

Was shopping for a headphone amp when my Dad emails me and says he has my Mother's old Sansui in the basement, few hours later...

 

 

 

Sansui Stereo Receiver 331, powers my DT990 Pro 250 Ohms like a champ!

 

Nice score!! biggrin.gif

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