View Full Version : Very fugly (but different) receiver on ebay.


gearhound
06-16-2007, 12:03 PM
Hello people!!
Someone has a 30wpc Nikko STA-9010 receiver listed on e-bay, with a BUY-IT-NOW of $24.
Real strange looking receiver...with a ROUND tuning dial!?
But being it's a Nikko....it probably pretty good anyway.
I have FAR TOO MANY receivers at home.....or I'd snag it!
It is STILL listed.....any takers?

Steve :scratch2:

SPL db
06-16-2007, 12:30 PM
You mean this one?

http://www.ppsparts.com/pic1/kko2.jpg

No thanks! :D

Scott

noprayer
06-16-2007, 12:35 PM
Reminds me of an old girlfriend. Not real pretty but fully functional and built like a tank.

pmsummer
06-16-2007, 12:39 PM
Reminds me of an old girlfriend. Not real pretty but fully functional and built like a tank.

With two big knobs and lots of sliding?

SPL db
06-16-2007, 12:47 PM
With two big knobs and lots of sliding?

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

SleeperSupra
06-16-2007, 12:48 PM
Ugly but cool.

I wonder how that thing sounds... :scratch2:

SleeperSupra
06-16-2007, 12:49 PM
Yeah, I like big knobs. :)

gearhead
06-16-2007, 05:31 PM
Reminds me of an old girlfriend. Not real pretty but fully functional and built like a tank.

Makes me think of an R. Crumb girl...

OvenMaster
06-16-2007, 06:44 PM
Whenever I see some piece of gear that looks odd, I always ask myself if they designed it like that for ergonomic reasons, or just to look "different". That receiver is a candidate for that question.
Tom

cartvv
06-16-2007, 06:51 PM
That is one ugly mother...er. Ooops, sorry.

OvenMaster
06-16-2007, 07:12 PM
That is one ugly mother...er. Ooops, sorry.

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

HomerJ
06-16-2007, 09:17 PM
Who the hell designed this monstrosity!!!!!

jrsh92
06-16-2007, 09:18 PM
This wins the ugly receiver thread over at the solid state forums.

meggy
06-16-2007, 09:35 PM
Reminds me of an old girlfriend. Not real pretty but fully functional and built like a tank.

With two big knobs and lots of sliding?

The loud one that burns up your money and never works.

Fedallah
06-16-2007, 09:58 PM
Never mind, I messed up my joke.

Didn't we have a 'delete' button at some point?

CUlater
06-16-2007, 10:16 PM
Hey! Watch your mouth -

That's MY fugly child now!

When it arrives I'll let you know if it can sing...

This one and the Concord CR-250 coming brings the total to 125.

bakes
06-16-2007, 10:20 PM
With two big knobs and lots of sliding?

:golfclap:

gearhound
06-17-2007, 04:34 AM
Congrats CUlater....now you can boast that you have the ugliest stereo receiver on your street!!
Seriously....PLEASE give us a review on that beast when you get a chance.
And if you rave about it.....you'll break my heart!

Steve

CUlater
06-22-2007, 12:17 AM
It arrived today. Very, very well packed. Dusty, but seems to be working pretty well - a dial light is out, and the tuning string is slipping some. Tuner seemed reasonably sensitive using the rabbit ears in my office. Controls are relatively noise free considering that I can't imagine this has ever seen any cleaner. My first impression of the sound is fullness, bordering on tubby - or tubey? Seems robust for 30 watts.

Big ass transformer for this size receiver. Don't know the number of gangs, as the tuning cap is fully shielded, as are the output transistors. Chrome is worn some, but the front panel is solid metal. The function lights are all working. The actual dial pointer is a bright red - very nice.

I think it looks cool in a mid-sixties sort of way, but then again I also like my Panasonic SA-4000 and Teledyne/Packard Bell (Dokorder 800x's quad sibling). However, similar to those others, the ergonomics of the design don't work - the flywheel effect of the rotary tuning dial is not very good, so it takes a lot of cranking on the tuning knob to get from one end of the band to another, and the big toggle switches for Muting, Loudness, Tape Monitor, etc. have their labels underneath, making them unreadable if your eyes are above the level of the toggle, or the toggle is in the down position. The high and low filters are selected via a single knob - off/high/low/both. Interesting.

I believe it was near or at the top of the line for Nikko at the time (1970 according to Orion, with a MSRP of $300. Overall, a nice, offbeat receiver, and a welcome addition to the collection. To me, the quirky ones are the most interesting!