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mashaffer
11-26-2008, 07:01 PM
I have noted several folks enjoying their vintage Realistic gear. I wonder if any of you would consider yourself collectors of the old Shack gear?

mike

Aldo
11-27-2008, 12:17 AM
Yes, I have a sizable collection of their great 70's stuff. The build quality and sound is second to none in many instances. I've always been a fan.

STA-90
STA-52B
STA-77
STA-2280
STA-2000
STA-2300D

About 10 pair of their classic speakers including the whole Optimus line from the 70's.......:thmbsp:

colortrakker
11-27-2008, 05:29 AM
I guess I am. And it all started this year. First was an STA-960 I picked up in a lot deal with a Sony, JVC and Rotel receiver and a couple cassette decks. I'm really impressed by it. Has a very Pioneer look and feel to it.

Then I got a set of top-of-the-line stuff circa 1980 from a Salvation Army: an STA-2100, an SCT-3000 cassette deck and a pair of original Mach Ones.

And as far as accessories, I have a couple of Aux expanders, a tape control center and an amplified RF source selector that's been ridiculously handy for video games.

jsarsfield
11-27-2008, 05:42 AM
I have an STA-78 and it's one of my favourite receivers and it looks great I love the black aluminum and walnut combo

DENNYDOG
11-27-2008, 05:43 AM
I don't know if I am a collector but do think they made some great gear.

I have a STA-2280 that sounds wonderful. It blows away my Pioneer SX-820 (SX-3700 equivalent). I wouldn't mind finding a STA-2600 someday to see how that compares.

I think they are overlooked and can easily hold their own with more well know brands.

mashaffer
11-27-2008, 09:17 AM
I was into the big R pre optimus. I had Nova 6, STA-85 (still have that one), SCT-30 (have parts of that one;)), a little 5WPC rcvr with green back lighting (wish I could remember the model number of that one, and the little stereo casset deck that laid flat with angled VU meters and sliders for input level. Wish I still had a lot of that stuff.

I loved the construction of the Novas and even kept them treated with spray lemon oil.

mike

Just checked the catalog web site. The little receiver was STA-16 or very similar. The flat deck was SCT-8 or 9. I forgot I currently have a LAB-440. Not sure of the vintage as I haven't found it in the catalogs yet. This was given to me recently.

Blast
11-27-2008, 10:22 AM
I'm a 'separates' guy. I've collected back most all the Realistic items I had and sold as a kid between '70-'76. My SA-900 and TM-90 (pictured below) sit on my desk between a pair of Infinity RS-2000 and receive outputs from the computer, TV and DVD player, as well. I also own the Realistic items listed in my signature. In the mid '70's as my power requirements went over 200w/ch I had to dump 'tha Shack' as they weren't keeping up with me.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20080311-RealisticSA-900TM-90angle.jpg

Brian

Blast
11-27-2008, 10:29 AM
Yes, I have a sizable collection of their great 70's stuff. ---snip---
About 10 pair of their classic speakers including the whole Optimus line from the 70's.......:thmbsp:

Would love to see photos of your collection, particularly the speakers. I used to have a pair of 5B's but foolishly sold them in pursuit of ported boxes.
Brian

stahlhart
11-27-2008, 04:02 PM
It's not really on topic here, but I have a small collection of RS communications receivers:

DX-75
DX-100
DX-120
DX-150
DX-150A
DX-160
DX-200
DX-302
DX-370
DX-375
DX-380
DX-440

cp2buy
11-27-2008, 07:44 PM
I do have a few piecies STA 78, STA-850, Nova 7B speakers. The sta 78 is an excellent piece but I can't get the static out until it warms up.

jsarsfield
11-27-2008, 07:51 PM
I do have a few piecies STA 78, STA-850, Nova 7B speakers. The sta 78 is an excellent piece but I can't get the static out until it warms up.

I'd love to find a service manual for my STA-78 but it's hard to justify it when the unit cost me $7.99 at the local GW

x_25
11-27-2008, 09:43 PM
:scratch2: I don't have a lot of vintage audio equipment (an STA-85, a casset deck of some sort and a three way switch box) but the amount of radio shack stuff we have in the house might count as a collection. We even still have our old 386 Tandy computer and a TRS-80 pocket computer.

stahlhart
11-28-2008, 08:20 AM
Ah, the good old days:

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/

Look at all the parts you used to be able to get there. Wow.

AnalogDigit
11-28-2008, 10:10 AM
I was always a fan of Realistic equipment. My first "true" stereo was a Realistic.

I own a STA 2100, 2 pairs of Minimus 7's, 10 - band Equalizer, and I kept the cassette decks I used during the late 70's/early 80's; a SCT 17 and SCT 19 cassette deck.

vintaggeman
11-28-2008, 10:42 AM
here i have
sta-2290 receiver
sta-2300 receiver
mach's one, two and three speakers

Blast
11-28-2008, 11:09 AM
I'd love to find a service manual for my STA-78 but it's hard to justify it when the unit cost me $7.99 at the local GW

It's not what it costs, but what it's worth. Even if it's just its worth to you.
Brian

Holst
11-28-2008, 11:13 AM
Only one bit of Radio Shack gear, it's a tuner from 67 and I enjoy it.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x53/GustavHolst/realistic.jpg

ponderbear
11-28-2008, 11:32 AM
I'd consider myself an on-again, off-again collector.

My first stereo was branded Realistic, handed down to me from my Dad when I was eight or nine.

My Dad had a wonderful Realistic receiver in the system that replaced the one he gave me. It has the trademark walnut veneer, nubbly knobs machined from solid blocks, midrange control, and one of those nifty light-up tuning needles (along with their proprietary "magic" tuning). I bought one a few years ago and played with for a while, then resold it. Then I bought an earlier receiver than that (I think it was an STA-100 if there was such a thing), was put off by the dark sound and worked my way through a series of seperates.

I regret selling the SA-2001 and TM-1001, those were actually great separates. I'm currently looking for a good pair to reacquire for the den.

At one time I had three of the SA-175C amps, plus two of the matching TM-175B tuner, but I sold all that except for one of the amps. What a great little amp for the size. Pretty low power but it has a very nice headphone amp, plus a nice phono stage. Not amazing but nice enough.

Of course there are the mini-7s. Can't get through life without a pair or two of those around. I'm a big fan of that speakers' midrange, and in the nearfield the bass is quite balanced too.

I, also, have had a succession of Radio Shack shortwave radios. Kinda wish I still had a DX-200- it's a fun radio.

tooloud62
11-28-2008, 11:43 AM
I've always been a fan of Mach Ones, a littel hard to drive but the bass sounds better then ported boxes. I have 12 Mach Ones and a pair of T200s.

Sansui
9090 C-2101 6. B-2101s SE-99 SE-88 AX-7
RS
12. Mach Ones 2. T200s

melofelo
11-28-2008, 02:54 PM
..only realistic component i have are a pair of their 40-1310A add-on supertweeters...received as a gift back in 1986...
they still sound superb 20+ years on...:music:

vintaggeman
11-28-2008, 03:57 PM
I have 12 Mach Ones and a pair of T200s.

Sansui
9090 C-2101 6. B-2101s SE-99 SE-88 AX-7
RS
12. Mach Ones 2. T200s

12 mach ones ? :guitar: yeah!

anden
11-28-2008, 04:11 PM
I go for the pre REALISTIC components, the REALIST brand from 1954-55, their first private label items when there was only one Radio shack store, Boston.

My article - www.antiqueradio/Feb07_RadioShack_Tesla.html

ALTEC9846-8A
11-28-2008, 04:26 PM
I have a realistic reciever for sale on" used victoria" right now for $100 canadaian(about 13.50US):D I heard that realistic was built by other manufactures.Someone told me that this model was built by pioneer.Does anyone out there know if this was built by pioneer? This a a sta-95

stereofanboy
11-28-2008, 05:58 PM
A couple of receivers, a couple of mini amps, three cassette decks, four turntables and at least twenty pairs of speakers. Yes, I guess I am a collector.

terra1
11-28-2008, 09:15 PM
Not a collector. Radio Shack/Realistic products just offered a cheap affordable entry into audio. And in the used market it can still fly under the nose radar because of the snoot factor. Although some products seem to have been outed.

My first "real" stereo: Realistic STA-250 receiver (died when dropped); speakers: Nova 8B front (gave away regretfully), Solo 3A rear.

Used: Realistic STA-77 receiver (nice warm and detailed - this is what revived my interest in vintage); speakers: Nova 7B, Minimus 7 (x2). Speakers MC-2001 (despite range very pleasant listen).

Pics of STA-2080 (very clean sound, only thing dark is the dial):

tubed
11-28-2008, 11:43 PM
I have an STA-2600 receiver. The folks over at FMTunerInfo.com claim the sta-2600 has four gangs and has the most sensitive selectivity of all the Realistic recievers with 100 watts per channel to boot.

Blast
11-29-2008, 06:37 PM
---snip--- At one time I had three of the SA-175C amps, plus two of the matching TM-175B tuner, but I sold all that except for one of the amps. What a great little amp for the size. Pretty low power but it has a very nice headphone amp, plus a nice phono stage. Not amazing but nice enough.

At 24w peak power it IS a great little amp for the size. I owned the B new in '71 and, as a step up to the SA-100B (at 10w peak, you can see part of it in the left of the photo) at that time, I was disappointed. I just found the C on the bay and the bass and treble controls that were added between B & C revisions were a big plus! The B also had smaller switches and the volume control was in the center of the panel.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20080311-RealisticTM-175SA-175C.jpg

Sir.Byrd
11-29-2008, 07:22 PM
Not a collector. Radio Shack/Realistic products just offered a cheap affordable entry into audio. And in the used market it can still fly under the nose radar because of the snoot factor. Although some products seem to have been outed.

My first "real" stereo: Realistic STA-250 receiver (died when dropped); speakers: Nova 8B front (gave away regretfully), Solo 3A rear.

Used: Realistic STA-77 receiver (nice warm and detailed - this is what revived my interest in vintage); speakers: Nova 7B, Minimus 7 (x2). Speakers MC-2001 (despite range very pleasant listen).

Pics of STA-2080 (very clean sound, only thing dark is the dial):

That was one of my first receivers, I didn't know the value so I sold it for $30!!!
=( I regret it every day.

Blast
11-29-2008, 07:45 PM
That was one of my first receivers, I didn't know the value so I sold it for $30!!!
=( I regret it every day.

I feel for you, man. I did the same thing with a '60's Les Paul I sold 20 years ago for $300. What was I thinking???

Blast
11-29-2008, 07:53 PM
Only one bit of Radio Shack gear, it's from 67 and I enjoy it.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x53/GustavHolst/realistic.jpg

Your house was probably only 15-20 years old when that tuner came out. Is that the TM-8D?

Trance88
11-29-2008, 08:04 PM
I would love to be a realistic collector. So far I only have some beat up MC-1200 speakers. They sound really good though!

Blast
11-29-2008, 08:29 PM
I would love to be a realistic collector. So far I only have some beat up MC-1200 speakers. They sound really good though!

I remember the model I'm not sure what the 1200's look like. From what you say they must sound better than my MC-1000's. Maybe there's something wrong with mine, maybe it's just me, maybe they don't suit hard rock music but my 1000's just don't cut it for me.

BUT... They are in extremely good condition and are the epitomy of what I think a pair of bookshelf speakers should be (ie: right size, walnut cabs, black cloth, etc.) and that's why I keep them.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20081129-5220RealisticMC-1000s.jpg

musichal
11-30-2008, 11:58 PM
I'm not a collector but I do have an STA-19 receiver and SCP-31 cassette deck which are compact models. Also, recently bought a LAB-400 turntable at a flea market, and remarkably, the dust-cover doesn't have a scratch on it. And one pair of Minimus 7 speakers, which I always felt were the absolute best-sounding speakers the Shack ever offered. Oh, and a pair of the RCA bookshelf speakers with the Linaeum tweeters. I don't use the receiver and cassette deck, but the rest of the items get used occasionally in a tertiary system.

CucamongaDan
12-01-2008, 01:54 AM
My collection includes
A nice silver 10-band equalizer, Optimus -18 speakers that cost $1.92 for the pair, MC-500 bookshelf speakers, Optimus 990 speakers with the 15" woofer and horn, and my newest addition, The Realistic Modulette Receiver! 40 watts power consumption!

OK, its not much, but sometimes I'm drawn to the kind of stuff I might have actually afforded as a kid. This thing would have been a big step up from the realistic Clarinette-1 that was my brother and I's first stereo (that we bought with pooled allowance money). (Assuming we could have miraculously come up with additional funds for a turntable and speakers- that's why we got the Clarinette-1, it was all in one and $70 IIRC).

CucamongaDan
12-01-2008, 03:10 AM
Forgot to mention TR-801 8 track deck. Works great.

pmsummer
12-01-2008, 05:43 AM
STA-65B
Realistic Miracord 40A
Realistic LAB 395 (bought to clean LPs with, but it woks too well for that)
Looking for some Optimus 1s.

Holst
12-01-2008, 12:27 PM
Your house was probably only 15-20 years old when that tuner came out. Is that the TM-8D?

It was about 19 and yes it's an "TM-8D".

Is everyone following this thread? http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=194283

BruceRPA
12-01-2008, 08:36 PM
Where to start...

STA-120B - One of my all time favorites
T-200 Speakers - Ditto
Lab 400 TT - Ditto
SCT-33 Cassette deck - ditto
10- Band EQ - I don't remember the model #
Optimus CD-6200 Changer - crap
STA-19 - Cute little bugger, works good too!
three pairs of Minimus 7s (Black, silver and wood)
MC 500 speakers
MC-1000 speakers
Solo 1 speaker
MC-2000 - 22 watt/ch receiver with a basic BSR TT in the top - It was my Dad's. - not bad at all.
STA-420? - Shop #2 receiver
STA-235 - Recent gift - untested as of this time, but a very good model
CD-2200 - Early model CD player - works as well as can be expected
A very early model "Realist" mono tube amplifier
A very early model "Realist" mono FM tuner
TM-6 tube FM stereo tuner
DX-150 SW Receiver
DX-160 SW Receiver
DX-302 SW Receiver
DX-440 portable SW Receiver
Pro-2004 Scanner
Pro-2022 Scanner
TRC-24B CB set !
Several smaller EQs, audio processors, switches and an assortment of miscellaneous radios and stuff.

I used to have a pristine STA-2100 receiver but it blew a channel and since RS couldn't get parts for it, I sent it to the great recycling center in the sky. :sadwave: That was a year before I discovered AK and had any idea what I actually had. :cry:

And a fully expanded TRS-80 Model I computer, expansion bay, 5" floppy drive, 300 baud modem, and all 48K of memory too!
I Wonder what it would take to get it to run iTunes?

There is probably more buried around here but that is all that comes to mind at the moment.

stratdeluxer
02-16-2009, 06:48 PM
3 Realistic STA 2600s(2 are parts units) An STA 2270 on the way...Mach 2 speakers...

The 2270/2280 and the 2600 have some of the best fm tuner sections....My 2600 effortlessly pulls in stations from far away.

kennyshark
02-16-2009, 07:12 PM
I had a SA 2001 amp and still have a set of T-100 towers.

6mantoys
02-16-2009, 07:25 PM
i too have a craving for some of the gear.I have a mint pair of screw terminal mach 1's and a set of min 7's and always searching for a 2100 reciever and more of the same speakers

Blast
02-16-2009, 07:29 PM
Where to start...

STA-120B - One of my all time favorites
T-200 Speakers - Ditto
---snip---
MC-1000 speakers
---snip---
Hey, UH, how have you been? I just now saw your post. Will those T-200's give Machs a run for their money? How do you like YOUR MC-1000's? What kind of music do you like on them?
---snip---
And a fully expanded TRS-80 Model I computer, expansion bay, 5" floppy drive, 300 baud modem, and all 48K of memory too!
I Wonder what it would take to get it to run iTunes?
---snip---
Just upgrade that modem to 9600 baud and start downloading! Oh, don't forget a CD burner! :D
Brian

Wolverine
02-16-2009, 08:17 PM
I have become a fan of Realistic gear since picking up a pair of Optimus 5's.


A pair of Optimus 5's being run by a Sansui AU-505 and a Realistic STA-52 running a pair of Minimus 7's

Here are some pics....

Dave1384
02-16-2009, 10:47 PM
Sta 2000- 75 wpc
Sta 76- ?
Sta-225- 50 wpc
Optimus 21 Speakers.
12 band EQ
A tuner.
I want more. (for as little as possible)

AnalogDigit
02-17-2009, 02:11 AM
I came across a pair of Nova 6 speakers for $10 each at the SA thrift in perfect condition. They sound very good, but they don't like to be driven hard.

Beatnik
02-17-2009, 06:46 AM
I have an STA-95, but it's short a volume knob. I kinda like the bronze like color, here's a crappy pic.

stereofanboy
02-17-2009, 08:19 AM
I guess you could call me a collector, I especially like some of their speakers. As I hear more and more stuff I realize Radiio Shack made some speakers that are right up there.
STA-84 receiver
STA-430 receiver
SCT-19 cassette deck
SCT-24a cassette deck
TR-882 eight track deck
Optimus 31-2025 10 band eq
Realistic 31-1989 7 band eq
LAB-395
LAB-1200
LAB-440
LAB-56
SCP-31 mini cassette
SA-155 mini amp
TM-150 mini tuner
SA-10 mini amp
speakers to follow

stereofanboy
02-17-2009, 09:06 AM
Mach One (2)
Mach Two (2)
Nova Omnipolar (2)
Nova 5 (4)
Optimus 1B (2)
MC-1000 (3)
MC-500 (2)
Minimus 7S (2)
Minimus 7W (2)
Minimus 22 (2)
Solo 103 (2)
Solo 1 (2)
Minimus 25 (2)
Minimus 77 (2)
MC-600 (2)
40-1310a supertweeter (2)
Optimus
Pro SW-12 (2)
Pro LX 5 II (2)
Pro CS5 II (1) center channel
Pro CS 1 (1) center channel
Pro 7 (1)
Pro LX-10 (4)
RCA
STS-520 (4)
STS-620 (3)
Pro LX-55 (4)
Pro CS-55 (1) center channel
Pro SW120P (1)
Pro LX-550 (4)
Pro CS550 (1) center channel
Pro X880AV (3)
Imo all of these sound at least as good as the size-price would indicate, but a few sound shockingly good.

anytune
02-17-2009, 09:43 AM
Optimus 1 and Nova 7b speakers. Both of which I like very much. Sold a 25-watt RS receiver last year and still wish I hadn't. It had one of the best tuners I've ever heard.

MAXZ28
02-17-2009, 09:57 AM
I have a pair of Mach II's, T-100's, and Minimus 7W's. Had a quad of Nova 7B's but have since passed them along to new owners.

chicks
02-17-2009, 10:11 AM
I have an STA-2270 receiver in storage (it's too wide for my rack), and a pair of Minimus 7's in active use.

BruceRPA
02-17-2009, 12:02 PM
Hey, UH, how have you been? I just now saw your post. Will those T-200's give Machs a run for their money? How do you like YOUR MC-1000's? What kind of music do you like on them?

Just upgrade that modem to 9600 baud and start downloading! Oh, don't forget a CD burner! :D
Brian
I think a side-by-side comparison of the T-200s with Mach 1s would be interesting. I like the T-200s better in the typical living room or man cave size room that I use them in. If my listening room was bigger my preference might change. I have always thought that the T-200s were one of if not the best sounding speakers that RS made, at least for my taste. I listen to a wide variety of music with a preference for classic rock and jazz.

I use the MC-1000s as utility speakers on my work bench system and in my garage, hanging from the ceiling. Considering their catalog selling price of about $100 for the pair, they were pretty darn good. It was a bonus to get real wood veneer cabinets in that price range. Overall they were a very good value in their price range.

That's quite a collection of gear you have there Stereofanboy! I particularly like those Optimus 1Bs. Sold a LOT of them back in the olden-days. Many other excellent RS speakers were variations on the Optimus 1 theme.

Blast
02-17-2009, 08:46 PM
I think a side-by-side comparison of the T-200s with Mach 1s would be interesting. I like the T-200s better in the typical living room or man cave size room that I use them in. If my listening room was bigger my preference might change. I have always thought that the T-200s were one of if not the best sounding speakers that RS made, at least for my taste. I listen to a wide variety of music with a preference for classic rock and jazz.

Too bad you're not in the Kansas City area, I think a comparison would be fascinating. I have my Mach 2's next to my T-120's and I really can't tell an awful lot of difference. I could use a little cash in this economic climate we're in so maybe the Mach 2's will go on craigslist.

I use the MC-1000s as utility speakers on my work bench system and in my garage, hanging from the ceiling. Considering their catalog selling price of about $100 for the pair, they were pretty darn good. It was a bonus to get real wood veneer cabinets in that price range. Overall they were a very good value in their price range.

That's right- it's the price point they were designed for that matters. I love the looks of mine, I just wish they were a bit more "hot-rodded".
Brian

archie2
02-18-2009, 12:12 AM
Sold most of my RS gear. All I have left is a STA120B receiver, the teeny SA 155 integrated amp, some 7W's and 7s, one passive subwoofer and a beautiful wood case Realistic TM7 tuner.

d-ray657
02-18-2009, 12:28 AM
I have a few pieces of Realistic gear, and I have considered looking to collect some more. Right now, I am torn between the idea of collecting a variety of different types of receivers (probably about a dozen different brands now), a particular era of gear - like the ones with the solid wood cases - or just cutting back to a few favorites.

One set that will remain with the favorites is the MC-1000, which was mentioned earlier in the thread. They are great looking speakers, and I just completed putting a new finish on them. I will try to tweak the sound a little with new caps, but I don't have real high expectations. Have to keep them though, because they match the first set of speakers I owned - made it through high school, college and early marriage.

By the way - does that Accurian amp, as noted in the long-running thread, count as realistic? It is Radio Shack.

Regards,

D-Ray

Gibsonian
02-18-2009, 05:36 AM
Only two pieces left, STA120B and STA2100, both in need of repair.

Sam Cogley
02-18-2009, 09:19 AM
STA-82 (sounds great, needs caps - power supply weak)
Nova-5 pair (excellent sound, refoamed. Now my bedroom speakers)
Minimus 7 pair (excellent sound, currently my "test" speakers)

That's all for now. I know where a pair of Nova-7Bs have been sitting for months, but the flea market vendor is asking about double what I want to pay for them.

jancumps
02-18-2009, 12:40 PM
Ah, the good old days:

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/

Look at all the parts you used to be able to get there. Wow.That's exactly what I did back then.

BostonDave
02-18-2009, 02:01 PM
Not a collector, but still have my old STA-42 Receiver which was the first component stereo device that I owned at about age 13 or 14. It has a channel not working and all the lamps are out, but I'm just starting to get into restorations and figured I might have a go at it as kind of a practice run.

Does anyone know if any service manuals or schematics are available or have any general info on where to start troubleshooting a bad channel in such as beast? (Hoping it's just a fuse).

6mantoys
02-19-2009, 08:29 AM
Just love them136693

BruceRPA
02-19-2009, 11:51 AM
Not a collector, but still have my old STA-42 Receiver which was the first component stereo device that I owned at about age 13 or 14. It has a channel not working and all the lamps are out, but I'm just starting to get into restorations and figured I might have a go at it as kind of a practice run.

Does anyone know if any service manuals or schematics are available or have any general info on where to start troubleshooting a bad channel in such as beast? (Hoping it's just a fuse). The first thing to try is to operate the Tape Monitor switch about 50 times. It may just need to be cleaned, especially if you don't use that switch regularly. It's a common trouble spot for receivers that is often overlooked. A squirt of DeOxit inside the switch itself just might bring that bad channel back to life.

bobaloniny
02-19-2009, 12:01 PM
Only have a few pieces of shack gear these days ,dx-440 ,sx190, and an optimus sct-53 dubbing deck(not so classic but seems to work well) got an eye on a pretty gnarly looking realistic cassette deck at the thrift, can't recall the model offhand but looks to be a hunka hunka burning love.

BigManAndy
02-19-2009, 12:38 PM
woa, i didn't know Realistic was a brand worthy of anything. last time i was at the local thrift store, i have seen them there for a LONG time, theres a pair of Realistic speakers maybe 18 inches tall for i think 7 bucks. maybe i should pick them up for the hell of it. or at least jot down the numbers next time im there.

evman140
02-19-2009, 12:49 PM
woa, i didn't know Realistic was a brand worthy of anything. last time i was at the local thrift store, i have seen them there for a LONG time, theres a pair of Realistic speakers maybe 18 inches tall for i think 7 bucks. maybe i should pick them up for the hell of it. or at least jot down the numbers next time im there.

Same here, I have a pair of Optimus T-120s and they are fantastic speakers but I was not aware that the brand as a whole was worth such a status. I always thought they were underestimated, but I guess this is false in the Hi-Fi community. Everyone outside this realm always looked down on them.

Fletch
02-19-2009, 02:17 PM
I've have been very lucky when it comes to Realistic gear:
Nova-5's for $8 at GW - needed a refoam but was easy. They are in my wifes system.

Sta-84 Receiver I picked for $5 at the fleamarket - need a couple of knobs but Sanyofreak helped me with that - thanks again. A very nice warm sound with excellent detail. Now my Avatar,

Optimus-2's - free from a fellow recycler. They were sitting on her front step under some protection but they had a little water damage to the wood veneer. Cloth surrounds on the woofers which I was very suprised about. They sound great!!!!

So for less then $15 I have some nice gear to play around with.

mashaffer
02-19-2009, 05:02 PM
Just like many brands there are some real winners and some low budget junk too. The trick is knowing what you are looking at.

mike

ricohman
02-19-2009, 07:40 PM
So far I have an STA2000 and two pairs of Mach One 0424's.
And an equalizer.
The second pair of Mach's were $150 but they are just like new. So I couldn't pass on them.
My poor wife.....

bryana
02-19-2009, 08:51 PM
Have a STA65b, and a STA-180. Both are pleasing. I do not like the slider volume knobs too well but everything else about them is good. Sound is very warm, Nice wood veneer cases and black face. Can be had pretty cheap too. I belive both were made by Hitachi. Have a few Nova series 5,6 and 10. Pretty decent sound for such a small price. THe surrounds on these seem to last forever.

bryana
02-19-2009, 08:57 PM
Just like the looks of this series. If I run across the two larger brothers I would like to pick them up.

BostonDave
02-22-2009, 08:48 PM
I've had this STA-42 since about age 13. Pretty basic and it's no powerhouse, rated at 10 wpc, but it has volume. I used to have some 75 watt speakers as a teenager and the volume knob on this made the trek up to 10 a few times at least. I was happy enough with it and I knew was about all I could afford anyway. Still works, just waiting for some replacement lights to come in.

asoundhound
02-22-2009, 09:22 PM
31-1988A eq, amp-200 power level meter, two mpa-125 pa amps (one is realistic, the other is optimus), and a pair of nova 7b's.

Blast
02-22-2009, 09:47 PM
Just like many brands there are some real winners and some low budget junk too. The trick is knowing what you are looking at.

mike

And even in my case there will always be a soft spot in my heart for the budget models that made up my first stereo components. No matter how junk it is.

mashaffer
02-23-2009, 06:50 PM
And even in my case there will always be a soft spot in my heart for the budget models that made up my first stereo components. No matter how junk it is.

Totally agree. :)

mike

Blast
02-23-2009, 09:36 PM
Just like the looks of this series. If I run across the two larger brothers I would like to pick them up.

Oh, yeah! :D That was a sexy mofo. The whole series was! Love all that walnut on the case! And a black faceplate you can ACTUALLY READ!

Johnny B.
02-24-2009, 06:55 PM
In the 90's I picked up a pair of speakers from an old girlfriend. Optimus 990's. Not bad. I then went back to her and tried to talk her into the receiver- a RS medium powered something or other...It sounded great with those speakers and I wished I had snagged them for a few cheap bucks more. Since then, I have been on the lookout. The sound compared to systems somewhat or considerably more expensive stayed in my mind. A good value overall- grab up the earlier stuff. I know nothing of product quality beyond 1985 or so.....

DJTommyK
02-24-2009, 07:24 PM
I worked at the Shack in the late 80's. My manager was, as it turned out, an audio junkie! And of course, he had the best of the best hooked up at the store...for demonstration purposes you understand! :thmbsp:

Well, after the store closed, and if I was closing with him, we'd usually crank up whatever he happened to have brought along on CD. I distinctly remember being blown away by Mannheim Steamroller. I can honestly say that I haven't heard a better system in person, than the RS stuff we used to crank up back then. :music:

*ETA* I guess my point was, don't overlook Realistic/Optimus. Good stuff, and still (relatively) under-priced from what I've seen.

Sam Cogley
02-24-2009, 07:30 PM
My Nova-5s cost $9, foam cost $10 shipped, and the caps cost about $5. The sound is incredible - no way you could ever get close to touching them with any pair of speakers anywhere close to that price. I've been blaring Supertramp tonight, the sound is absolutely crisp and clean.

BostonDave
02-26-2009, 08:57 PM
There's a local ad for a pair of 60w Novas (I believe they are Nova 15s from the picture - circa 1989). Is anyone familiar with these and know if they sound ok, have foam woofers etc? I've already responded to the ad. They're only asking $20,

6mantoys
02-26-2009, 09:23 PM
I just picked one up and am going to keep it but any info would be great

Fletch
02-26-2009, 10:53 PM
My Nova-5s cost $9, foam cost $10 shipped, and the caps cost about $5. The sound is incredible - no way you could ever get close to touching them with any pair of speakers anywhere close to that price. I've been blaring Supertramp tonight, the sound is absolutely crisp and clean.

Mine cost me $8 at goodwill, surrounds were $6.48 shipped to my door. My first refoam as they were cheap and I knew if I messed up I I wouldn't be too upset. Imagine my suprise when I cranked them up. They sound great!! Need to cap mine though.........

Sam Cogley
02-26-2009, 11:11 PM
Mine cost me $8 at goodwill, surrounds were $6.48 shipped to my door. My first refoam as they were cheap and I knew if I messed up I I wouldn't be too upset. Imagine my suprise when I cranked them up. They sound great!! Need to cap mine though.........

Where do you get your foam? I like their prices.

krlill
02-26-2009, 11:33 PM
realistic sa-1500 integrated any info I just picked one up and am going to keep it but any info would be great

Only thing I could find on AK was this

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=162337

No pictures. What does it look like?

BostonDave
02-27-2009, 08:16 AM
There isn't a lot of info on the SA-1500 amplifier. It seems to be a model which might have been available in Canada only.

Here's one for sale in Calgary - asking 149.00

http://www.buysell.com/root/detail/Calgary/Stereos_Complete/784/71179392/REALISTIC_VINTAGE_STEREO_AMPLIFIER_SA.aspx

BostonDave
02-27-2009, 08:37 AM
The first thing to try is to operate the Tape Monitor switch about 50 times. It may just need to be cleaned, especially if you don't use that switch regularly. It's a common trouble spot for receivers that is often overlooked. A squirt of DeOxit inside the switch itself just might bring that bad channel back to life.

I'd actually missed your post before giving the STA-42 a good cleanup and de-oxit treatment. That seemed to do it. The channel is working again. Thanks again for the useful advice.

BostonDave
02-27-2009, 08:40 AM
There's a local ad for a pair of 60w Novas (I believe they are Nova 15s from the picture - circa 1989). Is anyone familiar with these and know if they sound ok, have foam woofers etc? I've already responded to the ad. They're only asking $20,

Called today and they also have a pair of Nova 10s (50 watts, 1981) for sale for $30.

Had him hold the 15s for me until I can pick them up in a couple of days. If he still has the Nova 10s at that point I might get them too. Can anybody vouch for either of these or maybe have an opinion on which of the two are better?

Sam Cogley
03-01-2009, 01:13 PM
I found something really crazy for you Realistic-heads out there...Realistic LPs! They're both Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops - One is a 90 minute (45 per side!) LP from 1976, the other is a two-LP memorial album from 1979.

Fletch
03-01-2009, 01:56 PM
Where do you get your foam? I like their prices.

bootapest2 on that auction site. He has several sizes available - ships promptly and packages them fairly well. Prices vary depending on what size you need. Can't attest to the lengevity of them but I have used them on the Nova-5's, JPL LX44s, and Bose 301's - all of them worked well. The JBLs were the hardest of them all.

mashaffer
03-01-2009, 03:04 PM
I found something really crazy for you Realistic-heads out there...Realistic LPs! They're both Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops - One is a 90 minute (45 per side!) LP from 1976, the other is a two-LP memorial album from 1979.

That's cool. He was a poster boy for them back in the day but I didn't know that they had a promo recording.

mike

Sam Cogley
03-01-2009, 03:30 PM
That's cool. He was a poster boy for them back in the day but I didn't know that they had a promo recording.

mike

I'll get pictures up. The memorial double LP only says "Radio Shack" on the jacket, but the label says "Realistic."

Edit...New! Improved! Now with photography! The rear-jacket advertising is from the first album, the memorial set didn't have any advertising on it in a pleasant display of good taste.

Wolverine
03-01-2009, 08:23 PM
Swapped out a old KLH subwoofer for a Realistic STA-82. I think I did all right since the sub was basically free and this piece is in very good condition. Needs a couple of lights so if anyone here has every replaced them please let me know. Might see about having a little vintage Realistic set-up with my STA-52 running a pair of Minimus 7's and using the STA-82 to power the Optimus 5's.

BostonDave
03-02-2009, 07:17 PM
There's a local ad for a pair of 60w Novas (I believe they are Nova 15s from the picture - circa 1989). Is anyone familiar with these and know if they sound ok, have foam woofers etc? I've already responded to the ad. They're only asking $20,


Picked up the Nova 15s today. Also took a set of Nova 10s the guy had. Both are in near perfect shape. The wood cabinets are a little faded from sitting in a sunny room, and there's a flower pot ring on each of the 10s, but the owner said he bought them new and never removed the grills (until I came to buy them). They looked brand new under there, the foam perfect as well (perhaps those plants kept the humidity just right).

Anyway, set them up tonight and the Nova 15s (8 inch woofer, 2.5 inch tweeter) were a little disappointing. They failed "Floyds Dark Side of the Moon test" (sound like a frog croaking during the heartbeat sound which starts off the album - even at low volumes). I tried them with different receivers with the same results and even began to think the woofers might be blown, but the Floyd test might be a little harsh and up off the floor they did somewhat better. They actually sound ok with other material, they just don't have the greatest low-end capabilities and they came with wall hangers built into the back probably indicating that they shouldn't sit on the floor anyway.

The Nova 10's were another story. They are two way, (8 inch woofer, 2.5 inch tweeter) but have an 8 inch passive resonator. They sound great and were well worth $25. They're competitive with my sets of larger (also vintage) speakers .

Dave1384
03-02-2009, 09:21 PM
Picked up a nice pair of Nova 8 B's over the weekend for 50.00...... I know it's high, but I wanted em'.

autoteck1
03-02-2009, 11:43 PM
Foster electronics built the higher end stuff from the 70's and early 80's after that I have no idea, like Who builds the garbage the sell today under the Great names from the past. Its mostly farmed out to some Malaysian or Chinese company that wouldn't know Quality it it was shoved up there @#$%
Everyone has been out for the quickest buck, Quality be damned !! I know some of the names are no longer associated with the companies and are just being used as selling gimmics

I am sitting here listening to Metallica (through Headphones)on a Technics SU-V8 that i picked up outa the trash and just replaced the outputs on. This thing ROCKS!!! real punchy clean sound.:music: It is now my favorite Integrated amp. Sound Quality is better than my Realistic sa-2001 and that beat my Pioneer sa-8500ii and sx-1050

buffdaddy
03-03-2009, 03:23 AM
Always looking for vintage stuff i came across a Realistic STA 90 the other day at a local GW store.Looked to the back and said made in Japan and 300W and this piqued my interest.Now i was always under the impression the RS made bottom end stuff but this one looked real good.The receiver itself looked near perfect in every way physically so i headed over to an outlet to see if it powered up,etc... which it did. Took her home and wired her for sound and was VERY surprised to say the least.It worked perfectly but better yet it sounded awesome! So i guess my $5 was money well spent. Love how the tuner needle goes from orange to red.

Side note, does anyone know when this model was made? I have found specs on it (specs say 275W)but looking for any other additional info on it.

Wolverine
03-03-2009, 04:32 AM
Always looking for vintage stuff i came across a Realistic STA 90 the other day at a local GW store.Looked to the back and said made in Japan and 300W and this piqued my interest.Now i was always under the impression the RS made bottom end stuff but this one looked real good.The receiver itself looked near perfect in every way physically so i headed over to an outlet to see if it powered up,etc... which it did. Took her home and wired her for sound and was VERY surprised to say the least.It worked perfectly but better yet it sounded awesome! So i guess my $5 was money well spent. Love how the tuner needle goes from orange to red.

Side note, does anyone know when this model was made? I have found specs on it (specs say 275W)but looking for any other additional info on it.

Nice pick-up!
Here's a link to one of their catalogs. It dates from at least 1977 and it listed for about $359 and is rated 45 wpc.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1977_small/

Splatter Pak
03-03-2009, 06:06 AM
I regret selling the SA-2001 and TM-1001, those were actually great separates.

Really great tuner [TM-1001], I had one - I call it the poor man's Magnum Dynalab.

Really mediocre amp [SA-2001], I had one - it held back my audio progress for years.

Yes, I know they kinda went together - a really odd couple.

Currently I have a pair of white Minimus-7's and a CD-2200 CD player. The Minimus-7's sound amazing with a good subwoofer, and I tried them with a BSR twelve-inch passive sub. The CD-2200 plays everything I put in the tray, including burns, and the buttons are large and easy to use compared to the row of tiny, identical, badly labeled buttons on my PS Audio Lambda transport. I call that great ergonomics, and possibly the best CDP buy of my life.

Fletch
03-03-2009, 06:01 PM
Always looking for vintage stuff i came across a Realistic STA 90 the other day at a local GW store.Looked to the back and said made in Japan and 300W and this piqued my interest.Now i was always under the impression the RS made bottom end stuff but this one looked real good.The receiver itself looked near perfect in every way physically so i headed over to an outlet to see if it powered up,etc... which it did. Took her home and wired her for sound and was VERY surprised to say the least.It worked perfectly but better yet it sounded awesome! So i guess my $5 was money well spent. Love how the tuner needle goes from orange to red.

Side note, does anyone know when this model was made? I have found specs on it (specs say 275W)but looking for any other additional info on it.

Very nice find. Mine (STA-84, 1977)was $5 as well and included a pair of Panasonic Table Top Speakers from 1969 which I didn;t really want but it was a package deal. Mine had a great deal of grime and dirt on it but as you say, I was pleasantly suprised with the sound. I have them matched to a pair of Optimus 2's I picked up from a freecycler. Cloth surrounds and work perfectly.

wilkes85
03-03-2009, 07:03 PM
I got me a pair of Realistic MC-1000 speakers, and that's about it for what I own, but my grandma has a Realistic Clarinette 101 all in one, and even for an all in one, it's a world class, high quality unit. Weighs 2943945838393 tonnes, and sounds absolutely beautiful. She still has the dust cover wrapped in the original plastic too!

You can find it on page 36 of the 1979 Radio Shack catalogue...
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1979_small/

Statesolid
03-03-2009, 07:56 PM
Got this Realistic STA-78 receiver sunday and gave it a Deoxit bath and replaced the four burned out dial lamps. It is made in Korea but it is well made and has a real walnut veneer case. I must say that it is the most attractive receiver I now own and I have about 15 or so. Sounds sweet!:music:

Wolverine
03-03-2009, 09:32 PM
Got this Realistic STA-78 receiver sunday and gave it a Deoxit bath and replaced the four burned out dial lamps. It is made in Korea but it is well made and has a real walnut veneer case. I must say that it is the most attractive receiver I now own and I have about 15 or so. Sounds sweet!:music:

Where did you get your lamps?
I need a couple for my STA-82.

buffdaddy
03-04-2009, 03:03 PM
Nice pick-up!
Here's a link to one of their catalogs. It dates from at least 1977 and it listed for about $359 and is rated 45 wpc.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1977_small/

Thanks for the link.I ended up going through a lot of those catalogs. I always used to love the neat things they carried in their stores so it was like a trip down memory lane.
I just noticed the panel light at the far end of the receiver,towards the tuning dial,is burnt out.Where could i find a new bulb?

Here's a picture i took of the new addition.Time to build upon it!

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2115/sta90.th.jpg (http://img9.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sta90.jpg)

BostonDave
03-04-2009, 08:28 PM
Yeah those catalogs are great. I've known about the site for a while and refer to it anytime I see something interesting for sale that's Realistic. I've also browsed it a lot to discover most of the stereo systems my parents ever had as well as a lot of the birthday and christmas presents that my brothers, sisters, self had gotten in our childhood. Makes one remember a lot of things that are long gone.

AnalogDigit
03-05-2009, 01:22 AM
Where did you get your lamps?
I need a couple for my STA-82.

You might find the lamps you need here:
http://www.vintage-electronics.cc/vlamp.html

Just measure with a voltmeter the voltage across the leads going into the lamp circuit board. Hope this helps.

OLDVERN
04-05-2009, 01:11 PM
Yes, I have a sizable collection of their great 70's stuff. The build quality and sound is second to none in many instances. I've always been a fan.

STA-90
STA-52B
STA-77
STA-2280
STA-2000
STA-2300D

About 10 pair of their classic speakers including the whole Optimus line from the 70's.......:thmbsp:

do you or any one you know have schematics for sta 2080? i have been collecting these beasts and have 3 that i have not brought back to life the more i try the more stuff i fry thanks Vern I do have 4 that work greate

Blast
04-05-2009, 02:10 PM
He was a poster boy for them back in the day---snip

mike

Wasn't he? Never my style of music so I was ready for them to switch over to Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple. Never happened...

Blast
04-05-2009, 02:15 PM
---snip--- Everyone has been out for the quickest buck, Quality be damned !! I know some of the names are no longer associated with the companies and are just being used as selling gimmics---snip---

You can't blame the Shack, though. Everybody has to follow everyone else or they're on their butts. It's just like cell phones and the Internet- when everyone starts using it everyone else has to get it, too, or be left in the dust.
Brian

hypertone
04-05-2009, 02:32 PM
http://mattcoxe.ca/images/st40a.jpg

mashaffer
04-05-2009, 07:36 PM
Wasn't he? Never my style of music so I was ready for them to switch over to Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple. Never happened...

I am more of a Sir Georg Solti kinda guy personally. :D

mike

Ron Pilgrim
04-05-2009, 11:49 PM
Over the years I have owned, SA 2000 int amp, Lab 400 TT, SCT 30 cassette deck(awesome unit, 3 heads bias fine adj and dolby calibration adj, made excellent tapes), 5 band equalizer, and Optimus T-200 speakers(3 way, 2 10" woofers, efficient spl, sweet sound). All pieces were excellent performers. All have been sold over the years as I bought new pieces. I recently acquired a SA 2000 amp and I am so totally happy with it. At first I was going to use it as the sound source for my video unit, but after getting re-acquainted with it, I picked up a 3 way monitor switch and tied it in to my main system. And if I could ever find another set of the T-200's, I would snap them up too. Definitely under rated, probably because most people related to the cheap stuff that Radio Shack sold, but the upper end stuff was good quality. If I knew then what I know now I would never got rid of any of it.

Speakerbox
04-06-2009, 07:20 AM
Over the years I have owned, SA 2000 int amp, .

My older cousin have 3 of those int amps by Realistic. All three need the slide controls fixed. He has ALL Realistic.

mywifespissed
04-17-2009, 01:25 PM
I love my Realistic TM-7 FM analog tuner. Any idea how old these are? My guess is around 1970. Sounds full, great tone, and clear. Almost as enjoyable as my Accuphase T101. Got the Realistic at a thrift for $5. I keep changing around my gear but the little tuner stays with me.

jancumps
04-17-2009, 01:34 PM
I love my Realistic TM-7 FM analog tuner. Any idea how old these are? My guess is around 1970. Sounds full, great tone, and clear. Almost as enjoyable as my Accuphase T101. Got the Realistic at a thrift for $5. I keep changing around my gear but the little tuner stays with me.http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1970_small/
Goto page 38.

Flammaster
04-17-2009, 01:39 PM
I always looked down my nose at their stuff but I am learning that they actually made some good stuff! What are some good cassette decks of theirs to look out for?

BruceRPA
04-17-2009, 08:53 PM
The Realistic SCT-33 is one of, if not the best cassettte deck that RS "made".

jancumps
05-09-2009, 02:10 PM
Just added an SA-150, TM-150 and pair of Minimus-7 :arrow:

mave
05-11-2009, 11:56 AM
I added a few new vintage realistic items this weekend to my collection. I found a TR-803 stereo 8-track record/play deck still in the original box with manual. A LAB-24 TT still in the original box also had the dust cover still in it's original box and a pair of nova-5's got them all at a garage sale.

mhardy6647
05-11-2009, 05:47 PM
I collected this little gem :-P two weeks ago at the usual place...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/surplus/P5030002.jpg

I didn't collect the LAB-300 tt that was with it... it looked just a little too homely even for me (and my standards are pretty low when the price is right)

jancumps
01-02-2010, 04:30 PM
Next update:

Optimus-12 2way speakers
STA-82 receiver: the blue glow
STA-90 receiver: the orange glow
STC-11 cassette deck
5 band equalizer 31-1987

oldironjeff
01-05-2010, 07:26 PM
I still use a pair of Realistic Solo-1 speakers that I bought 30 years ago.:yes:

rca2000
01-05-2010, 08:55 PM
I have a LOT of RS stuff.

I own::

Receivers::

An STA-2000.
Sta-2300--works, other than the power switch
STA-2250
THREE-- STA-2200's...IMHO..the BEST receiver (amp wise, at least..) RS EVER made!! One of them is a "daily driver' for my bedroom, driving 4 Mach-II's and it rarely gets turned off. That MOSFET amp makes everything "come alive". Recently, "Crimson tide" was on, and there is a VERY low track in it, for the "submarine machine noise". My mom came in the room, and heard this, it was NOT on loud at all...but still came through very well. My mom came in and heard it...and said" it sounds like a car is running outside". I told her "it is the movie, and my stereo can make it sound so real". she still did not believe me, and looked outside, and of course no car was running.

An--STA-430. I had one of these back in 1984, as my first receiver. Had to get another one.

STA-450
STA-460
STA-65C
STA-790
STA-2600
STA-2290--2 of them.

Amps::

SA-1000
SA-2000
MPA-250.


Cassette receivers::
SCR-2500
SCR-3000
SCR-3010
SCR-3100--I think..it is the BIG one, with the big amp, sold in 1984-1985.

Cassette deck::
SCT-33


And a couple of their DD turntables.

Dr Tinear
01-05-2010, 09:26 PM
I did a quick inventory and found a surprising amount of Radio Shack gear in the house.

STA-18B stereo receiver (with a blazing 7 Watts per channel)
SCT-7 Dolby B autoreverse cassette deck
Two SCT-41 Dolby B/C cassette decks (Realistic versions of a surprisingly decent Sharp deck)
PRO-60 headphones (Realistic version of the Koss HV/X)
Two Optimus CD-3400 portable CD players
Tape control unit (expands one tape loop to three)
One-point stereo condenser microphone
Analog sound pressure level meter

buffdaddy
01-05-2010, 10:42 PM
I recently rescued a pair of MC-1000's before the garbage collector came.One speaker looked like it was dropped so the cab was a bit rough.The other one was in very nice condition. I was surprised at how well they sounded.I took the damaged one into work and use it with my amp and tuner there.For one little speaker plucked from the trash,I am sure getting the compliments about the great sound. Now i only wished i had known about the RS gear about a year and a half ago when some folks moved out after 40 years of renting a house and tossed all this RS stuff in the trash :eek: I was delivering my mail route and saw it all.Paused,had a quick glance from across the street and decided i would have a further look when i delivered to that side on my way back.Guess who beat me to it? Yep, the garbage man D'OH!

HomeBody
02-14-2010, 12:22 PM
Can anyone recommend Shack's best headphones?
My neighbors are getting just a wee bit bent around 2 in the morning.

xupernaut
02-14-2010, 11:13 PM
Dunno if I'm a collector but I keep my eyes open for Realistic stuff. Alot of the older stuff is good but it doesn't get any respect so it goes cheap. I have ........

STA-84 receiver
Lab 1500 turntable
Nova 10 speakers
10 band eq w/spectrum analyzer

haromaster87
02-15-2010, 06:58 AM
I picked up a 10 band equalizer from Realistic at a pawn shop for 10 bucks. It looks to be out of a rack system, probably nothing out of this world, but it turned my stereo around. I thought my stereo was good before, it really made a difference. I think it's pretty cool that they're the old RadioShack brand.

jleon92f
02-15-2010, 07:08 AM
Hi, I just won this, picking it up tomorrow.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jancumps
02-15-2010, 08:21 AM
... and I picked up this one approx. 30 years ago:

195754
(hope you don't mind it is a Micronta, and that is not audio - although it did beep in its hay days)

ricohman
02-15-2010, 10:38 AM
I've got:
STA-2000 receiver
two pairs of Mach One 4024
one pair of T-100's
10 band EQ (that I am afraid to hook up, it pops)

And I just bought another STA2000 for $25 and its in excellent condition.
All I need is a decent lab TT.

HomeBody
02-15-2010, 03:22 PM
I picked up alot of neato stuff back in the old shack days.
The parabolic cigarette lighter..
Micronta pen w/clock, alarm & chime..
Space Shuttle desktop radio...
Damn, that was a good trip down memory lane-

HomeBody
02-15-2010, 03:24 PM
...All I need is a decent lab TT.
If you're wanting to stay on the Realistic road, look for any one of the following:
LAB-395, 400,440,500-
I've got a LAB-1500 Linear-Tracker that plays excellent, but it just doesn't have that vintage look about it.
the 395 is about the size of a bed in breakfast tray...I luv it-

ricohman
02-15-2010, 03:27 PM
Here is my $25 STA2000. Just need a few bulbs. Anyone know of a good source for bulbs? My local shop charges $5 for a single grain of wheat bulb.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b400/fj40/DSC03221.jpg

70salesguy
02-15-2010, 03:32 PM
Here's the neatest thing in my Realistic collection.

A friend of mine gave it to me when he was "cleaning out" a few things. :)

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd167/winnabowflash/Vintage%20audio%20album/MVC-008F-4.jpg?t=1266269434


http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd167/winnabowflash/Vintage%20audio%20album/MVC-009F-6.jpg?t=1266269534

sobr1
02-15-2010, 04:14 PM
have a sta-2000d,10 band eq,optimus 40 speakers,2pair nova's i think thats it?

HomeBody
02-16-2010, 11:30 AM
:grnbounceSUPER-Tape

SBEEZ
02-16-2010, 01:18 PM
I picked up a Realistic STA-72 (I believe) at an antique shop in Hawthorne, NV last year. 20 bucks. It's a nice little receiver.

aabottom
02-16-2010, 05:47 PM
Similar to post on I'm in Radio Shack heaven (http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=282038).

Have now.
STA-80: 1974 Catalog, page 8
Optimus-2B : 1975 Catalog, page 24
Realistic Stereo Test Record, CAT. NO. 50-1001, 1975 Catalog, page 32
Realistic STA-7M . 12 VOLT Mobile Stereo Receiver
Green Laser Pointer (63-132)
For specs see:
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalog_directory.html

I am the original owner of a STA-80 reciever and a set of Optimus-2B speakers. Last time I fired them up about 5 years ago, the speakers still put out decent sound. And they still look great in their real woodgrain walnut veneer. Not bad for $390 (in 1975 dollars, STA-80 + two Optimus-2B ).

I bought a RS turntable too, but I gave it to my sister (can't remember the model number, perhaps the Realistic/Miracord-40C (Cat. 1975, page 30)). I used to have the LV-10 headphones (Cat. 1975, page 29), but they are in disrepair.

Unfortunately the STA-80 has some blown electronics.

I'm thinking about hooking up the Optimus-2B set to the "B" side of my new Yamaha RX-797 to see how they compare to my Klipsch RF-7 set.

jleon92f
02-16-2010, 08:01 PM
STA-65B works!after some minor repairs. Very clean unit, needs bulbs, and cleaning..

Thanks,
JOhn.:music::D

geiman
02-21-2010, 04:35 PM
Nova 7 and Optimus 1 speakers.
I used to manage a store for them in the early 70's.
Their totl stuff was pretty good.

harleyrider
02-25-2010, 08:33 PM
Just picked up a Realistic STA -870 today $20 , it can go with my LAB-400 and my Min 7s. Dont know much about the STA -870 havent had time to hook it up yet .

HomeBody
02-26-2010, 11:14 AM
I've wanted an 870 for some time now.
Something tells me you're in for a serious treat.

terra1
02-26-2010, 11:28 AM
The 870 is definitely on my watch list.

Live_Wire
05-10-2010, 09:59 PM
I just got an STA-2270 in the mail today, and other than a slight problem with the protection relay, it's working perfectly. The tuner in it is great and pulls in almost anything. I love the power output LED's, though, they don't start to kick in until you get it relatively loud.

Now I need to clean house of the other receivers I have unfortunately.

So far, I have:

Speaker Pairs:
Realistic Mach One
Realistic Mach 5000
Realistic Nova-10

Receivers:
Realistic STA-84
Realistic STA-2000
Realistic STA-2100D
Realistic STA-2270

I also have 3 pairs of Centrios' version of the Minimus 7's.

The 84 is dead, the tuner is shot but the amp works. So it's either a parts machine, or if anyone wants it for parts, they can have it.

mike d
05-10-2010, 10:57 PM
I have fond memories of the old Radio Shack catalogues from about '75 to '81 or so. I used to keep them in my bedside table when I was a kid...along with my Edmund Scientific,Heathkit and European Life Stereo issues.
I vividly remember my first purchase at a Radio Shack...a pair of decent headphones that were made by Koss. I can't remember the model number .
They were a birthday present from my mom and I can remember moving into my brothers room after Mom and I had fixed it up. New carpet,curtains,bookshelf and freshly painted desk,dresser and bed. Add my brothers' stereo and I was in HEAVEN! (Sanyo DCX-2000-K receiver,tp-1800 tt and a pair of two way speakers) First vinyl listened to on those headphones........Dark Side Of The Moon!
I was thinking that was it for Realistic gear,except for my 12 band EQ with expander circuit, but a rummage through the basement turned up some gear...
a pair of seven band EQ's, a Realistic Reverb unit,STA-42 receiver,SCT 24-A cassette deck,TR-883 8-track and Optimus 50 AV bookshelf speakers.
I sure would love to add apair of Mach Ones to the list!:music:

johnda
05-11-2010, 04:58 AM
I have a pair of Shack speakers in our maritime museum playing whale music on weekends during the summer. They sound fine and have held up for three years now in that job.

My other RS gear is:

Optimus 1050 speakers 1990 version, one step below the Mach (Basement)
Optimus Nova-8 speakers (Study)
http://i922.photobucket.com/albums/ad63/johnda1237/P5240001-Copy.jpg
(Nova 8's in the Bookshelves)

The Nova 8 speakers are amazing.

Optimus Pro X7
Accurian Amplifier
DX-440 Receiver
Pro-2006 Scanner


In the old days, the shack was where I got all my electronic pieces; resistors, caps, speaker grills. I worked in broadcasting and when I retired from corporation "A" I was contractually required to not work in the business for one year. In that year, before I started with corporation "B", I worked at the Shack. I think I spent more there than they paid me!

I was very impressed with their better gear. The store isn't geared to the hobbyist any longer, but I think the hobbyist market isn't there any longer, so they were forced to move on. I loved their catalog.

Uncle Paul
05-11-2010, 02:16 PM
I'd forgotten how much Radio Shack used to offer before running across this thread. The link to the catalog archive set off a very long trip to nostalgia land for me.

In the day (late 70's, early '80's) everybody looked down on their hi fi gear, and nobody wanted the stigma of owning it (gotta have Kenwood, Pioneer, or Marantz to be cool). Looking back on it with more experienced eyes, the quality and value was amazing. It's impressive that they had the muscle to pull it off for so long.

Smash
05-15-2010, 11:15 PM
I have so much realistic stuff, 6 amps, 3 tape decks, 5 equalizers, and i dont know how many pairs of there speakers... there mostly labelled nova on the back but I never gave them much attention

Im using 2 of there EQs and a pair of nova somethings in my current setup, all works great :D
http://smashmeerkat.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/28160_422704222278_550352278_5684336_3906665_n.jpg

Live_Wire
05-18-2010, 08:29 PM
I just grabbed a pair of Minimus 7's. They blow the Centrios replacements away. They truly sound like they are 4 to 5 times the size they actually are.

Loving the old Realistic stuff, I now have a fully Realistic system setup.

STA-2270
SCT-88
Minimus 7
and Nova 10's

Now I just need a turntable... wish I could get one for less than the 175 that people are asking around here :(

armdrop
05-24-2010, 01:32 PM
It all began after reading a statement somewhere that plastic turntables are junk. I didn't know anything was made of wood other than speakers. But now...
RD-8100 tt
R-8010 tt
STA-2000
Mach-1s
Nova-6s
Minimus-5s (mach-1 hatchlings)

71Challenger
05-24-2010, 08:16 PM
It all began after reading a statement somewhere that plastic turntables are junk. I didn't know anything was made of wood other than speakers. But now...
RD-8100 tt
R-8010 tt
STA-2000
Mach-1s
Nova-6s
Minimus-5s (mach-1 hatchlings)

Nice Realistic collection. I cried tears of joy when I saw your avatar.

Sir.Byrd
05-24-2010, 08:50 PM
Realistic collectors?
Yes, I am one.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h175/TigerSword/WillJennings_1.jpg

johnda
05-24-2010, 09:06 PM
Cool! Why is this guy smiling?:D

HomeBody
05-26-2010, 05:00 AM
STA-2100
STA-2080
STA-225
STA-84
LAB-395
12 Band EQ
Mach One 4029 (one pair)
Mach Two 4032/a (two pair)

AnalogDigit
05-26-2010, 09:06 AM
My updated list:
STA 52B receiver - my first true stereo receiver
STA 84
STA 2100 - The one that I drooled over, finally got one!
3 - pairs of Minimus 7 speakers
1 - pair of Realistic Minimus 11 speakers
1 - pair of Nova 7B speakers
1 - pair of Nova 6 speakers - gave to my girlfriend.
Realistic 10 band Equalizer
Realistic RX-T4 Cartridge
2 - Realistic Tape Control Centers
Realistic Stereo Audio Selector
Realistic Video Selector
Radio Shack SSM-1850 Mixer
Realistic pro 2020 scanner
Realistic Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone

On my wish list, a STA 2300 receiver and Mach One speakers.

Sir.Byrd
05-26-2010, 09:14 AM
Cool! Why is this guy smiling?:D

That guy is me! I'm smiling because I have so many minimus sevens.

Blast
05-26-2010, 07:47 PM
That guy is me! I'm smiling because I have so many minimus sevens.

That's a great photo! Fantastic collection!

videolady201
05-27-2010, 10:15 PM
Minimus 7 two pair:yes:
Nova 7b two pair:yes:
Optimus T-120s
Nova 8B two pair:banana:
Mach 1s:banana:

Lab 400 three units
Lab 420 two units

STA-225 three units:yes:
STA-84
SA-1001
TM-1000
STA-90 :yes:
STA-95 three units
STA-235b
2080 three units:yes:
2100:banana:

Quadrocker
05-28-2010, 02:52 AM
I can't exactly say I'm a Realistic collector, but my first piece of vintage hi-fi was a Realistic STA-960 Receiver and it really rekindled my joy of listening to music. Loved everything about it, nice amp, great tuner, good phono stage and the tuning dial lit up real nice too....:) I used it as my main unit for two or three years but had to retire it as it was pretty battered and the filter cap's looked ready to pop. However, just a couple of months ago I managed to pick a STA-95 (..the earlier, almost identical version of the same unit) and that sounds just as good. Despite all the other stuff I have these days, these old Realistics ROCK..!! They're great units..:thmbsp:

HidezGear
05-28-2010, 04:40 AM
I know the Recievers in the 70's, STA-2100, 2200, and 2300's were the "big boys", and are now in demand. I've had very good service from my STA-2700 bought new in 1988. It really is a sweet unit, and was the first with a remote. I run old vintage ElectroVoice speakers that were originally designed with big tube amps in mind, and are rated at 16 ohms. It's funny how some folks knock Realistic gear since this thing has been pushing those big EV's beautifully for 22 years.......after cooking 2 Sansui's. I've aquired 2 more through eBay, both in great condition, plus a MINT STA-2500, another nice powerhouse. The LX Speakers with the Linaem Tweeters were very nice, and on sale were a great value. They were a nice bright spot in an otherwise dying product line. Here is ALL of my RS gear:
Recievers:
STA-2700.....3
STA-2500.....1
STA-2380.....1
Speakers:
LX-10....2
LX-7......2
LX-4......2
LX-511...8
Mach II...2
Minimus 7....6
Minimus 11.. 8
PRO X7.......4
PRO X77.....6
PRO X88.....6

Misc.
NOVA-40 Headphones.
Optimus CD-6400 5 disc changer.
4 way Audio Selector....5
4 way Speaker Selector...5
Tape Deck Control Selector
Micronta Digital Multimeter

HomeBody
05-28-2010, 05:48 AM
I've a missed couple opps on the 400 series LAB. If I ever get caught up......
http://www.frontiernet.net/~dreagh/IGGY/HappyCat.gif

stereofanboy
05-28-2010, 08:55 AM
I can't exactly say I'm a Realistic collector, but my first piece of vintage hi-fi was a Realistic STA-960 Receiver and it really rekindled my joy of listening to music. Loved everything about it, nice amp, great tuner, good phono stage and the tuning dial lit up real nice too....:) I used it as my main unit for two or three years but had to retire it as it was pretty battered and the filter cap's looked ready to pop. However, just a couple of months ago I managed to pick a STA-95 (..the earlier, almost identical version of the same unit) and that sounds just as good. Despite all the other stuff I have these days, these old Realistics ROCK..!! They're great units..:thmbsp:

I have one of those 960s and I think it is one of the most attractive receivers I've ever seen.

BP101
05-31-2010, 05:10 PM
Does anyone know anything about the Realistic STA-7 Receiver? I saw one in the local SA.

mashaffer
05-31-2010, 07:08 PM
Does anyone know anything about the Realistic STA-7 Receiver? I saw one in the local SA.

I always wanted one of those. Cool form factor. I think (not sure) that it might use integrated output devices rather than transistors so it might be good to watch out for that.

mike

P.S. Ah.. here it is... http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid-state/57306-realistic-sta-7-receiver.html

BruceRPA
05-31-2010, 11:11 PM
The STA7 was the first receiver that was designed to be used with the Minimus7 speakers as a mini system. It has an EQ switch on the rear panel that is similar to a "loudness" switch but the response curve is intended for use with the Minimus 7s. It works great. I have the 7&7s in my shop / man-cave office. The receiver itself is not bad - considering that it is a mini receiver.

Arby
06-01-2010, 08:04 AM
Minimus 7
Minimus 77 (RCA badged)

And just picked up on Friday...

A STA-2100D and a pair of 4029 Mach 1 Speakers.

HomeBody
06-01-2010, 08:34 AM
I donated the STA-2250 and a pair of Mach Twos to my old friend setting up a new house. He is more than extremely pleased. He compliments the setup all the time now.
It truly was better to give than to receive.

Keith613
06-13-2010, 06:25 AM
STA-2000
Mach I 40-4024
Mach 2
Nova 8 (2pr)
Nova 7b

Hoping to get a STA-2300 in the next few days

nick12345
06-14-2010, 11:29 PM
Just a pair of MC-1200s right now. Just getting into the vintage speaker business here...

tiga
06-15-2010, 03:09 PM
Mach 1's (40-4024a), Optimus 5, and Optimus T-100 here. All good stuff.

So would you say Parts Express has taken over where Radio Shack left off?

Audiophile48
06-15-2010, 03:15 PM
Let's hope not. btw.....what cause you to ask this? :scratch2:


Mach 1's (40-4024a), Optimus 5, and Optimus T-100 here. All good stuff.

So would you say Parts Express has taken over where Radio Shack left off?

marvil2k
06-22-2010, 01:13 AM
I currently have two pairs of big Realistic Optimus 7 speakers from the 1974 catalog. I would like to unload them. They are in nice shape,just too big.
I was thinking that maybe $200 per pair would be reasonable.
I live in Chicago.

AnalogDigit
06-22-2010, 01:42 AM
Picked up a mint STA 2000 from Markthefixer. Also getting a STA 90 soon from a eBay auction.

johnda
06-22-2010, 04:28 AM
I recapped my Nova 8's and got Dayton Poly caps from Parts Express, the Shack has cut way back on that stuff and I think is going to be ending that side of the business. I would say that in the stereo parts side of the business, Parts Express has now taken over from where Radio Shack left off.

Bob
06-22-2010, 03:05 PM
both are integrated tube amps: SAF 24D and SAF 40B.

One uses 6BM8 tubes and the other uses 7189s. Both were bought off the
bay without tubes and are in restoration mode.

Anyone out there have schematics? - will be much appreciated
and saves me from tracing the circuit before troubleshooting and
rebuilding.

thanks all - great thread!

Bob

1gr8e320a
07-04-2010, 05:56 AM
Big fan of the RS 70's equipment. Using a late model, STA-2300 & LAB-400 at the moment while my SX-1980 is being repaired. Love this stuff -- reminds me of when I was a kid drooling over it either in the catalogs or window at the local RS. STA-2100D is still my favorite matched with the Optimus T-200s, which are so hard to find. Millions of Mach 1's and hardly any T-200s. Anyhow - love this stuff. Great chilhood feelings and day dreams attatched to this stuff

l24e
07-04-2010, 07:07 AM
I am not really a collector,but I found a pair of minimus-21's ( the other 21's that weren't sold in the US! ).
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=306996
They sound good for their size, but would really benefit from a sub-woofer!!!!

The funny thing is, over a year ago I found a pair of minimus-7's at St. Vinnies
( Well its not funny at all really! for me anyway ) and I thought I didn't need them as I have too many speakers as it was and still is.....
Soooo I put them down and walked out, only to find them on E-... and sold for
a more than fair amount... Ahhhhhh Schittt!

So when I saw these I was all over them like flies on a T..d!

ctad2
07-17-2010, 06:43 AM
sta-2100d
minums-10
sta-21

B3Nut
07-17-2010, 11:23 AM
Oh my...Minimus 10's. I had one of those when I was a kid...don't know why Dad bought one of those and a Solo 4B, but that's what I had for a good while as a youngun. I've never seen another Minumus 10 until your post. IIRC it wasn't a bad sounding speaker, 8" acoustic-suspension 2-way. I'd love to find a pair....just 'cause.

TP

Roland24
07-22-2010, 10:17 PM
I got a set of MC-1000 speakers by realistic...fantastic sound. who has them??

Hendrix416
07-22-2010, 11:22 PM
Das Kabuki!
http://wegavision.pytalhost.com/tandy83/tandy11.jpg

buffdaddy
07-22-2010, 11:33 PM
I got a set of MC-1000 speakers by realistic...fantastic sound. who has them??

I found a pair in the trash and i can't believe how nice they actually sound for what they look like.I use them with a sherwood receiver at work to listen to tunes.Definitely surprised me.

JeffyW
01-11-2011, 12:25 AM
Aldo, or anyone who has experienced both.......How would you compare the Mach One with the T-200's? I've always heard that Mach Ones were great "party speakers"....if you were to seek out 1 and buy it, which one would you go for?
Thanks

BostonDave
01-11-2011, 07:26 AM
Looks like there are some items offered on Europe which were never sold here in North America. I don't believe I've ever seen the Optimus X-200s, and I know I've never seen those Optimus 2000 "Disco" speakers before.

KrisM
01-11-2011, 10:14 AM
I don't search them out, but I seem to find a lot of their speakers.
I've got : Mach One, Mach Two, Minimus 7W, Minimus 8(I think), and some older two ways that I don't remember the name(It might just have a model number).
I've also passed on quite a few other pairs lately.

aabottom
01-11-2011, 10:56 AM
Yep, I'm a Realistic junkie. I gotta add to the list below.

Realistic SA-10 integrated amp- a whopping 1.2 Watts per channel (at 1000 Hz with 10% distortion), but it's small (3 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 5 1/2").

I bought it for $1.06 at the thrift last Sun. It sound pretty good at medium volume on my Optimus-2B speakers. See my minireview here, Realistic SA-10: Just for fun (http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=343494).

Similar to post on I'm in Radio Shack heaven (http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=282038).

Have now.
STA-80: 1974 Catalog, page 8
Optimus-2B : 1975 Catalog, page 24
Realistic Stereo Test Record, CAT. NO. 50-1001, 1975 Catalog, page 32
Realistic STA-7M . 12 VOLT Mobile Stereo Receiver
Green Laser Pointer (63-132)
For specs see:
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalog_directory.html

I am the original owner of a STA-80 reciever and a set of Optimus-2B speakers. Last time I fired them up about 5 years ago, the speakers still put out decent sound. And they still look great in their real woodgrain walnut veneer. Not bad for $390 (in 1975 dollars, STA-80 + two Optimus-2B ).

I bought a RS turntable too, but I gave it to my sister (can't remember the model number, perhaps the Realistic/Miracord-40C (Cat. 1975, page 30)). I used to have the LV-10 headphones (Cat. 1975, page 29), but they are in disrepair.

Unfortunately the STA-80 has some blown electronics.

I'm thinking about hooking up the Optimus-2B set to the "B" side of my new Yamaha RX-797 to see how they compare to my Klipsch RF-7 set.

BruceRPA
01-11-2011, 11:12 AM
Aldo, or anyone who has experienced both.......How would you compare the Mach One with the T-200's? I've always heard that Mach Ones were great "party speakers"....if you were to seek out 1 and buy it, which one would you go for?
Thanks For high volume party speakers I would give the nod to the Mach 1s. Other than that, the T-200s are very good for everyday listening, even at high volume levels. I have owned and have enjoyed a set since they were new. For my taste I prefer them over the Mach series of speakers. Your mileage may vary.

I did replace the foam surrounds and re-cap them a few years back. If you are looking at buying a pair now you would be wise to pull the grilles to inspect the drivers. Make sure that the drivers are original or if the foam is shot (it probably is by now) that the foam surrounds have been properly replaced. If you pull a driver, they will be 16 ohm, not 8 ohm generic replacements. I can get the numbers for you from mine if you need them.

tooloud62
01-11-2011, 03:34 PM
Aldo, or anyone who has experienced both.......How would you compare the Mach One with the T-200's? I've always heard that Mach Ones were great "party speakers"....if you were to seek out 1 and buy it, which one would you go for?
Thanks

I have both a pair of T200s and 16 Mach Ones, I like the mach ones. I run all the speakers at the same time, but one on one the mach ones are way better then the T200s. 6000 watts of thunder.

Copa1934
01-11-2011, 07:53 PM
Guess I'll add some...

Mach One 4024a
Nova 5b
Nova 7b

I guess vintage now...
STA-2500, still kicks butt
CD-2000, still works

Ron Pilgrim
01-11-2011, 09:00 PM
Aldo, or anyone who has experienced both.......How would you compare the Mach One with the T-200's? I've always heard that Mach Ones were great "party speakers"....if you were to seek out 1 and buy it, which one would you go for?
Thanks

I've owned and loved the t-200's, sold them to make room for bookshelf and have regretted the sale ever since. My nod goes to the T-200's. With their 2
10" woofers, and high efficiency(91db/w/m), they can play music with very high quality reproduction from low levels all the way to ear bleeding airport levels. And all the while they still play with a very subtle accuracy. I found the Mach Ones to be very Sansui-ish, in that they will play very loud, but will rip your face off if you get to close.

BrokenHill
01-11-2011, 09:36 PM
Great old thread, here is my small collection of Realistic audio stuff.

Mach two speakers

Optimus-45 speakers

Minimus-2.5 speakers

SA-2001 completely recapped

Realistic PRO-2026 programmable scanner

Recently acquired TM-1001 (very impressive analog tuner)

STA-2700, time for service on this one looking for a schematic or service manual.

Copa1934
01-11-2011, 11:32 PM
Great old thread, here is my small collection of Realistic audio stuff.

Mach two speakers

Optimus-45 speakers

Minimus-2.5 speakers

SA-2001 completely recapped

Realistic PRO-2026 programmable scanner

Recently acquired TM-1001 (very impressive analog tuner)

STA-2700, time for service on this one looking for a schematic or service manual.
Here are some links for you to play with...

http://support.radioshack.com/productinfo/DocumentResults.asp?sku_id=31-3016&Name=Amplifiers and Receivers&Reuse=N Receiver info

http://support.radioshack.com/productinfo/ From the drop down select what you are interested in, like "Audio" which will allow you to lookup owners manuals, specs and other relevant info on many RS products without having to fish through the many RS catalogs at http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalog_directory.html which of course is a nostalgic look back.

For your tuner info this site kicks booty http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/specs.html

Only thing I need for my STA-2500 to get her working 100% is a volume pot. Mine doesn't function in the first 1/4 turn. OK if you like music loud all the time. Not me.

Enjoy!

joshuamc
01-12-2011, 11:16 PM
I just recently got into realistic stuff, my uncle randomly sent me a modulaire 8, so now, all told, I've got:

R - 8010
Modulaire 8
STA - 77
STA - 10
MC - 1000 Speakers
T - 200 Speakers (bought in great working order from craigslist for $25!)

The sound is great and I love having 8 Track capacity!

Josh

hogdaddy
01-12-2011, 11:29 PM
I have Realistic T-100's and Optimus 400 speakers and I think lots of the Realistic receivers look very nice but don't have any at present.

Copa1934
01-12-2011, 11:36 PM
I have Realistic T-100's and Optimus 400 speakers and I think lots of the Realistic receivers look very nice but don't have any at present.
For the moment RS receivers, from late 70's and earlier are still considered solid finds and bargains. Get'm while their cheap to be had!

Caminokid
01-13-2011, 04:03 AM
If I see the items I grab them. I have a few pieces...and two or three piece have been in daily use since the 80's.

jleon92f
01-13-2011, 06:08 AM
I think someone asked for this a while ago, I just found it.


Thanks,
John.:music::D

JeffyW
01-14-2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the comparison opinions. I've got some great speakers around the house, but I think I'd grab either the Mach 1's or the T-200's if I saw them.

Splatter Pak
01-15-2011, 03:53 PM
I regret selling the SA-2001 and TM-1001, those were actually great separates. I'm currently looking for a good pair to reacquire for the den.

I had both of those, and thought the TM-1001 was a great tuner. However, once I progressed a bit in audio, I found the SA-2001 to be seriously lacking. In time, I fried it trying to do some mods on it - no regrets. The tuner went bye-bye too, and that I do regret.

What a mis-matched matching pair...

earphone
03-03-2011, 01:02 PM
For the moment RS receivers, from late 70's and earlier are still considered solid finds and bargains. Get'm while their cheap to be had!

I have a STA-790 which is from the mid-80s and sounded great before I shorted it out. I liked it better than my Marantz or Pioneer. It was in between them for warmth and clarity.

Since it blew and I can't find a schematic I've actually bought two more Realistic receivers, both earlier models. I can't wait to hear them.

I am tempted to snap up a few more mid-80s models while they're still cheap. This vintage hobby is addictive!

aabottom
03-03-2011, 07:10 PM
I just bought a pair of Optimus-1 last weekend for $20 off CL. They sound great. Likely, a much better deal than the asking price of $50 for a pair of Minimus-7.

So now my updated Realistic collection includes:

STA-80: 1974 Catalog, page 8
Optimus-1 : 1968 Catalog, page 18
Optimus-2B : 1975 Catalog, page 24
Realistic Stereo Test Record, CAT. NO. 50-1001, 1975 Catalog, page 32
Realistic STA-7M . 12 VOLT Mobile Stereo Receiver
Realistic SA-10 integrated amp
RadioShack 12-820 FM/AM armband radio
Green Laser Pointer (63-132)

jancumps
03-05-2011, 03:16 AM
added a 12 band equalizer, which adds up to:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=260557&stc=1&d=1299316546

aabottom
03-06-2011, 02:35 PM
added a 12 band equalizer, which adds up to:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=260557&stc=1&d=1299316546
OK, I'll add the following
Cat. No. 28-270 RadioShack 300 in One Electronic Project Lab
Cat. No. 22-214 Micronta 43-Range Multitester
Cat. No. 22-802 RadioShack Auto-Ranging LCD Digital Multitester
Cat. No. 22-816 Extech True RMS MultiMeter
Cat. No. 22-156 enercell Battery Tester
Cat. No. 64-2184 RadioShack Soldering Iron Station 20/40 Watt
Cat. No. 43-3888 RadioShack Digital Telephone Answering Device
Cat. No. 63-1030 RadioShack Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer
Cat. No. 63-867 RadioShack LCD IN/OUTDOOR Thermometer Hygrometer
gobs of wire, interconnects, connecters, test leads, pots, resistors, caps, antennas, antenna transformers, power supplies


So now my updated Realistic collection includes:

STA-80: 1974 Catalog, page 8
Optimus-1 : 1968 Catalog, page 18
Optimus-2B : 1975 Catalog, page 24
Realistic Stereo Test Record, CAT. NO. 50-1001, 1975 Catalog, page 32
Realistic STA-7M . 12 VOLT Mobile Stereo Receiver
Realistic SA-10 integrated amp
RadioShack 12-820 FM/AM armband radio
Green Laser Pointer (63-132)

Cat. No. 28-270 RadioShack 300 in One Electronic Project Lab
Cat. No. 22-214 Micronta 43-Range Multitester
Cat. No. 22-802 RadioShack Auto-Ranging LCD Digital Multitester
Cat. No. 22-816 Extech True RMS MultiMeter
Cat. No. 22-156 enercell Battery Tester
Cat. No. 64-2184 RadioShack Soldering Iron Station 20/40 Watt
Cat. No. 43-3888 RadioShack Digital Telephone Answering Device
Cat. No. 63-1030 RadioShack Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer
Cat. No. 63-867 RadioShack LCD IN/OUTDOOR Thermometer Hygrometer
gobs of wire, interconnects, connecters, test leads, pots, resistors, caps, antennas, antenna transformers, power supplies

Dmannnnn
03-07-2011, 04:12 PM
My Realistic tube collection is finally complete, thanks to Scuzzer.

I now have:

a pair of AF-15 el-84 PP monoblocks
a pair of AF-12 6v6 PP monoblocks
and a pair of Carnival SE 6v6 monoblocks

Now comes the fun part, fixing them all up. I will post a picture when I can get them all together. I love the maroon and gold graphics on this line of gear.

mhardy6647
03-07-2011, 05:52 PM
The AF-12s are pretty decent little amplifiers; more or less copied from a Grommes amp (earlier, R/S sold their own version of the Grommes). Last I knew, AKer Urchinn has a nice pair...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/RSamps.jpg

In fact, my current avatar is a night shot of one of em!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/oneRSampaglow.jpg

mark_thechef
03-07-2011, 11:05 PM
hi there guys, i have a realistic graphic equalizer i scored for 99 cents on ebay :] so many cool vintage audio stuff on the site makes me want to buy more

jleon92f
03-08-2011, 06:02 AM
The AF-12s are pretty decent little amplifiers; more or less copied from a Grommes amp (earlier, R/S sold their own version of the Grommes). Last I knew, AKer Urchinn has a nice pair...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/RSamps.jpg

In fact, my current avatar is a night shot of one of em!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/oneRSampaglow.jpg

Wow, those are very nice looking amps. Makes me want to get some more tube amps!

Thanks,
John.:music::D

EscapeVelo
06-14-2011, 10:36 PM
Some really great stuff on here. Thanks for sharing!

What I had...first system

STA-2600
Optimus T-120 Tower Speakers
LAB-430 TT
Late 80s Realistic Tape Deck (cant remember model number)

What I now have...

STA-90
STA-2280
4 Optimus Pro LX 5
2 Minimus 7 Black
Microphone (Ill look up the model number)
Realistic Video Selector
Tape Control Center



What I aspire to have...working list

STA 52B
STA 7
STA 78
STA 95
STA 2100

10 Band Equalizer
Bass Enhancer
Analog or Digital SPL Meter
APM-200 Audio Meters
6 Channel Mixer
PZM Microphone
Stereo Electret Microphone

SA 1000 to 2001 Integrated Amp & Matching Tuner

SA 175 Amp & Matching Tuner

LAB 400 TT

Mach Two
Optimus T-200
Minimus 7w
Minimus 77
Minimus 5

Bullet SuperTweeters
6.5" Woofers

2 SCT-3100 Cassette Deck

Other Stuff

AX 190
SX 190
Pro 2004 Scanner
Pro 84 Handheld Scanner

electra100
06-18-2011, 12:04 AM
I recently have become a collector since I just picked up a sta-2100D and sta-2300 within the same week for a total cost of less than $60. I gave the 2300 to my dad for good karma and am now using my new 2100 to power my Heresey II's. I never would have thought these monster receivers would put out high quality sound, but research indicates these amps were made by Fostex.

tiga
06-18-2011, 12:23 AM
An update to my Realistic collection - I've added:

Another set of Mach One's (4024a)
Two Pair of Nova 8's
Nova 7B
STA-82

Great stuff.

Dee Mento
06-18-2011, 12:51 AM
Amazing to see all the old Realistic gear in this thread. The only Realistic I've ever owned is a pair of Minimus 7 speakers, which I still have and are in fine shape. I think I'll use them for computer speakers as soon as I finish my new desk and find something to drive them with. Really decent sounding little speakers they are.

skeetdaddy
06-18-2011, 12:58 AM
I have 3 turntables.....

Lab 390 (Bought new)
Lab 420
Lab 450 (Almost new, less than 2 hrs. on it)

Can't remember the speakers or receiver (do not have them anymore) I bought new in 1981.....

bre's dad
06-18-2011, 08:21 AM
I have mainly speakers, though I'm on the prowl for an STA-2000.

Mach 1 4024a (bought at yard sale, mint & refoamed)
Optimus 1B (neat mint, refoamed woofers though I had to replace a tweeter)
Optimus 45 (lesser known 10" 3 way)
Optimus 400 (need woofers & mids refoamed)
Minimus 7W
Minumus 12
LAB-400 (tone arm lift mechanism doesn't work but sounds good & works otherwise)

evman140
06-18-2011, 10:05 AM
My first speakers were a pair of Optimus T-120s. Still have them, restored them this past December. The only other pieces I have are the SA-100C amp and matching tuner TM 100.

I wish I had more!! Really starting to get an itch for Realistic :)

charles 1973
06-18-2011, 03:54 PM
I purchased the STA-90 Reciever and Mach One Speakers as a package in canada for $599 in 1976. I also bought their Lab 300 Turntable at the same time. Unfourtuneatly I got rid of them some time ago. I still have their STA-7/System 7 10 wpc reciever that came with the Miniumus 7 speakers I bought new in 1979 for $229. It still works fine, just a little noise in the controls. I played a Turntable through its MM Phono stage and it sounds good. I've got a 2'nd pair of the Minimus 7's with matching stands, and 2 AMP-300 Audio power meters.

thumper69
07-07-2011, 06:20 PM
I have a pair of Realistic Optimus 27s and I love them. I run my Pioneer sx 750 first through a Cerwin Vega coffee table subwoofer with crossovers built in to the sub, then route the mids and highs through the 27s. Unbelievable soundstage and clarity.

bluesky
07-07-2011, 07:35 PM
I'm a 'separates' guy. I've collected back most all the Realistic items I had and sold as a kid between '70-'76. My SA-900 and TM-90 (pictured below) sit on my desk between a pair of Infinity RS-2000 and receive outputs from the computer, TV and DVD player, as well. I also own the Realistic items listed in my signature. In the mid '70's as my power requirements went over 200w/ch I had to dump 'tha Shack' as they weren't keeping up with me.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20080311-RealisticSA-900TM-90angle.jpg

Brian

Really very nice looking and clean combo! They look like new. Bet it sounds nice too!! :thmbsp:

clarkson
07-07-2011, 07:47 PM
That is one beautiful setup !

shstrang
07-07-2011, 07:57 PM
I'll get pictures up. The memorial double LP only says "Radio Shack" on the jacket, but the label says "Realistic."

Edit...New! Improved! Now with photography! The rear-jacket advertising is from the first album, the memorial set didn't have any advertising on it in a pleasant display of good taste.

I had that 90 minutes with Fiedler when I was a kid. Great music but crappy pressing quality.

cary
07-07-2011, 08:40 PM
The only Realistic items that I have are a pair of Minimus 7's that I rebuilt. I gave away my STA-7 receiver about fifteen years ago. I kind of wish I kept it.

Copa1934
07-07-2011, 10:09 PM
Hmmm...

STA-2500 (bought new)
STA-2000 (pre "D")
STA-860
Minimus 7c
Optmus 5b
Nova 7b (2-pair)
Mach One 4024 Pr
Mach One 4029 Pr

No bias in this mancave. Of course there is quite the variety beyond RS stuff.

Alexmac
07-09-2011, 11:17 AM
well today i decided to see just what i had in Realistic gear......I have an STA 2290,2000,960,820,85,20 21,and an SA 150....a pair of Mach 1's(4024a)....a Lab 500,R8010(belt drive)....a 10 band EQ with spectrum display(31-2020) and a APM-500 power meter....pretty much all are in mint condition.....so i guess by the amount of Realistic gear that makes me a Radio Shack collector lol

Grog
07-09-2011, 04:28 PM
This is great to see Realistic collectors get a thread. I've always had a spot in my heart for anything marketed by Radio Shack.

I have a beautiful looks-like-new-sounds-like-new-operates-like-new STA-2100 ( the original toroidal p/s version ).

I also have two Lab-500 turntables, one I operate, the other for spare parts. They both operate and look like they just came out of the box.

Lucky enough I have the two R9000E LWS original cartridges that came with them, but recently I bought a brand new NOS R9000E LWS on Ebay still in original packaging. I am breaking that one in with the original stylus.

Other than that I have a Realistic Tape control Center handling my two tape decks and will be handling an 8-track I want to buy.

Cheers!

BruceRPA
07-09-2011, 04:58 PM
Sweet! :music:

earphone
07-09-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm a big fan of Realistic. They made a bunch of great sounding and solidly built receivers but the biggest bargains to be had are with their speakers. A pair of monstrous 1020s are among the best speakers I have heard, and were picked up for a song. The little Nova 16s are very very sweet. I think it's not just that they were well designed for warm clean detailed sound, but that they were built with quality parts that hold up very well. Extremely well if my experience is typical.

As I type this there's a pair of Novas on the local CL for $15 in great condition. I'm fighting the temptation to grab them, because my dining room is piled high with gear.

Copa1934
07-09-2011, 11:00 PM
This is great to see Realistic collectors get a thread. I've always had a spot in my heart for anything marketed by Radio Shack.

I have a beautiful looks-like-new-sounds-like-new-operates-like-new STA-2100 ( the original toroidal p/s version ).

I also have two Lab-500 turntables, one I operate, the other for spare parts. They both operate and look like they just came out of the box.

Lucky enough I have the two R9000E LWS original cartridges that came with them, but recently I bought a brand new NOS R9000E LWS on Ebay still in original packaging. I am breaking that one in with the original stylus.

Other than that I have a Realistic Tape control Center handling my two tape decks and will be handling an 8-track I want to buy.

Cheers!
Had my budget permitted, at the time, I would have owned the 500 as well. Nice TT. I'm afraid you do qualify, tongue firmly in cheek. I'm awaiting the delivery of a, supposedly working 8-track player/recorder of unknown make (for the moment). If it does work I'll have to locate some blanks and record some more current tunes to play in my vintage 1977 Pinto Cruising Wagon (with factory port holes) which has a working AM/FM (mono) 8-track (stereo) player. If I'm not mistaken Pioneer won a suit with RS forcing them to replace the 2100 with the 2100D, some say the latter wasn't as good, though I personally wouldn't know.

Grog
07-10-2011, 02:23 AM
Yes I heard that about the lawsuit. I also own a Pioneer SX-1080 and you can see the similarity.

From what I've heard, the change to the standard transformer didn't affect the sound but I'm sure other guys on here can chime in and let us know. It would be interesting to know if anyone has done a A/B test with an STA-2100 and STA-2100D.

jleon92f
07-10-2011, 07:09 AM
I like my STA-2000D so far...

Thanks,
John.:music::D

tooloud62
07-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Realistic Gear lets see

16 Mach Ones
2 T200s
1 STA 2100

Copa1934
07-10-2011, 12:12 PM
Realistic Gear lets see

16 Mach Ones
2 T200s
1 STA 2100
16???? WTF, get outta here. 16? I've got 2 complete pairs and two spare cabinets for a project, but 16? I've never heard of anyone owning more than a couple pairs of a given model of any speaker, let alone Mach One's. Keep that up and there just might be a shortage down the road, with all roads leading directly to your door.

Let me think, oh I get it, your version of the GD wall of sound right?

Grog
07-10-2011, 02:50 PM
Heck I wanna know:

1) If you have them all set up on one system with a tower of 8 speakers per side.
2) What the heck you are driving them with.
3) What's your address cuz I wanna come hear this!!

HAHAHA

Hendrix416
07-10-2011, 03:10 PM
16???? WTF, get outta here. 16? I've got 2 complete pairs and two spare cabinets for a project, but 16? I've never heard of anyone owning more than a couple pairs of a given model of any speaker, let alone Mach One's. Keep that up and there just might be a shortage down the road, with all roads leading directly to your door.

Let me think, oh I get it, your version of the GD wall of sound right?

:worthless:

bre's dad
07-10-2011, 03:59 PM
16 Mach Ones

it ain't true unless there's pics... LOL

terra1
07-10-2011, 04:41 PM
3) What's your address cuz I wanna come hear this!!

HAHAHA
Are you deaf?
Heck, I can hear them now! :D

maxhifi
07-10-2011, 04:47 PM
Realistic:

Mach 1 40-4024
Nova 7B
Minimus 10
Parametric EQ (don't use it for anything anymore)
Red Flavor radio
Portable AM/FM radio
Various Cassette and open reel Supertapes
Tubes (various)

Want to get a clean STA-90 to restore and find out if it lives up to AK hype.

Optimus:

Pro 7
LX5-II
LAB-1100

RadioShack:

Speaker selectors
Cordless phone
etc

I like all the old RS gear, it reminds me of reading the catalog as a child. They used to get no respect, but I've got more enjoyment out of my humble Nova 7Bs than most any other speakers I've owned.

terra1
07-10-2011, 04:50 PM
Want to get a clean STA-90 to restore and find out if it lives up to AK hype.
Believe the hype! :yes:

maxhifi
07-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Believe the hype! :yes:

I'm thinking the power is more than adequate... Been using a Dynaco ST-70 II for years without ever feeling a lack of power. How do the electrolytics hold up in old RS amps? Will I have to change all of them in a given STA-90 to get it to operate properly?

In my Nova 7Bs and Minimus 10s, the original capacitors were in such bad shape that the speakers sounded totally different (and WAY better) with a simple replacement. When I got the Novas, they were only 20 years old, and still sounded excellent, but over the last 10 years they had gone considerably downhill. The Minimus 10s sounded similarly terrible before the new caps, totally lacking treble.

My Yamaha CR-800 reciever from 1976 also does not sound nearly as good as I remember it. I'm assuming it also has capacitor disease, but it's a bit more work to get it to spec than changing the two caps in a stereo pair of speakers!

EscapeVelo
07-10-2011, 05:08 PM
Believe the hype! :yes:

Agreed. I just picked one up and its been fantastic.

bre's dad
07-10-2011, 07:03 PM
The Minimus 10s sounded similarly terrible before the new caps, totally lacking treble.

I have a set of Mach 2's that are in the same boat. I questioned if the tweeters were even working until I swapped tweets with my Optimus 400's. The 400 tweets sounded like crap on the Mach 2's, just as did their normal tweeters (the infamous butt cheek radial horn). Both sets sound good on the 400's. New caps for the Mach 2's should arrive later this week.

nick12345
07-10-2011, 07:24 PM
I don't think I have enough Realistic gear to be considered a collector, but I would love to increase my inventory. Hi-Fi or not, I have a soft spot for pretty much anything Realistic. Also, just about every product they made looked really good, which is always a plus.

tooloud62
07-11-2011, 11:32 AM
Heck I wanna know:

1) If you have them all set up on one system with a tower of 8 speakers per side.
2) What the heck you are driving them with.
3) What's your address cuz I wanna come hear this!!

HAHAHA

I use 6 Sansui B-2101s to power the 16 Mach Ones 480 Watts CH@4 ohms. Its all in one room, and your right 8 a side. I have posted pics in past post.

cornwallguy
07-11-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm a 'separates' guy. I've collected back most all the Realistic items I had and sold as a kid between '70-'76. My SA-900 and TM-90 (pictured below) sit on my desk between a pair of Infinity RS-2000 and receive outputs from the computer, TV and DVD player, as well. I also own the Realistic items listed in my signature. In the mid '70's as my power requirements went over 200w/ch I had to dump 'tha Shack' as they weren't keeping up with me.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20080311-RealisticSA-900TM-90angle.jpg

Brian

The SA 900 and TM-90 were so uncluttered and clean looking
My Dad installed 3 TM-90s in a large office pa system along with cassette and 3 mpa-50 amps to power the different zones.
They could pull in stations near and far without external antenna
They eventually put up a large antenna mast which made it even better.
RS made some nice tuners, this was one of them

ROb,

nocents
07-11-2011, 08:32 PM
I luvs my Realistic gear...:D....I have resurrected 2 STA-95's and an STA-84 for a friend....one nephew...and my brother-in-law....they could not be more thrilled....but my "collection".would be a bit larger.......but I gotta admit...nuttin beats that look on their face when we hook them up for the first time...and luckily they still are under the radar pricewise...:thmbsp:

4season
07-13-2011, 11:59 PM
Here's mine:
http://idisk.mac.com/fourseason7444-Public/sta7.jpg
I did a general cleanup to the outside, which was scratched, and had paint splattered all over it. I still need to go over the electronics to relamp it and figure out why one channel is weak.

Copa1934
07-14-2011, 12:11 AM
Here's mine:
http://idisk.mac.com/fourseason7444-Public/sta7.jpg
I did a general cleanup to the outside, which was scratched, and had paint splattered all over it. I still need to go over the electronics to relamp it and figure out why one channel is weak.
Clean the pots and switches. I had an issue with my STA-2500 and one channel, don't recall which now. Turned out to be the tone defeat switch. After liberal cleaning and exercising the button all was and has been good. Now just waiting on a new volume pot. Once it arives I can take care of the "no volume to 1/4 turn" ouch those are my ears! Love my RS gear. Never failed me yet. Like anything they can and will wear out, but more serviceable than some gear.

AnalogDigit
07-14-2011, 01:32 AM
Here's mine:
http://idisk.mac.com/fourseason7444-Public/sta7.jpg
I did a general cleanup to the outside, which was scratched, and had paint splattered all over it. I still need to go over the electronics to relamp it and figure out why one channel is weak.

I like to get one of those for my Minimus 7's.

EscapeVelo
07-14-2011, 10:30 AM
Yeah, I like the green dials on those super small recievers. I like the STA-7 much better than the STA-11.

AnalogDigit
07-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Picked up two small tape recorders, the Minisette 15 for $1.95 and a Minisette 9 for $2.99 with AC Adapter. Came in handy on Monday when the power was out.

EscapeVelo
07-15-2011, 05:45 PM
The STA-11 has better specs all the way around than the STA-7.

Ive been looking for an STA-720 , but it seems to be pretty rare.

Malone
07-15-2011, 06:03 PM
Hey lads..
I have to say, am a bit envious for the Realistic stuff is shown here...

Its hard to find Tandy Gear in Europe theses days.
But i just luv most of it.

my small collection.

Two Pairs Mach2
Realistic QTA-751
" STA-820
" STA-52
" SA-1500+ TM 800
" SA-2100

EscapeVelo
07-15-2011, 06:09 PM
Not too shabby. Nice collection.

Malone
07-15-2011, 06:22 PM
Not too shabby. Nice collection.

Thanks but still rather small and the Big Boys (sta 2100 etc.)I haven't found by now.:D