Realistic STA-960 Receiver

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by baj81, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. baj81

    baj81 Prof. Music Dork

    Hi everyone,

    I need an objective opinion regarding a Realistic STA-960 Receiver up for sale on ebay. I once owned a unit similar to this one many years ago and was always happy with the job it did. But also up for sale on ebay is a Pioneer SX-2300. This unit is a little more powerfull at 65 W.P.C vs. 50. The Pioneer has a few more electronic bells and whistles but that's not really what I'm looking for. I want something that will be able to stand the test of time in terms of needing to be repaired. The less gadgets the better.

    Comments and opinions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. vintagestereo

    vintagestereo Banned

    With all that it out there, why have you settled on these? :scratch2:
  3. pmsummer

    pmsummer simul justus et peccator


    That's a good looking piece of gear, and I understand your emotional attachement (I'm still looking for a STA-65b).

    However, the Pioneer MIGHT be easier to get repaired due to the different appreciations for Pioneer vs. Realistic receivers.

    After looking at that Pioneer (shades of BPC), I'd go with the Realistic (if those were my only choices).

    For that kind of money, though, I say step up and get a Yamaha CR-620/820/640/840. :yes:
  4. johnda

    johnda AK Subscriber Subscriber

    I own the sister-ship to the SX-2300, the SX-2700 which is rated at 65 watts/channel. It was the last of the black units I purchased. In my study, I have a Vintage Sony STR-6055 rated at 35 watts/channel and I just like the overall character of sound better. The Pioneer SX-2700 has a "lighter" sense to the music while the Sony is warmer. I prefer the warmer sound. I've been trying to latch onto a Marantz 2230, 2230B or 2245 to play with, and compare to the Sony, but so far haven't been successful.
  5. baj81

    baj81 Prof. Music Dork

    Thanks for the info. Searching through ebay can be a daunting task. There is so much out there to look at. Part of my problem is that i'm Anyway, i have to admit that the realistic does look VERY tempting.
  6. pmsummer

    pmsummer simul justus et peccator

    Welcome to the club. ;)

    A tip. Look for things that are within driving distance. Save $$ on shipping, and rest assured that you'll get it in one piece!
  7. baj81

    baj81 Prof. Music Dork

    Hmmm....ya know that's a good idea. Especially since your average shipping costs are around $30!
  8. pmsummer

    pmsummer simul justus et peccator

  9. mikey3117

    mikey3117 Victory is mine!

    If your a fan of the older RS stuff, like me, go for the STA-960! It is one of the best looking units they produced!
  10. baj81

    baj81 Prof. Music Dork

    lol.....too many choices! I do like the yammie though......hmmmm...........
  11. radioripster

    radioripster Member

    I know this is an old post, but just my experience with the Realistic STA-960 has been amazing. I've had mine for 30 years and it's been the most reliable and rugged piece of audio equipment anyone could ask for. After years of being used as the house stereo, it has spent the past decade..yes, my main computer's amplifier. It is only shut off for thunderstorms and a couple times of the year for out of town trips. It literally has been on for many months at a time for years and the only problem I have has was the power switch went bad. I replaced it with a toggle switch recently, gave the chassis a good blowing out with compressed air, cleaned the faceplate and knobs along with the pots and switches. It's still the best looking Realistic receiver ever made in my opinion. Here's to another 30 years! Salute!

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