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Old 02-13-2009, 07:05 PM
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Vintage Realistic STA-52

Well while shopping a flea market with my bro this past weekend I had my choice between a Realistic STA-82 and a STA-52. The 82 had a few lamps out and nick or two in the cabinet the STA-52 looked practically mint.

Swayed by the looks I went with the 52 and it looks like it was about a 60wpc difference.... The 82 is a 70-80wpc receiver while the 52 only produces about 12wpc. I thought I smoked the 52 yesterday while trying it out but I guess no harm done as I have since powered it up w/o any problems. Not sure I will use it for much but I had heard alot of good things about some of the Realistic gear.

Here are some pics.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:00 PM
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The STA-52 is a sweet sounding 12WPC receiver .



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Old 02-13-2009, 08:13 PM
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I had heard alot of good things about some of the Realistic gear.

Here are some pics.
You heard right. I have 3.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:33 PM
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Hey, I just bought the same thing about a month ago from GW. It is soo darn clean inside. All but one fuse light blew out. FM didn't work until I found 1 stinking diode shorted. Replaced that and the fuse, voila. I think mine goes about 16wpc. It looks just like yours but it's an STA-52B.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:11 PM
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I've got an 82. Solid piece, but probably about 30wpc.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:38 PM
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http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1980_small/ page 16 for the 52b. Might go back a couple years for the 52. Great place to look up specs on RS gear.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:23 AM
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The STA 52 is a very nice receiver. I own the STA 52B which was my first "true" stereo. IMHO, the STA 52 is a better receiver, since it has Quatravox circuitry to simulate 4 channel sound. The STA 52B just has A Rev, which switches the sound so what is heard on the left A speaker is heard on the right and vise versa.
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STA 82 isn't 70 watts. I dont believe it was any more than 30.
Its rather big, as is all the realistics of that era.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:16 AM
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http://support.radioshack.com/suppor...oc33/33307.htm has this info -

STA-82 44-Watt AM/FM Stereo Receiver with Quatravox
(310-2056) Features Faxback Doc. # 33307

INTRODUCTION

Your new STA-82 is a highly versatile AM/FM Stereo Receiver which delivers
enough power to drive almost any speaker system. The "honest" 22 watts per
channel over the entire audio bandwidth will drive both "main" and "remote"
speakers. And it has the performance and convenience features that
distinguish a truly great receiver.

Built-in Quatravox synthesizes 4-channel sound from ordinary stereo
sources. Whenever you're ready, just add a second set of stereo speakers
for the rear channels. It's the best of both worlds - stereo and 4
channel.

With the FM tuner, the specifications tell the story. There's an FET
front-end for excellent sensitivity and reduced noise. When you tune,
muting eliminates interstation hiss.

Our exclusive Auto-Magic dramatically simplifies FM tuning. when you
touch the tuning knob, it lets you dial stations easily. Then as you
release the knob, Auto-Magic fine-tunes the station and locks it in for
drift-free listening.

The wideband tuner provides maximum AM fidelity.


44 is higher than I'd have thought ... but well, there you go.

I had a sta 84, very cool in the way it was a black face in the middle of all the silver face, had wood sides and really really beefy, and had cool press buttons on the face. Nice.
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The STA 52 is a very nice receiver. I own the STA 52B which was my first "true" stereo. IMHO, the STA 52 is a better receiver, since it has Quatravox circuitry to simulate 4 channel sound. The STA 52B just has A Rev, which switches the sound so what is heard on the left A speaker is heard on the right and vise versa.
I think Ill take the Dolby FM Muting and the 25% increase (16 watts per channel) in output power of the 52B to the QuadraVox and 12 watts per channel of the 52. I picked up an STA-90 and loved it so much Im looking to pick up another vintage Realistic receiver, and zoomed in on the 52 for it's aesthetics.

For informational purposes only

Realistic STA-52 sold in 1977 and 1978.

Realistic STA-52b sold in 1979 and 1980.

Realistic STA-52b pictured...


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FWIW, the innards of an unsuffixed STA-52.

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Old 06-05-2011, 06:19 PM
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Here is a write up of the Realistic STA-52b (and Optimus 10 and Minimus 7) among some other gear.

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Popular Mechanics Oct 1978: Sound Strategy: 13 New Components for Great Stereo at Low Cost

Assemble a system from these pieces and you'll get $1000 for a total investment of about $500
Article starts on page 103.

Realistic STA-52b noted for its PLL (Phase Lock Loop) FM circuitry which the other units lacked (Sanyo JCX 2100KR and JVC JR S61).

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Guys
I know this thread is older, but I just found a near mint STA52b at Goodwill.
All for $8, it is a sweet little receiver. Looks killer !!
bob
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:03 PM
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Guys
I know this thread is older, but I just found a near mint STA52b at Goodwill.
All for $8, it is a sweet little receiver. Looks killer !!
bob
Nice find! My first stereo when I was 12yo included an STA-52B. I sold it in the early 90's but found a mint one locally that I'll always treasure...
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