Wow, take a look at this old girl, this Realistic STA-2000 is definitely one of the prettiest receivers I’ve had the pleasure of working on.
The Realistic STA-2000 sold here in Australia through the Tandy Electronics chain, in the late 70’s. As a kid, I used to visit the Tandy store near my home and marvel at all the wonderful electronics for sale. One of my favourite toys was a beloved Science Fair 200-in-1 electronics kit Mum and Dad gave me for Christmas, from Tandy Electronics.
I was especially interested in Tandy’s hi-fi section (you’d never have guessed, right..?). I had a small pair Realistic speakers and lusted after the legendary Mach One speakers on proud display at my local store, probably not far away from this old girl.
The STA-2000 has a distinctly Pioneer vibe, but there’s more to it than that. Tandy never made their own stuff, so one of the major Japanese manufacturers made this and other models for them.
Well, thanks to Norman, one of my American readers who used to work for Tandy Corporation in Dallas, we can now reveal that this model was made by Foster, in Japan. Foster are a famous Japanese OEM who made lots of speakers, radios and it turns out, receivers for Tandy and others. You can read Norman’s contribution in the comments below.
Specifications, thanks to HiFi Engine:
Tuning range: FM, MW
Power output: 75 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 15Hz to 25kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.25%
Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (MM), 75dB (line)
Dimensions: 19.25 x 16.5 x 6.25 inches
Finish: silver front, walnut veneer side panels
Price: USD $499.95 (1978) = USD $2118 in 2018!
Service & Repair
This STA-2000 arrived with a broken left channel, stiff tuning and looking a little dull. I replaced a noisy transistor differential pair using high-spec parts, similar in performance, but with a much higher voltage rating. These won’t fail again and I’m happy to report the unit is now singing again and back with her happy owner.
Let’s take a look and check out some of the extra little things I do when working on vintage hi-fi gear to add value.
Get in touch if you live in Perth and would like me to take a look at your vintage receiver.