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Any many users of these boards know, I am a fan of vintage equipment.

Well, the local second-hand store had a vintage Realistic STA-2290 show up. Apparently this is a 90 WPC stereo receiver, with a super impressive power supply, circa 1985.

However, wasn't most of the Mid 80's Radio Shack stuff el crapola? From what I read, these pieces were made by Foster Electronics of Japan (now Fostex) and some people seem to like them.

Really, I have 0 use for this item, but I hate to pass something up if it is actually a good piece.

Any comments?

(P.S. They had an old Lloyds 8-track player (stand alone component) that I picked up and plugged into the H/K. How did people listen to these things?)
 

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Actually, back then Tandy was sourcing a lot of that product from a variety of Japanese manufacturers (a lot of Matsushita product) and rebranding it. Some of it was Foster, but there were examples of Panasonic and even Technics equipment rebranded for RS.

I can't tell you who made that particular unit, but once in a while RS unearthed some gems in that era (eg. Minimus 7's) and the 2290 does seem well regarded. You can view the actual item from their catalog on page 4.

I won't guarantee it ... but it might surprise you (although it apparently was a fairly hot running unit).
 

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Johnny, that is an awesome catalog link.

I like the pic of the guy with the feathered hair pouring the champagne for the lady in front of the stereo. He has the perfect lecherous look.

Man, glad I posted, even just to see that catalog!
 
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