A Quantum Leap Into High Power! That's what Realistic thought about their STA-2000 receiver when they first put it on the market in late 1977. They were right in that it was Realistic's highest powered receiver at that time at 75 watts per channel. As you may know, Realistic was the house brand of Radio Shack and was meant to compete with Pioneer, Kenwood, Sansui and other receivers at the time. Most of the Realistic receivers are well built and perform very well. Price wise they were very competitive with the other audio brands at the time. The Realistic STA-2000 retailed for $499.95. The somewhat comparable Pioneer SX-950 put out 85 watts per channel and retailed at $699.95.
The styling of the STA-2000 is very nice and is reminiscent of the Pioneer models of the same era. The wood panels are walnut veneer which matches nicely with the silver face.
As you can see it has a very large flywheel tuning knob and the other knobs and buttons are nicely laid out. It has dual calibrated power meters that show actual power output to the speakers as well as a dual function meter that shows both FM center tuning and AM signal strength. The unit really looks nice lit up.
The STA-2000 also features:
- Dual Gate MOSFET FM
- Phase Locked Loop FM
- 3 IF Filters
- Hi Multiplex Filter
- 2 Aux Inputs
- FM Muting
- Dual Concentric Bass and Treble
- High Overload Low Noise Phono Preamp
- Tuned AM RF Stage
Check out the huge transformer inside.
In 1979 Realistic released the STA-2000 D which incorporated Dolby noise reduction into the circuitry. Many feel that the 2000D is not as good sounding as the 2000. The lower left push button in the set of 8 buttons on the front of the receiver is a 20db volume attenuator on the STA-2000 but was changed to a Dolby button on the STA-2000D. Realistic also added a small green light to the panel to indicate whether Dolby was activated or not.
This is the STA-2000D.
Realistic receivers have been slowly increasing in value as more and more people realize that their performance is very good. Some feel that the STA-2000 is a little heavy on the bass. Still, overall it is a very good value for the money and in really good working condition they sell for around $250. Of course, the STA-2100 is probably the most desired Realistic receiver but it sells for anywhere from $300 to $500. If you don't want to spend that much money and don't need 120 watts per channel then the STA-2000 or 2000D is the way to go.
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