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Realistic STA-2000

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1977-79)

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Realistic STA-2000


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

Year: 1977

Price: USD $499.95 (1978)



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Reviewed Dec 30th, 2018 by

This is Realistic’s best Made in Japan Receiver beside the almost impossible to find STA 2100 which was also made in Japan and had a Pioneer Power Transformer they had to later remove in the 2100D. That model and the 2000D were both made in Korea which was not as high quality in sound and craftsmanship. If you can get a hold of one of these STA 2000 or 2100 receivers you’ll swear it’s no different than the Pioneer SX 950 and SX1050, other than the ridiculous price everyone wants for the Pioneers.... yeah it’s the name and they are really good....but if you can’t dish out $900-$1100 you can find these in perfect working condition for less than half or more than you’d pay for Pioneer.
Sound is warm clean and clear with almost any good vintage pair of speakers. I had a pair of Realistic Optimus 400’s which is another super rare and about identical to the Pioneer S910’s in design and sound but with real Walnut veneer, rated at 8ohm with 100watts of power handling. The S910’s were 6ohm 80 Watts with horrible vinyl veneer. Also have unrepairable Woofer cones.... once they go, good luck.
Hope this review helps anyone thinking about this particular Realistic receiver...

Reviewed Mar 23rd, 2018 by

Holy Grail for Realistic - Great FM tuner, super powerful, good phono stage.



STA-2000 volume cotrol needed

I need the volume control for a STA-2000. I is a four gang control that does NOT incorporate the balance control, which is a separate function knob. the RS number is P-1698. The manufactures number is P-170229. I checked the web including E-Bay, no joy. The shaft pulled right out. I might try surgery, but it does not look promising. Help!
Is it the same pot as a Pioneer SX950 or SX1050? Does anyone know who made this unit for Radio Shack?

re: STA-2000

The STA-2000 was sold in 77 and 78, replaced by the STA-2000D in 1979. The 2000 was manufactured by Tandy Electronics in Japan. The 2000D was manufactured by Tandy in Korea. TEC was considered an excellent manufacturer of stereo receivers, which is why Pacific Stereo chose to have their house brand receivers built there (Concept and Quadraflex Reference). The Concept line is one of THE best due to their dual mono design. While Pioneer receivers at this level used a 5 gang FM front end, the Realistics used 4 gangs. When asked about this fact, Bernie Appel, the audio buyer for Radio Shack, said they put extra effort into making their receivers more reliable than Pioneers, and considered the trade-off the right one.

re: STA-2000

Do you know where to get parts? I need the volume control

re: STA-2000

My old school buddy picked up a mint one of these for 50c at a Hamfest and gave it to me as a joke not realising just how good it really is. He’s not getting back. Would love to get a matching set of speakers etc. if anyone has any idea let’s know.

re: STA-2000

Hi I have the realistic sta 2100d, it is matched up with a pair of realistic t-200s which can handle 140 watts each. Superb speakers repairable woofers also and if you need a tweeter they do come up on eBay or crewin Vega has a exact replacement. Or you could go with a pair of Mach 1 s which are a kickass speaker with a 15 inch woofer. Hope this helps joe

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