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Realistic STA-820

AM/FM Stereo Receiver

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Realistic STA-820


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 40 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.09%

Input sensitivity: 2.2mV (MM), 160mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 63dB (MM), 75dB (line)

Output: 130mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω to 16Ω



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Reviewed Dec 08th, 2015 by jammonz

I, personally LOVE this Receiver! There are bigger and more quality pieces, but this has been with me now some 3+ years and I just cannot even think of selling it when I think of thinning the herd!
I have sold a lot of early 1970's NAD's, Kenwoods,Pioneers, and few other Solid States, but between this one and a LUXMAN at the same wattage levels and those 2 are the hardest to get out of my system (literally) because of the subtle sound capabilities and LP/TT/Recording properties that are better than average, IMHO!!
I, also, have owned a complete Farm of G series SANSUI's and the one that got away was the Pure Power G5500. NOT the TOTL, but still worthy of the Sansui name (again IMHO) and was just as impressive. I will someday find one in that series again, but until then, I will be happy with what I brung home!
I now own some different Tube Amps from the 60's and relish every moment, but still LOVE to listen to those so-called VINTAGE Receivers of the late 70's and early 80's!! I believe vintage is overused and abused every where today............PHILCO, FISHER and KLH are Vintage as long as they are about 60+ years old!

Reviewed Aug 03rd, 2014 by balez5809

Excellent mid range receiver. Very similar in function to the STA-78 except it is silver front panel (STA-78 is black front panel). I use one to drive my outdoor speakers. Ideal for small rooms like a bedroom. FM reception is very good (as is true with all Realistic receivers).



re: STA-820

Nicely build receiver even by today's standards.
Quite reliable.
Replacing the burnt out dial lamps is a pain, so converting them to fuse-style LED's is wise.
However, the AC supply to them needs modification to lower the 12v to 8v with a dropping resistor chose after determining the total LED lamp load.

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