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Realistic STA-90

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1976-78)

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Realistic STA-90


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 45 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

Signal to noise ratio: 65dB (MM), 85dB (line)

Dimensions: 5-7/8 x 19-1/4 x 14-1/2 inches

Finish: walnut veneer case

Year: 1978

Price: USD $379.95 (1978)



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Reviewed Jan 10th, 2020 by

I think it is better than my Pioneer SX650, has more clarity

Reviewed Sep 10th, 2019 by

I just picked one of these up. So far so good. The vinyl and the FM sound deep and rich. I haven't hooked up a CD player yet but I am sure it will be good too. Solid unit!

Reviewed Aug 03rd, 2018 by

I am very impressed with this receiver too. Excellent sound, tuner reception works way better that my Sherwood receiver, has solid build and great looks!
I love the changing dial color and fine tuning on the tuner, the Q Vox works very well, I have 2 set of vintage speakers connected, Marantz (80s) and Astor with Rola's in it (70s), sound great, also I can really hear the difference between the 2+2 and QVox..
Anyway this cheap setup sound great low or high, I have so MUCH power I cant use it!! Rated at 45W and only using at time max 25%!!
So happy with it, I got myself the little brother STA-52 same 2+2 and Q Vox but 15W only which will be plenty for the workshop
Happy Days

Reviewed Jan 18th, 2018 by

I am very impressed with this receiver. Excellent sound, tuner reception, solid build and great looks! It's in my sons system now, he preferred it to the marantz 2230 he had previously (and he has better ears than me)!



re: STA-90

The STA-90 debuted in 1976, replacing the worst receiver ever sold by The Shack, the STA-250. The 90 could be called the STA-225 light; a little less output power, watered down FM performance (3 gang front end vs. 4 in the 225), and slightly less fluid flyweight tuning. Like the 225, this is a very reliable, heavy build from Foster Electric in Japan. Sold for $359.95 in 1976 and 77, $379.95 in 1978. Because of it's 3 year run, the STA-90 is plentiful on eBay. Replaced by the STA-95 in 1979.

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re: STA-90

Does anyone have a picture of the power supply caps and the wiring for the sta 90?
I forgot (weed/speed/decide to recap my favorite tuner) what wires go where...Cant just be blue wires to negative and red to positive cap terminals...

re: STA-90

Hi, I had my STA-90 open a few days ago to change out a few bad capacitors and I took a picture for you. PM me your email and I'll send it over to you!

re: STA-90

Hi, I had my STA-90 open a few days ago to change out a few bad capacitors and I took a picture for you. PM me your email and I'll send it over to you!

re: STA-90

Just picked up a STA 90 in near mint condition at the Goodwill for $12.00. Cleaned it inside and out, plugged it in and it sounds pretty darn good. I currently have it hooked up in the garage with a pair of Boston Acoustic A-70's that I also found at the Goodwill.

re: STA-90

Wow that was a heck of a deal!! I found one local on CL for $80 and thought that was great. He had cleaned it, replaced all the bulbs, aligned it, etc. and it sounds awesome with my Fortes but still not the deal you got.

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