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Old 19th October 2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Anyone ever hear of an older solid state brand called “Four Star”?
Found one in my usual “diving area” the other day . It’s a simple small receiver with rca inputs for a tape deck and that’s it the model is an FS-303. I can’t find anything on it anywhere. I’ll post pics later today
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Old 20th October 2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Here are the pics of what I'm talking about......
haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but it looks a little old......ish
I've tried searching on the net for this brand and all I come up with are four star ratings and such.... Mildly frustrating.

Also....what's the loc - Dist switch on the back? something to do with the antenna?
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Old 20th October 2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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It looks very much like a generic Taiwanese product of the 1970s. The "Four Star" is probably "Brand engineering" like the original Realistic range from Radio Shack/Tandy.

Other than find the retail network distributing them, I don't think you'll find much, unless the service organization can be found too.

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Old 21st October 2013, 08:24 AM   #4
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Just a PS: This is quite an old amp. Powering it up without replacing electrolytics first will likely result in smoke and a return trip to the dumpster - that's if the previous owner hasn't just done same thing. The Loc.-Dist. switch is indeed a manual local-distance setting for RF sensitivty of the FM tuner. Early sets had problems with wide ranging signal strength, inadequate aerials, low transmitter power and interference in some regions. This adjustment often improved reception.
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Old 21st October 2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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The logo on the 1sr pic is "Crown". A very successful Japanese company from the 70s
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