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mashaffer 22nd May 2005 06:58 AM

Vintage sand - did I score?
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Before I got around to opening up that Radio Shack receiver that I was going to repair I happened upon a Sony STR-V4 at a garage sale and picked it up for $30.

He had the thing hooked up to some rather awsome club speakers playing some Steele Dan. It has a little dirt in the volume pot but otherwise appears to be in great shape. It sounded so sweet I had to bring it home with me.

I hooked it up to my hodge-podge speakers and frankly they really perked up. I was surprised at the stereo image and the presence especially of the acoustic strings (standup bass, acustic guitar etc). I have not heard nice tight bass and open mids from these speakers before.

So I think I scored pretty well on this one. Any of you have experience with this unit?

I think I may gut the Radio Shack unit and use bits from it for a utility amp and the case for a Tube project. :)


It looks like this one (from ebay listing).

anatech 22nd May 2005 04:07 PM

Hi Mike,
Can't go wrong for $30.00. Pretty standard 70's rcvr. I think you just found out how bad the new stuff is.


mashaffer 23rd May 2005 02:50 PM

I have googled for information (schematics and online manuals) for this unit and haven't found anything. If anyone knows where I can find these please let me know.


destroyer X 23rd May 2005 09:49 PM

Take a look over here...nice place, and free.
The site owner is our forum friend.


destroyer X 23rd May 2005 09:53 PM

Another place to search for schematics and service manuals
This other one is nice too.

try there.


destroyer X 23rd May 2005 10:00 PM

A search example, searching for Philips audio
Just one will need Winrar it first of all.

Type Winrar in search area of this brazilian site:

This means, with wrong letters..the K is not correct, and words are connected together...not real portuguese word....means "download here".... all freeware, shareware and so on..... easy to use...type to search and click...type Winrar there if you need it.

the example of this place search...Philips audio search.

If i remember, they asked me my adress and some informs...and no to use.


destroyer X 23rd May 2005 10:10 PM

This place is a little bit more complicated
And speed is slower than others:

This is the Schematic Terrorist, an Russian site, you can find everything in electronics there.... wonderfull site!...but...hard to understand the short cuts in Russian..... having time go clicking there, you will be surprised of how much informs they can give us free.

In this place, somethimes a program to view images will be it on Google and download it...the program is DJVU

Well, i tried to help, maybe you already know...and have others.... good places to free schematics...share with us!



destroyer X 23rd May 2005 10:13 PM

This site is brazilian....what a shame!, but it is turning better day by day.
Was worst than that.... in a matter of years it will be very good.

Has some good schematics, and International amplifiers also, not only brazilian the end you will have nice shortcuts....good working links to some interesting places...Canada for example!



anatech 24th May 2005 01:07 AM

Hi Carlos,
Why the devil would you want to link to Canada??

Did you like the NRC link?


destroyer X 24th May 2005 02:29 AM

I had always some good feelings related Canada
Clean place, organized.... wonderfull place, despite the low temperatures in winter..... you have a subterranean life during winter...there are thousands of brazilians in your country.

In 1970 i was near to emigrate to Toronto..... an invitation to work in one television girl friend impeached me to go.... oh!.... 3 monthes latter she put some bull hat over my head!

Grrrrr! may capture the meaning of Bull she left me because one Air Pilot.....he left her too...crash the is interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic.

I know there are tensions there....French and English....but those differences happens everywhere..... not here...we are the world..there are all countries here.... From Siberian to Australian, with representatives, in big quantities, of all nations...Israeli and Arabian are big friends here....more than brothers...they make marriage always between them..... 2 marriages...Mouslim and Jewish...they do not understand those figths...they cannot!

Not easy to find sites of gave me some...i have visit...but i stopped to make something....i am always changing from here to i am inside China sites.

World is wonderfull...people really different...problem is that nations exist...flags...and things like that...territory!..this is mine...this is yours....aaaaagh!... we need a Global administration fast! small brake in the thread...go ahead guys!



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