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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,139
    My first receiver was a RS Lafayette model, and it worked pretty good. At least I enjoyed it at the time, along with the AR turntable, Shure cartridge, Sony RTR, and Pioneer CS-A700 speakers. The Sansui that replaced it didn't seem all that much better.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,902
    A lot of the Radio Shack stuff was OEM, rebadge stuff from companies like Sansui and Sony but usually at a cheaper price
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  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,523
    We never got any Allied catalogs but the Radio Shack catalogs from the early 60's to early 70's were good reads. And of couse the Heathkit catalog required a decent amount of gawk/wish time.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,053
    I don't need encouragement ;)

    FWIW, my ever-growing, albeit with glacial slowness, collection of Heathkit catalog scans may be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3wZ2hc

    11947040984_4833bdcafa_b.jpgHeathkit0001 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    32596428976_96baf76062_b.jpgHeathkit 1964 Christmas by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    I think I may be a wee bit off-topic...
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,545
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    A lot of the Radio Shack stuff was OEM, rebadge stuff from companies like Sansui and Sony but usually at a cheaper price

    I had a pair of Optimus speakers that were rebadged Yamahas.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,233
    Would those have been the early Mach Ones
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,053
    edited June 2017
    No -- the Yamaha OEM came much, much later -- and they were pretty dismal Yamaha three-ways, at that (no offense to Mr. Nightfall).

    The STS-100, e.g. (seen here in the 1998 catalog, from www.radioshackcatalogs.com)


    The Yamaha morph was the NS-A636.
    I found a pair of 'em at the Harvard (MA) town dump many years back-- but, even at that price, I thought they were a poor value ;)

    17680135616_7409d548d0_b.jpgdumpyamahae by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    (That dump-find CR-220's a pretty nice, albeit very entry level receiver, though -- but it predates the speakers by a couple of decades)

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,053
    Tell y'all what -- if there is sufficient interest in the R/S, Lafayette, Allied, Heathkit "topic", let's start another thread.

    This is way off topic for this one ("Polk's Terrible Website")... even by my stream of consciousness standards!


  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,844
    The Radio Shack catalog wasn't quite up there with the Heathkit Bible but I'd rank it ahead of the Sears catalog. I'm talking before RS turned into the cellphone and AA battery store.

    You left out the all important radio controlled cars
  • JstasJstas Posts: 13,681
    edited June 2017
    Sorry, was supposed to be a PM.

    That's what I get for leaving too many windows open.
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!
  • gimpodgimpod Posts: 1,747
    edited June 2017
    Jstas wrote: »
    Sorry, was supposed to be a PM.

    That's what I get for leaving too many windows open.

    Yea - Likely story. :wink:
    BTW: The voices do talk to me, I think they need there mouths washed out. :o

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