totally junk

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by flameworker, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. flameworker


    Jun 15, 2014
    Landenberg, Pennsylvania
    one day....
    I went to buy a preamp for my sweet new power amp, my local store was closed, guitar center was closed, so I went to radio shack.

    Not a line amp, mixer, headphone amp, or even decent opamps to make one.

    But I found this on clearance sale for$ 39 down from $160 . #40 watt pa amp. Hmmm, radio shack made that killer mini moog analog synth. Maybe I can use it as monitor if it doesn't work for bedroom amp.

    Omg, horrible tone, just the worst amp ever .

    I thought I could use it like for bia.pmp or rotary stero effects, mayve to power a mini sub, since my amp t just 160 watts. A40w little bose sub is sweet.

    Sounds like an ice cream truck pa..)

    Well I got to play amplified for the night and it came with 10$ store credit, so whatever, free batteries for hassle.

    Don't get one. 1418965060610258700918.jpg only thing it's good for is my next thread!
  2. NOT a surprise, Radio S*** is not what it used to be. Okay for toys and cell phones. not much else.
  3. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    You'd probably be better off just plugging straight into your power amp--don't expect much volume but you should get at least enough sound for practicing at home until you get a decent preamp.
  4. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    you seem surprised.

    They were rubbish in the 70s lol. They are not in business in Oz anymore, who needs crap stereos anyway? The only great product they had was those 9v alkalines for $1 in the 80s lol they outlasted duracells by 3 times.
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    For $39.00 I wouldn't have gotten my hopes up.
  6. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    Radio shaft is not a place to buy pa gear.
  7. telecopy


    Dec 6, 2009
    That's for the speakers in the ceiling at the dentist's office!
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  8. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    You did the right thing.

    Rule is you have to try it yourself if you want know if it's going to work.

    Just think of the controversy you actually found it it usable :)

    I didn't know Radioshack was still in business. Do they sell Radios?
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  9. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    Digital camo, no extra charge!
  10. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I would never think to go to Radio Shack for ...well...anything.

    I remember when there was one in just about every shopping strip and mall around. Hardly any left around here any more.
  11. SheaNC


    Jun 15, 2006
    Marysville CA
    Radio Shack used to sell some really cool stuff back in the day. I have a 70's era RS stereo that sounds great. But these days, they're just another phone-n-TV store. Too bad.
  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Used to be you had to buy parts. Nobody repairs anything anymore. I'm old enough to remember those big tube testers. Their actual products never were that good.

    Good times.
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  13. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Plenty of radio shack stores around here. They sell cell phones.

    They do actually have a few parts drawers left of various switches, jacks, small capacitors, etc. All chinese made of really soft you could snap a plug in half with your finger, soft.

    I think that's just there until they run out of stock. :)
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  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Nah, high school kids still use them for their science projects.
  15. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Out of curiosity I was reading on the great Wiki, that RadioShack is pretty much circling the drain as we speak.
  16. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    exactly - it's most probably a Bogen PA amp labeled by RS - it's for crappy background music thru 25V or 70V ceiling speakers

    NO ONE would even buy this for that anymore - Best Buy has wireless hi-fi systems now for cheap
  17. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Yeah but it was over priced rebranded junk back then too. To the OP.. You'd be better off using this as a preamp for bass than anything you would find at Radio Shack..
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Again, their contribution was always parts and repair. They never were a good retail electronics seller. The fact that we are now a throwaway society renders them unneeded.
  19. JeromeH


    Jul 15, 2014
    I just gave a friend of mine a "Realistic" 10 band EQ that actually did a nice job when I used it back in the 90's! He hasn't hooked it up yet to see if it still works! At least it's out of my attic now!!
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014
  20. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    tandy corp, based in ft. worth, somehow survived the terrible tornado that took out most of their hq building, but it's been steeply downhill for them ever since. probably won't be much longer for them now, based on employee reports.