Actually treitz3, back in the 70's Radio Shack (TM) was in the top tier of the consumer end of the hi-fi scene counting among its peers such heavyweights as AR, Advent, ADS, KLH, Kenwood, Pioneer, Marantz, Scott, Fisher and Sansui and had several of the top rated products by the top magazines of the day.
Little known fact but back then, Radio Shack, Kenwood (Trio), Pioneer and Marantz even made amplifiers and receivers for one another, so that nice marants 40WPC Integrated amp was actually made by Radio Shack and that Realistic 35WPC amp was actually a rebadged Kenwood. Juzt a matter of logistics back then in the days of manual assembly; it made sense.
Radio Shack got into trouble in the early 80's when it decided it needed to diversify its offerings and contract out more and more assembly and abandon its core business of small parts, ham radio, kits and hi-fi for even more mass market consumer electronics. We are talking TVs, CED Disk Players, Moog Synthesizers and its own line of non-industry compatible computers. Back then, their people were well trained and knowledgeable (hell, I can still quote several hundred small part catalog numbers off the top of my head some 30 years later). Today, good luck in finding someone there who knows what a 1/4" stereo plug, heat shrink tubing or disc capacitor is.
The bad rep they enjoy today is well deserved just as much as the good rep they had back then was just as well deserved.
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on Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.