Realistic Nova 40 Headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Arthur Smith, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a mint pair of these at my local Savers for $7.00 The cups and foam, and insides, are like new.

    Opinions on these headphones?
     

     

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  2. Gene Wiseman

    Gene Wiseman New Member

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    Do you have a picture? I don't know anything about them but I have a vintage Realistic bookshelf system and would like to have a pair of headphones to match. How do they sound? Are they comfortable?
    Thanks a lot,
    Gene
     
  3. Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith Well-Known Member

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    Google is your friend. They sound great. Yes they are. But you may find them uncomfortable.
     
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  4. cheapo_eddy

    cheapo_eddy Member

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    Not to sure of my memory, but I seem to recall taking a pair of them apart many years ago - or possibly a similar model - and finding the same paper-cone alnico-magnet junk that you'd see in a five-dollar transistor radio. Way down at the extreme bottom of the food chain. upload_2018-12-28_20-58-13.png
     
  5. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    If you like 'em, you got a bargain. Don't worry about what we think. That'a a great way to get discouraged in this hobby.
     
  6. Gene Wiseman

    Gene Wiseman New Member

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    I like the way you think!
     

     

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  7. arts

    arts Super Member

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    I was given a pair sometime back. Mint,extremely clean,look like they were never used. They don't sound bad,but they were never intended to be high-end.
    Modern designs easily outperform them,but you won't get those for under a tenner.If ya like 'em,use 'em:)
     
  8. Me Tarzan

    Me Tarzan EARTH

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    I have a pair at the bottom of a box somewhere. I never thought they were great but some people do. There was a guy at a TV studio I used to go to who always carried around his Nova's for mixing live sound and studio work for broadcast.
     
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  9. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    If they were the same model I bought new back in the day, then they are a circumaural, closed-back design with restricted HF response, and a very closed-in SQ. At the time I liked their bass, but came to realize I greatly preferred the sound of AKG open-backs (K141? maybe) I sampled and bought a few months later. IIRC, on the timeline. They still proved somewhat useful at times when the greater isolation mattered - like when listening to music while someone else in the room watched TV, or yacked with her friends.
     

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