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4400 in the house :)

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by The G.O.A.T., Nov 7, 2018.

  1. The G.O.A.T.

    The G.O.A.T. Audio slut...

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    I picked up my first Marantz ever on monday! The goal is to use it in the bedroom setup with a pair of tannoys/kef's. I am completely unfamiliar with Marantz from this era and my only exposure to them was when I worked at A&B Sound (Canadian retailer, now defunkd) in the late 90's/early 2000's. I know at this age it could use a go over by an experienced tec, but as I'm in Saskatoon (literally the middle of nowhere in the middle of the 2nd largest country in the world) I don't expect there to be much of expert on this machine. I'm reasonably handy with disassembly and could ship out parts if necessary but at that point I wouldn't even know who and where they should go. So any advice you could share would be much appreciated.

    Warm regards,

    Nick
     

     

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  2. bktheking

    bktheking Gitter Done! Subscriber

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    4400 is probably my least favourite receiver to work on but I still rebuild them cause they are so sweet once done- I have another one coming in a month or so to redo, it will be #4 I think i've done.

    Just a lot of parts to replace and it's a quad so double of everything- it's somewhat modular so if you can pull the boards out you could ship em to someone to get them replaced. Relay replacement is tough, but not impossible.
     
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  3. The G.O.A.T.

    The G.O.A.T. Audio slut...

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    What if I pulled parts and sent them to you?
     
  4. dgunnr

    dgunnr Marantz Owner

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    Chris Ready from Boothwyn, PA specializes in the 4400. Has done probably close to a 100+ of them. Did my 4400 years ago, very happy with outcome. If you plan on keeping the unit long term you have to restore it.

    Very complex unit to restore. A board by board rebuild would be very expensive in shipping.

    Good luck. 3rd most expensive receiver by Marantz during the 70’s.
     
  5. VintagePlus

    VintagePlus Mcintosh and B&W

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    Cmon Brad you loved working on mine LOL
     
  6. Marine0811

    Marine0811 I love it loud! Subscriber

    Oh boy! This sounds interesting
     

     

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  7. Jailtime

    Jailtime Standin' on a corner Subscriber

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    I've restored 2 of them, they really are a beast to work on. But they sound great when finished, and the quad features are fun to experiment with.

    I wouldn't run one in stock condition, both of the ones I restored had thoroughly baked power supplies.
     
  8. bktheking

    bktheking Gitter Done! Subscriber

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    Sure did, i have two coming to my place on Saturday!
     
  9. jstang

    jstang Honey,I can't hear you... Subscriber

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    Make great 4 channel surround systems... that will rock the house....
     
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  10. The G.O.A.T.

    The G.O.A.T. Audio slut...

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    Update: I have had this setup for a bit now and it is in surprisingly good shape. It has the typical scratchy pots and the scope works great but is hard to tune as it seems to change it's alignment with every input (is that normal?) sound quality seems great so far (keeping in mind that it is in a compromised room setup and with a sat/sub setup) and it puts out good clean power. Everything I have tested so far is working but I don't really have a way of telling if any of the quadraphonic features are working correctly.
    Is there a guide for this?
     
  11. bktheking

    bktheking Gitter Done! Subscriber

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    Not normal , is the tuning cap clean?
     

     

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  12. tcdriver

    tcdriver AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Here is a link to the Marantz 4300 receiver. It is very close to the 4400 in terms of hookup and operation. It explains the quadraphonic freatures.

    http://akdatabase.org/AKview/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=154
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018 at 10:41 AM
  13. bktheking

    bktheking Gitter Done! Subscriber

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    The pairing has arrived
     

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