I Want to get a 2230 but offered a 2230B. Are there Sonic and Internal Differences?

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by Audioo, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Audioo

    Audioo Active Member

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    I hope to find an all original 2230 but 2230b came up. What should i know before go for it?
     

     

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  2. MBuras

    MBuras Restoration is an Addiction Subscriber

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    They are completely different receivers internally. The 2230 is capacitor coupled and has more of the Marantz warmth. The 2230B is direct coupled and adds both a little more accuracy and a little more kick. I like to say the 2230 is good at jazz while the 2230B likes rock n roll. Either one is a nice catch at the right price but both are getting old and will likely need a bit of repair/rehab.

    Good luck with your search!
    Mike
     
  3. Fairlane

    Fairlane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    What MBuras says. ^ ^ ^

    Become a subscriber and post a want to buy in the equipment section and I bet you will find one with a little patience.
     
  4. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger May all your Curds squeak loudly and proudly. Subscriber

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    Yup, what MBuras said.
    I have had both and find that the 2230 is a bit warmer sounding and what I would consider the 'classic' Marantz sound.
    YMMV.
     
  5. Audioo

    Audioo Active Member

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    B versions are more for rock n roll and non jazz instrumental etc?
     
  6. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man? Subscriber

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    I prefer the 2230B. I think it sounds better, and I like having tuning and center-tune meters.
     

     

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  7. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    I like the B much better than the non B

    As said, completely different animals.

    I tried stock 2230, recapped one, everything adjusted and none would hold a candle to the B I got. My B is unrestored. I flipped all the 2230 I ever had but the 2230B is not going anywhere.

    I like classic rock. But would probably prefer the B with any music. It just fits my ears better.
     
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  8. catrafter

    catrafter Marantz Specialist Subscriber

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    I have and still listen to the 2230 that I purchased in 1973 or 1974. Even though it is an early capacitive coupled output design, I still like the way it sounds.

    YMMV
    Tom
     
  9. patfont

    patfont AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    The 2230 is very reliable and very over built. It shares the same chassis as the 2245/2270. Has basically the same preamp board and phono board as the 2245/2270. I like the separate L/R amp board design, as opposed to the all on one board 2230B.
    When rebuilt properly it is hard to beat if it's power rating is enough for your needs.
     
  10. fernarias

    fernarias Super Member

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    I like the 2230 more than the 2230B. It just sounds much better on my Klipsch. The 2230B is not the equivalent of the 2230 as the 2230 evolved to the 2235 and 2235B (updated 2220, prob). So I would get that but I do hate the pop every time.
    If it's a good deal then get it, love it and take care of it. You can still keep looking and get a 2230 if one shows up.
     
  11. dcreek

    dcreek Active Member

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    It may not be important to you; but the 2230b does not have the 'main in / pre out ' plug option.
     
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