my first marantz

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by yotems, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. yotems

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    i spent the week thinking about a marantz hat i saw on ebay and how cool it looks and how much i liked it.. i knew i didnt have any marantz gear but i certainly respected the ones i had heard. i have pioneer gear and the same seller has pioneer hats but considering their larger presence in car audio, that hat just doesnt make the same statement. i have NEC gear but no ones makin NEC hats.. even if they did who would even know what the hell it meant? next to no one thats who. i decided to buy the marantz hat and really look forward to its arrival.

    a few hours later someone messages me about an amp i have for sale they end up passing on for an awesome package deal with speakers, sub, receiver, etc for cheap they found, when they informed me of a few things they had for sale..

    a seasoned 2226b in what will be about 8/10 condition after a real good cleaning.. i already like this thing too much

    and a pair of dr120 speakers.. there is nearly nothing for information online for these speakers but they seem pretty good. the crossovers have quite a bit of stuff on em and they are quite sturdy/heavy pieces. the midrange cones are torn so they arent all there yet sound wise but i found NOS ones on ebay. the attenuators for mids and tweeter need cleaned, but when i did get sound out of em through a not so special amp (testing purposes) they still could reproduce sound that my other speakers couldnt so im pretty excited to get them sorted out. i got one of the speaker cabinets cleaned pretty nicely and it looks pretty badass.

    i picked this stuff up because i knew i could get rid of the 2226b to really make the speakers a good deal but damnit, i havent even cleaned/heard this thing and i already want to keep it

    i most likely will :music:
     

     

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  2. Dingman

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    People sure like those old Marantz units. I have several myself, but no 2226B's - in fact, no "B" models here at all. But again, they are well liked.

    Congrats.
     
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    You won’t find any complaints around here about the 2226b. It’s sweet sounding when paired with the right speakers. Not familiar with dr120’s, but basically, you’re looking for some fairly efficient speakers with the modest power of the 2226b. Enjoy it!
     
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    the DR120’s are apparently a totl speaker marantz offered from 1982-1985. they seem to be some pretty sensitive speakers and they were already paired with the 2226b. im guessing the “b” models are indicitive of the transition into the 80’s as the outputs are the blue and black nec batwing outputs vs the older round germanium outputs. i can only imagine that may be why they arent as popular as the models “pre B”

    maybe im wrong though?
     
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    The b models are generally late 70’s era and highly regarded. I don’t think they are second class citizens to the non-b and they are much more highly regarded than the 80’s era units among vintage collectors.
     
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    one speaker i got pretty well and cleaned short of deoxit treatment on the attenuators, and one hasnt been touched. receiver hasnt been touched. it does turn on though. only significant blemishes are two dents on volume side of faceplate, top and side. top isnt that noticeable, side kind of is.

    polydax midrange drivers.. ive got two NOS ones coming from ebay.. hopefully they last a while. i also found some nice and clean/dentless tweeters on ebay. if i can pull that dent out of the dust cap on that woofer that would make my life easier as well.. i may have to just get some new woofers though. surrounds arent bad because these are radioshack replacement woofers.. would a conpany like goldwood likely have a 12” woofer with this screw pattern? seems like a pretty generic woofer
     
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    Congrats on your first Marantz!
    One day I'll get one under 50 watts and see how it sounds with my Klipsch Bell's.
     
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  10. SDA SRS 1.2

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    Congrats on the Marantz! Love my 2325 paired with the HD-880’s!
     
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    Nice. Should play great together.
     
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  12. yotems

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    lol im sure the 2325 sounds fantastic with many a good speaker. im sure thats a beautiful setup
     
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    this little bastard sounds incredible. its definitely ranked amongst my best gear. i can see why marantz was the go to product for so many people back then.. they were really ahead of the game!
     
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