What is the best sounding Marantz Receiver?

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by lilwing, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. RV59

    RV59 Member

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    I've had or still own Model 18, 22, 2225, 2230, 2240, 2245, 2270, 2325.
    All are excellent receivers.
    My preference goes to Model 18 (I own 3 now), Model 2245 & 2325 are nice too.
     

     

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  2. vrobec

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    Friend of mine has in plans to get a 2275. We checked one, beautiful, almost in perfect condition. Very good sound, the best I've heard so far. The seller has an Marantz 1150 amp too, saying it's identical to 2275 without tuner.
     
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  3. dgoulet

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    Just finish rebuilding , testing with an RS1700 ,fantastic sound
     

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  4. Chrisxo55441

    Chrisxo55441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    my 2245 and model 18 sound the best to me except when i want to blow the roof off with some AC/DC then my 2325 sounds (feels) the best:rockon:
     
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  5. Steven Tate

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    I know you and I have a shared respect for the 2245. It's not my daily driver - that would be the 2325 right now. But I run my 2245 through Klipsch Fortes, which are pretty efficient. The sound is so pure and warm it will bring tears to my eyes sometimes. I have a new-to-me Bob Speece restored 1200 integrated that is going to replace the 2325 for vinyl play soon. Like I said earlier.....I haven't heard a bad sounding 70's era Marantz if it was operating properly.
     
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  6. stereofisher

    stereofisher For the Love of the Music Subscriber

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    32527CCB-D6D4-47C6-9EA7-36C22C464B1E.jpeg Picked up this little guy. Needed it like a hole in the head! Wanted to hear a 2220. Hooked it to my bench system. Avid two ways up front with PSB Alphas on the back. Running a Garrard Zero 100 through DAK preamp and and Dual 1219 through the 2220 phono. Other than a good cleaning, it required nothing. Nice sounding unit. Not a huge amount of power compared to Bob Speece’s overhauled 2245. But not bad.
     
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  7. Steven Tate

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    The 2220 is a sweet sounding machine when paired with efficient speakers. It may have modest power, but the sound is pure Marantz.:thumbsup:
     
  8. bonzo4ever!

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    I stole a 2252b and a 9090db 6 years ago.. 300 for the pair but they both needed tweaking. the sansui more so,, after having them both looked over, the marantz has twice the heart on the sansui, I've never had the pleasure of listening to other marantz but they have a sound unlike others I've heard.
     
  9. sx-70

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    I’ve only heard a 2245, 2325 and a 2285b in my space. 2325 was the only fully restored unit.

    2285b was the best sounding to my ears and it wasn’t really close.
     
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  10. rs732

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    I recently sold off most of my marantz receivers because I felt like I had too many and wanted to fund some separates. I've always wanted a 240/3300 and a model 8b.

    I've owned and heard most of the 22xx line and my favorites are the 2230,2250b,& 2270. I might get some hate for this but I kinda regret selling my 2250b over my 2270. I sold all 3 of my 2230's. I regret not keeping one but these are quite common to come across. I also sold the 2220,2250,2250B,& 2252B. I kept the 2270 & a 2325 but I haven't listened to much of the 2325 since my JBL 4312A's are stored away.

    However,over the weekend I traded some stuff to a friend for a project 2220B. LOL geez I think I have a problem.....
     
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  11. onemug

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    My vote goes for the Model 19 with the 18 being a close second...then again, somedays that order is reversed.

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  12. bsandovalb

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    Did you ever get the 3300/240 combo?… if so, how did it compare against all the receivers you had the pleasure to hear?

    Ps/ at this moment listening to my 3300/250m some ben webster (soulville) ... what a pleasure!
     
  13. simplynuts

    simplynuts Active Member

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    I had a 4400 and have a 2238b now. Both great units.
     
  14. rs732

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    I still haven't gotten around to buying it yet. I still need to get rid of a few things to make space.
     
  15. bsandovalb

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    Cool.... I haven’t compared the 3300/250m to other marantz receivers, only to the ones I have on my sig.... each has it’s own strengths, they are all different, more a thung of having a good match between components/speakers.... but this particular combo 3300/250m, is always a treat to listen to, detailed, inviting, not too warm, but never boring nor harsh...and looks are awesome... hope you canget yours and enjoy them in good health
     
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  16. PooPoo

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    Don't waste your time just make it your life mission to find a recapped model 18 or 19 and that will pretty much set you straight.
     
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  17. ElCovina

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    Model 19 does it for me. I am second owner, after receiving it I noticed a weak right channel output. I sent it in for service where it was completely disassembled, cleaned, etc. and all it needed was one resistor and one light bulb! It plays smooth and warm, very powerful and the scope is working well.
     
  18. vrobec

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    I spent a few hours comparing 2216 against 2230.
    Just to make the long story short, I have to crank up the treble to 3 o'clock on 2230 to reach the level of high frequencies on 2216 which treble is on 12 o'clock. The 2230 has fuller sound, while the 2216 is softer, more mellower.
     
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  19. ElCovina

    ElCovina New Member

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    My first Marantz was a 2230 with the optional (then $25.) wood case. I enjoyed it for many years. I could'nt afford a 2245 or 2270. I recently acquired another 2230 to add to my collection of 22 series because I wanted the first one that brought me into this amazing hobby way back in 1972. It sounds so good!
     
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  20. Rocko81

    Rocko81 Well-Known Member

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    I still swear by the 2015 (not 2215) as the best sounding. That sweet little 15wpc channel.
     
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