What is the best sounding Marantz Receiver?

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

  1. lurp

    lurp Member

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    The little 2015 surprised me after I acquired and re-capped mine last year. Quite musical through small / efficient speakers, but it runs out of oomph before you can really perform much of a meaningful comparison.

    Having owned, at one time or another, many of the TOTL receivers and separates, I'd opine that my sonic preference usually aligns with the penultimate piece in each series. E.g., 2275 > 2325, 4300 > 4400, 2385 > 2500 (2600), etc... For reasons that defy intuition, the 4300 is my daily driver and all-time favorite.
     
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  2. ElCovina

    ElCovina New Member

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    My Model 19 always sounds good to me. Personally, it seems to sound even warmer than the 2270.
     
  3. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    While not a receiver, my Marantz 10B produces the best sound I've heard from FM.
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  4. tranguru

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    My vote goes to the 19.

    But how relevant will this kind of discussion still be?
    FM, LW, MW are being phased out in Europe, and I guess that NA will follow. I used to love listening to the BBC in LW - but they stopped LW.

    So I focus more on the preamps & amps and connect them to a Sonos - which is probably the best general purpose digital source around.
     
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  5. vrobec

    vrobec New Member

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    Yes, that's true. The classic radio is dissappearing and people are using internet radios. Soon these Marantz receivers will be important for their amplifier section and not for the tuner.
     
  6. ElCovina

    ElCovina New Member

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    I have a 10B as well, it's my second one. I sold off my first one many years ago. Big mistake. So , a few years ago I picked up another one not in nearly the same condition aesthetically but good electronically. I bought the 10b to use its superior tuning ability to receive a small weak signaled local station playing blues on the weekend (88.1 KKJZ). After trying every antenna known to man or woman-I could not pull the station well. Had 10b checked out --perfect shape. In the years since my first 10B houses have been built around mine , I'm near a medium sized mountain range, etc. etc. I bought a Mc Intosh MR 78. Have 2 now. Brand new day! It blows the 10 B away. As you said FM is going away everywhere especially in the L.A. area. Ironic, because the L.A. FM market used to be the biggest and we still have lots of music making going on in this town. Just another good thing going away.
     

     

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  7. Fredrik 1977

    Fredrik 1977 Super Member

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    i repaired a 2216 for a friend a while back . and was quite blown away when i got to listen to it! it sounded waaay way better then what i anticipated (judging by the internals)

    2216 or 2270 best marantz i´ve played with
     
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  8. vrobec

    vrobec New Member

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    In one of my earlier reply I wrote about 2216 and 2230 sound. Maybe my ears are cheating me, so I decided to invite my friends for Marantz listening session. After listening a few popular tracks they agreed the 2216 has more open and extended treble comparing to 2230.
    The 2230 is stronger and dinamicaly better in bass, but not goes as high as 2216. The recievers are in their original state, and later I will refresh them.

    Should I switch the 2230 for another Marantz 22xx receiver, or the old, original capacitors affects the high frequencies (I know the power supply capacitors affects the low frequencies)?
    If someone has both receivers please compare them, and let us know the opinions. :)
     
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  9. reddog48

    reddog48 Active Member

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    2265B - driving an AR-10pi - best sound I have ever heard. Alas - the entire rig was stolen from me. Great sadness.

    Heard a wonderful sound in - of all places - a dentist's office. Lo and behold it was a 2265B driving some JBL two ways. Just warm, golden toned, and sublimely musical.
     
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  10. rob Brandt

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    If the 2325 has the amp of the 250, then technically it has the best sound. The 250/240 were the finest SS amps Marantz ever made--though some would argue the 500. The 250M does not have the same fine midrange as the 250.
     
  11. rob Brandt

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    That happened to me in college--my very first marantz--a 4060 integrated amp I ran in stereo with four L100's. Worked my ass off so I could buy it the end of my junior year of hs. Built the speaker cabs in woodshop using solid ash. Order the drivers and crossover through Midwest speaker. That was 40 years ago......
     
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  12. James 1850

    James 1850 New Member

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    I like the Marantz 2600. It's clean sounding preamp and precise tone controls are tops. Wish I still owned it.
     
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  13. rob Brandt

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    On another forum I was informed that only cheap gear has tone controls and loudness buttons. At the time preamps began showing up without them, we all knew it was just a means of cheapening production. amazing what people will believe.
     

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