My picture taking skill are far better than when I started here.
Here is the Marantz 2238B I purchased off Craigs List last Sunday. I was on this site and read something that triggered me to look at Craigs which I never really do. But for some reason I did and could not be more happy. I bought this and a Harmon Kardon receiver HK3250 with remote for $125.00 For both
I have a little more detailing to do on the Marantz but didn't want to wait to show some pictures and share my thoughts on it. Everything on the 2238B works fine. All lights work as you can see in the one picture. I had to take it into the back of the house where we have a spare bathroom which is kind of dark and I have yet to remodel.
I am not sure what I'll do with the HK but will have fun with the Marantz.
So here is what I have done. I did a basic clean up of the 2238B then cut the bananas off a pair of AQ type 4's on the amp end and tinned the wires, I think that's what you call what I did soldered the ends a little bit.
Proceeded to hook it up to my Musical Fidelity A5 cdp with a pair of DH Labs silver sonic IC's and my Sonus Faber Grand Piano Domus speakers. Kind of funny a receiver costing me about $65.00 hooked up to equipment costing thousands.
My stereo room is about 15'X12' with a typical 8' ceiling and carpet wall to wall. One of these days I gotta work on room treatments. The fellow I bought it from had used it on a regular basis till I bought it and he bought it at a estate sale about two years ago.
I listened to Steely Dan Chris Bodie Fleetwood Mac Elton John and miscellaneous others. For a receiver with the spec's it has it has some balls. That said I have been listening to my Belles 350a amp and Anthem pre2L pre-amp for a long time now and it can't compare. The highs were smooth and has a nice tube like sound not brittle at all. I was surprised. The midrange was neutral which is a good thing in my opinion. The bass was really good but a little bit boomy. Again, I have been listening to the belles 350a which it a high high current amp 250 watts per channel and a dampening factor of 2,000 if I remember correctly. Driving the SF's is not easy and the 2238B ran out of power quickly. However when listening at reasonable levels it sounds rich, warm and the clarity was damn good far better than newer receivers I have heard. I am sure the MF A5 cdp helps too
Hopefully this week I will pick up a pair of PSB Alpha T towers I let a friend borrow a year ago. My thought is to hook up the 2238B and the Arcam CD72 that's been sitting in my closet. I bet the PSB's will be much easier to drive than the SF's.
I may replace the power cord on the 2238 since it's more like a extension cord than a cable.
What a great find and as usual it was due to the great folks here at Club Polk.