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    I don't have a ton of experience with vintage receivers but my recapped Marantz 2245 was absolutely fantastic. Loved the thing to death.

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    Attachment 91066You will not be disappointed if your wanting a Marantz. I just got 2216b for 60.00 & sounds WONDERFUL
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    Sam Sui :-)


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    Attachment 910692252b-5025b-6300tt-Monitor 7b on tilt stands
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    I believe most would be satisfied with vintage Marantz gear. it does indeed have a signature sound as many people describe. I thought that was a bunch of BS until i started going through a lot of vintage gear several years back. i would find a beautiful Yammy, or Sweet pioneer. A nice sansui, etc. None of them sounded like the marantz. not that they didn't sound good. if i had not heard the marantz i wouldn't know the difference. But i had heard it as that was my gear as a teenager; luckily found at local pawnshops.

    They do well with a lot of speakers and other gear but when i found SDA, they didn't seem to really go as well with that as Adcoms and others. If you want a cool vintage receiver, its hard to beat the marantz/ superscope gear. Though I historically don't use or keep many receivers (integrateds and separates are more to my liking) I have compared many over the years, The marantz sounded great to me. The yamahas are exceptionally beautiful and clean looking, however they sounded lacking and flat to me with little to no life. they go quickly when i run across them. The Pioneers have some some of the very coolest looking stuff with their receivers as well as separates. They sound like most other gear of that era; good but nothing special. i do keep a few Pioneer separates simply because they look bad ass. I found much the same with most of the sansui gear. Just a little cleaner than most of the Pioneer stuff. I've dumped macintosh gear to keep the marantz. Now that is a brand that sounds grainey to my ears. i have not heard their tube gear though. carver has a strong following but leaves something to be desired by my ears, at least for 2 ch listening. I keep going back to marantz for all but the most demanding listening. Good luck with whatever you choose, but i think Marantz is a good choice. In the end it is your individual ears that should make the decision.

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    The early solid state Mac hardware, to my ears, is notably harsh, grainy, and unrefined sounding... the vacuum tube Mac stuff (vintage, at least) is quite good; some of it was exceptional (MC-225, MC-30). Still, all in all, the Marantz 8B is one of the best sounding consumer amplifiers I've ever heard. Unfortunately, I've yet to hear a pair of Marantz Nines, so I cannot comment on them.
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    I started with a Pioneer SX-424 receiver.

    My friend had a Marantz 2230 at the time. No comparison, the Marantz sounded gorgeous.

    I have had a few pieces of Marantz equipment over the years, Model 140 power amp, 1030 integrated amp, 1060 integrated amp, 2015 receiver, and 2030 receiver and some tuners. They all sounded great: smooth, powerful, silky controls, great classic looks, reliable. Just a pleasure to use and own.

    I sold a friend a pair of used Dahlquist DQ-10's a few years ago, a notoriously power hungry speaker, even an "amp-killer".

    Hooked up a little Manantz 1030 integrated (rated @ 15 wpc) to test them. Played pretty darn loud, sounded great, and never got hot.

    Made me wonder why I have all this more expensive stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sucks2beme View Post
    One word. Sansui.
    not as pretty as the Marantz, but sounds better.
    I know I'm new around these here parts. But I must concur with Sansui and also Pioneer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Smith View Post
    Made me wonder why I have all this more expensive stuff.

    My 2216 (no B) has made me wonder a few times myself. There are things other pieces do better, but its the best bargain in audio IMO. Try to find a better way to spend $100-150 on an integrated/receiver and its going to be a long search.

    Truth be told, they do have their flaws, but their flaws do not detract from the listening experience as much as many vintage receivers (or newer models under a few bills too). They pair well with new gear and even the lower models can do well with a tough load. They're damn pretty, but I still think they sound better than they look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Smith View Post
    I started with a Pioneer SX-424 receiver.

    My friend had a Marantz 2230 at the time. No comparison, the Marantz sounded gorgeous.
    So... you gotta admit, not quite a fair comparison - the SX-424 was "entry level"; the Marantz a couple of rungs up the ladder ;-)

    I have had a few pieces of Marantz equipment over the years, Model 140 power amp, 1030 integrated amp, 1060 integrated amp, 2015 receiver, and 2030 receiver and some tuners. They all sounded great: smooth, powerful, silky controls, great classic looks, reliable. Just a pleasure to use and own.

    I sold a friend a pair of used Dahlquist DQ-10's a few years ago, a notoriously power hungry speaker, even an "amp-killer".

    Hooked up a little Manantz 1030 integrated (rated @ 15 wpc) to test them. Played pretty darn loud, sounded great, and never got hot.

    Made me wonder why I have all this more expensive stuff.
    So... someday I I guess I have to rehab at least one of the two 1060s that are helping to hold down a shelf :-)
    ... and you and I both know why you have the "more expensive stuff" ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    So... you gotta admit, not quite a fair comparison - the SX-424 was "entry level"; the Marantz a couple of rungs up the ladder ;-)



    So... someday I I guess I have to rehab at least one of the two 1060s that are helping to hold down a shelf :-)
    ... and you and I both know why you have the "more expensive stuff" ;-)
    You are right. The Pioneer was way cheaper (all I could afford), but that was the only comparison that I could make, and the Marantz stuck in my mind as something I wanted...someday.

    It's like the Schwinn Stingray Apple Crate bike I lusted after. No way I could afford it. But I kept stopping by the Schwinn dealer to gaze at it: Gleaming chome, beautiful candy-apple paint, banana seat, stick shift lever, 10" front "chopper" tire on a springer fork. I think the price was something like $175. On the other hand, my bikes were ones I found in the trash by the curb that I grabbed for free and fixed up.

    Decades later I was at a car show/swap meet and I saw a Schwinn Apple Crate for sale for something over $500. I wanted it bad and had the money in my pocket. Then I thought about how ridiculous I would look, a grown man, ridding back and forth in front of my house "popping wheelies" on the Apple-Crate, so I walked away. (I should have bought it).

    Something about a 70's vintage Marantz receiver or integrated amp with a brushed silver face, blue lights and a beveled walnut case just gives me a thrill that is hard to describe. I have a 2230 reciever with a walnut case in my "library". I have better, more expensive stuff. But every time I look at and listen to the Marantz it thrills me.

    It may be weird, but I know that you know what I'm talking about.
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    I know what you are talking about - and I harbor a certain tinge of it, too, for the Marantz stuff of that era.

    As a not-unrelated aside, I also own a Pioneer SX-727... no real interest in listening to it, but it is a handsome piece of hardware. I think the next generation of Pioneers (including the SX-1010) was the best-looking family of "blackout dial" Japanese hifi receivers (FWIW).


    and finally... Funny - I picked up a 5-speed Ross Apollo spider bike a decade or so ago... from a local garage sale, for $10 ;-) Not quite as collectible as the Schwinn, but I had one (the three-speed variant) as a kid and simply couldn't resist it. It is (barely) rideable "as found", so, yes, I've ridden it ;-) Not in public, though...
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    I in no way want to find a vintage BMX bike and ride it like years ago. LOL. I believe very strongly that it would hurt and i would loose some respect from my kids. daddy has to keep that tough image to the kids. LOL.

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    That tough image, eh, "Mr. Bubbles"? ;-)
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    It's like 7th grade math. Split seating facing the middle. Blonde girl named Debbie wore mini skirts all year.
    Wouldn't I like to go back and visit that again.
    The real issue here is trying to do comparisons on 40 year old gear. A rebuild is in order to
    bring them back to spec. I'm sure Debbie as a senior citizen doesn't look as good in that mini!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    That tough image, eh, "Mr. Bubbles"? ;-)
    That one deserves to bring back the: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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    For the record, you all have done a terrible job talking me out of this. I'd love to get my ears on a lower powered 22xx or one of the 1030/1060 integrateds.
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    ... then come up to NH and listen to some Yamahas and flip the Marantzes for $$$ ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    ... then come up to NH and listen to some Yamahas and flip the Marantzes for $$$ ;-)
    I haven't been to NH in years. Sounds like as good a reason as any to get back...
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    I haven't been to the Eastern Shore for a few years, either ;-)
    Beautiful part of the world it is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polkersince85 View Post
    That one deserves to bring back the: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Yeah, i know, The name really sounds tough right...

    A nickname that stuck at work due to my "Bubbly" personality. Kinda like naming the big boy "tiny"; having that great demeanor is not my strong point. I'm kinda stuck with it now though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer86 View Post
    For the record, you all have done a terrible job talking me out of this. I'd love to get my ears on a lower powered 22xx or one of the 1030/1060 integrateds.
    Run & treat yourself to one. You wont be disappointed. Thread made me LMAO with responses :)
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    I picked up some Monitor 5a Peerless, local from Doug(member) for 80.00 some may think high $ but not for condition they are:) & i matched them nicely with Marantz 2216b 60.00 & had sources to use. Sound is rather pleasant to my ears. Marantz match well with lots of different speakers of your likings. Always flip it if you dont like it too
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    Mark, still got the TA-500, have any opinions of it? I've got one in storage but haven't listened to it much. Not an overly common unit.

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    The TA-500 sounded very good with (now, don't laugh, please!) a pair of Radio Shack Mach Twos. I'd tried them with a PP EL84 vacuum tube amp (Dynaco SCA-35) and they sounded pretty mediocre... went downstairs and grabbed the first SS component that I espied - which happened to be that receiver. Made a big, big difference with the Mach Twos (which, in all fairness to them do have a pretty nice high sensitivity tweeter in 'em, if nothing else).
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    Not laughing at all. Sometimes rat shack sold something under their name that was a real treasure.
    All this talk about Marantz has me thinking about an 1150 integrated again.
    I bought one new on closeout for $75 back in the 70's. Hard to find anymore.
    For some reason, the Sansui integrateds are a lot easier to find.
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    This one went for 1600 Warshingtons recently on the Goodwill site.
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