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Should I buy a Marantz Receiver?Paulie
Apr 27, 2001 2:11 PM
Hey Im currently using a vintage Yamaha CR-420 receiver to power my Wharfedale peakers and I am thinking about buying a Marantz receiver to replace it. The Yamaha puts out 60 watts/ch. Are Marantz receivers generally alot better sounding than the Yamaha Im useing? If so, What receivers should I look to get(ebay)? Thanks -Paulie
re: Should I buy a Marantz Receiver?PeteH
Apr 27, 2001 3:13 PM
If you *want* to, OK. Will it sound "better" than the Yammie? I doubt that very much. "CR" series are "vintage" units, too. Yamaha made very good, quality units, with exceptionally low distortion. You would need to make a very big jump up to really get "more" sound, and "better"? Probably not. The old guy that retired from testing for Stereo Review a few? years ago once said 50 watts could be too much, 600 watts not enough. I have been listening to a CR-1040, 'cause I was thinking it was simply too nice to sit on a shelf unused, so I decided to take it down to my brother & sister-in-law's. Super clean, uncolored sound. The Marantz will sound different, indeed. Better? Only you could judge that. I don't think so, but that is me. I preferred to play the very big receivers, if not the even much more powerful separates I have. I partied hard to the sound of Pioneer and Kenwood and Sansui, oh, yes, the ocassional Marantz, too. Not a whit difference, really, at 2AM on a Saturday morning, going full tilt boogie (of course, that was 1972, and I ain't admitting to *anything*).
Do you need a Marantz? No. But, if you *want* one, go for it!!
re: Should I buy a Marantz Receiver? ANSWER FROM BIASED MARANTZShain
Apr 27, 2001 5:00 PM
Here's my three cents worth. ...I'm addicted to Marantz equipment, so bear with me. Have about 15 Marantz receivers from a model 22 to a 2500. Which name brand is better? Not really sure, but normally have great luck with Marantz. Love my 2330b, it's the best of all worlds, great power (130WPC), lots of controls for different uses. And I'm a big FM listener, most of the Marantz's have exceptional FM sections, as does the 2330b. If your looking for a marantz, it's a matter of how much you want to spend. The 2252b, 2270, 2325, 2285b, etc are all good choices. (50 wpc to 125) Check the Marantz page for descriptions, and FM spec's etc.
Dollars & SENSE.moondog
Apr 28, 2001 6:57 AM
Hi Paulie - Here's my thoughts on this. I also own a vintage Yamaha, (CA-810) as well as 2 Sansui 9090DB's & a 8080DB. As some one already said, the Vintage Yamaha's have super low distortion & were built quite well.

I've been considering getting a Marantz as my next purchase also. Not as a replacement or an upgrade... I just always wanted a Marantz. The problem I'm having is that Marantz seem's to be Way Overpriced.

Some examples...
Say you were to upgrade from your CR-420 to a Marantz of approximate equal power. This is what you'd be looking at in dollars & SENSE.

The CR-420...
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1230494649

The Marantz 2270...
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1228660383

You do the Math...
Although some 2270's have gone cheaper, these things have sky-rocketed lately.

So in closing... If you're happy with the Yammy... I think I'd save my money & invest in $300 worth of new music & enjoy the quality of sound I already have, but that's just my 2 cents.

Happy Listening!
moon
That's great advice, Moon!Dougman
May 4, 2001 12:52 PM
Marantz made great gear in those days, but so did lots of other vendors. Back then Marantz went for maybe a 10-20% premium over Pioneer or Sansui for comparable products. Nowadays, you will pay 2X to 4X for the same stuff.

To my mind, the small premium when new was justifiable, but, the huge premium now, is not. Unless you are buying it as a collectable, rather than for audio value.

I have seen Marantz 2230b receivers going for more than I paid for a my Kenwood KA-8100 amp, which will just stomp up and down on a low-mid range Marantz receiver. Toss in another $20 for a nice analog Tuner, and the separates just completely kick butt!.
re: Should I buy a Marantz Receiver?HIGHFI
May 3, 2001 6:52 AM
HERES MY TWO CENTS WORTH,THERES A REASON WHY A MARANTZ 2270 WILL GO FOR 260 BUCKS MORE ON EBAY,RECENTLY THEY HAVE BECOME VERY SOUGHT AFTER UNITS,A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO YOU COULD BUY A 2270 FOR 150.00 TO 200.00 NOT TODAY, WE ARE IN A VINTAGE AUDIO CRAZE AND THESE WERE VERY POPULAR BACK IN THERE DAY BUT COSTLY SO MOST OF THE FOLKS BUYING THEM TODAY ALLWAYS WANTED ONE AND COULDNT DO IT WAY BACK WHEN,OR JUST REPLACING A UNIT THAT LONG AGO THEY HAD GOTTEN RID OF FOR WHAT EVER REASON.ALSO NOTHING LOOKS LIKE A MARANTZ WITH THOSE COOL BLUE LIGHTS,TIMEX OR ROLEX BOTH TELL THE SAME TIME,NUFF SAID
re: Should I buy a Marantz Receiver?rburns
May 3, 2001 8:50 AM
I just won an auction on eBay for a Marantz 2230 w/box and original manual, which arrived today, but have noticed the tuning needle doesn't move to tell you if you're getting good reception, although you can certainly tell by listening. As far as I can tell, everything else works and I've been using it strictly for FM and my CD player hooked into its auxilary jack. On the other hand, I think I'll sell it and keep the 2215B that I also recently won on eBay and that should be arriving any day now (I just don't need that much power in my small office). If you're interested in the 2230, let me know; otherwise, I'll probably take it to my local tech and have it fixed before putting it on eBay. The sound this beast puts out is absolutely awesome and may well suit your needs. As for me, I just don't need it.

Rick
 


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