Marantz 2230

Jun 2nd, 2014 Posted in 2230 | No Comments »

 

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Introduced in 1972 this Marantz 2230 receiver retailed for $349.95.  It has all the classic Marantz attributes such as the brushed silver face plate, blue and red lights and gyro-touch tuner. The 2230 was a nice entry level model from Marantz and it put out 30 watts per channel. Production of the 2230 ended in 1974.

 

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As you can see the Marantz 2230 has all the basic features a receiver needs including a mid range tone control which many other lower end units did not have. Here is what the Marantz catalog had to say about the 2230...

Best in its class. With impressive specifications and Marantz-exclusive features, the Model 2230 offers more value and performance than any other receiver in its class. We've known that for years. But just recently, one of the nation's most respected independent consumer testing organizations verified it. In not one, but two separate categories -- features and performance. It delivers 60 Watts continuous power, both channels driven, from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with total harmonic and inter-modulation distortion well under 0.5%. Stepped, three-zone tone controls for BASS, MID, TREBLE. Provisions for tape decks, phones, record changers and 4-channel adaptors. Ultra low-distortion FET, RF and IF circuitry. Massive heat sinks; automatic protection for internal circuitry and associated speakers, plus the famous Marantz gold-anodized front panel. Looking for a moderately priced receiver? The Marantz 2230 out-does them all.

 

 

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Of course a WC-22 wood case was optional with the receiver which does enhance its looks quite a bit. It you want a wood case for your 22XX series Marantz they can be found but they aren't cheap. In really nice condition original WC-22 wood cases routinely sell for $200 and up.

 

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The 2230 weighs around 36 pounds and measures 17-1/4 W x 5 H x 14 D. The feet add another 5/8 inch.  These units are very well built and the phono circuit is highly regarded in the 2230 for magnetic coil cartridges. One thing to keep in mind when contemplating the purchase of lower wattage receivers is that many of them have been pushed to their limits which can result in over heating of some of the components. If you want to see a detailed breakdown of the 2230 check out this site cdkands.com. All the 22XX series receivers from Marantz are known to have a nice warm, smooth sound about them. So, if you prefer warm and smooth over shrill and harsh then the 2230 may be for you.

 

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You can see from this picture that the WC-22 wood case is pretty heavy duty. Of course it not only was used on the 2230 but the larger Marantz receivers in the 22XX series as well, some of which are over 50 pounds.

 

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I'm sure you already know that Marantz gear is extremely popular. Anything produced in the 70's is highly sought after. For those needing a simple lower wattage receiver for a small room or just for lower volume detailed music listening the 2230 will definitely do the job. A fully serviced, completely functional 2230 in excellent cosmetic condition runs about $400-$600. But, you can pick up a working 2230 for anywhere from $150 to $300 if you're not to picky about cosmetics. They are well worth the investment as values only continue to climb.

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Sansui 5900Z

Jun 2nd, 2014 Posted in 5900Z, Sansui | No Comments »

 

Sansui 5900Z

 

This is the Sansui 5900Z from Sansui's Z series of synthesized digital receivers. Introduced in 1980 these receivers featured digital as well as analog tuning displays. While the tuner was digitally synthesized the amp section was still the classic Sansui DC coupled analog circuitry.

 

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The Z line of Sansui receivers didn't have the same high end build quality of the G series but were still very good performing receivers. This Sansui 5900Z puts out 75 watts per channel and is the mid range offering in the Z series. Note also that there are no volume, tuning or selector knobs on these units as they have been replaced with push button controls.

 

 

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The 5900Z also makes use of LED's which were just coming into fashion at the time. The power meters use red LED's as does the analog portion of the tuning dial. It's a strange mix of old and new and represents the period of evolution from analog to digital.

 

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Another feature that was incorporated into the 5900Z and later into nearly all receivers was preset stations. The 5900Z has 12 memory presets so you can store your favorite stations and go back to them at the push of a button.

 

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Sansui receivers are some of the most popular receivers among collectors and audio enthusiasts. The G series is by far the most sought after but for those that were buying a receiver in the early 1980's these Z series analog/digital hybrid receivers are very popular. The 5900Z can be found for around $150 to $250 depending upon condition.

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NAD Model 160

Jun 2nd, 2014 Posted in Model 160, NAD | No Comments »

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You've most likely heard of this audio manufacturer before but still may not recognize the name on the faceplate. This is the New Acoustic Dimension Model 160 receiver which was made from 1975 up until around 1979. You may be more familiar with the name NAD. Of course, in the U.S. NAD is most known for their 3020 integrated receiver which sold very well here. Earlier models such as this 160 and the later 160A were sold mostly in Europe and are not often seen in the states.

 

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New Acoustic Dimension was started in England in 1972 by Martin Borish. His vision was to create components that weren't overloaded with features that people wouldn't really use. This gave NAD's products, especially the late 1970's and 80's models, a very streamlined look. You'll see a couple different variations on the faceplates with some having New Acoustic Dimension at the top left and the Model on the top right while others have NAD and the model at the top left and Stereo Receiver at the top right. Some of the lettering is green and other times it is black. Inside they are the same.

 

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NAD produced the models 120, 140, 160, and 300 during the mid 70's. The 120 had 25 watts per channel, the 140 35 watts, the 160 50 watts and the 300 was at the top of the line with 100 watts per channel. These units were all very well designed and built. They have some cosmetic similarities to the Marantz models of the time with the lettering and push buttons. Similar toYamaha in the way the wood case butts up against the faceplate. NAD was actually one of the first audio companies to start outsourcing production of their units to Japan.

 

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NAD Model 160A

 

Mechanically the Model 160 does have an issue with the power supply which is susceptible to overheating. This however is an easy fix as it is usually one of the large resistors on the power supply board. Notice also, that the Aux input is a DIN so don't expect to be running your iPod through this unit unless you have an adapter. Note also that it has only one phono input on the back. The Model 160 has no Loudness function but in the later Model 160A the Muting button was replaced with a Loudness button.

 

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NAD grew rapidly when they introduced the 3020 which sold over a million units during its production run from 1979 to 1993. But, it's these older models that are very hard to find for collectors. While these units are very well built and perform nicely they are still sleepers. Nice units can be purchased for around $100.

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