Dec 12th, 2013 Posted in 2250 B, Marantz | No Comments »
This is the 2250B which was introduced by Marantz in 1976 and was really only on the market for about a year. Still, it is a very good mid-range Marantz receiver. I say mid-range because it's rated at 50 watts per channel but many will attest to the fact that it is under rated and is perhaps closer to 70 watts per channel when fully restored and recapped.
On some of the Marantz receivers the "B" designation indicates Dolby but with the 2250's it's more of an upgrade designation. The Marantz 2250 is known for problems with its power switch as well as relay failure. It appears as though Marantz remedied these problems in the 2250B with a better designed switch and relay as well as better capacitors.
The Marantz 2250B features:
- Phono input
- Two tape in/outputs
- Auxiliary input
- Dolby FM
- High and low filters on/off
- Mono switch on/off
- Loudness on/off
- FM muting
- Main and remote speaker selectors
- Dubbing in/out
- Stereo phones output
- Tuning and signal meters
The FM tuner is very sensitive, the low distortion preamp is very good and Marantz used two direct coupled power amplifiers as well. Overall the 2250B is a very well built and good performing receiver. It also had the option of the WC-22 wood case.
Many of the older Marantz receivers will have lamp issues resulting in a dark dial face or meter. Fortunately there are quite a few vendors selling re-lamp kits now that can be purchased fairly cheaply.
While the 2250B is not as popular with Marantz collectors as the 2270 or 2275 are it still has a strong following. If you don't need massive amounts of wattage but want quality sound in a flexible package then the 2550B is the way to go. In general it is a little more expensive than the 2250 but not much. I've seen a fully restored 2250B sell for nearly $600 but you can find working models in good condition for $200 to $300.
Oct 1st, 2013 Posted in 2600, Marantz, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
A lot of my friends ask me what the most valuable vintage receiver is. It's actually a fairly difficult question to answer because there are so many variables that factor into market value. The Pioneer SX-1980 and the Sansui G-33000 are definitely two of the most valuable receivers but check out the latest sale of a Marantz 2600 pictured below.
Yes, you're seeing that right. $6100.00 for a Marantz 2600. A near mint Marantz 2500 just recently sold for $3500 and they routinely sell for $2500 to $3000 so perhaps over six grand for the 2600 is not out of line. There were 7 unique bidders over $3000, only four over the $4000 mark and only two bidders bid over $6k. Obviously those two buyers really wanted the 2600. That's understandable because you just don't see these receivers on the market very often.
This particular 2600 is in excellent condition and, according to the seller, was recently serviced and checked out fine. As you can see the sale also included the wood case. The original manual was included as well but not the original box.
Even the inside of the unit is very clean and you can see the massive toroidal power transformer that Marantz used in these monster receivers. And, a monster it is, weighing in at over 60 pounds and pumping out 300 watts per channel. The 2600 was produced from 1978 to 1980 and is the most powerful receiver Marantz has made. It also checks in tied at number two with the Sansui G-33000 on the all time most powerful receiver list. Allegedly Marantz only made about 1000 of the these receivers so they are very rare.
A pretty nice Pioneer SX-1980 just sold for $3500 and a Sansui G-22000 for over $2000 (9-28-2013). I haven't seen a G-33000 sale. So, for now it looks like the Marantz 2600 is the king of the hill when it comes to market value. Some might argue that its performance does not live up to the price but if you're a Marantz collector then this is the holy grail of receivers. I remember seeing one for sale in 2012 in "fully restored" condition for $12000 but I don't think it ever sold. I remember another sale on eBay for $4000 back in 2006. Nonetheless, we now know what the current market value of a 2600 is - and it's a lot.
Aug 1st, 2013 Posted in 2265B, Marantz | 1 Comment »
Aesthetically the Marantz 2265B was one of their most well balanced receivers. Everything just seems really well proportioned and laid out well. The 2265B was made from 1977 until 1979 and is a great mid range receiver. It puts out 65 watts per channel and retailed for $580.00. It is basically a redesign of the 2265 and has slightly better distortion numbers as well so there are probably some slight circuitry differences too.
You can see the design differences between the 2265 and 2265B in these pictures. The 2265 below has a black dial face while the 2265B has a silver face. You'll also notice the balance control on the 2265 is a slider while on the 2265B it's a knob.
Another aspect that is different is the meter backlighting on the 2265B. You can see below that the meters on the 2265 are fully backlit while the meters on the 2265B have only the gauge cutout backlit.
I have to say that I prefer the 2265B over the 2265 but I don't think there is a significant difference in the sound quality between the two receivers. I just prefer the look of the B version but the 2265 does have a nice symmetrical look to it with the slider in the middle.
The B version of the 2265 also has the Dolby decoder option.
Marantz build quality was very good up until the sale to Philips in 1980 after which cheaper components were used and quality went down. The 1970's Marantz receivers are one of the most sought after brands amongst audio collectors next to Pioneer.
The 2265B, and 2265 for that matter, are very popular among collectors because they perform very well, look great and are reasonably priced. Prices do vary quite a bit but a decent working 2265B can be had for just over $300.00. Of course, a fully restored, pristine example can sell for over $800.00.