Marantz 2600 Sells For Over $6000!

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.


Marantz 2600 Sale


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.



Marantz 2600


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.


Update: May 30, 2014. Another Marantz 2600 has sold and prices appear to still be on the rise. This one sold for $6995. It was in very nice working condition with the exception of an issue with FM stereo reception.


Marantz 2600


Marantz 2500 reciever with custom rosewood cabinet
Marantz 2500 reciever with custom rosewood cabinet $4,300.00
Time Remaining: 29d 22h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $4,300.00
CABINET ONLY Marantz 2500 2600 reciever ORIGINAL CABINET ONLY $750.00
Time Remaining: 15d 22h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
Marantz 2500 Complete Amp Section
Marantz 2500 Complete Amp Section $599.99
Time Remaining: 10d 16h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
Marantz 2500 2600 2385 scope oscilliscope bright
Marantz 2500 2600 2385 scope oscilliscope bright $490.00
Time Remaining: 26d 11h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $490.00








9 thoughts on “Marantz 2600 Sells For Over $6000!

  1. In 1980 l purchased a new 2500 Marantz at an uptown toronto stereo shop….the first thing l noticed on it was it had an air conditioner type ac cord.
    further bought the wood case and the FM dolby decoder. When l heard rumblings of the marantz 2600 being release l was unable to find one….l ve been told they were not released in canada…In all my digs in toronto l have never come across a 2600…gordon

  2. I have a Marantz 2600 – as shown w/o the wood case. I purchased in 1976 for my husband. Divorced and in storage for 20 of the years since. I now use the 2600 and would like to sell it as it is too heavy for me to lift. Wonder if there are folks considering a purchase

  3. Oh, there will be no shortage of people wanting to buy a 2600. It might be worth your while to take it to a reputable vintage audio specialist in your area and have them check it out. The price differential between a fully functional unit and a “parts” or non-functioning unit will be large. With a check up you’ll know what does and what doesn’t work on the unit. Just that information alone is worth a lot to a potential buyer.

  4. Searching in the Salt Lake area – it is “fully” functional – missing one knob and some dust visible inside. Wondering if “marantz” dealer is required – the nearest one is halfway across the US.

  5. try
    Performance Audio Phone
    Toll Free: 1 (800) 771-8330
    Phone: (801) 466-3196
    Salt Lake City
    2456 S. West Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT 84115
    Store Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 9 AM – 6 PM
    Sat: 10 AM – 2 PM
    Sun: CLOSED

    If they cant check out your receiver they will know who can
    good luck,
    Ron Morisseau

  6. I have the 2600 electrical validation sample, a very close family member was the product manager for the 2600. He handcarried this unit back from Tokyo in 1977, it is immaculate and includes the Dolby FM adapter. It is in mint condition, with operator’s manual, service manual and spare scope tube. Without a doubt the most powerful receiver built puts out a KW (500W x 2 into 4 Ohms), great 5 gang FM tuner and incredible phono preamplifier…

  7. Hi I was wondering how much you are selling the
    Marantz 2600 for and if you would be willing to sell it to someone in Canada?

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