Marantz 2215

This little Marantz 2215 receiver was an entry level model from Marantz in the early 1970’s. It was produced from 1971 up to 1973 at their California facility. It retailed for about $250.00 at the time. The 2215 has the classic Marantz look with a brushed metal face plate, blue dial light, gyro touch tuner and symmetrical control layout.

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The Marantz 2215 is rated at a very modest 15 watts per channel and came standard with a metal case covered with a simulated wood grain vinyl. The WC-22 wood case was also an option.

The front panel controls include bass and treble level controls, balance and volume controls, function selection (AM, FM, phono and aux) and button switches for FM muting, loudness, tape monitor, high and low filters, stereo/mono, and speaker selection (main and remote). There is also a lighted meter for AM and FM tuning and a red indicator light for stereo. On the left of the front panel is a headphone jack.

The 2215 measures 17-21/64 x 5-25/64 x 14 inches and weighs just under 25 pounds. Keep in mind that the 2215 is not the same as the 2215B. They are essentially completely different receivers other than their similar 15 watt per channel output. The 2215 was the earlier model and some believe its build quality was superior to that of the 2215B.

The back panel has inputs for phono, aux, and 1 tape (both play and record) as well as 2 AC outlets. There are outputs for two sets of speakers.

The Marantz 2215 is a nice, simple receiver that would fit perfectly in a small room, garage or den. They sell for about $200 to $400 depending upon condition which makes them a great value for someone looking for good basic performance from a vintage receiver.

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Kenwood KR-9400

The Kenwood Kr-9400 is one of Kenwood’s iconic receivers from the mid 1970’s and was their top of the line receiver at the time. At 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms it was an early predecessor of the later monster receivers. It debuted around 1976 and retailed for about $750.00.

The KR-9400 features the classic Kenwood styling from the 1970’s. Blue, green and red lighting on the dial and meters makes for a colorful display. The volume and tone functions have detent controls. Kenwood uses a triple function meter for Signal Strength, Multipath, and Deviation depending upon which button is depressed. It also features triple tone controls and a Dolby FM switch (requires a Dolby adapter).

The build quality of the KR-9400 is exceptional. The pre-amp utilizes low-noise, metal encapsulated transistors to give it a high signal to noise ratio. The FM decoder has phase lock loop IC circuits which allow for extremely high FM stereo separation. It also has a large power transformer and huge heat sinks.

There is no coupling capacitor between the output and speakers so total harmonic distortion is very low at 0.02%. The KR-9400 is easy to work and is laid out very nicely. It also has real transistors as opposed to the hard to find power packs the KR-9600 has.

When Pioneer came out with the SX-1010 at 100 watts per channel, Kenwood responded with the KR-9400 at 120wpc. Marantz then released the 2325 at 125 wpc. The watt wars then began in earnest through the late 70’s and into the early 1980’s.

The Kenwood KR-9400 didn’t sell as well as the Pioneer, Marantz, or Sansui top of the line receivers though. Maybe that’s why they are harder to find these days. The KR-9400 performs well though, is exceptionally built and is reasonably priced relative to it’s competitors of the time. The KR-9400 sells for about $400 to $600 depending upon condition.

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