Marantz 2238

 

The Marantz 2238 was introduced in 1976 and retailed for around $360. As the model number implies it produces 38 watts per channel at 8 ohms. It's a 2 channel solid state receiver in the mid range of the Marantz offerings. It also has the classic Marantz styling with the silver face plate and gyro touch tuning wheel.

 

Marantz 2238

 

The WC-122 wood case was also an option with the 2238. It measures 17 5/16 x 5 3/8 x 14 3/8 and weighs in at just over 26 pounds.

 

Marantz 2238 Meters

 

The Marantz 2238 is a Direct Coupled design which provides wide power bandwidth, excellent low frequency response and superior damping. It also incorporates a highly sensitive dual gate MOSFET FM front end and Phase Locked Loop (PLL) FM stereo demodulator. These result in low distortion levels, superior noise reduction and excellent stereo separation.

 

Marantz 2238 Knobs

 

The 2238 has three tone controls, one each for Bass, Treble and Mid. They are based on a Baxandall negative feedback circuit. This circuit design allows for more specific control over a narrower band of frequencies. In other words it can boost or cut the highest range of bass or treble without affecting the mid range frequencies. The user can then adjust the Mid control without affecting the highest and lowest bass and treble frequencies. That way you can adjust your Marantz to fit your speakers and other acoustic factors.

 

Marantz 2238 Back

 

Other Marantz offerings for the model year were the 2252, 2226 and 2216. The 2238 fit in at the higher end of the midrange. It's 0.1% Total Harmonic distortion was equal to the 2252. In fact the 2238 is similar in performance in almost every way except for the higher watts per channel.

 

Marantz 2238 Parts

 

The layout inside the 2238 is organized and clean and the components used are top notch. There is also a 2238B model made by Marantz. The 2238B looks different on the outside. The balance control was moved from the slider in the middle of the face to a knob control next to the tone controls and the dial face changed from the black to white. Internally there are differences as well. Most claim that the 2238 is the better built receiver.

 

Marantz Ad Conan

 

You can't really go wrong with a good Marantz receiver and the 2238 is no exception. It's well built, sounds great and looks good too. If you find one and have it restored you'll have a both a fine hi fidelity receiver and a good investment. You can find a really nice Marantz 2238 for $300 to $450.

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Marantz 2245

Marantz 2245 Front

 

This is a classic solid state Marantz 2245 receiver. It was produced from 1971 to around 1976 and put out 45 watts per channel into 8 ohms.  The retail price in 1971 was around $450.

It has the typical look a a mid 1970's Marantz receiver with the brushed aluminum face plate, blue tuning dial and flywheel tuner, which they called Gyro Touch Tuning.

 

Marantz 2245-left-faceplate

 

As you can see the Marantz 2245 has a Mid tone adjustment which is nice. It also has a Low and Hi Filter along with Loudness and Muting.

 

Marantz 2245 Right Faceplate

 

It really looks great in the WC-22 wood case but keep in mind that the wood case can inhibit the flow of air into the unit somewhat which can result in overheating. Still, they do look good in wood! The color of the tuning dial is usually off quite a bit from the original color because the vellum paper that is used yellows over time giving the blue  more of a greenish color. Many people change ou the original lamps with LED lamps. They are nice but sometimes are a little more pronounced than the original lamps.

 

Marantz 2245 Wood Case

 

Most of the Marantz receivers of this time are well built. Restorations aren't that difficult either as it is nicely laid out and many of the boards will swivel out of place without completely removing them. For a look at a 2245 restoration check out at RetroVoltage.

 

Marantz 2245 Inside

 

One thing you will run into with vintage Marantz receivers, and all vintage receivers for that matter, is that the switches and potentiometers will become dirty over the years. This can result in some strange behaviors. So, before spending hundreds of dollars on a restoration try cleaning the push button switches and pots on the receiver. If you want more detail on this procedure check out these threads at AudioKarma.    Thread 1     Thread 2

 

Marantz 2245 Back

 

Mid 1970's Marantz receivers are very popular and the Maratnz 2245 is no exception. Fortunately they sold quite of few of them so they aren't particularly difficult to find. But, demand does keep the prices up. The 2245 is a good mid range receiver and has a reputation for producing a great sound. Top notch, fully restored 2245's have sold for up to $800 recently but, with some patience, can usually be found to $600 or $700. An unrestored but functioning unit can be had for between $300 and $450. Prices have climbed over the last few years and will probably continue to do so.

 

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