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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Marantz 2230




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.




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.





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.




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 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.


Marantz 2230


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.




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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