Marantz 2226

The Marantz 2226 is one of the great low powered Marantz receivers. At 26 watts per channel it’s not a powerhouse but the lower powered Marantz receivers are known for their sweet sound. Marantz introduced the 2226 in 1977, at a retail price of $329.99, and it stayed on the market until 1979.

The 2226 has no more than 0.3% total harmonic distortion and a damping factor of 45. It’s direct coupled amplifier design provides very high damping factors at low frequencies and great low frequency response.

The 2226 came with a simulated wood grain vinyl covered metal case but the purchaser had the option to buy the WC-122 wood cabinet if they wanted.

The tuning section has a dual-gate MOSFET FM front end and 3 gang tuning capacitor. It’s a sensitive and very quiet tuning section. It utilizes a phase locked loop (PLL) FM demodulator, and ceramic IF filters and IC amplifier system.

The 2226 has bass, mid and treble tone controls. They’re a Baxandall design which means they focus the boost or cut on the lowest bass or highest treble frequencies. The mid control therefore allows the user more control over the mid range frequencies without affecting the bass or treble much. The balance control is a slider positioned at the center of the face plate. Of course it has the distinctive gyro-touch flywheel tuning knob as well.

Specifications:

  • Tuning range: FM, MW
  • Power output: 26 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
  • Frequency response: 15Hz to 60kHz
  • Total harmonic distortion: 0.3%
  • Damping factor: 45
  • Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)
  • Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 84dB (line)
  • Output: 775mV (line), 1.5V (Pre out)
  • Semiconductors: 3 x IC, 45 x transistors, 29 x diodes, 1 x FET
  • Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 365mm / 17 5/16 x 5 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches
  • Weight: 12kg / 26.4 lbs

There is a black face plate version of the 2226 as well. It’s far more rare than the silver faced version. Beautiful!

The large over sized transformer is part of Marantz’s heavy duty power supply design. It’s a dual balanced positive and negative power supply that powers the amplifier stages symmetrically. Notice the two large capacity capacitors and heat sink.

Don’t confuse the 2226 with the 2226B. A quick look will show a number of differences in the layout of the controls. The 2226B has a regular knob to control balance as opposed to the slider on the 2226. The dial face is black on the 2226 and almost white on the 2226B. However, the power output is roughly the same for both receivers with some specs showing 29 wpc for the 2226B. Usually the ‘B’ designated receivers were produced a little bit later than the non-B versions, though many times were on the market at the same time, and had either major or minor aesthetic changes and some minor internal variations. As for which version is better? Well, that’s for your ear to decide.

The Marantz 2226 is a great low powered receiver. The 26 watts per channel is plenty to power most speakers and the receiver produces a beautiful warm sound. It’s a nice looking receiver too. Especially the black version. Definitely a stereo worth acquiring if you have the chance.

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