This Marantz 2226B receiver has the classic vintage Marantz look that most collectors can spot from a hundred feet away. I’ve been driving past garage sales before and spotted a Marantz receiver from half a block away. Maybe it’s the Gyro Touch Tuning knob or the big black Marantz lettering at the top of the silver face or even the industrial looking bolts they used to secure the faceplate. Whatever it is these receivers are instantly recognizable. When properly lit up there aren’t many receivers that are better looking. Unfortunately you don’t find them too often with all the lamps functioning. And, if they are the blue color has usually changed to more of a green. This is because the velum paper that Marantz used behind their dial faces has usually degraded and turned yellow or burned.
Fortunately you can purchase lamp kits for these receivers and even change them to LED’s which slightly enhance the color and reduce the heat inside the unit at the same time. Some purists don’t like the LED look, but, if done properly they do look nice. The one above has an LED upgrade and, as you can see, the blue is really blue.
I’ve always wondered why Marantz used such non-descript knobs on their receivers. Other manufacturers used nice beveling or engraving on their knobs. Marantz just used a plain light weight knob. The first Marantz I ever purchased I though someone had replaced the original knobs with some cheap replacements. But, alas, they were the stock knobs. I guess it’s in keeping with the overall industrial look of the design.
I really like the Gyro Touch flywheel tuners they use. They are nicely weighted and spin smoothly. The design also reduces wear to the lettering on the faceplate since your fingers never really have to touch the surface of the faceplate in order to change the station. The 2226B was introduced in 1977 and survived until about 1979. It retailed for a reasonable $310.00. One could choose the WC-22 wood cabinet as an option as well.
While the 2226B was more toward the lower end of Marantz offerings it was still a nice little performer. It put out 26 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 33 watts per channel into 4 ohms. In those days power output was usually underrated by a little bit as well. Measuring 17 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 14 1/4 this unit weighed in at about 26 lbs.
Despite the fact that they are not TOTL these little receivers are still in pretty high demand from collectors. Most vintage Marantz receivers are. The 2226B sells for about $150.00 in decent working condition on up to over $300.00 in pristine working condition and with optional wood cabinet. If you’re just getting into vintage audio and don’t want to spend huge dollars on a receiver but want a classic name then perhaps this Marantz is the way to go.