Marantz 2226B

Marantz 2226B Front


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.


Marantz 2226B Lit


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.


Marantz 2226B Left


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.


Marantz 2226B Right


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.


Marantz 2226B Back


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.

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2 thoughts on “Marantz 2226B

  1. I had the great fortune of picking one of these up in pristine, near mint condition for $25.00 !! After cleaning all controls and a little lubrication to the tuning mechanism this unit is a true pleasure to listen to and the looks are also quite pleasing. I originally purchased it with the intent to resell it for a profit but since you don’t usually find these fine receivers in this condition I am going to keep it for my personal use, it sure beats today’s plastic, cheap junk on the market ! Incidentally, that 26 watts per channel is underrated, although I have no means of accurately measuring it, it sounds more like 50 watts per channel !

  2. I know the last comment was last year, but for anyone else too who doesn’t know of RMS and peak wattage ratings. Almost all wattage ratings on any type of audio amplifier nowadays are peak ratings and are generally double the average power rating otherwise known as RMS. Which makes sense if you see a 50 watt (peak) rating on a newer amp and wonder why it sounds just as loud as an older one with a 25 watt (RMS) rating. That’s why you have to really look into the specs on your specific amplifier especially when trying to match speakers rating as well. Hope that helps someone in your future audio indevers.

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