This is the 2250B which was introduced by Marantz in 1976 and was really only on the market for about a year. Still, it is a very good mid-range Marantz receiver. I say mid-range because it’s rated at 50 watts per channel but many will attest to the fact that it is under rated and is perhaps closer to 70 watts per channel when fully restored and recapped.
On some of the Marantz receivers the “B” designation indicates Dolby but with the 2250’s it’s more of an upgrade designation. The Marantz 2250 is known for problems with its power switch as well as relay failure. It appears as though Marantz remedied these problems in the 2250B with a better designed switch and relay as well as better capacitors.
The Marantz 2250B features:
- Phono input
- Two tape in/outputs
- Auxiliary input
- Dolby FM
- High and low filters on/off
- Mono switch on/off
- Loudness on/off
- FM muting
- Main and remote speaker selectors
- Dubbing in/out
- Stereo phones output
- Tuning and signal meters
The FM tuner is very sensitive, the low distortion preamp is very good and Marantz used two direct coupled power amplifiers as well. Overall the 2250B is a very well built and good performing receiver. It also had the option of the WC-22 wood case.
Many of the older Marantz receivers will have lamp issues resulting in a dark dial face or meter. Fortunately there are quite a few vendors selling re-lamp kits now that can be purchased fairly cheaply.
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While the 2250B is not as popular with Marantz collectors as the 2270 or 2275 are it still has a strong following. If you don’t need massive amounts of wattage but want quality sound in a flexible package then the 2550B is the way to go. In general it is a little more expensive than the 2250 but not much. I’ve seen a fully restored 2250B sell for nearly $600 but you can find working models in good condition for $200 to $300.
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