Marantz 4240

Marantz 4240

The Marantz 4240 is one of their Quadraphonic offerings in the 4xxx series. The Model 4240 is a high quality stereo + quadradial receiver and incorporates Marantz’s exclusive Vari-matrix circuit which simulates 4-channel sound from normal 2-channel stereo programs, and is capable or reproducing 4-channel sound from any matrix encoded source. It can also reproduce any discrete 4-channel program as well as regular stereo and monaural programs. An optional plug-in decoder adapts the 4240 for any specific matrix system such as Columbias SQ.

Marantz 4240 Left

The 4240 debuted in 1974 and was on the market until 1978.  The receiver had a retail price of $599.95. It had options for an SQA1 Quad Decoder and the SQA2 Quad Decoder as well as the RC4 Remote Control.  Of course you could also purchase the WC-22 wood cabinet. With the mode selector you could choose between Mono, 2 Channel, Discrete, Vari Matrix or SQ Decoder modes. The 4240 also has a Dolby selector on the front panel.

Marantz 4240 Right

The Gyro Touch tuning flywheel was used in this model as it was in many of the Marantz models of that era. While not overly powerful the 4240 put out 40 watts per channel in 2 channel mode and 17 watts per channel in quad mode. The 4240 is not really known as one of Marantz’s better receivers but, of course, that is relative to their other high quality models.  It doesn’t have a protection relay in it so your speakers and the outputs are only protected by fuses which isn’t optimal. The output transistors are TO-66 case transistors which are not really sufficient and are no longer available either.

Marantz 4240 Back

Despite its shortcomings the Marantz 4240 Quadradial does have followers. Of course, any quad collector would want one. They sell for about $250.00 to $400.00.

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  1. Hi, as i am not an expert i would appreciate if you please give further explanation on the following: ” It doesn’t have a protection relay in it so your speakers and the outputs are only protected by fuses which isn’t optimal. The output transistors are TO-66 case transistors which are not really sufficient and are no longer available either.”

    thansk.

  2. I bought one of these when they first came out in 1970’s. While I loved it with all more heart, and the sound was spectacular, the only four channel recordings at the time were Quadraphonic LPs which were fairly rare since the format never really caught on. Here and there artists would release Quad LPs and I still have a few of them but not the Marrantz Receiver which I sold for $1000 (including 4 Marrantz speakers and a Phillips turntable) which paid for about a quarter of my brand NEW Dastun 310 (which I bought for $4500) to give you an idea of how price points have changed over the years. HIFI equipment was super expensive back then. Any way when I played the Quad LPs , and sat in the middle of my four speakers I never really noticed much if any difference from the stereo LPs. The 3rd and 4th soundtracks were some how laid down on the sides of the stereo groove in the LPs. Not sure that that technology truly could deliver 4 entirely separate tracks as I never heard much difference. But it still felt cool to have the only 4 channel playback system that was around and brought many people back to my dorm room in college to check out!

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