You’ll find quite a few people that will tell you that the Marantz Model Nineteen is one of the best receivers ever made. It would be hard to argue with them given that each receiver was hand built and calibrated by Marantz technicians hence the “Custom Calibrated” badge on the front panel. It’s said that even the WC-9 wood cases were hand rubbed. It was introduced in 1970 and retailed for about $1000.00 which was bumped up to $1200.00 about a year later. Marantz knew that price was not in the budget of most receiver buyers at the time and basically said so in their advertising. One ad stated, “It is strictly for music lovers whose demand for sound fidelity is beyond the pale of the average listener”.
The Model Nineteen has some of the classic Marantz styling features including the gyro-touch tuning wheel and blue tuning dial face that became a mainstay of later Marantz receivers. Some of the receivers also have a champagne colored faceplate.
The Model 19 puts out 50 watts per channel and has a very good FM tuning section and pre-amp. As you can see below it also features a built in oscilloscope that acts as a tuning meter for precision station tuning.
I believe both the Model Eighteen and Model Nineteen were made by Marantz after their sale to Superscope but they were also both designed by Saul Marantz and Sid Smith. Its solid state design incorporated a number of advancements. The tuning circuit is very similar to the Marantz 20B and it has a full complementary output stage which was ahead of its time.
The Model Nineteen is not a huge receiver at 18¼” x 6″ x 16″ but still weighs in at a hefty 46 pounds! I think the WC-9 wood case was only used on the Model Nineteen though it’s possible it was used on the Model Eighteen as well. The case shown below is possibly an aftermarket case as there were a couple companies that made wood cases for Marantz gear in the early 70’s.
The brochure below shows how Marantz was targeting the upper end of audio buyers. They had no problem stating that the receiver was expensive, was expensive for a reason, and, unless you have no problem paying for perfection, then you probably should look at one of their other receivers.
As one of the classic Marantz receivers the Model Nineteen commands a high price. Higher then most any other 50 watt per channel receiver. Given its quality build and exceptional performance it’s probably not over priced. Long term I can’t see prices going down either. I recently saw one in excellent condition with its original wood cabinet sell for $1350.00. Generally, without the case they sell for $600 to $800 in good working condition.