Marantz 2230

 

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Introduced in 1972 this Marantz 2230 receiver retailed for $349.95.  It has all the classic Marantz attributes such as the brushed silver face plate, blue and red lights and gyro-touch tuner. The 2230 was a nice entry level model from Marantz and it put out 30 watts per channel. Production of the 2230 ended in 1974.

 

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As you can see the Marantz 2230 has all the basic features a receiver needs including a mid range tone control which many other lower end units did not have. Here is what the Marantz catalog had to say about the 2230...

Best in its class. With impressive specifications and Marantz-exclusive features, the Model 2230 offers more value and performance than any other receiver in its class. We've known that for years. But just recently, one of the nation's most respected independent consumer testing organizations verified it. In not one, but two separate categories -- features and performance. It delivers 60 Watts continuous power, both channels driven, from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with total harmonic and inter-modulation distortion well under 0.5%. Stepped, three-zone tone controls for BASS, MID, TREBLE. Provisions for tape decks, phones, record changers and 4-channel adaptors. Ultra low-distortion FET, RF and IF circuitry. Massive heat sinks; automatic protection for internal circuitry and associated speakers, plus the famous Marantz gold-anodized front panel. Looking for a moderately priced receiver? The Marantz 2230 out-does them all.

 

 

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Of course a WC-22 wood case was optional with the receiver which does enhance its looks quite a bit. It you want a wood case for your 22XX series Marantz they can be found but they aren't cheap. In really nice condition original WC-22 wood cases routinely sell for $200 and up.

 

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The 2230 weighs around 36 pounds and measures 17-1/4 W x 5 H x 14 D. The feet add another 5/8 inch.  These units are very well built and the phono circuit is highly regarded in the 2230 for magnetic coil cartridges. One thing to keep in mind when contemplating the purchase of lower wattage receivers is that many of them have been pushed to their limits which can result in over heating of some of the components. If you want to see a detailed breakdown of the 2230 check out this site cdkands.com. All the 22XX series receivers from Marantz are known to have a nice warm, smooth sound about them. So, if you prefer warm and smooth over shrill and harsh then the 2230 may be for you.

 

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You can see from this picture that the WC-22 wood case is pretty heavy duty. Of course it not only was used on the 2230 but the larger Marantz receivers in the 22XX series as well, some of which are over 50 pounds.

 

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I'm sure you already know that Marantz gear is extremely popular. Anything produced in the 70's is highly sought after. For those needing a simple lower wattage receiver for a small room or just for lower volume detailed music listening the 2230 will definitely do the job. A fully serviced, completely functional 2230 in excellent cosmetic condition runs about $400-$600. But, you can pick up a working 2230 for anywhere from $150 to $300 if you're not to picky about cosmetics. They are well worth the investment as values only continue to climb.

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Marantz 2250 B

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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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