Marantz 2600 Sells For Over $6000!

A lot of my friends ask me what the most valuable vintage receiver is. It’s actually a fairly difficult question to answer because there are so many variables that factor into market value. The Pioneer SX-1980 and the Sansui G-33000 are definitely two of the most valuable receivers but check out the latest sale of a Marantz 2600 pictured below.

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Yes, you’re seeing that right. $6100.00 for a Marantz 2600. A near mint Marantz 2500 just recently sold for $3500 and they routinely sell for $2500 to $3000 so perhaps over six grand for the 2600 is not out of line. There were 7 unique bidders over $3000, only four over the $4000 mark and only two bidders bid over $6k. Obviously those two buyers really wanted the 2600. That’s understandable because you just don’t see these receivers on the market very often.

Marantz 2600 Sale

This particular 2600 is in excellent condition and, according to the seller, was recently serviced and checked out fine. As you can see the sale also included the wood case.  The original manual was included as well but not the original box.

Marantz 2600

Even the inside of the unit is very clean and you can see the massive toroidal power transformer that Marantz used in these monster receivers. And, a monster it is, weighing in at over 60 pounds and pumping out 300 watts per channel. The 2600 was produced from 1978 to 1980 and is the most powerful receiver Marantz has made. It also checks in tied at number two with the Sansui G-33000 on the all time most powerful receiver list. Allegedly Marantz only made about 1000 of the these receivers so they are very rare.

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A pretty nice Pioneer SX-1980 just sold for $3500 and a Sansui G-22000 for over $2000 (9-28-2013). I haven’t seen a G-33000 sale. So, for now it looks like the Marantz 2600 is the king of the hill when it comes to market value. Some might argue that its performance does not live up to the price but if you’re a Marantz collector then this is the holy grail of receivers. I remember seeing one for sale in 2012 in “fully restored” condition for $12000 but I don’t think it ever sold. I remember another sale on eBay for $4000 back in 2006. Nonetheless, we now know what the current market value of a 2600 is – and it’s a lot.

Update: May 30, 2014. Another Marantz 2600 has sold and prices appear to still be on the rise. This one sold for $6995. It was in very nice working condition with the exception of an issue with FM stereo reception.

Marantz 2600

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What Is A Monster Receiver?

 

Pioneer SX-1980 Monster Receiver
 
I see forum threads all the time talking about this or that receiver being a “Monster Receiver”. Many eBay sellers of vintage receivers tend to throw around the term “Monster” pretty easily as well. Just what does the Monster attribute refer to? Is it the size or weight of the receiver? Is it only top of the line receivers or those that exceed a certain power output? What makes a receiver a Monster?

Unfortunately there really is no standard definition of what a monster receiver is and probably never will be. Obviously something deemed a monster is usually very big such as a monster truck or monster wave. The same applies to receivers in that most of them that people would consider “monster” are large. Very large. I’ve seen some claim that any stereo weighing over 50 pounds should be considered a monster. But, there are a large number of receivers over that weight that wouldn’t even be considered a quality piece of audio equipment.

 

Marantz 2385 Monster Receiver
 
Many times receivers are given the monster tag because of their power output. One of the more common themes is that any receiver that puts out 120 watts or more per channel should be considered a monster. That definition would make for a fairly large list though as quite a few receivers fit that criteria. One would think that a monster receiver would definitely be the top of the line (TOTL) for the particular manufacturer at the time of its production but there are many non TOTL receivers that put out 120+ watts per channel.

My definition of a monster receiver incorporates all of the above. The stereo should be big, heavy, TOTL, and have massive power output. It was more than likely produced during the receiver wars of the mid to late 70’s and one look at it should cause you to say Wow! I wouldn’t necessarily say that it has to be the best sounding stereo or have the least distortion.

 

Kenwood KR-9600 Monster Receiver
 
Some receivers are obvious monsters like the Pioneer SX-1980. It’s huge, heavy and hase massive power output. Others in that category are the Sansui G33000, Marantz 2385, Yamaha CR-3020 and others. Other stereo’s are more in the gray area such as the MCS 3275, Pioneer SX-1010, Yamaha CR-2020, Kenwood Model Eleven and others. 
Yamaha CR-2020 Monster Receiver
In the end there really is no formal definition of what a monster receiver is and it’s really more in the eye of the beholder. I’m going to put together a list of my top ten monster receivers soon and I’ll expect everyone to tear it apart. But, it’s like sports conversations. No one is purely right or wrong. You just make the best case you can and leave it at that.

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