I picked up the Marantz reciever today!
It is the Model 2240B, which is a 10 watt per channel bonus over the one that Jahn posted. It is in PERFECT working condition. All bulbs are working (unlike many vintage Marantz's I have seen online), but it's very dusty
The only thing that could be said is wrong with it is that the thin plastic film covering the brushed metal face has a tear in it. I don't even know if that plastic is supposed to be left on there, but it'd look perfect without (I'm gonna leave it on for now to protect it).
I tried it with some headphones and there does seem to be a slight
imbalance (to the right) out of the headphone jack. Luckily it has a nice L/R balance slider, which easily fixes this problem. The analog equalizers (bass, mid, treble knobs, 'Loudness', high filter and low filter) are amazing. Loudness is pretty much a 'V' shaped EQ and I think it sounds pretty good. With it on, and the bass knob turned up, I can get undistorted, visceral
bass from my Super.fi 5EB's! I mean, I can actually feel them moving in my ears. It is amazing.
Right now I have it powering two of my crappy satellite computer speakers, with their sub controlled seperately. In doing this I have found that the sub plays frequencies well into the human voice range. I can clearly hear vocals throug the sub
I have now decided to give up on surround sound (as suggested) and try to find some decent towers.
They should be:
-Under $250 shipped
-Frequency response down to ~40hz
My current number one contender seems to be the Fluance SV-8
but they have no specifications posted. They seem to have a ~10-12" side firing sub built in, so I'd think they have a good frequency response range. I have e-mailed them for more details.
Other options:Infinity Primus 250Polk R30JBL E60Klipsch SF-1Wharfedale Diamond 8.3Athena ASF1
But they all seem to be at or above my price range before shipping, so I don't think I'll be able to get any of them.