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Just got my marantz 2225

post #1 of 22
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Didn't want to start another marantz thread but after listening to it, I just had to. I've been reading a lot of good stuff about marantz receiver from the 70s so I was intrigued. After searching ebay for a few weeks for a local seller, I finally found one that had a 2225. I won the item yesterday afternoon and picked it up right away. When I got to the sellers house, he had it hooked up to some sansui speakers and a dvd player. He had Eric Clapton's unplugged CD in there and played the song "Laila" and I was blown away. The seller was very nice and offered me a set of speakers for $10 (don't know the brand).

So when I got home, I plugged in my RP-21s and have been smiling from ear to ear since then. Had to turn the bass almost all the way down though. Now I know what everybody's talking about.

Sorry guys, hopefully I didn't bore anyone. Just wanted to share my marantz experience.

Here's a quick pic.
post #2 of 22
The Marantz 2225 is nice along with the 2226 as a headphone amp.
post #3 of 22
My wife just told me she doesn't want no 70's junk in the house. I may have to sneak one.How do I sneak a reciever?
post #4 of 22
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My wife just told me she doesn't want no 70's junk in the house. I may have to sneak one.How do I sneak a reciever?
That's a shame since some 70's "junk" are prized. You may have explain to her the quality and reputation of Marantz products. They are kinda like the BMWs of audio gear. You may have to take a Martha Stewart approach and place the amp on a nice stylish shelf perhaps to make it look visually appealing. Perhaps rearrange the furniture in the room to make the Marantz blend in the room more in an appealing way. Wives have to realise that high quality audio gear is normally large and heavy and she must understand this. If not, give me your phone number and I will call your wife and explain it to her... ok just kidding on that part.
post #5 of 22
Congratulations on your Marantz. I too recently bought the Marantz 2270 with 70 watts per channel. It's in the repair shop now for some repairs but it should be in my home in a few days. I may post pics of it.

I do love the sound of the Marantz amps. They certainly are classics like an old beautiful classic car. One of these days, I'm going to redesign my room in the style of 70's to compliment my Marantz amp and vintage turntable. Maybe get some green carpet and a bean bag.
post #6 of 22
Tell her this isn't 70's junk. This is expensive stuff from the 70's that is now affordable, and will blow away the quality of anythhing new in the price range.

Personally, I think they look great, and I'm definitely going to be getting one. I love the blue lights and black background on the dial. I think the later ones with the silver are just not as pretty.

I wonder how well one would drive K-1000's?
post #7 of 22
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Congratulations on your Marantz. I too recently bought the Marantz 2270 with 70 watts per channel. It's in the repair shop now for some repairs but it should be in my home in a few days. I may post pics of it.
Thanks and congrats on your purchase too. I want a 2270/75 also but they're too expensive right now. The guy I got my 2225 from has a 2270 that he doesn't want to sell. Yes, please post pics of it when you get it back from the repair shop.

BTW, I noticed the lights on my 2225 are greenish rather than the blueish color I see online all the time. Are they supposed to be that color or has the bulbs been changed? My friend just got a 2216b and that lights up blue. It really doesn't bother me but I thought I'd ask.
post #8 of 22
Congrats! I still use the Marantz 2226 as a headphone amp in a pinch, and it's my main for Speakers, and that's not going to change until this thing fries up in smoke. One of the best deals out there - vintage receivers!
post #9 of 22
quote I noticed the lights on my 2225 are greenish rather than the blueish color

The FM dial screen may have faded in color a bit unless the lights have been changed to greenish tint led's

quote One of the best deals out there - vintage receivers!
More people need to look at this as an option. Look for lower powered receivers 20-30 watts.
post #10 of 22
I just ordered a 2230B off of eBay. It's main purpose is going to be to power my Coral BX-601's (alnico magnets!) on my TV rig. However I will have to give it a shot with my audio rig to see what it can do.

On a side note, has anyone ever modded these old Marantz's with better components? Can any real improvements be had with modifications?

Aditya
post #11 of 22
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Jahn: It was actually in one of your posts that I first saw a marantz. Thanks for spreading the curse .

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On a side note, has anyone ever modded these old Marantz's with better components? Can any real improvements be had with modifications?
I'm afraid to know the answer to this.
post #12 of 22
Well, my concern is that it is already a great package overall. Mods could help it, but then again, the components in there may have a synergy that could be disrupted, even by putting higher quality parts in it. I wouldn't want to do anything that could potentially hurt the sound, but I'm thinking things like newer PSU caps and what not couldn't hurt, could it?

Aditya
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by headphonejunkie View Post
My wife just told me she doesn't want no 70's junk in the house. I may have to sneak one.How do I sneak a reciever?
Show her a picture. And tell her that it looks even better in person.

Maybe she's thinking 80's black-plague junk that's ugly-tastic.
post #14 of 22
I know guys. She is a tuff bird. I am going to have to work on her before all the marantz are gone. She is something else. 150 bucks for an awesome receiver is a shame to waste.
post #15 of 22
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BTW, I noticed the lights on my 2225 are greenish rather than the blueish color I see online all the time. Are they supposed to be that color or has the bulbs been changed? My friend just got a 2216b and that lights up blue. It really doesn't bother me but I thought I'd ask.
My 2238 has green lights too. Not a big deal.

Do the quality of their headphone outs differ from one model to the next? Has anyone done a comparo?
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