Re: Vintage Marantz equipment
|Originally posted by mkmelt
Glad to hear you finally received your Marantz receiver. I could not understand from your post if the static you heard was coming from the FM radio tuner or in the amplifier section. Perhaps the balance and volume controls noisy.
Although they might be worn out, they could just need to be cleaned by someone who takes the time to do it properly. If the first repair shop can't seem to fix the problem, don't give up on the unit, try another shop.
You might have some corrosion on the RCA jacks. Try plugging and unplugging the left and right cables from your CD player several times to make a good contact.
When you get the unit back, please provide a more detailed review of the performance of the Marantz driving the HD-600s.
The static is coming from the amp section, not the tuner. The repair shop told me they cleaned the pots, but obviously they missed something since the problem still appears (but this time from the right channel only). They have the unit again; hopefully this time they'll get to the bottom of the problem. If not, it's off to find another repair shop. . . .
I use the other Marantz unit, the 2226B, as my headphone system. I use it about 95-97% of the time with the K-1000s and the Marantz CD-67SE (connected by an Outlaw cable). I really like the combination; I think the Marantz does a fine job driving the K-1000s. While I have noticed a somewhat "overbearing" top end (for lack of a better description), it has decreased over time as I've burned in the K-1000s more. I do love the detail and expansive soundstage; things like a string quartet and piano (listen to Glenn Gould on these phones--it's magic and utterly realistic). The piano has great depth and scope. I've not had much of a problem with the lack of deep bass since I don't listen to much rock, etc. that relies more on deep bass. However, the 1000s do an excellent job with, say, an acoustic bass. The lack of "slam" does not bother me in the least, given the other benefits the K-1000s provide.
I've only listened to the Senn 600s/Cardas combination on the Marantz 2226B about 2-3 times, so I can't really say that I've given the combination an extensive listen. However, the combination does compare favorably to my Senn/Corda HA-1 combination. I think the Corda provides a more detailed top end and overall "cleaner" presentation, but the Marantz/Senns get you about 80% of the way there. Not bad at all--I like having the option of using the Marantz on occasion. Again, while I bought the Marantz to use primarily with the K-1000s, I'm happy that I have an added bonus in that I can use it with the Senn 600s and be happy with the combination.
I hope this helps. Again, thanks for all your help and advice with my purchase. I'll give you an update on the 2238B when I get it back from the shop.