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post #136 of 13453

I found a local Marantz 2245 receiver for sale for $150.  It is being sold by a local vintage audio shop and comes with a 30-day warranty (I assume it has been serviced).  Is this a good deal?  I'm fairly new to this whole vintage game.  I'll be using it for its phono stage and it will be powering Beyer 990/250s.

 

Sorry, no pics, because the link on the website is broken, but the store is fairly reputable.

post #137 of 13453

I checked fleabay completed auctions as a barometer on what these are fetching.

$150 is reasonable if everything is indeed working & is in good cosmetic condition.

(read previous post #135)

The optional wood cabinet (if included) also adds value to your treasure.

(and is also much easier on the eyes than the fake vinyl woodgrain over metal box.)

 

They can be costly to have serviced. (new panel lights, clean scratchy controls and recap)

I did this myself on my 2275 (pic on page 7, this thread). It was no walk in the park.

A lot of exacting work to disassemble and put back together.

There is a lot of useful info online regarding how to service these dinasours.

post #138 of 13453

yaa $150 doesnt seem that exorbitant  for a Marantz 2245 though i certainly wont pay that kinda dosh myself but if u like it & the units as advertized, its not a deal u can lose much on. Marantz 22xx have this warm analoguish sound that mite jive with your speakers. in any case, u can easily resell if it doesnt float ya boat.

 

O & my Marantz SR-6000 powers my DT880-600 wonderfully. im sure your DT990 will sound great offa it too.

post #139 of 13453

oh i had this pioneer sx-780, it sounds great out of my infinity reference 2000.2 ^_^ i just wish it had a center and subwoofer input...

 

btw... are there any good old receiver that has one "center/sub input"?

post #140 of 13453

Back in the 1960's, consumer grade receivers were only mono or stereo.

Then in the 1970's quad systems emerged for sale, one of the first being Marantz.

I've read about one high end system used for soundstages (as in theaters)

that utilized three front channels with a center channel but it was experimental at the time.(1973)

True high-end "5.1" channel systems with center/sub speakers came out in 1987.

It wasnt until the mid 1990's that they began to sell commercially at the retail level.

So "old" is a relative term.

 

I'm sure there is someone around here at HF that could add to this or correct me if I am wrong.

post #141 of 13453

hey you guys think you can help me pick a reciver? http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/539918/which-receivershould-i-get#post_7280446 in this thread? thanks a lot!

post #142 of 13453

All of those prices listed sound great if the units work.

 

What you need to do is study the specs of each, they are listed online.

 

Check product reviews online as well.

 

Check ebay auctions (open and closed) for what these sell for and

general popularity or scarceness.

 

When going to look at one, have them power it on with speakers to

check functionality, check all controls, look for scratchiness, static, frozen controls.

This can sometimes be hard to do if the owner has it stored outside in the garage in a box.

If need be, bring your own speakers, cables and peripheral devices,

and insist that it be hooked up and powered on before buying.

You would not buy a car without taking a test drive, right?

 

I looked into two of these that you had listed.

I am no expert regarding these models you had picked.

The Marantz seems to be an early 5.1 receiver, not high end and rather scarce.

I would probably steer clear of it.

On the other hand, the Kenwood VR-405 seems to be well built,

popular in it's time, has a good set of control functions, is powerful and reliable.

With 400 watts total output (80W X 5 CH), I would not stack anything on top.

That well ventilated case top needs to breathe. That is, let out the heat.

It also normally sells for quite a bit more than the price you listed.

 

Do your homework grasshopper.

It is you that will need to live with (and hopefully enjoy) your choice.

 

post #143 of 13453

Duplicate post due to system crash.

post #144 of 13453

Caught your thread moodyrn a few days back and remembered I had a Yamaha receiver in storage.  Not exactly vintage but I purchased it in the '90s.  Took it out of storage today to fire it up.  I forgot it had a headphone out that I have never used.  Opened the hood, everything seemed in order and cranked her up with a PCDP and my KSC75s that were close by.  The head-out is damn good indeed.  I'm trying several phones with it now.

 

 

EDIT:  The heck with this...lol.....Brought it up to my main listening station where I paired it with a Sony CDP-CE335 that IIRC, I purchased it along with it....It sounds awesome through the headphone out.  Ultrasones rockin' atm...Beyers and Senns are next...Good times....What am I going to do with all my headphone amps.....lol...

 

Cheers..

 

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Yamaha RX-460

 

 

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post #145 of 13453

hey Heatfan dont know what others think but i lov it! nothings can be overdone if it means moar juice moar power moar tunes! LOL. seriously though, im sure the lil K75s sound great off the yami. if i IIRC K75s do need quite a bit of juice to sound good. niceeeee

post #146 of 13453
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hey Heatfan dont know what others think but i lov it! nothings can be overdone if it means moar juice moar power moar tunes! LOL. seriously though, im sure the lil K75s sound great off the yami. if i IIRC K75s do need quite a bit of juice to sound good. niceeeee


I'm loving it scottie...beerchug.gif

 

Just hooked up my ipod dock via its aux and it is sounding damn good.  The Yami also has a 75ohm BNC looking plug that says unbalanced.  Do you know what that is for?...Just trying to maximize my new found friend...lol...

 

 

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Edited by HeatFan12 - 2/16/11 at 4:00pm
post #147 of 13453
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I'm loving it scottie...beerchug.gif

 

Just hooked up my ipod dock via its aux and it is sounding damn good.  The Yami also has a 75ohm BNC looking plug that says unbalanced.  Do you know what that is for?...Just trying to maximize my new found friend...lol...

 

 

Yami.jpg

 

 

Yami1.jpg

yo Heatfan bro tat be a niceee lookin pod dock! is it one them iMod woodie cap docks perchance? as for them unbalanced BNC inputs, its one of funny input jacks for them unbalanced europeans. LOL. seriously though, i bliv unbalanced input is for unbalanced sources (which is 99.9% of most home hifi) & BNC is equivalent to our RCA input jacks. do correct me if im wrong though
 

post #148 of 13453
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Originally Posted by scottiebabie View Post

yo Heatfan bro tat be a niceee lookin pod dock! is it one them iMod woodie cap docks perchance? as for them unbalanced BNC inputs, its one of funny input jacks for them unbalanced europeans. LOL. seriously though, i bliv unbalanced input is for unbalanced sources (which is 99.9% of most home hifi) & BNC is equivalent to our RCA input jacks. do correct me if im wrong though
 



Thanks scottie...beerchug.gif

 

It's an ALO Audio ipod dock (analog).  It has a mini & RCA out and charges the ipod as well.  Purchased it a few years back....

Thanks for the info...

 

Cheers

post #149 of 13453
Thread Starter 

I'm glad to hear that you are have good results with something that's been forgotten about. Sometimes I think we go overboard with headphone amps without trying something we might already have first. Now don't get me wrong, headphone amps are more of a sure thing. Vintage gear can really be hit or miss. But there are some gems out there.

post #150 of 13453
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

I'm glad to hear that you are have good results with something that's been forgotten about. Sometimes I think we go overboard with headphone amps without trying something we might already have first. Now don't get me wrong, headphone amps are more of a sure thing. Vintage gear can really be hit or miss. But there are some gems out there.



i've had a lot hits than misses. i found the trick is to drive hi Z cans with em vintage amps. FWIW the only cans i've found that sounded worst thru them headouts are the low Z BA iems UE TF10pros & klispch X5. all others sounded great. 

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