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DanBNash's picture
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Vintage Marantz question

I am considering the purchase of a vintage (restored) Marantz 22XX series receiver. It will be powering a set of Thiel CD 2 2 floor speakers and I will be using a Thorens TD190 turntable.

Does anyone have a suggestion about which Marantz 22XX model would be a good choice or even if buying a vintage receiver is a good choice?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.






jackfish's picture
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Thiels are known to be a fairly demanding load for an

amplifier. Probably liking power in the hundreds of watts. You won't get that from a 22xx series Marantz receiver. The 2285 is only rated for 85 wpc into 8 Ohms. Perhaps look to the 23xx series? What is your budget for amplification?  Whatever is chosen should be able to handle a 4 Ohm load with aplomb.

DanBNash's picture
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Amp help

Thanks Jackfish. I enjoy reading your posts and advice on many topics.

I have thought about purchasing the new Music Hall 15.3 for $549 when it is released (based on your recs of the a15.2). I know it will be 50wpc.

I would like to spend in the $500-600 range and I am fine with used and vintage equipment. I really appreciate your advice.

I listen mostly to jazz on vinyl and will also use a computer hooked to the receiver/amp.

commsysman's picture
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The old Marantz is not a very good choice.

For that price range, I would get a Harman-Kardon 3490 stereo receiver.

Most 50 watt amplifiers do not have a low enough output impedance to drive those speakers well. I would get something with a bit more power (80 watts or more).

I have a Musical Fidelity M3i amplifier for sale that would be an excellent choice, but the price is $950.

It is like new; original cost was $1500. Actual lab tests show it puts out 90-100 watts per channel at 4 ohms, which is good for those speakers.

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