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I do an unboxing of a mint condition forty plus year old Marantz 2230 receiver, including all original packaging. Truly a sight to behold.

I haven't had much luck lately in finding decent audio gear to write about, so to break the dry spell I am going to share one of my most prized pieces. I was going to wait until I had finished recapping it (something I am still deciding whether I should do or not), but I think an unboxing would be more fun.

Nice condition stuff like this doesn't come by very often in Canada, so when I saw that there was a mint condition Marantz 2230 for sale in the original box, I had to get it. I paid a premium, but it was worth every penny. 

No more messing around—here's the good stuff:

The box

What's inside?

Ta-da!

That's it! I've always wanted something in the Marantz 22XX line, and the 2230 is regarded as one of best sounding models. When people say that vintage audio equipment sounds "warm", it was likely the 2230 that helped coin the phrase. Here's an excerpt from a 1972 Marantz equipment catalog:

"Best in its class. With impressive specifications and Marantz-exclusive features, the Model 2230 offers more value and performance than any other receiver in its class. We've known that for years. But just recently, one of the nation's most respected independent consumer testing organizations verified it. In not one, but two separate categories -- features and performance. It delivers 60 Watts continuous power, both channels driven, from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with total harmonic and inter-modulation distortion well under 0.5%. Stepped, three-zone tone controls for BASS, MID, TREBLE. Provisions for tape decks, phones, record changers and 4-channel adaptors. Ultra low-distortion FET, RF and IF circuitry. Massive heat sinks; automatic protection for internal circuitry and associated speakers, plus the famous Marantz gold-anodized front panel. Looking for a moderately priced receiver? The Marantz 2230 out-does them all."

Hard to argue with that. If you do a search for this model online, you'll be hard pressed to find somebody with a negative opinion. The original retail price was $399 USD in 1972, making it comparible to—oddly enough—a $2,230 receiver in 2015, adjusted for inflation.

I am told that only the early units had engraved lettering on the faceplate, and if so, it makes mine just a little more rare. There are others with a champagne tinted faceplate, but it appears as though mine is the standard brushed aluminum. 

When I said this thing was in mint condition, I really meant it. There's not a single knick or scuff to be found, and the knobs feel amazing to turn. I honestly think that the original owner had bought it, used it for a few hours, then packed it away.

I seriously love this thing. The simplicity, the symmetry, it's pretty much perfect. It is rated at only 30 watts per channel, but that's plenty for any normal sized room. I am probably going to keep it forever.

7 comments

Wow! This is a beauty! Great photos. Enjoy the sound.

Great find. I have a 2230 that I'm listening to right now. Thought you might find it interesting that mine is serial number 16,xxx and the Marantz on the front appears to be only black paint, not engraved.

That is absolutely amazing. Love your blog Jeff. Glad I came across it! Hope to see an update soon!

Kyle, I hope to update it soon too! Unfortunately I don't have any stereo equipment to write about, but some cameras instead.

If it sounds wonderful....please do NOT recap it.
All this "recap craze" is not necessary.

If it makes you feel better, test the caps with an ESR meter, and ONLY replace what is absolutely necessary.

My $.02 worth.

wow! It is impossible to find new unpacked marantz! please advice me where I have to look for

This article is already a classic. Just bought me a 2230, it's been shipped, anxiously waiting it, and using this nice read as contention!