Marantz,..then vs. now.

Saul Marantz deserves much for the beginnings of the "high-end".   As many know Marantz went through the Superscope years and being at or below mainstream.  What I am wondering is in the name and reality of the "high-end" is Marantz in the High-end/audiophile league or are they more mainstream?


I regret selling my Marantz 2270 receiver. I had that in use 1976-78. It had pre-out and amp-in jacks so it was quite versatile. Several years ago I won an eBay auction for a 2235 at $130 with free shipping! I thought it would go much higher! Both of these receivers have excellent SQ!

Yes, after SuperScope took over Marantz in '65 it became a mainstream audio company. The same thing happened to Luxman when Alpine bought them in the 80's. 

Depends.  Their reference series gear is of excellent build and sound quality and certainly would be competitive with other "high end" gear.  The Marantz badge also is applied to other products that are more mainstream.


Parted ways with Marantz 2270 did ya, shame on you. One piece I’ll never let go! Have you peeked recently at the asking price for some of these units … recapped, minty, and fully functional.