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Is my receiver good enough?

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I have a vintage Marantz 2230B and I want to buy a set of B&W DM685's (or similar speakers) to use as my bedroom system. Is the old Marantz good enough for these speakers? It sounds fine with the set of hand-me-down Bose 301's I'm using now, but those sound pretty muffled (3-inch paper cone tweeters? Really? In this era?). I'm worried the more detailed B&W's will only serve to bring out its flaws. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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IMO, evidence suggests amps don't sound much different. If it's working ok, I say use it until it stops working (unless you are worried about it catching fire)
post #3 of 8
I knew of one specialty A/V retailer that used "vintage" Marantz AVRs to drive some of the Dynaudio speaker models which, I believe, are more difficult to drive than the B&W's you mentioned. So, as Michael indicated, you probably won't have problems driving the B&Ws.
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Thanks. I was just wondering since it is nearly 40 years old. Obviously they've made some improvements since then and I was just wondering if it would be noticeable. I prefer this to a new receiver. I bought it because I love the look, with the aluminum faceplate and blue lights. Plus it's unique, nobody else my age has anything like it, just a bunch of miserable iPod docks. As a bonus it also sounds better than a much more modern Sony I have to compare it to.
post #5 of 8
Not sure how much amp designs have changed in 40 years. Of course, an amp that old could have some issues. Some capacitors have limited lifespans, for example.
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I have a vintage Marantz 2230B and I want to buy a set of B&W DM685's (or similar speakers) to use as my bedroom system. Is the old Marantz good enough for these speakers? It sounds fine with the set of hand-me-down Bose 301's I'm using now, but those sound pretty muffled (3-inch paper cone tweeters? Really? In this era?). I'm worried the more detailed B&W's will only serve to bring out its flaws. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Your new B&W's will sound awesome with any amp. Not to say that a better amp won't improve them, but that whole listening experience is so subjective. Regardless you will love those speakers over your bose 301s.
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Not sure how much amp designs have changed in 40 years. Of course, an amp that old could have some issues. Some capacitors have limited lifespans, for example.

I've heard about capacitors going bad. What are the signs of them going bad?
If they were to die I would probably just have this amp repaired, as long as it isn't outrageously expensive. Even if I had to replace it I would get another vintage Marantz. There is some distortion but I'm 90% confident it's the speakers, because I have to use a ton of equalization to make them listenable and it's forcing way more treble and bass out of them than they were built for.
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The signs depend on where it's located in the circuitry when it starts to fail. Anything from a buzz in one speaker to dead silence on one - or both speakers. Chances are they either need replaced now or soon will - especially if you give it a workout often.
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