View Full Version : Best (small) vintage speakers for Marantz 2230 or Pioneer SX-780?

11-20-2003, 02:32 PM
Looking at vintage speakers and wondering what my best options are for my newly acquired Marantz 2230 and Pioneer SX-780 receivers would be. These would be for a second system so wouldn't want anything too big (if floor standing) or bookshelf type. Any ideas?



11-20-2003, 02:56 PM
I'm using a pair of AR 4xa's and find the pairing superb with this fine receiver.

11-20-2003, 02:59 PM
nuther vote for the AR4's here. Also another one to keep in mind are the Small Advents.


11-20-2003, 03:00 PM
what about a pair of Altec Lansing 893b Corona's? very sweet.

and, don't laugh, but what about a pair of Realistic Nova 10's. nice too.


Reel 2 Reel
11-20-2003, 04:07 PM
A pair of Klipsch Kg1...or if they're too big ...realistic minimus 7.....amazing what they sound like in corners.....

11-20-2003, 04:09 PM
If you could find a pair of EPI M70s, those would totally kick @$$ with that receiver. There was a pair sitting in our storeroom at work... I dusted them off, re-foamed the woofers and replaced one tweeter, and BAM... I was hooked, they went home with me and are now the rear speakers in my HT.

Amazing how much BASS a 6.5" woofer can put out, for how GOOD the midrange balance is!!

It's not "vintage", per se... but the original Boston A70s also kick butt. And they can frequently be had for CHEAP. Another speaker that has no right having as much bass output as it does!


11-20-2003, 05:02 PM
Looking at my M90's sitting across the room :p: For a really small speaker look to the Boston A40 ;)

11-20-2003, 05:54 PM
Could probably find something along the lines of Polk Monitor 4a's for cheap...surprisingly good speaker. I run a pair in the bedroom off a Sansui 6060 and have used my Onkyo TX-3000 with them too, both are in the same power league as the SX-780.

I can definitely say Klipsch Heresies work well with an SX-780, since that's what's in my front room. The SPL's can border on the absolutely ludicrous before anything clips or breaks up. And at normal listening levels, it's positively lovely to hear.


11-21-2003, 09:56 AM
Although not really vintage my favorite speakers with a 2230 are the KEF C55. I brought these home and hooked them up in the garage and was so taken by the sound that I sat there for almost 2 hours with no lights on and just fell in love.

11-21-2003, 10:19 AM
I am running 2 sets of Polk Monitor 4A's (in a stacked MTM configuration) powered by a Pioneer SX-737 receiver - no problems what so ever. The reciever really doesn't get hot to the touch, so these speakers are very easy to drive.

Actually, you can't go wrong with any of these recommendations!!


11-21-2003, 10:47 AM
I'm currently running an old pair of KLH Model 22's on my marantz 2215. There is just something magical about the marantz sound with a good acoustic suspension design.


11-21-2003, 11:57 AM
I would suggest vintage Advent/2s.

Acoustic Suspension design with what looks like an 8" woof, and (2) 2" tweets loaded on a 45 degree angle.

11-21-2003, 04:45 PM
Before I scored my current combo; KA-9150, KT-7550,KX-1003, I ran a 2220B. I used Large Advent's and Mission 700S, both sound really nice.

11-21-2003, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by botrytis
I am running 2 sets of Polk Monitor 4A's (in a stacked MTM configuration) powered by a Pioneer SX-737 receiver - no problems what so ever.

Aw I'm gonna want a second pair to try this myself! My wife's gonna kill me! :D


Roublard Cache
11-21-2003, 08:07 PM
I would suggest ADS 400 or 500 series. They balance very well with those older recievers. Another good option as suggested is the polk monitor 4 or 5jr. Very nice speaker. If you have the kind of money for it, a KEF 102 fits well. I have a pair and love a pioneer 650

11-22-2003, 02:08 PM
How about JBL L26 or L36's?
The old Infinity Qa, Qb and Qe's would also be a good match. Gino

11-23-2003, 08:03 AM
For a modern speaker I use the PSB Alpha AVs with my model 26 Marantz (10wpc+/-)
In reality a 780 can play most speakers at wickedly loud levels. . .Try a CS-922A you will cry. . .I have my Altec model 3IIs on a 780 and it will do it to you as well. . .Every 780 I had checked put out around 70-80wpc at clipping anyway. . .Lots more grunt than its advertised 45wpc. . .I dont think I have ever driven a 780 into clipping yet, usually its so loud that I stop before I get there.
780s will drive HPM-100s, L-100s and many other big speakers to insane levels. My NHT Super Ones dont go so loud on a 780 but at about 84db effeciency they dont go real loud on anything.

11-25-2003, 05:18 PM
Depends on your tastes, but if you like the HPM 100's then these are for you. See the pic on the left for my bias.