I Want to get a 2230 but offered a 2230B. Are there Sonic and Internal Differences?

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by Audioo, Apr 16, 2018 at 12:14 PM.

  1. Audioo

    Audioo Active Member

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    I hope to find an all original 2230 but 2230b came up. What should i know before go for it?
     

     

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  2. MBuras

    MBuras Restoration is an Addiction Subscriber

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    They are completely different receivers internally. The 2230 is capacitor coupled and has more of the Marantz warmth. The 2230B is direct coupled and adds both a little more accuracy and a little more kick. I like to say the 2230 is good at jazz while the 2230B likes rock n roll. Either one is a nice catch at the right price but both are getting old and will likely need a bit of repair/rehab.

    Good luck with your search!
    Mike
     
  3. Fairlane

    Fairlane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    What MBuras says. ^ ^ ^

    Become a subscriber and post a want to buy in the equipment section and I bet you will find one with a little patience.
     
  4. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger All around good guy Subscriber

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    Yup, what MBuras said.
    I have had both and find that the 2230 is a bit warmer sounding and what I would consider the 'classic' Marantz sound.
    YMMV.
     
  5. Audioo

    Audioo Active Member

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    B versions are more for rock n roll and non jazz instrumental etc?
     
  6. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man? Subscriber

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    I prefer the 2230B. I think it sounds better, and I like having tuning and center-tune meters.
     
  7. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    I like the B much better than the non B

    As said, completely different animals.

    I tried stock 2230, recapped one, everything adjusted and none would hold a candle to the B I got. My B is unrestored. I flipped all the 2230 I ever had but the 2230B is not going anywhere.

    I like classic rock. But would probably prefer the B with any music. It just fits my ears better.
     
  8. catrafter

    catrafter Marantz Specialist Subscriber

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    I have and still listen to the 2230 that I purchased in 1973 or 1974. Even though it is an early capacitive coupled output design, I still like the way it sounds.

    YMMV
    Tom
     

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