Interesting Marantz Piece at Local Hi-Fi Shop

stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,295
Thought y'all might enjoy seeing this, apparently from 1962...

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“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
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Comments

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,971
    Considered by many to be the holy grail. You should have bought it.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,994
    ^^^^^^^[[ what he said^^^^^^^
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,740
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,295
    Ivan, it's at a store on the west side of North Prospect just south of I-74 in Champaign. I just popped in there looking for a couple of screws today and saw it. I hadn't known that they carry vintage stuff. They also have an old McIntosh MC-100.
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> Yaqin MC-10t --> LSiM-705's
    Cabling by Groneberg
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,458
    edited August 2018
    That is a fine price, I'd opine, even with the cheap-jack output tubes.

    The 8B (and, I must confess, I cannot tell an 8 from an 8B from the top... if it's from 1962, it may well be an 8) is one of the best sounding storebought amplifiers I have ever heard, full stop.

    Phenomenal amplifier -- gorgeous below decks, too.

    It would have come home with me for $1600 assuming it works (more to the point, as long as the transformers are all good).

    Ol' Art Dudley (bless his heart) does a good job of 'splainin' the difference between the 8 and 8B. I have only, myself, heard and worked on an 8B -- and I love the things.

    https://www.stereophile.com/content/listening-111


    EDIT: Derp it is an 8B, I should actually read the tag that the OP went to the effort of photographing! The 8B is the one to have (except for a completist collector, I'd opine).
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,458
    I should say that the Marantz 9 monoblocks were certainly prettier :p (freaking gorgeous, in fact -- timeless) and more powerful, but I just think electronically the 8B was considerably more elegant than the push-pull parallel EL84 Marantz 9. :|

    I may someday invest in an 8B -- not likely to ever be in a position to spring for a pair of 9s, though... so maybe it's just sour grapes on my part ;)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,458
    edited August 2018
    In case any of y'all don't know of 'em, the MC-100 is half of an MC-2100. I think these autoformer-coupled, early solid state Macs all sound absolutely terrible - grainy and un-musical. The 50 wpc MC-250, too, IME/IMO.

    An MC-100 might make an OK subwoofer amp, but it's probably overpriced for that application, I'll bet ;)

    Full disclosure - there is an MC-2100 here, but it just sits in a box in the basement, taking up space :|
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,740
    edited August 2018
    stretchl wrote: »
    Ivan, it's at a store on the west side of North Prospect just south of I-74 in Champaign. I just popped in there looking for a couple of screws today and saw it. I hadn't known that they carry vintage stuff. They also have an old McIntosh MC-100.

    Good Vibes or Glenn Poors?
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,295
    @pitdogg2 - Good Vibes.
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> Yaqin MC-10t --> LSiM-705's
    Cabling by Groneberg
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,295
    If any of y'all are interested in the Marantz I'll be happy to ask their best price, audition it and ship it to you. I actually told the guy that I wanted to make the photos because I had a friend (I didn't say a bunch of friends!) who might be interested in it. They're apparently selling it on consignment.
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> Yaqin MC-10t --> LSiM-705's
    Cabling by Groneberg
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,125
    Audio royalty.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,295
    Damn, guys. You're making me feel small for not genuflecting as I entered the store! :)
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> Yaqin MC-10t --> LSiM-705's
    Cabling by Groneberg
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,740
    stretchl wrote: »
    @pitdogg2 - Good Vibes.

    Great place.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,458
    ...sort of like sayin "Interesting old car at the used car lot" :)

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