Every so often, I work on a piece of hi-fi gear that really makes me smile. The Marantz Model 6300 direct-drive turntable is one of them.
One look at a Marantz Model 6300 and you’ll reach an inevitable conclusion: you want and need to find one to add to your collection! That’s exactly what happened with the owner of this very pretty unit. Surely, the Marantz Model 6300 is one of the finest-looking turntables ever.
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The Model 6300 features the classic styling elements so typical of Marantz equipment from this era, including the Marantz font, mixed wood and metal finishing and elaborate feature designation on the front fascia.
Tonearm: S-shaped Effective length: 231mm Overhang: 15mm Stylus pressure: 0.5 to 4.0g Motor: Servo-controlled direct drive Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm Speed control: +-3% Rumble: -60dB Wow and flutter: 0.04% Platter: 31cm Platter weight: 1.6kg Dimensions: 435 x 180 x 381mm Weight: 10.0kg
This unit belongs customer who wanted her properly serviced and set up. Sadly and all too often, decks come to me poorly set up, even after having been elsewhere first to have this done.
A Liquid Audio turntable service involves a thorough cleaning of the lid, chassis, platter, mat, tonearm, stylus and headshell. I service all deck mechanisms including motor and spindle bearings, switches and controls, and accurately set cartridge overhang, azimuth, VTA, lateral balance, tracking force and anti-skate, as required.
Beyond this, if there are issues not resolved by standard maintenance, I take a detailed look at power supplies and motor drive circuits in the case of turntables like the Marantz 6300, 6320 and 6350.
Naturally, I also assess the match between the tonearm, cartridge and headshell. In this case, advised the owner that he should also consider adding a better cartridge and headshell. There’s much more to a turntable service than cleaning the stylus and checking the tracking force, so beware!
Anyway, let’s step through this process, in pictures.
I love the look of the Marantz Model 6300. I think the combination of walnut veneer and brushed aluminium works incredibly well and, to my eye, these are one of the most gorgeous consumer machines from the golden era.
The Model 6300 motor appears to be a technics model similar to those used in many other decks from this era. It appears to be slightly hobbled for this deck. A closer look reveals that only two of its possible four wiring phases are wound with wire, and two additional poles per sector are missing. This motor is designed so that phases/poles can be added to suit more advanced applications.
Electronics & Mechanics
I really like the physical layout of this deck. Even the parts you can’t easily see underneath are thoughtfully laid out and trimmed.
I was sad to say goodbye to this gorgeous deck, but her owner is very happy. After service and a precision set-up, she played a record more quietly, with lower wow & flutter and greater overall musicality.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at and service overview of the Marantz Model 6300 direct-drive turntable. Don’t forget, you can get in touch with me for all your turntable service and repair needs and book some turntable TLC for your deck!