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.
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 also clean and lubricate all deck mechanics, motor/spindle bearing, switches and controls, hinges, accurately set cartridge overhang, azimuth, VTA, lateral balance, tracking force and anti-skate.
Naturally, I also assess the match between 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, starting with:
I love the look of the Marantz Model 6300. I think the combination of walnut veneer and brushed aluminium works incredibly well.
The Model 6300 motor appears similar to those used in many other decks from this era. In this case, it may be shared amongst other models and appears to have been slightly hobbled for this deck. A closer look shows only two of its possible four wiring phases are wound with wire, and two additional poles are missing. Whether all four poles/phases were present in other versions of this motor, I don’t know.
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!
As a kid, I cherished my Tandy 200-in-1 electronics project lab and Dick Smith Funway electronics kits. I had my own little hi-fi at 16. Later, I started Liquid Audio, a specialist hi-fi equipment repair business. Keeping classic hi-fi gear alive and well is what we do. Our mission: to deliver TLC for classic Japanese, American and European hi-fi stereo equipment. In my spare time, I cook, ride, listen to music and research interesting topics.