Legendary Marantz CD-84 CD Player Repair & Review

This story illustrates almost everything I've ever said about vintage hi-fi gear. Read on to find out why I love older CD players like this legend from 1984 and what makes this Marantz CD-84 so very lovable! It's worth considering just how unbelievably disruptive the launch of CD was, back…

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Marantz 1152DC Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

How's this for a beautiful amplifier. I recently repaired and restored this absolutely stunning Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier, let's take a look. The Marantz 1152DC is an integrated amplifier from the upper middle of Marantz's range in the late 1970's. The 1152DC and others from this series are very collectible…

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Sometimes Budget Hi-Fi Gear is the Most Fun!

If readers wonder whether I only work on more expensive hi-fi equipment, not at all. Liquid Audio cares for all hi-fi stereo gear including budget hi-fi, from 1970 onwards. If it's hi-fi, I'll look at it.It's true that many of my posts focus on rare and desirable hi-fi equipment. People…

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Marantz 2330 Monster Receiver Restoration & Repair

Nothing screams statement hi-fi gear louder than the monster receivers of the '70s and '80s and this Marantz 2330 is up there with the best. Let's take a look at perhaps the dirtiest piece of hi-fi gear I've ever seen! The Marantz 2330 is a heavy receiver, actually very heavy…

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Marantz 2330 Monster Receiver Overhaul Video Teaser

Check out this video I made showing before and after overhauling this incredible, super-rare Marantz 2330 receiver. The Marantz 2330 is a true monster receiver, like the Pioneer SX-1250 and Sansui G-9000. If you are a monster receiver fan,  and you'll definitely want to check out this video, and my…

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Marantz PM-8 Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I've been very busy repairing and restoring this stunning Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier. The Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier is one of very the amplifiers from the golden era of serious hi-fi equipment. These amplifiers are monsters, massively powerful and massively heavy. They are also massively complex to work on and…

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Marantz PM-8 – Dead Filter Capacitors

Just a short post while I am repairing/restoring an absolutely massive Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier. These main filter capacitors in the Marantz PM-8 sit in the power supply and do all the 'heavy lifting' required to make the power supply smooth and quiet. All four 15,000uF capacitors have literally spewed…

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Stunning Marantz 1152DC Integrated Amplifier for Sale

I am very excited to present this absolutely stunning, completely overhauled and restored Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier for sale. I'm asking just $1295! UPDATE - Sold! This 1152DC would suit a collector or vintage audio lover, it's easily the nicest example I've seen. The Marantz 1152DC is a legendary Marantz…

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Marantz SM-80 Amplifier Repair & Restoration

In this second of two articles on the Marantz SC-80 and SM-80, we look at the SM-80 power amplifier and a tricky repair and restoration bringing this amplifier back to full working condition. The Marantz SM-80 stereo power amplifier is a reasonably powerful, well-made, mid-range consumer amplifier from around 1990.…

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Marantz SC-80 Preamplifier Repair

A customer recently asked me to look at his immaculate Marantz SC-80/SM-80 pre/power combo. In this article, I look at the SC-80 preamplifier. The Marantz SC-80, and its partner, matching Marantz SM-80, are quality mid-range separates hailing from around 1990. They are unremarkable in terms of circuit layout and construction,…

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