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New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:39 pm
by Texdentist
In the last 6-8 months, I have delved into the hobby of audio repair. I had three Marantz receivers in my younger days and always loved the styling and sound. I have been a regular on Audiokarma.org for several months and have learned tons about recapping/refurbishing/repair of these units. I grew up around this stuff -- my dad was an electrical engineer and lifelong ham operator who built his own equipment. But I was more interested in cars and girls, so never did much work on them. Anyway, on the advice of experts on AK, I started with a Marantz 2220 receiver and got it running like a champ with new LED lights, a recap, and replacement of known troublesome transistors and diodes. I then did a couple of 2230's, couple of 2245's, a 2270 and a 2275. I finally got my hands on my dream receiver - A Marantz 2325 with 125 watts per channel. It is a real beast. Recapped it, put in new LED lights and it drives my Klipsch Forte speakers enough to shake the hill I live on. :lol: Here is a pic after I got it rebuilt. I'm working on another 2245 right now. This hobby is even more addicting than the car hobby was for me. My study has been turned into a workroom and various receivers and turntables (also rebuilding them) are stacked all over the room. It's a good hobby for somebody who has gotten too old for racing cars and chasing girls. :grin:

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Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:20 pm
by VFPreacher
Nice. Marantz is a quality receiver. They're a little under powered for my taste -but they use the power very efficiently. Nice job.

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:29 pm
by ArKay99
Texdentist wrote:In the last 6-8 months, I have delved into the hobby of audio repair. I had three Marantz receivers in my younger days and always loved the styling and sound. I have been a regular on Audiokarma.org for several months and have learned tons about recapping/refurbishing/repair of these units. I grew up around this stuff -- my dad was an electrical engineer and lifelong ham operator who built his own equipment. But I was more interested in cars and girls, so never did much work on them. Anyway, on the advice of experts on AK, I started with a Marantz 2220 receiver and got it running like a champ with new LED lights, a recap, and replacement of known troublesome transistors and diodes. I then did a couple of 2230's, couple of 2245's, a 2270 and a 2275. I finally got my hands on my dream receiver - A Marantz 2325 with 125 watts per channel. It is a real beast. Recapped it, put in new LED lights and it drives my Klipsch Forte speakers enough to shake the hill I live on. :lol: Here is a pic after I got it rebuilt. I'm working on another 2245 right now. This hobby is even more addicting than the car hobby was for me. My study has been turned into a workroom and various receivers and turntables (also rebuilding them) are stacked all over the room. It's a good hobby for somebody who has gotten too old for racing cars and chasing girls. :grin:

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Nice going doc!

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:43 pm
by Torch
You're never to old for racing cars and chasing girls of course you might be to old to remember what to do with the girls you do catch

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:04 am
by Texdentist
Torch wrote: of course you might be to old to remember what to do with the girls you do catch


Lol. The only girls I care about other than the great one I have are the ones carrying steak to my table. :lol:

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:06 am
by Texdentist
VFPreacher wrote:Nice. Marantz is a quality receiver. They're a little under powered for my taste -but they use the power very efficiently. Nice job.

Underpowered? Holy Crap! How much power do you need? :shock:

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:28 pm
by VFPreacher
Texdentist wrote:Underpowered? Holy Crap! How much power do you need? :shock:


It's a quality receiver and you did a real nice job. :thumbsup:

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:51 pm
by ArKay99
Texdentist wrote:Underpowered? Holy Crap! How much power do you need? :shock:

:lol: He dirves a vette, or used to... I assume that question was rhetorical? :lol:

Re: New hobby - rebuilding receivers

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:01 am
by BugsyK
That's a nice receiver Tex and a cool hobby. I picked up a vintage Mitsubishi DA-A10 power amp with power level meter and some Wharfedale E90 speakers a couple years ago. Been looking for a nice receiver off and on since then but just don't really trust Ebay vendors on this kinda thing. If you rebuild one and decide to sell it let me know.