Marantz is a well-known brand of audio equipment. Their products are highly regarded and are known for their quality. While the brand's current lineup of products is impressive, the company is known for the durability of their older models. Buying a vintage Marantz receiver is a great way to get a taste of the company's classic design and sound.
History of Marantz
Marantz has been manufacturing audio products for over 60 years. The company began life in New York in 1953. Its founder, Saul Bernard Marantz, was an amateur musician who made audio equipment for his home. After serving his country in World War II, he created his first product, an at-home Hi-Fi pre-amp.
Marantz's first product was a stereo valve preamplifier, the Model 7. This unit cost $249 and was sold without a cabinet. The company went on to make 400 units in a year. In 1953, Marantz decided to make audio equipment on a commercial scale. This led to the company's formation. The Model 1 preamplifier was produced for $150.
Marantz Becoming a Household Name
The company also created its own line of valve power amplifiers, the Project T1 line, which was launched in 1994. The company also launched a home audio system called the Consolette. Marantz has undergone a number of ownership changes over the years. In the 1990s, the US operation was merged with the Philips-owned Marantz Company of Japan. In 2001, the company was purchased by Marantz Japan and became Marantz Japan Inc. After that, Denon and D&M Holdings merged to form the D+M Group. Now the company is being owned by Sound United LLC.