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Marantz; Itasca

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Name: Marantz; Itasca (Marantz, Sound United LLC, 1 Viper Way Vista, CA 92081 United States ?)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: marantz
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

Marantz America, Inc. 1100 Maplewood Dr Itasca, IL 60143

(Marantz is a manufacturer/brand of HiFi equipment that was started in New York City in 1952 by Saul Marantz. The brand continues to this day under the ownership of Sound United LLC.

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Saul Marantz was never satisfied with the "hi fi" equipment of his day. So he built better; the Model 7 preamplifier. The Model 8 and, soon after, the 8B power amplifier, in the 60s the Model 10B FM tuner and in the 70s the 2200 receivers - the blue series gyro tuning models. 1983 the beginning of consumer digital audio area starts with the CD-63, the first publicly announced CD player.

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Founded: 1951 (1952 ?)
Production: 1951 (1952 ?) -
History:
In 1964, the Company ran into financial difficulties that eventually forced Saul Marantz to sell his company to Superscope Inc. Superscope aimed to expand the business and make Marantz a more general audio manufacturer. They looked to Japanese manufacturers to help into the mid range market, and in 1966 a trial production run with the Standard Radio Corporation of Japan led to the Model 25 modular stereo, joined later by lower cost models 22 and 28. Around this time, design and production (except for A-line articles) was switched from the US to Japan, and Superscope took a 50% participation in Standard Radio Corp. This corporation changed its name to Marantz Japan Inc. in 1975. Right up until the mid seventies, Marantz continued to produce excellent high-end and mid-range HiFi. But towards the end of the decade, the company found itself struggling in an increasingly competitive marketplace and in 1980, Superscope sold the rights to the Marantz brand, the dealership and all overseas assets (except USA and Canada) to Royal Philips Electronics the Dutch consumer electronics giant. The Superscope 'Marantz' brand continued to market its own low-cost products in the US and Canada right up until 1992 when Philips also acquired the rights and dealership for North America.

(Saul Marantz was never satisfied with the "hi fi" equipment of his day, so he built better, starting with the Audio Consolette preamplifier in 1952; 100 units built in a small workshop at his home in Kew Gardens (Queens), New York City and sold through Harvey's Radio, 6th Avenue, Manhattan.  He soon had a waiting list for several hundred units, so in 1953 he established the Marantz Company with manufacturing facilities in 25-14 Woodside, Long Island City 6, New York City.  Other popular products followed - the Model 1 preamplifier, the Model 2 power amplifier, and then in 1958 the Model 7 stereo preamplifier. These were followed in 1959 by the Model 8, and soon after, the 8B power amplifier, and in 1964 the Model 10B FM tuner.  The Company ran into financial difficulties in 1964 which eventually forced Saul Marantz to sell his company to Superscope Inc., who at that time were the distributors of Sony tape recorders in the USA. ?)

Marantz Generalvertretung für Österreich:
HEA Werke Wien, Ing. F. Houben, 1141 Wien, Linzer Straße 235a.

(Superscope aimed to expand the business and make Marantz a more general audio manufacturer. They moved the business to a larger manufacturing facility in Sun Valley, California and then looked to Japanese manufacturers to build products for the mid-range market. In 1966 a trial production run with the Standard Radio Corporation, Sagamihara-Shi, Tokyo, Japan led to the Model 25 modular stereo, joined later by lower cost models 22 and 28.  Soon much of the production (except for A-line products) was switched from the USA to Japan, and Superscope took a 50% participation in the Standard Radio Corporation.  This corporation changed its name to Marantz Japan Inc. in 1975 and around the same time Marantz Co. Inc. USA moved its headquarters to Chatsworth, California. Until the mid-seventies, Marantz continued to produce excellent high-end and mid-range HiFi, such as the 2200 receivers, the blue series gyro tuning models, but towards the end of the decade the company found itself struggling in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  In 1980, Royal Philips Electronics, the Dutch consumer electronics giant, acquired the rights to the Marantz brand. This included the dealerships and all overseas assets, except in the USA and Canada where Superscope continued to distribute Marantz products and market its own low-cost products until 1992 when Philips also acquired the rights and dealerships for North America. ?)

(In 1980, Philips was developing the Compact disc player. The Marantz CD-63 was the first publicly announced CD player in the world and was released in Japan in late 1982.  The Marantz CD-63 was identical to the first Philips machine, the CD100, and both machines, built in Philips Holland and Belgium factories, were released in 1983 in Europe and in the USA (the CD100 as the Magnavox FD1000). Marantz CD player production continued in Europe and started in Japan in 1984 with the CD-54, CD-74 and CD-84 models. Research and Development work was performed in Europe where one man in particular, Ken Ishiwata, became famous for his work with Marantz products. He designed many outstanding special edition models which were highly praised in HiFi press reviews. Marantz Japan Inc. continued to build high quality HiFi products for worldwide distribution expanding their range into home theatre products including A/V Receivers, Video cameras and recorders, Laser Disc, DVD and Television monitors.  Marantz America Inc., Itasca, Illinois was formed in 1994 to distribute Marantz products in the USA.

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(2001 marked a momentous time for Marantz Japan Inc. when it became an autonomous company and acquired the rights to the Marantz brand (including all sales subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities) from Philips. In 2002 it was acquired by D & M Holdings Inc., an international investment and management group that controlled Denon, McIntosh Labs, Escient, Boston Acoustics, and other brands. Marantz continued, producing high quality products including a new Reference Series, the MA-9S1 power amplifier, the SC-7S1 preamplifier and the SA-11S1 CD player.  After over 50 years Marantz is now closer to its roots in high performance home entertainment than it has been since the 1960's.

D & M Holdings Inc. later changed its name to D+M Group, and in 2017 was acquired by Sound United LLC based in the USA.

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This manufacturer was suggested by Urs Gloor.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  68–72 Stereophonic Receiver eighteen (18) D3-11GJ  The first hi-fi stereo integrated receiver made by Marantz with an FM stereo tuner, preamp... 
USA  72–76 Stereophonic receiver 2245 TA7060  Blue face series receiver 2 x 45 watts, "gyro tuning". 1 IC (TA7060P, driver ... 
USA  96 Stereo Console Preamplifier Model 7 [Reissue] ECC83  One of the "Marantz Classic Series" of three reissued Marantz hi-fi products origi... 
USA  83/84 Stereo Amplifier PM333   A hi-fi stereo integrated amplifier with power output of 30 watts RMS per channel into 8 o... 
USA  96 Power Amplifier Model 9 [Reissue] 6DJ8  One of the "Marantz Classic Series" of three reissued Marantz hi-fi products origi... 
USA  96 Stereo Power Amplifier Model 8B [Reissue] 6BH6  One of the "Marantz Classic Series" of three reissued Marantz hi-fi products origi... 
USA  76/77 Console Stereo Amplifier 1150D   A hi-fi stereo integrated amplifier with power output of 75 watts RMS per channel into 8 O... 
USA  83 Compact Disc Player CD-73   The second hi-fi stereo compact disc player released by Marantz in 1983, housed in a metal... 
USA  78 Stereophonic Tuner 2110 3SK45  Built in scope for tuning and audio indication. Semiconductors are listed only once... 
USA  78 Console Stereo Amplifier 1050   Stereo-Amplifier, 2× 25 W RMS (8 Ohm). 
USA  80 Console Stereo Amplifier PM-350   Console stereo amplifier 
USA  80 Digital Synthesizer Tuner ST-430   Digital Synthesizer Tuner 

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