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Old 12-28-2017, 10:14 AM
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Default This one fell through the crack....Vintage Marantz 150 in the house

Ever since I was a kid, I had a hankering for Marantz gear. My first "real" stereo component was a Marantz 1030 integrated amplifier. I still have that amp, which I bought in 1972
at the age of 14. Later, I owned a model 105B tuner.

One of the local audio showrooms was practically my second home, where I marveled at the gorgeous line of Marantz receivers-the 2215, 2230, 2245 and 2270. Then of course was the
revered model 19, which had the built-in oscilloscope.

But I was always steered more toward the separate components rather than receivers. The top Marantz tuner offering during that period was the model 150, a gorgeous, high performance
model with a large, built in oscilloscope. I always wanted one, but could never afford it. $600 was a pretty stout price for a tuner in the mid-1970's.

To this day, off and on I browse the pages of eBay, looking at the various vintage Marantz components up for sale. Last March, a pristine model 150 tuner, the rarer version with the "blue"
oscilloscope appeared. The unit was in nearly like-new condition, with a nice reproduction cabinet offered as part of the sale.

Being the Vintage guy that I am, (perhaps especially when it comes to tuners) I grabbed it. This beauty is now on duty in my office system. It looks and sounds great; I can see why it was
sought after back in the day.

My McIntosh MR74 Tuner is now on duty in my bedroom theater system, where the McIntosh MX120 replaced the MX117 Tuner-preamp in that system.

The Marantz 150 looks and sounds right at home in my office system.
The oscilloscope is very cool and interesting to watch, displaying tuning, signal strength, stereo separation and phase. It can be used to display all of the system's signal sources' characteristics.


No. 35

Main System: Harmon Kardon T60 TT/Ortofon 2M Black, McIntosh: MR78, MCD1000 Transport on Stillpoint ultra minis, MDA1000 D/A Converter on Stillpoint ultra minis, MS750 Music Server on Rollerblock Jr's, C40, MC501's (3), Soundcraftsmen: DC2215 Eq/AS1000 Real time analyzer, DBX 3BX II, Carver C9, Nakamichi Dragon, Crown SX724, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), Sony XBR55X900E 4K TV, JBL L220A's, JBL B460, Sumo Delilah active crossover, WireWorld Silver Eclipse audio interconnects, WireWorld Starlight and Silver Starlight Coaxial Digital interconnects, Wireworld SuperNova 7 Toslink digital interconnect, WireWorld Aurora 7 and Silver Electra Power cords, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 8 speaker cables, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna, PS Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 12, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-Ray Player, Bryson BUC-1 USB Converter, Wireworld Gold Starlight XLR Digital interconnect

Florida Room/Art Studio System: Pioneer PL-L1000 TT/Audio Technica ATS52W2, McIntosh: MR77, C32, MC2205; Crown Power Line Four, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 Digital to Analog converter, Soundcraftsmen AE2000 Eq, JBL 4313B's, JBL 2241-based Sub, JBL BX63A Active Crossover, Oppo BDP-105D Blu-Ray Player, Samsung 5500 Series 32" Smart TV, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna

Master Bedroom System: McIntosh: MX120 Theater processor, MC206 6-channel amplifier; MR74 AM/FM Tuner, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, JVC HM-DH40000U D-Theater Digital VHS, Phase Technology PC80 Towers (now used as stands), (2) JBL 4401's, (1) JBL Studio 6IW speaker, (2) JBL Studio 6IC speakers, Sony XBR-49X900E UHD TV, Panamax 1000 Line Conditioner, (2) JL Audio E110 Subwoofers, Wireworld Solstice speaker cables, Wireworld Aurora Power cords, Wireworld Equinox and Solstice speaker cables and various other flavors of Wireworld and Audioquest cabling

Office System: Marantz 150 Tuner, Crown DL 2, Crown EQ 2, Crown SA 2, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), McIntosh MCD7009 (as transport), DBX 3BX Series II, Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, JBL 4401's, JL Audio E112 Subwoofer, Samsung 5500 series 32" Smart TV, Wire World Oasis audio interconnects, Wire World Solstice speaker cables, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital to Analog converter, Wireworld Starlight Coaxial Digital Interconnect, Sennheiser HD800 Headphones, Sennheiser HDVA600 Headphone amp, Wireworld Silver Eclipse Balanced Interconnects, Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB Cable

High Resolution Source: HP Omen 17" Gaming Laptop

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Old 12-28-2017, 10:31 AM
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Default This one fell through the crack....Vintage Marantz 150 in the house

WoW Pete, nice tuner!
Main System:
Amati Futura Mains
Amati Homage VOX Center,
Proac Response 1sc Rears,
Three MC2301's for L,C,R
MC 602 for the rears
C 1100, MX 151, MCD 1100, MR 80
Nottingham Dais with Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation
SurfacePro 3, JRiver, WW Starlight Platinum USB, Schiit Yggdrasil, Benchmark DAC3 HGC

MX 151, OppO BDP-95, JVC RS-500 DILA projector, 106" diagonal Stewart Luxus Screenwall Deluxe with Studiotek 130 G3 material.

Lake House:
Ohm F, MC 275V, C2300, MR 77, Rega P3

McIntosh MAC 4300v
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:47 AM
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I love these type of stories of wanting something probably unaffordable at one time and having a second chance later on.

It definitely makes you feel good.

Mike -- B&W 802 D3 x 2, HTM1 D3, CM10 x 2, JL Audio F113 v2, SVS PB-12 Plus for LFE rear, McIntosh C2500 Tungsram ECC83/12AX7 NOS 1971 Hungary, McIntosh MC601 x 2, MC8207, MEN220, Esoteric K-03x, CAPS v4 Pipeline, NAS: Synology, WireWorld Silver El. 7 2.0m x 3, Silver Ec. 7 1.5m x 2, Platinum St. 7 USB 1.0m, Marantz AV8802a, 4 dedicated 20 A lines with Cruzefirstaudio Maestro Outlets. Primacoustic London 16 | Acoustic Panel Room Kit.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:06 AM
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Thanks Pete, that’s a beautiful tuner.
"Have you seen the stars tonight?"
Main system: Linn Klimax Katalyst DSM; D’Agostino Momentum S250 amp & HD preamp; Rega RP10 w/Rega Aphelion; Boulder 508; Sonus Faber Amati Futura; Shunyata Denali 6000T, Alpha NR & EF power, Alpha IC & SC; Quadraspire Sunoko-Vent T, ISOAcoustics Orea footers, HRS Damping Plates; SonicTransporter i7 & Synology DS412+; Audio Desk Pro
Personal audio: Woo Audio WA6, WA7 & WA8; Auralic Aries Mini, Sonore MicroRendu & UltraRendu; AKG Q701, Shure SE535, Shure SH1540, Westone ES50 Custom, Sennheiser HD820, MrSpeakers Aeon Flow C; Various Moon Audio dragons
2nd system: Luxman SQ-N100, Sonus Faber Minima Amator II, REL T-5, refurbished AR XA w/Nagaoka MP-200 & VPI cabling, Linn Klimax DSM Renew, Shunyata Venom PS8 w/Defender & Viper, Nordost Blue Heaven power & IC, Shunyata Venom sc, Symposium Svelte Shelves
Workshop: Vintage Yamaha CA-1010 amp & CT-1010 tuner, Martin Logan Motion 4, Squeezebox Touch, Schiit BiFrost, AZ & WW cables
Video: Sony XBR65X850C; Apple TV-4; Vienna Acoustics Schönberg L/R, Webern center & surrounds; REL T1/T2/T3 subs; Arcam AVR850; Cambridge Audio 752BD; MIT-EXP SC
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:13 AM
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I love the look and feel of the 70’s era Marantz pieces especially the horizontal tuner wheel. I used to own one of their receivers back in the day. Very, very special. Great find.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:28 AM
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Beautiful piece. I love the oscilloscope on my 108T, but it lacks the vintage appeal of your piece.

Long live FM! Listening to one of my favorite show tonight.
Main Rig: (waiting on room to be built)

Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 / C37
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD R-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL 212 SEs (2x)
Power > Accuphase PS 1230 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints under as much as my bank account can then accommodate
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Rental (while the room is being built): Accuphase E650 replaces the C3800 and A200s. All of the other stuff above that's usable, except the turntable stuff. Using TAD CR-1s, rather than the R-1s.

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced


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Wyred4Sound Modded Sonos Connect
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:56 PM
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Very nice
Roger - San Francisco Bay Area

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MartinLogan reQuest
McIntosh, AVM, Esoteric, JL Audio, PS Audio, Wireworld
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:21 PM
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Nice grab Pete way like new congrats...!
Dave's Cave main Basement system
C500C C500T preamp and a MX150 control center, (3)McIntosh 601 mono block amps, (1)7270 McIntosh amp driving rears in 7.1 (1)Halo A23 amp for side surround, & (1)452 McIntosh amp for main towers part of a bi-amp setup with 601's, Esoteric K-03 JL F212 sub all glued together with mostly all WireWorld & Moon Audio Black Dragon cables.

Headphone Rig
Audeze LCD-X Sennheiser hd 800 & Sennheiser hd 700 cans, Woo Audio WA-6SE with Sophia Princess & matched pair of 6GL7/6EM tubes Black Dragon Cable upgrades on the HD700s!

Streaming Dac Gear
includes K03, high-end custom built Toshiba core i7 16 gigs Wireworld Platinum USB cable, Ipad mini & Itouch driving media center 20 for full remote control anywhere on property and even via web to have music on when I get home Also can remote control MX150 via web too.

Analog Rig
VPI Classic II running with a Dynavector 20X2-H MC Phono Cartridge

For living room and outside rear deck is connected to MX150 with (1)Parasound 5250 amp. Oppo 205 , Sony ES777, (1)PPP, and a DirectStream P15 Power Plant

Speaker system
Builder of custom very high end Dynaudio's 2 Main towers, 1 super tweeter Dynaudio built system above each tower, 4 surrounds all Dynaudio Esoteric drivers 6.5 mids, esoteric dome tweeters, 2 rear surrounds, and a custom 5 speaker 2 7" drivers, 2 3" domes, and a d21 tweeter in the center channel to compliment my 2 300lb custom subs and a JL F212

Misc Build Features
AC Power Electrical overview is 4 20 amp 120 circuits all 10-3 wiring extra shielding with walls custom modded with cross bracing 2x6s over a 14" thick concrete with R19 and weather barrier
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:26 PM
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Pete.......Such a fine looking vintage tuner. Considering its age, it is in excellent condition. May it serve you well for many years.

STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital cable, Sonos Connect, PurePower 2000, Stillpoints, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Wireworld, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
VINTAGE - McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, Sony DTC-59ES DAT, McIntosh 4300V, JBL 4312A
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:34 PM
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Pete...congratulations on the purchase of a nice vintage unit.

I have the same weak spot for Yamaha silver faced gear from the late 70's to mid-80's. Here is my Yamaha CR1020:

HT-Audio|4K QLED|Aerial Acoustics|McIntosh D100 - MC501 - MR85 - MX135|Oppo|Roon
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