Marantz Hifi

I really love the sound of the old Marantz HiFi amps from the 1970s.   Walnut veneer chip board surrounds, glowing lights what a joy.  I don’t usually work on HiFi but here I make an exception.

These amps are made to the highest standards and feature great transformers and parts top to bottom.

A couple of issues I have come across and are worth sharing to help others.

Crackling no matter volume level

Seen on Marantz 4240 but applies across the range.  In this scenario the amp works as normal but produces a fairly constant rustling / sizzling bacon style crackle. The fault may increase gradually folowing switch on or be permanent.  Even with no input connected the fault is present and not effected by the volume control.

The cause is leaky tone recovery transistors on the PCB driving the amplifier blocks.

Worn Capacitors

Everywhere on the internet people talk about replacing capacitors.  It’s a bit over stated.  Often their are visual signs like rupturing. leaks and yes these should be replaced in pairs but shotgunning the whole amp is wasteful of time and money and unlikely to be worth it.

So concentrate on where it is needed.

    • visibly worn decoupling caps
    • interstage electrolytic coupling caps
    • Tantalum caps

If you have one of these amps that you would like to sell either for restoration or parts donor I would be interested to hear from you.

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