Marantz 60th anniversary: a tribute to music
Jun 29, 2013
Marantz celebrates its 60th Anniversary. For 60 years now, the name Marantz has identified the best in home entertainment. And today, even in the midst of burgeoning and often confusing technology, Marantz products still emulate the vision that originally drove Saul B. Marantz to expand the sensory horizons of even the most demanding music lovers. Only very few companies in the home entertainment industry can boast of that longevity or of the tradition of high quality that drives the company today.
It all started in 1948 when CBS introduced the first LP records, sparking the public’s interest in quality music reproduction. One of those who was swept along was music lover, freelance graphic artist and amateur musician: Saul Bernard Marantz, a native New Yorker born in 1911. While he loved his LPs, he was deeply unhappy with the playback equipment available at the time, so he spent many hours in his basement designing, constructing and reconstructing his own amplifiers to play his cherished LPs. Four years later he had perfected a revolutionary pre-amplifier – equipped with every equalizer curve he could find to handle the then unstable recording characteristics. He called it the ‘Audio Consolette’ and it made such a powerful impression on anyone who heard it that he decided to make and sell 100 sets. Less than 12 months later, more than 400 had been sold. Because of the large backlog of orders, Saul established the Marantz company in 1953 and opened a factory in Woodside. His talent for industrial design and his ability to infuse talented engineers with his vision resulted in legendary products for decades to come.