Since 1953, our pursuit of The Most Musical Sound has been inspired by our passion for music and driven by the relentless pursuit of perfection. From New York to Japan, our Sound Masters and engineers have created audio components recognized for their quality, durability, and elegance.
Join us as we take a look back at seven decades of Marantz audio innovation.
In the early days of audio recordings, records suffered from inconsistent recording characteristics. In 1952, unhappy with equipment available at the time, music lover, freelance graphic artist, and amateur musician Saul Bernard Marantz, created what was for the time, a revolutionary pre-amplifier. The ‘Audio Consolette’ was equipped with every equalizer curve necessary to handle erratic recording characteristics and immediately struck a chord with his friends.
In 1954, Marantz launched a commercial extension of his Audio Consolette, the Model 1 Mono Preamplifier. The Model 1 was praised for amazing sound dynamics that astounded enthusiasts and critics alike. In fact, its performance is still considered a landmark in music pre-amplification today. The Model 1 would be followed by other soon-to-be iconic components: The Model 7 preamplifier (1958), the Model 9 power amplifier (1960), and the Model 10B FM stereo tuner (1964).
The late sixties ushered the arrival of the Model 18. A receiver that incorporated a pre-amp, power amp and tuner into a single chassis, it was the first Marantz product with "gyro-touch" tuning. Other notable creations included the 22X Series and the Model 500. The Marantz look evolved with the arrival of blue dials, the Marantz typeface, symmetrical knobs, and a champagne engraved face plate.
1980 marked a turning point in audio history with the dawn of the digital era. Marantz stayed true to its analog roots with the release of the TT1000 turntable series, while launching itself into the digital age. Released in the fall of 1982, the original Marantz Model CD-63 was one of the earliest mass-adopted CD players in the marketplace. It was followed by what was arguably the most musical CD player Marantz ever produced, the CD-63 mkll KI Signature. In 1991, Marantz announced the first CD-recorder officially introduced worldwide, the CDR-1, still recognized as a standard for high-quality CD-recording today.
In 2002, in the wake of the increasing popularity of Super Audio CD software, Marantz Japan released its first high grade separate amplifiers in eight years, the pre-amp SC-7S1 and the power amp MA-9S1. These amplifier components were landmarks in the new digital audio age. The front panels of the SC-7S1 and the MA-9S1 featured the distinctive Marantz porthole and blue star, introducing the M1 design.
2020 saw the arrival of the MODEL 30, and while the name may have been a nod to Marantz’s inaugural product, its modern industrial design was representative of a new direction. In 2022, Marantz launched the MODEL 40n—the first premium integrated amplifier featuring built-in network streaming technology and HDMI ARC connectivity. And later that year, Marantz transformed the home theatre experience with the arrival of the CINEMA Series. A line of AV receivers as beautifully designed as they are inspired by cutting edge technology, the CINEMA Series epitomizes Marantz’s ever-evolving innovative spirit and its commitment to exceptional design.
2023 marks our 70th anniversary. We invite you to discover The Pursuit, our campaign celebrating seven decades of Marantz audio innovation.