Marantz 1030 Integrated Amplifier (1973-1977, $180 MSRP)
[This was written by HiFi Collector.com Community Member, Frank. Thanks Frank!]
Although the Marantz 1030 is an integrated amplifier that was the bottom rung of Marantz’s integrated amplifier lineup, there’s no reason to write it off. As it’s name implies, this model generates 30 watts of power over both channels (15 watts per channel) at 4 or 8 ohms.
It’s true that 30 watts seems miniscule, especially when compared with Marantz’s other offerings, like the Marantz 2500 receiver that conservatively produces 200 watts per channel.
But, paired with some efficient speakers, this little amp can make a system sing. It’s capacitor coupled amplifier section creates a unique sound signature that is neither overly warm, or too clinical. This little Marantz would make an excellent choice for a small vintage audio system in your bedroom or study.
Output: 15 watts per channel @ 4 and 8 Ohms
Tota Harmonic Distort.: Less than 0.5% at rated output.
Damping Factor: >45 @ 8 ohms.
Weight: 16.5 lbs
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