Marantz Model 15 Amplifiers

4/5 (4 Reviews) MSRP : $400.00


Product Description

Solid State Vintage Amplifier 1968-70


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel A. a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my Model 15 amp and Model 7-T pre-amp brand new Dec. 1966. Recently I had them both repaired at Audio Pro in Watertown Ma............my hope is to use them for another forty plus years!!! The performance of the amp and pre-amp is great with a variety of music source equipment playing through my Celestion Impact-40 speakers. My turntable is a Thorens TD-124Type II with an SME tone arm.....my SACD a Marantz SA8003....my tuner a Cambridge 640-T.
In 1966 the 7-T cost $325.00....the Model 15 cost 395.00 both as new. I think this old beautiful audio equipment would be a welcomed addition to any music system.
J Adler Lexington Ma.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dlb945 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I had a desire to hear how this first solid state amplifier from Marantz sounded with the first Marantz solid state preamplifier, a Model 7T so I bid on an eBay auction and won a decent example of the Model 15 amplifier. The 7T preamplifier had an updated power supply as well as updated signal capacitors and sounded nice with tube amplifiers.

The Model 15 sounded very good with the Model 7T preamplifier but not as good as a pair of rebuilt Dynaco Mark III's. I noticed that the RCA input jacks on the Model 15 were loose so decided to replace them both along with new signal wire to the jacks. I reinstalled the Model 15 into my main system which includes a Harmon Kardon T65C Turntable, Ortofon OM40 Cartridge, the Model 7T Preamplifier and a pair of updated Klipschorns. The change in personality was dramatic and a big surprise to this reviewer. The Model 15 sounded similar to the Dynaco Mark III's with the exception of lower end bass which was tighter and more evident from the Model 15.

I've been running this combination for two years and find the Model 15 never more than warm to the touch, probably because the K-horns require very little power to play loutly. Since the initial listen, I have replaced the Model 15 power capacitors and most of the internal signal wire. The same is true with the Model 7T Preamplifier with more power supply upgrades and a few more signal capacitors. The 3D image produced by this pair is really deep although the K-horns tend to throw some of the image well in front of both speakers.

The combination of Marantz 7T and Marantz 15 produces 'high end' sound for 'low end' dollars. Highly recommeded for those wanting more for less.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ben Torre a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The Marantz 15 is essentially two model 14 chassis mounted on a common faceplate. The piece is a true dual-mono design. First commercial complementary-symmetry amplifier.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Purchased At:   Bulk trash pickup



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Bowen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful looking, and sounding power. No hiss even when played at near full volume. And talk about power. Don't crank this up unless you know all your neighbors are gone.
Of course it has "that" Marantz sound, when combined with Marantz pre-amps.

For the cost it is a great amp. I use it mainly to drive the center channel of my HT setup.

It does of course generate LOT's of heat. It is two seperate amplifiers combined in one case so it has two transformers, etc.

Built like the proverbial brick house. They weigh about 40 pounds.

But the sound is oh so good. VERY quiet, and very wide soundfield, with great depth, and able to dig all the details out of the music source.

It blew me away when playing Motel California from the Eagles Hell Freezes over Album.

The great sound field, the plucking of the guitar strings, the reverbration in the bass drum after it is struck, all the little details that were lost on lesser amps with greater levels of distortion. Until you sit down and close your eyes and listen to the song, the beginning where you have the accoustical guitar on the right, the crowd all around chiming in as the guitar riff gets good, then the bass drum is struck for the first time, with gut wrenching bass.

Until that song sounds like that you haven't heard it.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995




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