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The Marantz 1300 DC is an integrated version of the Marantz 3650 pre-amplifier and the 300 DC power amplifier. Two sets of speakers can be connected, and it’s capable of driving with ease difficult loads. With a nominally 4 ohm speaker connected, 190 watts RMS/channel can be delivered.
So other than sheer power, exactly why does the Marantz1300DC sound so good? How about the huge power supply incorporating a massive dual secondary transformer, quality discrete electronic components, a rigid strong chassis with huge heatsinks and DC coupling to the speakers.
The unit weighs in at 24.5 Kg, an exceptionally high figure for an integrated unit.
There are separate left and right graphic stepped controls for bass, midrange and treble with a turnover frequency selector and band width equalizer. The equalisation can be entirely switched out to provide a more direct path for the input signal to the output stages.
There is also full tape monitoring and dubbing facilities which allows for the recording of any input, and simultaneous monitoring or listening to any other input.
There are also two phono inputs, one for moving coil cartridges (which is switchable to a magnetic cartridge input), and another dedicated magnetic input. The cartridge load impedance and capacitance settings for a magnetic cartridge is adjustable by two controls on the front panel. The moving coil input presents a useful load of 50 ohms which suits many MC cartridges (the likes of Koetsu, for instance).
A rather nice touch is the “contour” knob on the front panel, a variable loudness control if you will, enhancing low level listening.
The Marantz 1300 DC is always well balanced, regardless of the source. It just sounds “right”. There is no emphasis of any particular frequency with no veiling, just a deep punchy LF and a sweet sweeping HF capability.
Regrettably, the 1300 DC was only produced by Marantz for a single year between 1978-79. The result is that this model rarely comes to the market, let alone one in this condition. I continue to own a 1300 DC for my personal use.
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