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Marantz 2238

Stereophonic Receiver (1977-80)

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Marantz 2238


  • Tuning range: FM, MW

    Power output: 38 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 15Hz to 60kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.1%

    Damping factor: 45

    Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)

    Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 87dB (line)

    Output: 775mV (line), 1.5V (Pre out)

    Semiconductors: 3 x IC, 45 x transistors, 29 x diodes, 1 x FET

    Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 365mm

    Weight: 12kg

  • Tuning range: FM, MW

    Power output: 42 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.1%

    Damping factor: 40

    Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)

    Signal to noise ratio: 50dB (MM), 50dB (line)

    Output: 180mV (line), 1.5V (Pre out)

    Semiconductors: 3 x IC, 46 x transistors, 34 x diodes, 1 x FET

    Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 365mm

    Weight: 12.5kg


service manual   English - lalomarantz

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euro schematic   English - Ivy Caudieus

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Reviewed Jun 16th, 2015 by Mark Patrick

I had purchased a 2235 Marantz to get my 21 year old son set up for a good analog system with a turntable. After setting his up and listening to a number of vinyl records with him I was impressed to say the least. So then I went on a search to find another Marantz for myself. I was very fortunate in finding a one owner 2238B model that spent it's life in humidity free New Mexico. I've had it hooked up for about a week and a half now and I love it. It produces really warm and detailed sound at very low volume levels. Crank the volume up a bit and it responds with wonderfully clear sounds, just like the 2235 model I bought for my son. I'm listening through some Polk audio monitors which I've owned for at least 15 years now. The receiver just compliments the great sound of the Polk's, I'm also using my B&O Beogram RX2 which I purchased new around 1985. All in all I couldn't be happier with the sound. My only wish was for better FM signal reception. I live in an area with many stations to listen to that broadcast with plenty of tower signal but it just doesn't pull in as strong as I'd like. Any tips on what I could do would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Reviewed Jun 15th, 2015 by rvkruz

Looks fantastic with all the lights working. Cleanly built and wired interior.

Great tuner with warm but detailed very listenable sound. The tuner captures many stations cleanly using simple dipole wire FM antenna. Easy tuning with the meters and gyro tuning wheel.

Very flexible connections with two tape inputs and aux for a digital source.

Great low and mid-frequency detail with relatively tight bass with suitable speakers.

Can provide shimmering highs for excellent jazz reproducton.

Note that the mono switch affects all inputs, not just the FM.

Highly recommended with involving but nonfatiguing sound for a vintage system.

Reviewed Feb 10th, 2015 by Fdlima

For weeks I've been looking for a vintage Marantz receiver on eBay to use with my Pioneer PL-7 turntable. I've been biding on a bunch of them but I was always outbid and never got one. I started to get frustrated with eBay's biding system but I was not giving up until I could get a Marantz receiver. But something amassing happened last Sunday. I was coming home from church and when turned onto my street I saw a Marantz receiver model 2238B on top of a pile of bulk trash that my neighbor was throwing away. Of course I hit the breaks hard (scaring everybody in the car) and jumped out of car to grab (should I say, “save”) that Marantz receiver from the unfair pile of trash.
I took it home, cleaned and made sure everything was OK before plugging it to AC, and to my surprise the receiver what very clean inside and outside with basically no scratches. The interior was very clean and all componentes seamed to be the originals. I didn't see any signs of re-solders in inside. Besides spraying the dust from inside and cleaning the outside, the only thing I had to do was to clean the volume potentiometer with contact cleaner. The receiver looks like with everything working and the sound is amazing. I'm using it to play my classic rock vinyls with my turntable.
With this luck, I think I should got to church more often :-)

Reviewed Jan 05th, 2015 by shane breuers

Nice entry level receiver, you can never go wrong with the Marantz name or sound.

Reviewed Dec 09th, 2012 by carlozza

O som quente e musical



re: 2238

merci :-)

re: 2238b

a great help, thank you

Marantz2238B_GEM's picture

re: 2238B

Thank you!

Great big thnX

Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful service...

Regards Pal

Thank You!

Thanks for sharing!

Marantz 2238b

Thx very usefull!!... Could use the owners manual , but I'm thankful for the SM

re: Marantz 2238b

Owners manual for the Marantz 2252 is available. They have identical controls. Just the power specs are slightly different.

Excellent source and pleased with manual

The service manual is just fine and works with the Adobe X. Thanks for the site usage, creator and source of the scanned manual. ^Cheers^

Quality Copy

This is a quality scan - very legible! Thanks!

Instruction manual

Dear sirs,

I m looking for the instruction manual of the Marantz 2238 B, can you tell me where I can get it.


Paul from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

re: 2238

someone knows where I can get repair items for this amp?!?

re: Instruction manual

i need the 2238B manual too...

re: 2238

i need the 2238B manual too...

owners manual

Did u have any luck finding an owners manual that u could download for a 2238B ? I to need one......

re: owners manual

i need the 2238B manual too...

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Marantz 2238

Great mid 1970's receiver.

marantz 2238

very very good model !!! Sound is perfect and very strong FM section!

marantz 2238

I just nabbed one at a thrift store for $20 with wood case and protective face cover still attached . Second time I that I fired it up, it's ' lights on' but no response from tuner section. Meters do not move and nothing audible. Must pop the lid and find out what's going on. ):

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