Marantz is a company founded and built from the ground-up by Saul Marantz from his own home in Kew Gardens, New York, and it's that kind of singular, original thinking that has helped it grow from a one-man operation into a highly respected, international firm in just over 60 years. The company merged with Denon at the start of the 21st century to form D&M Holdings, yet retained its name in order in order to retain its client base and its reputation.
Purveyors of high-end audio equipment for discerning individuals, Marantz reached its peak in the 1970s, after it had moved overseas to Japan. It was an incredibly influential company when it came to the development of high fidelity audio, with its powerful Model 2600 stereo receiver ranking amongst the most powerful ever developed, which really turned heads in an era when more meant better. That legacy remains today, though with the company's acquisition by inMusicBrands in 2014, prices no longer reflect this legacy, in fact, you'll probably be quite shocked by the affordability of the top-tier Marantz receivers.
As well as stereo receivers, Marantz are also famous for the quality of their high-fidelity loudspeakers. One of their most celebrated was the HD77, a 4-way speaker system with peerless bass response thanks to an airtight construction. The company's focus remains sharpened on their their consumer audio equipment range, which continues to win awards and fans across the world.
Marantz have a rather apt catchphrase of “Because Music Matters.” This is a tagline indicative of their singular focus. A company that has and always will be an audio specialist, and a company that believes music deserves not just to be heard the way the artists intended, but to be felt and experienced. They are staffed by technical experts with an unparalleled understanding of music reproduction, which gives them the ability to communicate the scale, timbre, pitch, dynamics, and the very essence of a recording through their equipment. This means that, for fans of classical music especially, there are few alternatives that offer the same quality, the same definition and the same bragging rights as a full fledged Marantz stereo system.