The Marantz 6300 is very popular these days and they command some pretty high prices. When it was released to the market in 1975 Marantz was still seen as making hi-end audio equipment. Of course, Superscope had owned them for some time by then and, while they did produce good equipment, the mid to late 1970’s stuff didn’t really live up to perceptions. The 6300 probably falls into that category. Some feel that it’s the best looking turntable ever while others feel it is a little bulky and overdone. A failed attempt to convey opulence they say. Now, I’m not saying the turntable is bad. It’s not. It’s a direct drive turntable with a DC servo motor, optical auto-off, and both vertical and lateral balancing. But, by the time it came on the market, most decent turntables had those features and more.
The Marantz 6300 sold for $249.95 in 1975 and was on the market until around 1977. I believe part of the reason for the high demand is that a lot of vintage audio enthusiasts own Marantz receivers and want to complete an all Marantz system. So, they need a Marantz turntable. Of course, an all Marantz system in the audio cabinet would look good!
One nice aspect of the 6300 is that it has adjustable feet. This makes it easy to level the turntable. You can adjust them by turning the outer ring on the foot. Viewing from the top, turn the ring clockwise to elevate the base and counter-clockwise to lower it.
Tonearm and head shell adjustments can be complicated with the 6300. Below are the relevant instructions for making those adjustments.
- Tonearm: S-shaped
- Effective length: 231mm
- Overhang: 15mm
- Stylus pressure: 0.5 to 4.0g
- Motor: Servo controlled direct drive
- Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm
- Speed control: +-3%
- Rumble: -60dB
- Wow and flutter: 0.04%
- Platter: 31cm
- Platter weight: 1.6kg
- Dimensions: 17 1/8″ x 7 1/32″ x 14 13/16″ (435 x 180 x 381mm)
- Weight: 21.4 lbs. (10.0kg)
One common problem with the 6300 is that the pitch, or speed, control gets out of line over the years. This is usually due to a potentiometer, or two, inside the turntable becoming dirty. A quick cleaning with some DeOxit could solve the problem. Also, the feet tend to go missing and they aren’t cheap to replace.
Is the Marantz 6300 turntable overrated as some claim? Maybe. But, if you like the looks and the sound, and you want a Marantz, then it’s a great table. Some improvements can be made such as replacing the original RCA cables with higher quality versions, replacing the feet with better vibration dampening feet, cleaning all the potentiometers with DeOxit, and replacing the original thin platter mat with a thicker sound dampening mat.
The Marantz 6300 isn’t a budget minded turntable to say the least. It commands pretty hefty prices and a person could very likely get a better turntable for less. Because it’s so expensive it’s not really a good entry level turntable. But, if you have experience with turntables and a decent vinyl collection, and you really want a Marantz, then the 6300 is a good choice. Besides, prices have done nothing but go up over the years.