Maranta HD880 speakers

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  • 07-17-2015, 12:51 AM
    Maranta HD880 speakers
    Hi there,

    I have recently picked up a pair of MARANTZ HD880 speakers. They are currently getting refoamed, but otherwise decent shape (were my Dad's originally).

    These are the specs I can find on them.
    Marantz Model HD880
    Image Attribution: 1978 Marantz Brochure
    Date: March 10th, 2000
    Description High Definition Speaker System
    Rarity X-Rare
    Wood Case Walnut wood veneer
    Width 16
    Height 40 1/4
    Depth 12
    Weight 61 lbs
    Super-Tweeter Drivers 1, 1 inch LPF dome
    Tweeter Drivers 1, 1 1/2 inch wide dipersion LPF dome
    Midrange Drivers 1, 5 inch
    Woofer Drivers 1, 12 inch
    Power Handling Capacity 250 watts integrated program material
    Frequency Response 30 Hz to 22 KHz +/- 3 dB
    Super-Tweeter Controls Yes
    Tweeter Controls Yes
    Midrange Controls Yes
    Grille Cloth
    Sound Pressure Level (SPL) for 1 Watt input at 1 Meter at 1k Hz 90dB
    Impedance 8 Ohms
    Midrange Crossover 750 Hz
    Tweeter Crossover 2.3 KHz
    Super Tweeter Crossover 5 KHz

    Here is my question.

    How grossly underpowered will they be if I stick with my JVC 290 Watt amp? (RX-6000vbk)?

    What should I be powering them with?

  • 07-17-2015, 05:43 AM
    Hi, Ryissa, and welcome to AR Forums.

    With regard to power requirements for these speakers, your specifications include "power handling capacity" -- in fact this a rather irrelevant spec for the typical in-home use. On the other hand, another, more useful specification which is missing, i.e. "sensitivity", usually expressed in decibels, (dB) at one meter for 2.3 Volts of input, e.g. 89 dB/2.3V @ 1 meter. The lower the number of dB, the more power that is useful.

    Its a common mistake among newcomers to audio is to believe that too powerful an amp, i.e. one with maximum power higher than the "power handling capacity" of the speaker, is likely to harm a speaker -- this simply untrue in the typical home environment. Or to look at another way, an amp might be able to deliver tremendous power, say 1000 watt per channel, but it's not what it can deliver but what you actually use the matters.

    On the flip side, if an amp has too little power to drive a speaker properly, it can go into "clipping", that is a state of high distortion, and this can definitely damage a speaker. In fact an amp of quite modest power, if it "clips", can damage even a relatively insensitive speaker.
  • 07-17-2015, 08:19 AM
    You are going to love those speakers. My college roommate had a similar pair of Marantz speakers with a Marantz receiver and it sounded great. You will be fine with that JVC receiver. I drove a pair of Magnepan MMG's with the Rx 8000VBK without any problems. And with a Sensitivity of 90dB the Marantz should be easy to drive with a 20 wpc amp.

    I believe that those JVC receivers have circuit protection in them so you don't over drive them. I believe I shut down my JVC once or twice while playing loud before they clipped.
  • 07-17-2015, 08:21 AM
    I have to google them to find the specs. This is what I found in terms of specs that mention sensitivity.

    Type: 4 way, 4 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 30Hz to 22kHz

    Power Handling: 250W

    Crossover Frequency: 750, 2300, 5000Hz

    Impedance: 8Ω

    Sensitivity: 90dB

    Bass: 1 x 305mm

    Midrange: 1 x 130mm

    Tweeter: 1 x 40mm

    Super Tweeter: 1 x 30mm

    Dimensions: 406 x 1022 x 305mm

    The amp specs (very basic amp, but it is paid for)

    100 watts x 2 min. RMS, both channels driven into 8 ohms from 40Hz to 20kHz with no more than 0.8%

    THD100 watts x 5 min. (2 Front, 1 Center, 2 Rear speakers) RMS, into 8 ohms, 1kHz, 0.8% THD

    If I am almost understanding this. This Amp can (barely) handle these speaker?

    It's in a relatively small room so I don't think I'll be pushing the capacity of either speaker or amp too incredibly far. (Until hubby decides he has to blast his OZZY).
  • 07-17-2015, 08:26 AM
    Your amp will be fine. As I said, you can drive them with a 20 wpc amp. You have to keep in mind that in the 1970's, most receivers were in the 15 to 75 wpc range. Don't pay any attention to the spec's of the speakers.

    However, you may want to consider a new amp or receiver that goes lower than 40Hz as you will be missing out on some bass.
  • 07-17-2015, 02:28 PM
    Thanks a bunch.

    I briefly toyed with selling them, but despite their insane size, I just can't do it. Can't wait to relive dancing in the living room with the sound cranked (what I did when my parents went out and I had permission to touch the stereo).

    Called the local repair shop and the guy is like "Lady. It takes a week to get parts". Wish I could invite you guys over to re-cristen them when I lug them home.

    Last question. Sub woofer running with these would be overkill I assume.
  • 07-17-2015, 08:28 PM
    With the right amp, those baby's will put out some nice bass. The JVC VBK series receivers are not known for their bass, but you will have to see how it goes. The JVC is only rated to 40hz, you really want one rated to 20hz. A sub would probably be overkill. But a good sub can't be beat. If you decide get a sub, don't go cheap. You generally get what you pay for. Save the money and buy a better Receiver or integrated amp.
  • 07-25-2015, 10:30 PM
    The repair bill had me wincing still (relays needed repairing as well as reforming). I just keep reminding myself that I couldn't even touch this quality of sound in a modern speaker for what it cost to repair them. I'm pretty sure the repair store had a few offers already lined up if I failed to collect them.

    Challenge one was getting them in house. Picture skinny 5'5" woman single handedly rigging up a strap and carrying them in house. No wonder my back hurt next day.

    So these old beasts are set up and running. Even with the basic JVC they sound very nice. The bass is maybe lacking a tad, but most listeners wouldn't notice. Listening to Sting as I type this and hard not to imagine he's not in room. The upper and mid range is amazing without adjustment.

    I'm keeping the covers on due to kid factor. But I'll try to post the one shot I have of covers off.

    The other major limiting factor is the layout of the room I have them in. I had to toe them in and I suspect more room between wall and speaker would improve dynamics more (see I've been reading).

    So glad I couldn't bring myself to sell them even if hubby thinks I'm crazy ;).
  • 07-25-2015, 10:52 PM
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    In the photos you can see the before and after condition.

    You our can also see my room is less than ideal, but better sound in a less than perfect space beats lousy sound all around.
  • 07-26-2015, 03:54 AM
    Very nice set up. Now all you need is a vintage Marantz receiver.


  • 07-26-2015, 05:18 AM
    JoeE SP9
    It looks like that woofer on the right needs re-foaming. I would re-foam both left and right speakers. They look to be acoustic suspension. The bass response will change significantly for the better with good foam surrounds.
  • 07-26-2015, 07:07 AM
    one of the shots us a before photo. Just got both speakers refoamed.
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