Hi all. I'm a new member here, which explains why none of you have ever seen my handle.
OK.... here's why I'm here, good people of quadraphonicquad.com (bless you, Internet):
For some God-forsake reason (see way, way, way below), I've been wanting to create a quad vinyl system. Yeah, I'm a gluten for punishment, I guess. Yesterday, my lovely girlfriend spied a quadrophonic receiver at the swap meet, a Marantz 2440. Overly excited and well-caffeinated, I bought the thing for 75 bucks without really looking it over.
I took it home and studied the back panel and saw there's no front speaker hookups. "Huh," I said, scratching my head. Then I downloaded the manual and realized, "Oh. This is some kind of quad adaptor gizmo meant to add to my existing setup. And oh yes, I need a CD-4 demodulator and an SQ Decoder on top of it."
My receiver is a vintage H/K. Don't know the model number off hand, but I love the way it sounds (Paired with a Philips 212/Grado Red through Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers). So I'm looking at all the wiring options, and I don't think it's even possible to hook this Marantz quad thingie into the H/K along with a CD-4 demodulator and SQ decoder, and also be able to keep my CD player plugged into the H/K without some additional switch. I think I would need on the H/K for everything:
- Phono In
- Tape 2 (which doesn't exist on my unit)
- Aux (CD player!)
(I'm also wondering about using an old Grado 1+ cart with a modern Gold stylus. I've read several people who say you don't actually need a Shibata tip or low-cap cables, but that's a topic for later. Some poor soul on a board said his Grado Red picks up the CD-4 OK).
Anyway.... what I want to know is this (drum roll)...
is it worth trying to sort out the Marantz 2440, or should I try and sell it on eBay and buy a real quad receiver when I can blow 400 bucks. The thought of running wires into a CD-4 modulator, then to my H/K and Marantz, wires from the tape out from my H/K to the SQ Decoder to the Marantz 2440 and then back to the tape-in on the H/K sounds both ridiculous to me. PLus, add a source switch selector so I the Aux input on the H/K can do double duty, as necessary.
And all of this cause I want to be able to play Frank Siantra's "Some Nice Things I've Missed" on a quad release I picked up a month ago.
I must be crazy.