Marantz sold many different turntable models in the 1970s, but most were built to cater to audiophiles on a budget. Sauck says that for the 6300, the company sought to elevate its image and its sonics by collaborating with (or perhaps just borrowing ideas from) turntable specialists Micro Seiki. The result was a turntable he describes as Marantz’s “top dog,” with a much higher quality platter, direct-drive motor and tonearm than those found on the company’s other models.
“This one really broke the mold for Marantz,” Sauck says. “Everything about it is top-notch.” I have to add that I was really impressed with the quality of the 6300 Innovative Audio had in stock during my visit. In fact, I think it’s this exact model I once lusted after as a teen hanging out in the hi-fi store in Littleton, Colorado’s Southglenn Mall.
Of course, I couldn’t afford one then, but I easily could now: Vintage 6300s start at around $375.