Legends of High-End Audio: Saul Marantz

We present very brief excerpts from a few of the extended profiles, interviews, and archival photography that comprise The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume Two: Electronics. The Grateful Dead’s unofficial slogan “What a long, strange trip it’s been” could have been written about the 64-year (and counting) journey of the Marantz Company. One of the most iconic marques in audio underwent periods of spectacular achievement, equally spectacular decline, and multiple changes in ownership among multinational corporations and holding companies. Despite the battering that Marantz has taken under its various corporate overlords, it seems to have, improbably, survived …