A Day in Hollywood with Marantz

“It was super nerve-racking. Like, I didn’t know what to expect. And then I see the room and I’m like, oh yeah, this is going to be legit.”

“I haven’t heard anything that great in a long time.”

“I don’t want it to end, I mean to be completely honest, like, it’s almost like a fantasy. Just like, going to LA, hanging out in Hollywood and listening to amazing music on the best set ups. Good food, good people. So, I mean, I wish I could say this happens once a year.”

“It’s very comforting to know that when I see a name like Marantz, I know what to expect, and I know it’s going to deliver.”

 

We welcomed our trio of contest winners under a 75-degree sun to the penthouse suite of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. Marantz designed the space with music and acoustics in mind, draping the suite in heavy velvet curtains and filling it with music paraphernalia befitting a hotel seeped with boozy, drug-fueled Rockstar history. Before the Andaz was the Andaz, it was the Continental Hyatt House. Later nicknamed the “Riot House.”

Why, you may ask? Well, the Continental Hyatt was once packed with legends like Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling Stones in the late ‘60s and ‘70s who all played at clubs like Whiskey A Go Go, just walking distance away. Those famous stories about 70s rock stars throwing their TVs off the balcony…that was the Riot House.

The winners arrived each in their own limo, feeling like rock stars themselves. They had just won the #WhyMarantz contest and really only had a couple days before their departure to get their trip in order.

The gigantic, marble-laden Penthouse Suite was decorated and packed with Marantz’s latest gear arranged in two demos, each perfectly tuned to the acoustics of their rooms.

A Day in Hollywood with Marantz 

Audio Demos:

  • Passive Listening:
    • PM7000N driving Polk Audio Legend L600 tower speakers
    • Source(s): TT15S1 Turntable & HEOS Streaming direct to the PM7000N
  • Critical Listening:
    • PM7000N driving Polk Audio Legend L200 standmount speakers
    • Source(s): TT15S1 Turntable & HEOS Streaming direct to the PM7000N

The itinerary for the day was pretty simple. Listen to music, talk about music, go to Amoeba records, then listen to our new records over drinks and dinner in the evening.

Perfect day? We thought so.

The beautiful thing about music is its ability to break down barriers. As we sat together, strangers at the start, we were bonded in an instant by the power and emotional honesty of music. We took turns passing around a tablet streaming everything from Britney Spears, to Tool and 90’s era rap music via HEOS to the PM7000N. We laughed, took note of new artists and just enjoyed the music.

A lot of us had similar stories to tell. When talking to TJ, he said his love of music started with his father and all his Hi-Fi gear from the 70s and 80s. That passion naturally evolved into TJ doing the same thing with his son. The whole family is bonded around music. It’s a big deal for them.

 

Cameron’s story was similar. Introduced to Marantz at a young age by his family, and taught by his father that Marantz was what you bought when you were ready for a serious investment in listening. That stuck with him for the rest of his life.

 

We took a break in the afternoon to hop in the Marantz party bus on our way to record mecca, Amoeba Records, with fresh gift cards in hand. Hours went by, thumbing through stacks of musty records. From rare collectibles to the most recent pressings, we all scored.

Back at the Andaz, a bartender stirred classic cocktails, while we unwrapped and spun our new records. It was officially loud now. The drinks were flowing and the warm glow of the sunset over Los Angeles settled in around us. Roey Hershkovitz, the VP Capitol Studios & Digital Studios, had just arrived in the suite and the party was really beginning to light up as we talked about music, life, how we wished we could get together every year and do this again. Matt talked about his passion for music, and how that led him to Marantz fandom.

 

As the air cooled and the sun dipped into the Pacific we stayed on the balcony. The day had come to an end almost as quickly as it had started, but that’s the nature of a great weekend. It disappears always just a little too fast.

Matt, TJ and Cameron are back in their home states now, and those of us fortunate enough to work for Marantz have returned to our stations. But we’ve kept in touch. We spin different genres and have different backgrounds, yet we find common ground in the notion that music matters. More than sixty years since its inception, Marantz has always been Marantz — warm, inclusive and above all, driven by a love of music.

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