Had the 2245 for a number of years and had great success with the Omega Super 3i monitors. The Super 3i's are single driver speakers and the combination was excellent, especially with vocals.
(1) I would suggest that you actually test-drive the Marantz with a list of contenders and the all-too-many pretenders. I had the DYNACO A25s with the MARANTZ before I upgraded to the JBL L100’s. Their performance (or lack thereof ) was the driving reason for the change.
And the degree of audio performance improvement was epic .... The DYNACOs were comparative crap
(2) having said that, today’s bookshelves with their vastly improved designs, superior parts components, and now properly designed cross-overs unavailable back then, will generally smoke all of the "vintage" kit performance wise ... It's Not even close. ... Even today's budget kit would be my first choice over "vintage". The old stuff will also need surround replacement, cap replacements, generally have scraped cabinet finishes to boot ....
As has been said repeatedly to date, "vintage" in audio is not "vintage" in wines. In audio, it just means "old technology " and these are limited performance kit that are also failing units as they age.
i can understand a subjective yen for nostalgia kit reminiscent of one's youth .... Fine .... Enjoy .... But if it's maxing out performance, look elsewhere.
Suggestion for bookshelves that Excel and are designed to work well placed close to the wall.
REGA RS1’s / R1s
".... The Rega R1 becomes my new budget reference speaker. In addition of its ability to get the fundamentals of music right, it adds clarity and resolution, and an ability to lay out a vivid and coherent 3-dimensional stereo image. In small room applications, what more could you want?
Immediate impressions are a clear and transparent portrayal with very high detail retrieval, fast and controlled transient response, and superb musical timing, both in articulating rhythms and tempi, and in placing instruments within the temporal flow and context of the performance. The RR125 is an outstanding mid/bass driver, sonically and musically right in line with the midrange performance of Rega’s amplifiers and phono cartridges. Get the midrange right and everything else will fall into place. Get it wrong, and all the king’s horses…
Unlike many inexpensive speakers, the R1 is a very high-resolution device. It is not “dumbed-down” to flatter less able partners or mediocre recordings, nor does it partake of the old British stereotype of too stiff an upper lip reticence. It handles nuance and exuberance equally well. It is capable of revealing differences in electronics and sources that less capable and opaque designs simply cannot resolve. ..."
highly recommended .
Elac the $500.00 ones sounded great at the price was at a demo in my stereo club by the designer.
ebm, given your affinity for Magicos, I consider that high praise indeed. It's even a 3-way with a coaxial mid/tweet in a very compact (7.87"x12.75"x10.75") enclosure.
I think the Rega R1 suggested by akg is one good fit given your amp and room constraints. ... Maybe you could find a used pair, thus saving money for the TT.
Given that the R1 is out of production I think the only ones available are used. The current version is the RX1 at $1295/pair.
Still, the R1s (if you can find them) should be a good match. I like the way Rega speakers sound.