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Kenwood KD-500

2-Speed Direct-Drive Turntable

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Kenwood KD-500


The Kenwood KD-500 is a 2-speed, direct drive turntable featuring a stroboscope with lamp, fine speed adjusting control, height adjustment and free stop action dust cover.


Drive: direct-drive system

Motor: 8-pole 24 slot brushless DC servo motor

Platter: 30cm, 1.5kg aluminium alloy die-cast

Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: less than 0.03% WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: more than 60dB

Tonearm: static-balance type, s-shaped pipe arm, eia plug-in connector

Effective length: 237mm

Overhang: 15mm

Stylus pressure range: 0 to 4g

Usable cartridge range: 5 to 12g

Dimensions: 502 x 382 x 162mm

Weight: 14.9kg


brochure  English - Meque

instruction/owners manual  English

service manual  English - loomis

specifications  English

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kenwood kd-500 motor

My daughter (2yrs) turned on and pushed the repeat button without me noticing it. My kd-500 ran througout the night until it died.
Where can I get a replacement motor? Is it difficult to exchange?
The event described above took place in 1984. I've held on to my kd-500 hoping one day to get it fixed.

Kenwood KD 500

would anyone know how the belt goes on this turntable
the manual doesn't show.Also how to get new belts?

Re: Kenwood KD 500

Hi Ken,

The KD-500 is a direct-drive, so it does not use a belt.



Yes, the belts generally go around the base of the turntable and wrap around the dust cover to keep it from blowing off when transporting the turntable strapped to the roof of your car.

Wait, I'm thinking of kayaks.

This turntable is direct drive. There are no belts. Aint it sweet?

I left my KD500 unused for about eight years and when I fired it up again, I thought It had a bad motor. It would not keep accurate speed. Turned out it just needed some use. I did clean the speed controler knobs, just in case, but I've been using it with like new results now for a couple of years.

Me too

Been using my KD500 for years now, never missed a beat, sounds sweet too.

KD 500 effective mass

I have only had my KD 500 for about half a year, and I love it so far, but I could use some advice from a veteran. I would like to upgrade my cart and I have been trying to find the stats on the original arm so that I can get a well matching cart. If you know any of that information or have advice regarding this subject I would love to hear from you about it.

Jus got one !

I just won the bidding on ebay for KD500, I canĀ“t wait to set it up

KD500 Turntable

Just joined vinyl engine lazymann...hows your KD500 going?I've had my one for 32 years...still going strong