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Kenwood KD-5100

Quartz Direct-Drive Fully-Automatic Turntable (1980-1982)

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Kenwood KD-5100


As soon as you see and operate the KD-5100, you will instantly recognise it as a minor masterpiece in turntable design.

It takes only the lightest finger pressure on a touch key to cue the tonearm into its smooth, firm glide in the direction commanded.

In fact, Kenwood's microprocessor electronic brain and digital optical sensor system are responsible for every precision movement the slender, straight tonearm makes.

But computer-guided control is by no means the only merit of the KD-5010, there's the newly designed carbon-fibre headshell: one of the most successful of its kind in terms of freedom from resonance problems and superb tracking ability.


Drive system: quartz PLL direct drive

Motor: coreless and slotless DC servo motor

Platter: 316mm, 1.5kg, aluminium alloy die-cast

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: less than 0.03% WRMS

Rumble: -75dB (weighted)

Tonearm: static balance type, straight arm

Effective length: 225mm

Overhang: 15mm

Stylus pressure range: 0 to 3g

Usable cartridge range: 4 to 9g

Dimensions: 470 x 142 x 407mm

Weight: 9.0kg


flyer  English

instruction/owners manual  English - Galdino

service manual  English - Lonker

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Does anyone else have this turntable?

I haven't found too much on the web about it. Wondering if anyone has any mods for it?

On paper, from the brochure

On paper, from the brochure this Kenwood has the specs to perform well for you. Do not have one, however, how does your unit sound right now. Looks like a low mass tonearm, visit the tonearm database and see if the presently installed catridge is projected to perform well / is a good match.
Good luck.
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