Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

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Steve Dual
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Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

Post by Steve Dual » 23 Jun 2018 06:43

I just bought a Yamaha A-S701, as it is well reviewed and rated, but I found it not to have as pure or clean sound when compared to my old Kenwood KA 87 that it was replacing (highly subjective I know)...

So the Kenwood is back in my system, Yamaha is out.

Even though the Yamaha has way better specs than the Kenwood, it just doesn't sound as clean... I never use the (terrible) loudness button on my Kenwood either, so I am comparing just the straight sound processing of each unit.

Does anyone know what the top models for the KA series were?

Mine certainly is not top of the range, but spec wise the KA 880D seems good, does anyone have any more information?

I can't find much on the web it seems - apart from going through manuals here on Hifi Engine.

Anyway thanks for any Help

Kenwood KA-87

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1988-89)

Kenwood KA-87 stereo integrated amplifier

Specifications

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Damping factor: 30

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 81dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω (minimum)

Dimensions: 420 x 110 x 277mm

Weight: 6.7kg

Year: 1988
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Re: Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

Post by Tinkaroo » 23 Jun 2018 09:21

The KA-7100/8100/9100 series from 1977-79 is considered by many to be one of the better series from Kenwood.

These are well built silver-faced integrated amps which competed with the top models from Pioneer with ratings from 60 watts up to 90 watts for the KA-9100.

Here is the KA-9100
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Re: Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

Post by Steve Dual » 23 Jun 2018 10:19

Wow - a true amp of beauty there - I might look for one of these...!

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Re: Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

Post by ChefJames1 » 27 Jun 2018 19:24

Hi Steve,
I'm very new here, but thought to add this.
I have a Kenwood KA-2002 which I have Cleaned up personally and have Working. It has some minor issues, and I should say I've read Good Reviews on it elsewhere.

Consider this for Lower Budget, Smaller Profile - Footprint. Certainly see the 2 Phono Inputs there!!
Sorry, I can't upload an Image of mine to show. File is Too Big, again.

James

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Re: Kenwood KA series Amplifiers

Post by Steve Dual » 28 Jun 2018 02:00

Wow.. Just Googled it.. Nice looking unit... I have a second hand Kenwood KA 7010 coming soon.. Not a lot of info on it, mixed reviews.. But not a bad price, and the specs certainly look nice so I will wait and see.. My old KA 87 certainly sounded nice up against the superior specs of a Yamaha AS701 so I am hoping for similar or better from the 7010.. Thanks for the info James

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