Kenwood KD-600 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Set-up

In this video, I explain some considerations when correctly setting up a turntable like the Kenwood KD-600.

This particular deck came to me very poorly set-up. The deck’s owner received some very bad advice from, of all people, Ortofon! I’m a big fan of Ortofon gear, but clearly not everyone there knows what they are talking about.… Read more

Kenwood KD-600 Turntable Motor and Bearing Service

Given the great interest in turntables now, especially quality decks like the Kenwood KD-600/650, I thought I would share some images I took whilst servicing the motor and bearing of my own KD-600.

The Kenwood KD-600 / 650 is a classic direct drive turntable from the late ’70s. The KD-600 is a superb deck technically, for a number of technical reasons: 20 pole, 30 slot brushless motor, synthetic concrete-composite chassis, 3 kg platter, massive main bearing assembly and so on.… Read more

The Legendary Kenwood KD-600 Playing Vintage Vinyl

Here a few images of my Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable, spinning records from my collection. The KD-600 turntable is an absolute classic and has become highly sought after these days.

Lots has been written about the Kenwood KD-600, like this for example. I received mine from her original owner, with gorgeous SME Series Three tonearm, which I still have.… Read more

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Turntable Motor Service

I’m sure every regular visitor to my site knows just how much I love the old Kenwood KD synthetic composite turntables, especially the KD-600/650 series. But the classic Kenwood KD-500/550 is far more common and so I’ve written an article about servicing their direct-drive motors, for anyone who can’t get their deck into me for service, or who just wants to do it themselves.
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Kenwood KP-2055 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

So, this is the other synthetic composite deck! The Kenwood KP-2055 is one of those elusive decks here in Australia that I rarely get to see. Think of this as the belt-driven cousin of the Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650. 

The KP-2055 is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same ARCB Anti Resonance Compression Base proprietary synthetic chassis as its more famous relatives.… Read more

Kenwood KD-650 Direct-Drive Turntable Service and Repair

The Kenwood KD-650 is an amazing turntable. It really is one of the very best decks to come out of the 1970’s and 80’s and if you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, usually with an SME series 3, you should go for it.

The KD-650 is one of the best-performing turntables you can own for sensible money.… Read more

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct-Drive Turntable Review

It’s time I wrote a piece on the legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables. These classic direct-drive decks hail from an era when things were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of bespoke engineering were to be built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more