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
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
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
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
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
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