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 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Set-up”

Kenwood KD-600 Turntable Motor & Bearing Service

Given the renewed interest in turntables, especially quality decks, I wanted to share some details about servicing the legendary Kenwood KD-600.

The Kenwood KD-600 / 650 is a classic direct drive turntable from the late ’70s. The KD-600 is a superb deck, 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 “Kenwood KD-600 Turntable Motor & Bearing Service”

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, highly sought after and well worth keeping an eye out for.

Much has been written about the fabulous Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable, like this, this and this for example. I received mine from her original owner, with gorgeous SME Series Three tonearm, which I still have.… Read more “The Legendary Kenwood KD-600 Playing Vintage Vinyl”

Iconic Kenwood KD-650 Turntable Repair & Review

The beautiful and iconic Kenwood KD-650 turntable is one of the very best decks of its era. Come with me as I repair an elusive fault, overhaul and review this classic deck.

It’s no secret that the Kenwood KD-600 is one of my favourite vintage turntables. I’ve owned a KD-600 for many years and this is how she’s currently setup, with Jelco arm, FR cartridge, headshell, and Kenwood TS-10 ceramic platter mat.… Read more “Iconic Kenwood KD-650 Turntable Repair & Review”

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 KD-2055 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

The Kenwood KD-2055 is the other synthetic composite Kenwood deck, a deck that I rarely see in Australia. Think of this as the belt-driven cousin of the Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650. 

The KD-2055 is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same ARCB Anti Resonance Compression Base proprietary synthetic chassis as its more famous relatives. The KD-2055 features a fixed tonearm and some other automated features.… Read more “Kenwood KD-2055 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair”

Kenwood KD-650 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

The Kenwood KD-650 is an amazing turntable, one of the very best to come out of the 1970’s and 80’s. If you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, go for it.

The KD-650 is also one of the best-performing turntables you can own for sensible money. Featuring a brushless and slotless direct-drive motor, quartz phase-locked speed control, high-inertia machined and balanced aluminium platter and iconic ARCB synthetic composite chassis, this is a heavy hitting deck.… Read more “Kenwood KD-650 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair”

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

The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were 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 “Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct Drive Turntable Review”

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl replay system, most commonly in the form of center or spindle clamps. I wanted to find an affordable peripheral clamp I could recommend, however. I may have…

Searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… Read more “Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review”

Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell – Wow!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been ‘secretly’ acquiring some vinyl goodies. First, I purchased a mint condition Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk 3 moving coil cartridge…

I followed that up with a matching Fidelity Research RS-141 one-piece milled aluminum headshell. These wonderful pieces of Japanese analog engineering partner up with my Jelco SA-750D tonearm, Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable and (of course) Fidelity Research XF-1 M step-up transformer.… Read more “Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell – Wow!”