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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”