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. The KP-2055, however, features a fixed tonearm and some other automated features. You can read much more about the other ARCB decks in my posts here, here, here, here and here.
If you look at the photos below and compare the design to the KD-500/550 and KD-600/650, you’ll see immediately that the chassis design is very similar across the range of decks. The ARCB material has been injection-molded to create the ribs and structures we see in these chassis. Various boards and parts are secured with captive brass fittings, because the ARCB is brittle and not suitable for tapping.
The issues with this particular deck related to the arm-return mechanism, the awful cartridge someone had installed and the need for a new belt. The deck was easily repaired and really belongs in a class of ‘sleepers’ – decks that perform really well, but are less popular than others of the same era.
You can read more at the Vinyl Engine, some specifications from their website, below:
Drive: belt-drive system
Motor: 4-pole synchronous
Platter: 30cm aluminium alloy die-cast
Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: less than 0.06% WRMS
Signal to noise ratio: more than 50dB
Tonearm: static balance type, s-shaped pipe arm, eia plug-in connector
Effective length: 215mm
Stylus pressure range: 0 to 3g
Usable cartridge range: 4 to 13g
Dimensions: 480 x 363 x 146mm