The Kenwood KD-2055 is the other synthetic composite Kenwood deck, a deck less common in Australia. Think of it as the belt-driven cousin of the famous Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650 direct-drive machines.
The KD-2055, also found somewhat confusingly designated as a KP-2055, is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same Anti Resonance Compression Base (ARCB) proprietary synthetic chassis as its more famous relatives. The KD-2055 features a fixed tonearm and some other automated features.
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 is injection-moulded 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.
Specifications from the Vinyl Engine:
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
Service & Repair
Some of these decks are getting quite noisy by this age and I’ve developed a repair process for re-mounting the motor on new rubber bearings that I supply. This process works well to quieten down mechanically noisy decks, along with the usual synthetic lubricants and careful attention to detail like fastener torque etc.