Kenwood KR-3600

Jan 12th, 2016 Posted in Kenwood, KR-3600 | No Comments »

Kenwood KR-3600

 

The Kenwood KR-3600 receiver was one step up from the bottom of the line KR-2600. Both the KR-2600 and the KR-3600 utilized slightly lower grade components relative to their upper end brothers the KR-5600, KR-6600 and the top of the line KR-9600. They had JT-FET transistors as opposed to the better MOS-FET and SIL-IC  in the amp circuit instead of the Dual Range Operational Amplifier used in the larger models. Still, the KR-3600 is a good receiver. It's 22 watts per channel can fill a room with sound.

 

Kenwood KR-3600 Left

 

It has the signature styling of the mid 1970's Kenwood stereos with fat push buttons and a big weighted tuning knob. It also has the basic features any music listening would need with a high filter button, loudness control, tape monitoring facilities, a protection circuit and connections for two sets of speakers, a tape deck, phono, auxiliary jack as well as headphones.

 

Kenwood KR-3600 Right

 

The dial face has the beautiful Kenwood blue and amber glow to it and incorporates a dual purpose signal strength tuning meter as well.  The KR-3600 was introduced in 1974 and was on the market until around 1978. It retailed for around $250 and, as mentioned above, was at the lower end of Kenwood's receiver line.

 

Kenwood KR-3600 Dial

 

Made in Japan by known as Trio most everywhere but the US it was probably one of the best values at its price point at the time. For those interested, it does have an Aux input which can be used for an MP3 player if you have a 3.5mm to dual RCA connector cable. Make sure your player uses the 3.5mm plug. Most do but there may be variations.

 

Kenwood KR-3600 Back

 

Kenwood is one of the iconic names in vintage audio. While their lower end models aren't heavily sought after they are still in demand from anyone wanting to build a good performing vintage system on a budget. With good performance, good build quality and the basic features one would need it's a pretty good choice for entry level vintage audio enthusiasts. A really nice version of the KR-3600 will cost you around $100. Not bad if you're on a budget. Average condition units sell for about $50.

 

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Tandberg TR-2060

Jan 12th, 2016 Posted in Tandberg, TR-2060 | 1 Comment »

Tandberg TR-2060

 

Pictures don't really do this Tandberg TR-2060 receiver justice. Having owned one in the past I know full well how nice they are on the eyes. Tandberg is a Norwegian company probably more know in vintage audio circles for their tape decks rather than their receivers. But, those who've seen and heard either their Huldra, SolvSuper or TR lines of receivers know just how good they are.

During the early 1930's Vebjørn Tandberg's company started manufacturing radios based loosely upon the German Telefunken radios of the time. Known for their radio reception they grw in popularity. During the 1950's the quality of their reel-to-reel tape decks brought them recognition in the US and really overshadowed the quality of their receivers. The TR-2060 was introduced in late 1977 and was in US markets until about 1981 or so.

 

Tandberg TR-2060 Top

 

The TR-2060 is rated at 60 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It has an unmistakable European styling that, even today, looks modern and high tech. The aluminum faceplate, big square push buttons and fat black Tandberg name font all add to its unique look. But, the one thing most people remember about the TR series is the rosewood cabinets. Their really isn't any other receiver line with such nice looking cabinets.

 

Tandberg TR-2060 Left

 

One interesting feature of the TR-2030, TR-2045, and TR-2060 is that they all have stereo presets which were somewhat uncommon at the time. Some Tandberg owners aren't even aware of the feature. Amazingly the top of the line TR-2080 did not have the preset feature. The presets work as follows:

 

Select the preset by pushing the button. Tune the preset by using the knob below the preset and the indicator needle on the signal strength meter. The signal strength meter shows the station frequency as it is calibrated with the 88-108 and turns into a tuning dial when the presets are selected. This system gives a total of P(1-5) + 1 = 6 presets as the main dial is selected when the FM button is pushed.

 

Tandberg TR-2060 Right

 

The tuner sections in the Tandberg TR line are top notch and can compete with the most pricey tuners of the time. One drawback of the Tandberg's is that they require DIN connectors. So, if you're in the US, and want to run your turntable or tape deck through the receiver, then you'll probably need to find 5 pin DIN to RCA cables.

 

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The speaker outputs are the common spring loaded clips.

 

 

Tandberg TR-2060 Back

 

Tandberg receivers are great performers and look fantastic. For a time they flew under the radar and could be had pretty cheaply. But, their popularity is growing and so are their sale prices. Still, compared to other brands such as McIntosh and Marantz they are still reasonable. If you like a little European flair to go along with your vintage taste then try out a Tandberg. A really nice TR-2060 can be had for around $400 with average units running at about $200.

 

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