Kenwood KR-9050

 

Kenwood KR-9050

 

Many audio enthusiasts consider a monster receiver to be one that puts out 100 watts per channel or more. Well, this Kenwood KR-9050 puts out just that - 200 watts per channel. So, I guess it would be considered a monster receiver. It certainly has the size at almost 2 feet wide, over 18 inches deep and over 52 pounds! Still, the KR-9050 probably takes a back seat to the KR-9600 that collectors are the most fervent over. I'm not sure why because the 9600 has some design issues that can be difficult to overcome and only puts out 160 watts per channel. Perhaps it's that the KR-9600 so firmly established itself as the top of the line receiver for Kenwood it overshadowed the KR-9050 when it came out. The KR-9060 is really just a KR-9600 with a bronze faceplate.

 

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The Kenwood KR-9050 is the largest and most expensive receiver ever built by Kenwood.  It is also the most powerful at 200 watts per channel with only 0.02% total harmonic distortion. And, of course, Kenwood produced some of the best tuners ever. With its Quartz Lock, adjustable IF bandwidth and two-level Stereo Sensitivity there really isn't much more you could ask for in a tuner.

 

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The KR-9050 is stuffed full with features and has analog meters spanning practically the entire length of the front of the receiver.  It also has a 1/4 inch MIC input with its own level control so you could even play your guitar through this receiver though I don't know if I'd recommended it. The only drawbacks to this receiver are that the switches are made of plastic and the knobs are plastic as well with metal caps and are not crisp in their operation.

 

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Wow, look at that massive toroidal transformer! It's actually larger than the transformer in the Pioneer SX-1250. Also, notice the large heatsinks that take up about a third of the inside of the unit.  As many audio techs know the KR-9600 has issues with both the power switch as well as the TA-200W power packs and Darlington transistors it uses which are prone to failure and replacements are virtually unobtainable. In contrast, the KR-9050 doesn't use the TA-200W or Darlington parts and is built with more easily replaceable parts. That is important if you plan on doing a restoration. A Kr-9600 that needs a resto is a totally different animal than a KR-9050 that needs the same.

 

Kenwood KR-9050 Inside

 

Kenwood receivers are a site to behold when fully lit up and the KR-9050 is no exception. It is definitely one of the nicest looking receivers in the dark.

 

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Being a true monster receiver the Kenwood KR-9050 is not cheap. It's not very easy to find either and is probably more rare than the KR-9600. I've seen one sell for $1500 but I've seen a few listed at over $2000. That's a pretty big chunk of cash for a receiver but if you're a Kenwood fan and want a holy grail receiver from them then this might just be the one.

 

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Here's a video showing the massive Kenwood KR-9050 in action:

 

Kenwood KR-7600

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Kenwood receivers have a distinct look about them with their mix of blue, red and amber lights. Such is the case with the Kenwood KR-7600. Add the silver face plate and black dial face and you have the very recognizable look of the 1970's Kenwood receivers. While the KR-7600 was not their top of the line receiver, that would have been the KR-9600, it was at the higher end of the performance spectrum. It retailed for around $270.00.

 

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The KR-7600 was introduced in 1976 and was rated at 70 watts per channel. Its build quality is very good as it was produced just before Kenwood started cutting some production corners in the late 70's. At first glance the 7600 looks like it has large heat sinks on the side of the unit but these are, in fact, just for decoration. One of the unique features of the KR-7600 is the mic input. You can hook up a mic and sing along with the music that is playing. The Sound Inject knob allows you to control the volume of the mic relative to the music.

 

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If you are in an area with decent reception the KR-7600's tuner is excellent as were many of the Kenwood tuner sections. While the KR-9600 is one of the holy grails for Kenwood collectors many who use their receiver every day prefer the KR-7600 because the output transistors can still be found while those in the KR-9600 are virtually impossible to find. If they go out in the KR-9600 then you suddenly have a large doorstop instead of a receiver.

 

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Many times the lamps in the KR-7600 are out. It uses the following bulbs:

Indicator  -  8v   50ma
Dial  -  8v   300ma
Meter  -  8v   300ma

 

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In Kenwood's ad for the KR-7600 they said: "Brilliant trebles, deep, rich bass, vibrant mid-range emblazoned with new clarity and presence. All the bold dynamics and quiet subtleties that make a live performance so exciting". Sounds impressive!

 

Kenwood KR-7600

 

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Here's a video review of the Kenwood KR-7600:

 


 

 

 

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