Well, you don’t see these too often. This is the Kenwood KR-11000 GX. This is the European version of the Eleven GX and many times was purchased by military personnel overseas so it is difficult to find in the U.S. Nonetheless, it is a beast. One of the largest receivers I’ve seen. There are a few different versions of it including the KR-11000G and the Model Eleven G. It is one gorgeous receiver with it’s dark gray face and mix of blue, amber and red lights.
Definitely in the class of Monster Receivers it puts out 120 watts per channel. It features a five band EQ with both low and high filters as well. Each are controlled by slider knobs. It also has four analog meters including both left and right Power/ Line Level meters as well as Signal and Tuning meters. The meters glow a beautiful blue when lit.
It is one of the bigger receivers you’ll find at 24 1/2” x 7 7/8” H x 18 1/4”. That’s over two feet wide! It weighs in at over 45 pounds. You’ll notice the M.A.C. switch next to the EQ which stands for Multiple Acoustic Compensator. Basically the switch just enables or disables the EQ and filters. If the EQ is set flat then the MAC switch will not have any effect. If the EQ is set to something other than flat then the MAC switch will toggle between that setting and flat or neutral. So, think of it as an EQ bypass switch.
The 11000GX was introduced in the late 70’s and was the last of the 11 series from Kenwood. They certainly didn’t hold back as this receiver has just about as meany features as they could practically fit into a box that size. These Kenwoods are also known for their built in timers. While a great feature at the time unfortunately many of them have failed over the years. Some choose to bypass them completely while others attempt to fix them. Usually it is a broken shaft inside the timer that is the culprit. If the timer does work you can set it to the Reset position and then the power on/off switch will work normally.
These receivers are fast gaining popularity. While they may not be at the top of the list in terms of build quality they are certainly eye catching and good overall performers. Because of this prices have been on the rise. In fact, a KR-11000GX sold for over $850.00 recently (3-10-2014).