Kenwood KR-11000 GX


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.

Kenwood-KR-11000 GX

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). In excellent condition they will sell between $1000 and $2000 dollars (2023).

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41 thoughts on “Kenwood KR-11000 GX

  1. i have a broken kr 1100g monster owned over 25 yrs sad to see it in the basement pickin up dust, can u recommend a good trustworthy repair center, i’ve thought about it for years but just could’nt get myself to send it off never to be seen again or taken for a heafty price for repair its also easyer to purchase a used one

  2. Hi Eric,

    It depends on what part of the country you’re in. It would be expensive to ship it to and from the repair shop so a local fix up would be best. I would suggest going to and checking their forums. They have a section devoted to Kenwood and if you posted your question and location there I think they could help you find a reputable repair shop. I have an 11000GX and it is a beautiful receiver. Good luck!

  3. Have a mint overseas/military version of this, cleaned up the dust, pots and she’s pumping some serious tunes some 35 years later! Missing the original headphones that came with it… anyone know where I can find them? Looked like half a coconut (wood grain)

  4. Hi KD-5070,
    If your ever willing to part with your Kenwood KR-11000 GX PLEASE let me know. Just send photos and name your price. Thanks very much for your consideration!! Craig
    billiondollarbaby at

  5. Hello,
    I have a Kenwood KR-11000GX I wish to sell. Operable, clean and very, very presentable. Everything thing works, except for the Power Line Level gauges. They light up but do not move. I purchased the Unit a number of years ago with the intention to have the gauges repaired/replaced but just did not get around to it. I’m located in Ontario, Canada and due to it’s size would prefer a local sale.

    1. Hey, Do you still have this KR-11000GX? I’m in Montreal, Quebec and would be interested in buying if you’re thinking of selling it. Thank you.

  6. Hi Jules,
    I would be interested in buying the Kenwood KR-11000GX. Can you contact me at gemilov at hotmail dot com.

  7. look im a complete idiot my kenwood 11000 g is my pride and joy but it broke and im living on a limited income. i would sell unit for 10000 but where is a place to get it fix. my brother bought it my me in germany when i was 12 now 57 and like said i would it no money it my pride and joy im crying now thinking about it please let my if you think of a place to put in my phone4102662776 look i know it sound dumb this is my pride and joy please help.

  8. I need to find a repair shop my kr11000g needs radio wire redone cant change radio channel. Im in Temple, Texas.

  9. I am in Texas as well and could repair your 11000g for you….

    I can be reached at 83,two, 42zero,eight seven three six.


    1. Daniel do you know how to work on the old sansui 9090 and the 8080 model’s. I live in Houston. My name is Leo Judice

  10. Recently I just bought a clean 11000GX! It works well, could use a cleaning but plays powerful and as far as I can tell everything works. I’m in Wichita falls TX. question, what’s it really worth? I’ve seen numbers fro.from $800 to $2500.

    1. Probably a lot closer to $800 than $2500. That 11000GX on eBay for $2500 is wishful thinking and has been there for a while. The KR-9600 is a more desirable receiver and even they don’t go for near that much. The 11000GX is nice. I have one. The last sale was in December of last year on eBay and it sold for $675 plus $75 shipping in good working condition. A really nice one sold for $850 back in 2014. They don’t come up for sale too often so prices probably jump around a bit. Still, $800+ is probably a reasonable price.

  11. Thanks. So far on testing, everything is working as it should. Pulled the cabinet apart and definitely could use a good cleaning. Thanks again

  12. I have a brand new one NOS unused with the matching turntable. All original documentation included. The box has been opened but it has never been used. I would sell it for any reasonable offer. My email is brodiehausdesign at gmail dot com.

  13. That kenwood11000g bring tears to eyesit is the home stereo ever but it quit working where to i take it Im noy lying Im 57 and it since 14my brother bought for me when he was in germany in the air forceplease to donot tell me to junk it really its my pride on joy im a complete idiotwhere when on a motorcycle its a miracle im still living But l work for a company called washington gas please im bregging you for some to repair itim not looking for no freebeeit my pide an joymy phone#4102662776im begging for some help

  14. Does anyone know where I could get owner’s manual (or copy of a owner’s manual) for my Kenwood KR-11000 GX?

  15. I am looking to sell my kr 11000g. I recently got a pioneer sx 1250 so I don’t need my monster kenwood. Plays great and looks beautiful. Contact me for prices and pictures.

  16. I’ve also got a fully functional KR-11000GX for sale. Listing on eBay or local picking in NC. It is missing a few EQ slider knobs but everything else is tested, cleaned and works great. Check eBay for the listing !

  17. Hola Mi nombre es Miguel soy de chile y busco el KR11000 G de Kenwood me interesaria comprarlo en buenas condiciones

    1. Hola, Miguel.
      Estoy usando Google Translate, así que comprenda si esto no está bien escrito.
      Si se toma en serio la compra de un KR-11000G (en lugar de un GX), estará buscando durante bastante tiempo. Aparecen en eBay de vez en cuando, pero nunca es barato y el envío internacional puede ser un problema. De lo contrario, le sugiero que lo vea en HiFiShark.
      Buena suerte, yo mismo he intentado encontrar un buen ejemplo de la misma unidad.

  18. I have a KR-10000 11i picked it up for $50 from a friend, it is in pretty decent shape, I recently used it shut it off, a few days later I went and turned it on and nothing, no lights, no power at all, anyone have any suggestions ? Anyone know where main fuses are?

    1. Odds are pretty good that if you picked it up for that price it was not being used regularly.
      Bringing them back into use will often result in the failure of some of the components that have not aged well. Capacitors that are not exercised regularly will go out of specification and then cause other parts to see voltages and signals that can damage them.
      By all means, if you can pick up a schematic for it (available a number of places) try to look for easy repairs, but it likely needs a full service. DO NOT LET THIS SCARE YOU OFF. These are well worth the investment. If you do not feel like it is worth your time to do, then there are a number of people who will pay good money to buy it so they can repair it.
      Best of luck to you!

  19. My Eleven GX has a silver face trim with the blue back-lit receiver tuner dial and multi-colored control indicator lights. Picked it up at a local Goodwill. As an employee was placing it on the shelf I literally took it right out of his hands. It was tagged with a white color price sticker which was the select color of the week to receive a 50% discount off the price of $7.99 for the receiver! The employee said that it had been returned earlier by a customer who said that it turned on but didn’t have sound. I had already noticed that the two jumpers were missing between the preamp output and the amplifier input. So I said that I would take it. Paid four dollars a some change for it. Took it home hooked it up to a pair of speakers. Put in the two jumpers and fired it up and it worked just fine. Had a little bit of static in the volume and balance controls. Not even a single bulb was burned out. There was no dust inside the cabinet but there is a wide scratch looking mark on the front left side of the lens. That’s it! There are some days that are just plain lucky.

  20. Could you please do a review on the eleven series one,two and three,by Kenwood. I just bought an eleven 3 and I don’t see any reviews on them. They seem to fall in the same years as other models but not advertised.

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