Kenwood KR-5600

Produced from 1976-1978 the Kenwood KR-5600 was one of Kenwood’s mid range receivers. Above it were the KR-6600 and the monster KR-9600. Below were the KR-4600, KR-3600 and entry level KR-2600. The KR-5600 retailed for around $250.00.

The KR-5600’s blue lamps and wood side panels make it a very nice looking receiver. It’s rated at 40 watts per channel at 8 Ohms. Kenwood had a history of making fine Ham radio equipment so the tuners in their mid to late 1970’s receivers are excellent.

The KR-5600 is built well. It has direct coupled amplifier stages and a fully complimentary power output stage. User controls include negative feedback Bass and Treble controls, Loudness control and High filter.

The faceplate is made of brushed aluminum and the large tuning knob is balanced. There are meters for signal strength and tuning.

There are two inputs for phono and tape as well as an Aux input. There are outputs for two sets of speakers.

The KR-x600 receivers were Kenwood’s flagship line in the mid 1970s and the KR-5600 fit in at the upper mid range of that line. It’s a great receiver for those that don’t want to spend Marantz style money and yet get performance at a similar level especially if you’re looking for an exceptional tuning section. You can find a nice KR-5600 for around $200.

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  1. I have a kenwood kr 5600. I have replaced the bulbs with led lamps. I still could not get anything to light up, so I took thhe bottom cover off and I am replacing the fuse in the unit. I am not a pro, but I would like to know if I should check anything else.

  2. Need to work on my blue lights. How do I take the top cover off ? The wood sides have a warning that says Do Not Remove, or something similar. I remove the top screws, but could not remove the top metal plate. Are the lights fuse protected ? If so, where is that fuse. Right now, none of the lights work. The lights were one of the favorite parts of this receiver. Volume control is a little scratchy, but I can live with that til I find a replacement .

    1. If I recall correctly the side panels do have to come off. Not sure about the fuse – there may be one inside. The volume problem should be an easy fix while you have the cabinet open. Just clean the potentiometer with some good electrical contact cleaner like DeOxit. Actually, clean all of the pots – volume, balance, bass, treble, everything – the push button switches too – just don’t spray the tuning mechanism.
      For more info on replacing the bulbs try Audiokarma.org. Lots of Kenwood fans there in their Kenwood section.

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