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.
The KR-7600 was introduced in 1976 and was rated at 80 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.
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.
Many times the lamps in the KR-7600 are out. It uses the following bulbs:
Indicator – 8v 50ma
Dial – 8v 300ma
Meter – 8v 300ma
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!
Here’s a video review of the Kenwood KR-7600: