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.
BOTL, or bottom of the line, receiver sounds a bit harsh for this little Kenwood KR-2090. While it only produces 16 watts per channel it’s not a bad performer. Introduced in 1978 it was an affordable option for budget conscious stereo buyers.
It has the classic Kenwood styling of the late 1970’s with silver face plate, large knobs and large, dark gray dial face.
The Kenwood KR-2090 featured:
Selector switch for AM – FM auto muting, FM mono, phono, aux
Separate bass and treble and balance controls
It’s a Kenwood so of course its tuner is far above average. Kenwood’s engineers incorporated a 3 gang tuner with a FET front end for high FM sensitivity.
At the time of production the KR-2090 had the lowest distortion of any receiver in its class and the quietest phono section as well.
Buyer’s could also pay a little extra for the optional CB-11K walnut veneer cabinet, B-11 walnut veneer side panels, or D-5 carrying handles.
The KR-2090 isn’t flawless. It does have a known problem with the power switch which many of that Kenwood line have (KR-2090, 3090, 4070, 5030, and 6030). However, it is fixable so isn’t fatal if yours quits on you. Some cleaning and wiper replacement usually remedies the problem.
The smaller receivers aren’t nearly as popular as the larger more powerful receivers but they still have their place in the vintage audio realm. Many favor the smaller Kenwood stereos such as the KR-2090 because of their tuning prowess. You certainly can’t beat the price. For about $100 or so you can get a really nice and fully functional KR-2090. That makes it a very attractive option for those new into the vintage audio scene.