Happy hunting on the KT-917 Tuner moodyrn.
It is definitely worth the effort!
Yes! The ka 907 is truly excellent. I aquired mine a few weeks ago serviced and recapped. Have not listened to any of my other vintage gear since. Has me very interested in other kenwood gear.
Well, the he-6 is my favorite can so it is usually on my head. They sound the best on the kenwood. The ka 907 brightened up my lcd-2 and made it a bit more lively. So that is a positive. The kenwood is the only vintage amp that is dead silent with my at3000anv. Really, it's all a big positive. Whatever I plug in sounds great.
I have a pair of B & W cdm1se on the way so I look forward to plugging those in.
Yeah, I think the preamp in it is outstanding. It's one of the few amps that's dead quiet with my w3000, and at the same time having plenty of juice for the he6 through the headphone jack. But I do use them off the speaker taps as they sound a little better. It's also quiet enough to run my jh13 with a very usable range from the volume control. Iems and he6 from the same jack? Now that's quiet a feat!
I use these:
The banana plugs go into the speaker taps and I already have dual 3 pin XLR for each channel of my HE-6 to connect to the other end.
i've lusted after a KA 907 for a while now. i just never find one for sale for a reasonable price.
wanting it pushed me towards the KR 9050, which is great (and not nearly as expensive as the monsters from Pioneer Marantz and Sansui) but im sure the 901 is that much better. the insides look different. toroidal in the kr vs dual transformers in the 907.
and i love the compact design of the 907. something that would actually fit on my headphone rack, where as the 9050 is way too big.
Don't sell yourself short. The 9050 is a great receiver. Maybe the best one kenwood ever made. But don't let the internal pics of the 907 fool you. It not far behind size wise(9050 23x6x18, 907 18x6x18) while being a few pounds heavier. But 23in wide is super massive though. The 9050 was on my short list after really loving the 9600, but they're almost as hard to find as the 907 is. But much more harder to find than the 9600. But the 9050 is no small consolation prize, wish I had one.
That looks great Skylab! Congrats on your great find.
Any other solution for non-balanced headphone users?
Found this guy in a thrift store yesterday. The lights and everything is working GREAT and is in perfect shape not even a scratch. I also have an HK 430 and I am blown away by this Kenwood KR-7400. this thing powers my Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm unlike anything I have ever experienced. It's hooked up to my Nuforce UDH-100 and it's just amazing just amazing. listening to Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb from PULSE vinyl 24-Bit 192Khz
What headphone are you trying to connect to what amp?
In general, you do not want to connect a standard three-conductor headphone cable to the speaker outputs of an amplifier. This will bridge the -/ground lines of the left and right channels on the amp, and some amplifiers do not permit it.
At the same time, most headphones are too efficient to make powering directly from the speaker taps worthwhile. The HE-6 and AKG K-1000 are prominent exceptions.