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Found a gorgeous Kenwood KA-5700 that looks brand new for $149........,worth it? It's the amplifier, no tuner.

Gorgeous piece.
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Found a gorgeous Kenwood KA-5700 that looks brand new for $149........,worth it? It's the amplifier, no tuner.

Gorgeous piece.

 

That might be close to the average Ebay price for one in near mint condition.  Are you paying shipping too?

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That might be close to the average Ebay price for one in near mint condition.  Are you paying shipping too?

It's in a local second hand store............so pickup is free. It IS mint and beautiful. Might be able to get a few bucks off too. It's been there a while.
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It's in a local second hand store............so pickup is free. It IS mint and beautiful. Might be able to get a few bucks off too. It's been there a while.

Have not heard the 5700, but know that some of the others (e.g. KA7100) are very highly regarded.

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bought a great looking (only two lamps out) Harman Kardon 670 at Ranch Records in Salem, OR. IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-! 

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Guys, anyone can advise if the Sansui AU555a is a good amp to have? Heard it has a nice warm, tubey sound. Very tempted to add it to my collection.
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bought a great looking (only two lamps out) Harman Kardon 670 at Ranch Records in Salem, OR. IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-! 

 

Isn't it? I really think it's one of the unheralded receivers of the era, and unlike flagship models from Pioneer, Sansui, etc., it's still available at accessible prices.

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I've had quiet a bit of time with my 9090db, and man o man does this thing sounds good. I had told a friend while I was away that this may give my 907 a serious run for it's money when I get it back home. Well, I'm shocked and amazed that it hands down beats my kenny. I was in denial about it for a while but had to come to the realization that it's better. Really doesn't make sense since the kenny is much higher regarded than the sansui. So my only guess is that there really must be a whole lot more to this recapping thing than I've realized.

 

In the past I've only replaced caps in gear that were bad and never did a full recapping, but this experience has changed my mind about that. I don't know if it's just the fact it's been recapped(many resistors were also replaced) or if it's the caps that were used(mostly nichicon premiums). The kenny still has by far the better preamp. It has the -20db button like the sansui, but I've never had to use it. It's completely black with my ciems, and still have enough to power my he6 at the same time. The sansui can't do that. I have to use the -20db button with my w3000 and my ciems still have a bit of his even with the -20db button engaged. Also my he6 have a bit of hiss using the speaker taps while they're completely silent from the speaker taps of the kenny with it being much more powerful.

 

I have a friend that has a seven grand  lfd amp that had to be sent in for repairs. So I brought both the kenny and sansui over to hear how they sounded with his harbeth hl5. They kenny sounded great, but he said his lfd amp still outclassed it, but he thought that it was about 85% as good which was very high praise considering we were talking about an almost 7000.00 amp. Next came the sansui, and his reaction was wow, this thing sounds really good, and thought it did a couple of things better and was very close to his lfd. He also thought the headphone jack was equally as good. The lcd-3 sounded amazing out of it. This was extremely high praise indeed, and I must admit I was blown away myself by what I was hearing.

 

The mids were sooo addictive sounding, with a very airy, sweet sounding high end. The sound stage was both wide and deep and it never lost composure during complex passages. Transparency was good, not the best I've  heard, but it was still very good nonetheless. The imaging was very precise and the music just flowed effortlessly out of the speakers; very close to sounding like we were actually there. The kenny by comparison had a little grain in the mids, a slight harshness in the lower treble, and just didn't sound as pure as the sansui did.

 

I also took it to the Atlanta meet this weekend(Canlanta) to make an attempt to introduce everybody to the world of "vintage". I knew some would like it, but I wasn't prepared for the overwhelmingly warm reception it received. One person whose opinion I trust a lot said the best of show was the stax 009/Blue Hawaii combo(sublime set up imo), and after that was the sansui with pretty much any can plugged into it. I was flabbergasted. There were some amazing setups there, many of them costing multiple of thousands. I won't go that far myself, but I will say that I liked it better than the gsx m2 that was there which is a killer amp in it's own right. But there were too many excellent "high end" setups there for me to go there, but I really appreciated the compliment. I'm still amazed that how good this sounds, and there's nothing wrong with my 907(other than now it could use a good recapping). 

 

The kenny until now has soundly beaten a marantz 2325, 2330B, sansui au-11000, kr9600, au-517, and pioneer sx1010. And it wasn't even close between all of those. I'm really at a lost for words at the fact it beats my 907 but it does. So now I know I at least need to have the kenny recapped if nothing else. And I'm fully expecting it to be king again once that takes place.

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We need some pics! biggrin.gif
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To the once and future King Kenny!

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Great to hear about your experience. My Sansui is still being evaluated... in the back rolleyes.gifof the room. What can I say, the cat has a back log. But when it's time, give me some guidance on what to replace - I want my baby restored! 

 

YES, pix!

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Thread Starter 
Here's a couple of pics I snapped right after I replaced the bulbs with LEDs. The cheapest I could find a set for was 80.00. Not bad but more than I wanted to pay. So I reluctantly decided to build my own. I've done it before, but its a very long process. The power meters were the most difficult to replace. You have to pretty much take the whole amp apart in order to reach them. Most pics I've seen online, people actually skipped over the, and only did the indicators and dial lamps. Very few pics I've seen actually had the power meter lamps replaced(of course Skylab's were one of them), and I understand why.





Here's one from the Atlanta meet thread taken by MattTCG

Edited by moodyrn - 5/6/13 at 1:44pm
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I can officially say I'm now a member of the vintage world.  Bought this Kenwood KA5700 today at a pawn shop for $90 - tested it through my headphones (iPhone5 w/LOD and RCA's into the aux input on the amplifier) and had to play the poker face routine it sounded so good.  They had it for $109 and had no idea what it was.  It'll be either in my home office/computer driven system or main listening station.  Just thrilled.  Gonna get some Deoxit and start there..............after I listen to it for a bit.  May need some ideas on bulb replacements and power meters but for now it works and sounds great. 

 

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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

I can officially say I'm now a member of the vintage world.  Bought this Kenwood KA5700 today at a pawn shop for $90 - tested it through my headphones (iPhone5 w/LOD and RCA's into the aux input on the amplifier) and had to play the poker face routine it sounded so good.  They had it for $109 and had no idea what it was.  It'll be either in my home office/computer driven system or main listening station.  Just thrilled.  Gonna get some Deoxit and start there..............after I listen to it for a bit.  May need some ideas on bulb replacements and power meters but for now it works and sounds great. 

 


Oh my god does this sound phenomenal!  Can't even use the loudness switch it hits so hard.  I'm only running it through my XB500 since that's the only phone I have at work today.  Wait till I try it on my Denon's and Q40's. 

 

I can't believe how lucky I am to have stumbled on this sub-category of the site and for the wisdom y'all have imparted to us (in the form of hyping vintage to the point of us HAVING TO BUY ONE).  Thank you! 

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Congrats and welcome to the world of vintage.smily_headphones1.gif
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Oh my god does this sound phenomenal!  Can't even use the loudness switch it hits so hard.  I'm only running it through my XB500 since that's the only phone I have at work today.  Wait till I try it on my Denon's and Q40's. 

 

I can't believe how lucky I am to have stumbled on this sub-category of the site and for the wisdom y'all have imparted to us (in the form of hyping vintage to the point of us HAVING TO BUY ONE).  Thank you! 

 

The nice part is that it's still a relatively inexpensive entry point. I got my Pioneer A60 at ~$100 as well could have had one of my former dreams: The Pioneer A80 off of ebay recently. Neither of those are particularly great prices... that's not the point. My point is there aren't many other areas of life (like headphones for instance) where a dream piece of equipment can be had for less than $200.

 

My one frustration in evaluating from afar is that back in the day I hardly paid attention to the headphone output at all. So while I may remember a particular piece of gear fondly, it's because of features or speaker output... not headphones which would be of prime concern today.

 

Anyway, congrats on your find and pickup. ;)

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