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Kenwood KA-5700

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Hey all,

 

Picked myself up a Kenwood KS-5700 today and just thought i'd give my opinion on it incase any of you might be thinking about getting one yourself. First of all, i do not use it just to power my AKG AK240s, i have a pair of Polk Rti A3s on the way which will be the main thing the KA will power. But seeing as how i do not have the speakers yet, its going to spend about a week simply as a headphone amp. 

 

First Impressions:

After listing to a a few albums (The Fray's How to Save a Life, Notorious BIG's Ready to Die Remastered, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon), i find i really like the signature of the KA. It's quite warm, but still is detailed and layered. Lows are very warm/smooth, not to overbearing. Mids are excellent, they are sooooo warm and have a certain life to them. Highs are nice, not harsh, just a tad on the bright side, if that. 

 

The one gripe i have with the KA is that i wish it had a bit larger of a soundstage. Thats not to say it has none, i just prefer mine to be very, almost comically, wide. The KA does provide an accurate soundstage however, just not as wide as i'd prefer. 

 

Cannot wait to get my Polks here so i can hear how they sound. I'll post an update once i get them in and give it a solid listening session.  Shoot me any questions you have on it, i'm here to answer. 

 

General Specs:

Made in 1978

2-channel

40 RMS watts per channel

< 0.04 distortion

 

Cheers

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I'm a bit late to the conversation here, but I just snagged one of these myself and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive! I plan on using it as a headphone amp as well, with my K240 Sextett, K340 (possibly out of the speaker outputs) and HD 600. I don't own any decent speakers yet, but I like the idea of being able to simply add those later, as well as having a halfway decent phono stage for my less than decent turntable.

 

I'm glad to hear you enjoy the signature; I have heard from other sources that it has a warmer/darker signature which is generally what I enjoy.

 

Thanks for your input and time taken adding some pictures; looks like you found one in great shape!

 

Cheers :beerchug:

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Own two of them. Got them last April within a week of each other, one from craigslist and another from a second hand store. Love them.

I use one as my main head Fi system fed via an iPhone 4--->NuForce iDo DAC--->amp, usually with my TH900's, D7000's or D2000's.

There's a thread just for us vintage amp guys called "calling all integrated and receiver amp owners" or something like that. Come on over, post up and show your new toy!

Congrats on he Kenwood.
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Seeing as how this thread has gotten some recent attention, I thought it best to give a quick update on how my 5700 has been doing:

 

The sound is just as good as when I got it. Still very warm while providing excellent detail. I have also been able to use my RTi-A3's with it now, and those sound awesome. Makes you believe you have it hooked up to some tower speakers, not bookshelves. Got a Technics SL-6 turntable as well which lets me now listen to my vinyl collection, which I think, sounds even better. Gives the music some life. I have truly put it through its paces as well, having used it for 7+ hours one day non-stopped, it never faltered. I am planning on getting some new headphones soon (k702 hopefully) and hope that the 5700 makes them sing. 

 

P.S. My set up is as follows:

Macbook Pro (playing FLAC) - Schiit Modi - Kenwood 5700

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There's a thread just for us vintage amp guys called "calling all integrated and receiver amp owners" or something like that. Come on over, post up and show your new toy!

Congrats on the Kenwood.

 

Thanks! I will definitely come over and check things out.

 

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The sound is just as good as when I got it. Still very warm while providing excellent detail. I have also been able to use my RTi-A3's with it now, and those sound awesome. Makes you believe you have it hooked up to some tower speakers, not bookshelves. 

 

Those RTI-A3's look nice; too bad I'll be waiting awhile to add some decent bookshelf speakers :( Glad to hear the 5700 performs admirably with them though.

 

As mentioned I will mainly be using mine as a headphone amp at work (as a high-power SS alternative to my WA3) where my path will be MacBook Pro (ALAC/Spotify 320kbps) --> Avid MBox 3 Pro --> KA-5700. I'll let you know how it performs with my various headphones.

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