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Kenwood Basic C2

Stereo Control Amplifier (1984-90)

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Kenwood Basic C2


Frequency response: 1Hz to 350kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.001%

Input sensitivity: 0.2mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 73dB (MC), 73dB (MM), 79dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line), 1V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 440 x 78 x 320mm

Weight: 4.5kg

Year: 1984


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Reviewed Mar 07th, 2018 by chazola

Excellent Japanese preamp, I'm not normally a huge Kenwood fan but this mid 80's piece is very nice, with good build and components. The SQ is extremely good, very transparent and clean; with my Quad 520 power amp it sounds excellent on all inputs including phono. A good alternative to Yamaha etc pres that seem to go for silly money these days.
The only issue that these all seem to suffer from is a dodgy balance control/pot... they are tiny ALPS pots and are hard to clean/fix. Good board layout ripe for re-capping.

Reviewed Nov 11th, 2016 by tubeamp58

mid entry unit as a lot going sound better then expected
clean tight bass was impressed over all nice preamp

Reviewed Mar 12th, 2016 by denisbri

Got mine used and in bad condition two years ago. Really good device with a great phono section. Cd entry is very good too, output level a little bit low as regards today standards.
I would describe sound as neutral on whole frequencies, whith a very good dynamic. Associated with an Atoll AM 80 and Monitor Audio RX6 silver, tweaked Rotel RCD-02, Luxman PD 277 and Audio technicacAT 440 MLB does a great job! Would not change for anything else.

Reviewed Feb 13th, 2015 by guest

Very nice looking Pre with a great phono input section.
Works nice with M2 or M2a. I used it to drive Klipsch LaScala and I liked the performance and reliability. Did find upgrades on the web but never moved off of OEM design.

Reviewed May 09th, 2014 by wallshaker

For the money you cant beat this pre amp . paired with m2a amp and wooooow get blown away by some nice sound and huge power!



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