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Kenwood Basic M1

Stereo Power Amplifier (1983-85)

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Kenwood Basic M1


Unprecedented dynamic headroom, vanishing distortion and precision control of speaker cone excursion. These are some of the rewards of the new technology to be found in the Basic M1.

A startlingly simple design concept translates into a much sought after goal of higher power handling ability combined with low distortion and outstanding tonal quality. A patented Kenwood technology, the DLD power circuit brings together the best features of a top quality medium power amplifier and a high power amplifier, totally sidetracking their disadvantages. Thus, you can get the enormous power needed to amplify the most dynamic music signal peaks.

Simultaneously, you can hear the kind of smooth, evenly balanced tonal quality extending throughout the audible range you would normally expect only from a first rate medium power amplifier. There are no size, weight, heat or thermal instability problems. Dynamic peaks are
handled easily and are so clearly perceptible they will satisfy the most hypercritical listener.

Highly reactive speaker loads and crest value music signals that exceed rated output are taken fully in stride by the Basic M1. This amplifier can comfortably handle the highest dynamic peaks, even at rated listening levels, and can operate fully with speaker impedances that fall as low as 2 ohms.

The amplifier is designed for a frequency response accurate to within +-3dB from 1 Hz to 300kHz, ensuring that all signals falling within the audible range are reproduced perfectly.


Power output: 105 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 1Hz to 300kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%

Damping factor: 1000

Input sensitivity: 1V

Signal to noise ratio: 120dB

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 440 x 112 x 324mm

Weight: 9.1kg


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Reviewed Mar 02nd, 2018 by 2002afan

Picked up on EBay for 60 bucks for a back up system. Built like a tank. Nice clean power. Low distortion with a 120 dB signal to noise ratio. Not a lot of frills but a lot of thrills. Did I mention the clean power. I have not utilized the Sigma speaker wiring option. I will provide an update, if I do.



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