Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1976-78)
Rated at 40 watts per channel and having many fine control features, the Kenwood KA-3500 must surely be one of the best value for money amplifiers on the market today.
Power output: 40 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.2%
Damping factor: 50
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MM), 90dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 30mV (DIN)
Dimensions: 380 x 140 x 255mm
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Reviewed Feb 15th, 2017 by ConraDonald
I had it since 1977 (maybe). I left in my cellar for almost 12 years, since I didn't used it. Now I resumed it, clean all surfaces, all the knobs and potentiometers, it sound like a new one... with my new couple of Canton Ergo 620, 40 years and don't feel it ! great
Reviewed Jan 20th, 2017 by ncdude
Just picked one of these up cheap and was skeptical about even plugging it in as it was clear water had reached the circuit boards and scattered the dust about. Some signs of corrosion too. The only thing I did was apply DeoxIt to the controls, check the fuse, and hooked it up to my iPod. It came right on and sounded fine through headphones so hooked up my bench speakers. Wow! Clean, smooth, delivery with great sound stage. Truly impressed with this little guy. My plan was to repair/service/clean it to resell, however I think it'll be staying right here!
Reviewed Mar 13th, 2016 by jburgie
I've had mine since I it was new in 1976. It's still my front-line amp, and it works like it just came out of the box. Just wired it up to a new pair of PSB bookshelf speakers and I turned it up to 11 (in a manner of speaking). Excellent in every way. Very classy looking, too, with its brushed Al faceplate and those lovely knobs. (It's paired with a matching tuner.) If you find a clean one, buy it.
Reviewed Jun 23rd, 2015 by uscfchess
I've had mine for 2 or 3 years now and it fits better where my marantz 2275 was. It's not the power of the 2275 but it will hold its own for being almost 1/2 wpc. Great sound and I think I gave $20 for it. If you find one/buy it. I'm glad I did. The sound reminds me a lot of marantz and lets face it they sound better!
Reviewed Feb 22nd, 2015 by One911Guy
I bought my KA-3500 new back in 1977 as a graduation present to myself. Paired with a Kenwood KT-5500 and some Kenwood LS-406 speakers I rocked these components way passed college and into my adult life. The LS-406's are long gone but the amp and tuner are still pounding it out as a garage stereo. Only the red power indicator light is not functioning - everything else works as it should. I am going to send the unit out to get cleaned and recapped this summer. Maybe it will last another 40 years.
If you fine one, buy it. It won't disappoint.
Reviewed Dec 27th, 2014 by dll99082
Got mine at a stereo shop years back for a song....Still one of the most bang for your buck amps, imo. A great way for noobs to get into the scene, and is a very good amp for the beginner electrical enthusiast, fairly easy to work on. Would like to know actual RMS, as it seems underrated...never had mine all the way floored, would be too much in my specific room. I have heard some old timers say it is as good as their marantz 2230's tone wise...I cannot agree or disagree as I have never owned that amp, but do know it is considered a classic. If you see one of these cheap, pick it up!
Reviewed Sep 09th, 2014 by vinylpro
I originally had one of these amps in the late 70's and it was great then. I own 2 now and use one in my office for a vintage set up a great amp with great tone and just the inputs and controls needed to fill 300 sq ft.
Wish they still made them like they used to!!!!!!
Reviewed Jul 05th, 2014 by 9QAtNwc8YcbwK
Still rocking strong after 15 years.
Reviewed Apr 21st, 2014 by idem
Reviewed Nov 27th, 2013 by caputto70
Nothing out of the ordinary.