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Kenwood KA-5020

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1990-93)

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Kenwood KA-5020


Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.03%

Damping factor: 220

Input sensitivity: 0.2mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 200mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 69dB (MC), 87dB (MM), 110dB (line)

Channel separation: 60dB (MM), 56dB (line)

Output: 200mV (line)

Dimensions: 440 x 148 x 396mm

Weight: 11.8kg

Year: 1992

Price: GBP £220 (1992)


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Reviewed Aug 09th, 2018 by jooch

I run a small work shop and have seen so much stuff pass my bench, especially equipment from the late 80's and 90's. Most lower end designs are not worth mentioning, you know, the crappy STK based ones ;-)
But sometimes there are models which do hit the mark and this receiver is one of those.

Why it is good:
- Good components choices, fast transistors
- Simple amplifier design
- Good amplifier input stage

Especially the last design choice makes it stand out, very few of these cheaper amps were gifted with good amplifier input stages, probably because companies wanted to sell a more expensive unit.
Because of the design, a lot of nasty distortion is solved and makes the unit pleasant to listen to.

You could further improve the unit by replacing the op-amps.

Reviewed Jan 17th, 2016 by K1ETH

Had this amp for years only got on this site accidently so thought would let you all know, the KENWOOD KA 5020 sounds very big for its performance levels is over 10 years in my hands and never had a hick up, its clear and easy to use. Thanks and have a great year.



re: KA-5020

got this amp recently for one reason, it has three tape inputs, I am a big reel to reel fan. impressed by the sound, just one niggle, no mono option, no good for 4 track machines. ergo I shall acquire an Akai AM57 or similar.

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