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Kenwood KA-80

High Speed DC Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1980-83)

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Kenwood KA-80


Power output: 48 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 18Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%

Damping factor: 120

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

Signal to noise ratio: 86dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line), 30mV (DIN)

Dimensions: 440 x 78 x 330mm

Weight: 7.9kg

Year: 1980


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Reviewed Feb 28th, 2017 by redcoates7

I've always liked the slimline Kenwood gear, and tis one's no exception. Clean quiet operation, and really excellent cosmetics.

Sonically, this is a big step up from the KA-60 with better bass extension, and a big, wide open sound. The power pack outputs are no longer available, so be careful when servicing (kind of like a KA-9100...great sound when they work!)

The front panel hinges are typically broken on poorly cared for units, and often the from panel door is missing...when properly cared for though, this flip up door looks great!

If you need more power, or a more reliable amplifier find a KA-701 or 801 (full size units from this series. Hard to beat the KA-80 for a compact vintage amp though!

Reviewed Oct 07th, 2012 by Smoke Screen

A clean sounding amp with a good phono MM stage
but the stereoperspective is on the narrow side
which makes it rather compact sounding.
Probably a result of using STKs as output stage.



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