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Kenwood KR-5030

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1978-79)

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Kenwood KR-5030


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 60 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 50kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.1%

Damping factor: 30

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

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 95dB (DIN), 95dB (line)

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

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 480 x 149 x 405mm

Weight: 12kg


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Reviewed Dec 26th, 2015 by jimkono

I have as my 2 comparison benchmarks a Sansui 5000X and a Sherwood 7100A.

As far as feel and construction, the KR-5030 feels less substantial and refined than either, and certainly is not as elegant or classy, but it still is not as flimsy or soulless as more modern products.

To my ear musically it tops the Sherwood, and falls short of the Sansui. The available speakers here are Dynaco A-25

The tuner works well and gets quite a few FM stereo stations without having an antenna connected

The unit is very large with a faceplate measuring almost 6 X 19. The controls and tuning scale are huge as well, (1.75 tuning control and 1 for the other rotary controls. For me the look takes some getting used to.

It came to me for small money, and rose from the dead after a contact cleaner treatment. A nice feature of the 2 outboard multi contact rotary switches is that they are an open design, so they were a snap to clean up.

I am not an electronics man, but that said, the interior seems well laid out and seems a quality construction, with a robust transformer and an all metal chassis. The layout is airy and the top cover is generously vented.

This slightly ugly duckling has caught my interest and will be staying around. I would say if you can get one for low bucks, grab it for a back up, or a shop or cabin stereo.



re: KR-5030

How do i get other speakers towork and tv sound to come out of reciever

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re: KR-5030

You mean a second pair? Connect a second pair to speakers A or B terminals (whichever are free). Connect an RCA stereo cable (all male plugs): RCA terminals audio in the back of the TV to either AUX terminals on the receiver and select AUX on the front panel knob - or to either TAPE1 PLAY or TAPE2 PLAY and select TAPE MONITOR on the front panel.

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