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Kenwood KX-7030

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1991-93)

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Kenwood KX-7030


The Kenwood KX-7030 is a 2-head, stereo cassette recorder featuring Dolby B and C noise reduction systems.


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 3 x DC

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.045%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7%

Input: 77.5mV (line)

Output: 0.49V (line)

Dimensions: 440 x 127 x 324mm

Weight: 5.1kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1991


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Reviewed Jan 10th, 2013 by Smoke Screen

The 7030 is a comfortable good sounding upper
middle class deck that couldve even have better
sonics if the components used in the signalpath
wouldve been of a notch higher quality.
Especially caps and opamps. As it is its a
satisfying machine for most and was rather fair
priced back then for what it delivers.
The higher ES-decks (7xx and up)or the larger Naks
are defintily better sounding but also way more
expensive and not necessarily better build.

Reviewed Jan 01st, 2013 by js1138

I have been searching for some time for a good playback deck for digitizing my old cassettes. This seems to be as good as I'm likely to get. Three heads, three motors. It plays some tapes that lesser decks stall on.

As purchased the takeup belt was near disintegration and soon failed. It is a pain to replace, requiring a fair amount of disassembly. The front panel must be removed, then the entire front control system must be removed, and a couple of cable ties cut.

After this you can carefully lift the front panel assembly to allow access to four screws holding the tape drive assembly to the front panel. No desoldering is required. You will need the service manual to see how the belt fits. Once you have access to front of the playback assembly, replacing the belt is easy.

I used a 2.5 inch belt from Studio Sound Electronics.

I'm afraid I don't have any high end decks to compare it with, but my tapes have never sounded as good. It adjusts automatically to tape type. You need only set the Dolby setting manually.

No reverse play. It's strictly a manual machine. I haven't tested recording.



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Kenwood KX-7030--Distorted audio, both channels, PB only.

C37 ( 4.7u @25vdc ) @ pin 5 on Dolby IC 2

Hello, I have a similar

Hello, I have a similar problem on my KX-7030, when the deck is powered up there is no sound at the output, after some minutes the the sound appears but it is distorted.
I've checked the signal path with an oscilloscope:
-playback amp output: ok
-Dolby ic input: ok
-Dolby ic output: distorted (even if it is off).
I've replaced electrolytics and mylar caps but there is no changing.
When I cool the Dolby ic with a cooling bomb, the sound is good at the output.

Kenwood KX-7030 correction

I bought this desk brand new and still own it. It is loaded with features.
The picture here shows it with a remote control unit but this deck did NOT come with a remote control. I don't believe it has a sensor. It can only be remote controlled via a Kenwood Receiver remote unit using the system control cable.

These specs need to be added/corrected above.

It is a 3 head tape deck with closed loop dual capstan drive.
One erase head and a separate record and playback head built into a single housing.
It has Dolby HX-Pro headroom extension circuit.
Automatic music search using FF/REW buttons.
Auto-bias with memory.
Auto Monitor Tape/Source button.
Index scan.
A/B Repeat.
Real time tape counter.
Zero-Stop. (Stops tape at 000 during FF/REW)
Display on/off.
Dash & Play. (skips long non-recorded space while playing)
Single Tune Repeat.
Single Record level knob with balance knob.
4 Second blank recording Insert.
Timer Rec/Play switch.
Headphone jack with level control.
XR/XS System control jacks on back panel for hookup to Kenwood Receivers/Cd Players.
CD peak search button for use with Kenwood Cd players and system control cable.
Synchro Recording when used with system control and Kenwood CD Player or Turntable.

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