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Kenwood TK-66

Solid State AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1967)

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Kenwood TK-66

Specifications

Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 20 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 50kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.9%

Damping factor: 23

Input sensitivity: 2mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 60dB (MM), 70dB (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.5 x 12 inches

Weight: 23lbs

Year: 1967

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Reviewed Nov 17th, 2018 by Nfuentes2014

I picked up a used TK-66 about a year ago and I absolutely love it. Everything is built ROCK SOLID. It's a heavy unit. All analog switches and knobs turn and click with authority. Complete opposite of the 80's and 90's digital gear I grew up with. The sound is nice and while the watts may be low (20w per channel I think?), the unit sounds fantastic through a smaller set of speakers and makes CDs and Spotify run through an iPhone sound better! The tuner is very nice and clear and picks up stations my newer gear does not. I'm very impressed for the little bit I paid for it ($50?). I like it so much i just picked up a TK-88 for $60 which seems to be in even better shape. I'd like to see a spec sheet on that model if anyone has it. The TK-66 will likely go to my daughter this Christmas and the TK-88 is now in my office hooked up to my old Series 2 Bose 301s.

 

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re: TK-66

I acquired a super dusty TK-66. So I put on the hazmat gear and cleaned it out. There was dust probably older than me in this thing. Surprisingly most of the circuit board parts still stood straight up and not many leaning or bent or smashed into other parts. The caps don't bludge and tuner dial string is tight. Not a whole lot going on under here. Wiring is organized and the layout seems well thought out. Well built too. Quality parts all over.
. I'm not sure if this unit was considered high end but it feels as if it might. The feel of the knobs and switches is nothing like anything used in the past few decades. Knobs and switches are solid, this machine is made of metal. The top cover looks like wood but it's also metal. Thick metal. Definitely not flimsy. Lettering is imprinted on the faceplate. Looks nice.
Once cleaned I hooked it up and powered it on. It's alive! I think a bulb is out. But it sounds good and minimal scratchy pots. Radio has a little drift but the tuner is decent (for being 1967 it's really good I reckon). The sound is rich and full using my "tester" speakers (Polk rt-8 and Mitsubishi m-fs8). My Wharfedale w40's would be a better match (spec wise) to the TK-66. I'll try that later. Overall I like this Kenwood.

Update: I just read the Owners Manual. Kenwood' description of this receiver is spot on. Yes it's rugged and built to take it. Options are plenty. Seems this receiver can be set up for 3.1 listening if you got a center speaker (speaker B wired L-/R+) and a powered sub (monaural speaker and amp) connected to the receiver 'mono' out rca jack. Impressive.

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