I have a sort of step-uncle in Florida who is an engineer for a big TV news station. The newsroom is constantly upgrading to the latest technologies and whenever the old gear gets cycled out or otherwise discarded, my uncle likes to bring it home for tinkering. Some of the stuff that gets thrown away is amazing. In his garage, he has a bunch of salvaged broadcast-grade videotape machines and a library of cartridges of shows like The Three Stooges that were tossed when everything went digital. There are rack-mounted preamps and processors, reel-to-reel decks, mixers, monitors – all sorts of weird, obsolete, pro-format analog gear he has just pulled out of the dumpster over the years. And the stories are as awesome as the toys.
Here are the JBL studio monitors that went in the trash because the surrounds were bad. There’s also some strange tape decks and a couple of Uncle G’s personal turntables – a garage sale Beogram and the Kenwood he bought new in the mid-70’s that doesn’t have a scratch on it. Of course, there’s an awesome 60’s and 70’s LP collection to go with it. Always a blast to visit!
Now playing. Kenwood’s most powerful monster receiver, the KR-9600. Pretty stoked right now, so let’s defer to hifiengine.com for description:
“The Kenwood Model KR-9600 stereo receiver is a product that has been perfected through many years of developmental efforts by an engineering team that takes great pride in its long tradition of quality high fidelity component design. This new receiver extends the concept of component high fidelity to a level of performance never before associated with a single, integrated receiver. From its dual power supplies to its FET differential amplifier phono input to its unique tape facilities and absolute state-of-the-art tuner design, this is a receiver which makes no compromise with separate components.”
Tuning range: FM, MW
Power output: 160 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 40kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.08%
Damping factor: 55
Input sensitivity: 1.5mV (mic), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (DIN), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 65dB (mic), 76dB (MM), 95dB (DIN), 95dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 30mV (DIN), 1V (Pre out)
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω
Dimensions: 580 x 169 x 420mm
Contact RevolutionSounds@outlook.com for pricing and availability.