Stereo Turntables (Page 2)

Kenwood KD-2070

Kenwood KD-2070 (1978) $225

This Kenwood KD-2070 is a direct-drive, manually operated turntable that used a vastly improved (during the late 70's), 20-pole brushless DC motor which is coupled directly to a heavier turntable platter. Basically, what this gives you is a high moment of inertia which provides smoother, quieter rotational speed.
The tonearm design used in the KD-2070 is as fully impressive as the turntable and drive system. The high precision statically balanced tonearm used in the KD-2070 is so perfectly balanced that it set a new high in tonearm performance in 1978.  

Undesirable "shimmy" and torsional types of resonance can deteriorate reproduced sound quality during record reproduction. These problems, inherent even in some of the best designed tonearms, were eliminated in the KD-2070 tonearm.

A no-frills, yet excellent deck, the base is a medium dark grey made of dense resin concrete that virtually eliminates acoustic feedback. 

The other features are an onboard strobe, a single chrome "T" type shifter for on/cue/stop control and the original chrome anti-skate "dongle".  

This also has a brand new, crystal clear, acrylic dust cover.

The KD-2070 makes for an easy, trouble free, reliable, well-built deck that gives you excellent performance.

About Kenwood (Trio)...

Established in 1946 as the Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd. in Komagane City, Japan, in 1960 the company was renamed Trio Corporation. In 1963 the first overseas office was founded in Los Angeles.

In the early 1960s, Trio's products were rebranded by the Lafayette Radio Co with a focus on CB radio.

An importer of Japanese-made electronics Radio Shack (Realistic, Tandy Corp) was A&A Trading Co., and a bilingual Japanese-speaking manager from there established a company that would be the exclusive importer of Trio products.

The name Kenwood was invented by Kasuga as being the combination of "Ken", a name common to Japan and North America that had been tested and proven acceptable to American consumers in the name of Kenmore appliance (Sears) \, and "Wood", referring to the durable substance as well as suggesting a relation to Hollywood.  The brand recognition of Kenwood eventually surpassed that of Trio's, and in 1986 Trio bought Kenwood and renamed itself Kenwood.  Eventually, Kenwood merged with JVC in 2008 as JVC/Kenwood.



Panasonic/Technics SL-800 CD4

Panasonic/Technics SL-800 CD4  (1973)  SOLD 

FREE with purchase of Technics SA-8500X

stereo or quadraphonic record changer/stacker 

This beautiful and extremely rare fully automatic Panasonic SL-800 CD4 stacker/changer is capable of playing 3-speeds (33, 45 & 78) and it's a real classic vintage piece.  The built-in "Strain Gauge/CD4" modulator board and transformer make it a unique vintage deck.

Originally part of a complete quadraphonic system, the turntable by itself can be used in any vintage stereo system even though the internal wiring is also complete for authentic CD4 use by simply pushing a button.  

While this SL-800 has the correct Panasonic EPC-451 EPC451 phono cartridge, the necessary stylus (Panasonic EPS 46 ST SD) is available via the internet but the buyer will have to supply that.  

This SL-800 is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical working condition.  (Remember, you will have to buy the stylus)

At 24 lbs it's a heavy deck.  

The dark walnut veneer base is beautiful and the very rare stacker (up to 4 records at a time) spindle is included.


Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. In America, Panasonic was sometimes considered as the "poor man's Technics" because Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)

However, in other parts of the world (especially South America) Panasonic was a preferred brand and was heavily marketed there by Matsushita.  In the USA, some of the 70's Panasonic models (especially their premium quad setups) were actually as good as any of the other competing brands.



Sanyo TP-626

Sanyo TP-626 (1977) $200

Often passed up by "experts" as just another turntable, this is actually a pretty rare, well-made beauty, made in Japan by CEC for Sanyo. The TP-626 is a high-performance, auto-return, stereo turntable that was designed and engineered to be a source of entertainment and listening pleasure for many years to come.
The specs and build quality for this elegant, semi-automatic, 2-speed, belt-drive turntable are very, very good.  

The design of the 626 is a departure from the usual, basic styling of most vintage decks out there. The simple controls along with the twin chrome counterweights and anti-skate pendulum all combine to set this apart.  

The 626 is fairly heavy at 16 lbs and has a unique greyish-green wooden plinth that sits on a secondary black wooden base.  

Basically the entire unit is in very good working and cosmetic condition...the original dust cover is free from cracks, scratches or any blemishes.  

Like we said earlier...pretty rare, hardly ever seen for sale (especially in this great condition) because they're keepers.  

It is certainly one of the better vintage era Sanyo turntables ever made.

About Sanyo...

Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. was a Japanese major electronics company and formerly a member of the Fortune Global 500.  They were one of the few electronics companies (like Hitachi) that made most of their own high fidelity components in-house using their own parts.  They also supplied some of the other big names like Pioneer, Sansui, etc. with Sanyo built parts and components. Their late 70's JCX series and the much improved "Plus Series" of components are very well known and in high demand by audiophiles.  At one point in their history, they had over 230 subsidiaries and affiliates.  Sanyo was eventually bought by Panasonic in 2009.