Stereo Turntables (Page 2)

Kenwood KD-2070

Kenwood KD-2070 (1978) $175

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".  

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.



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. 


JVC Victor VL-5

JVC Victor VL-5 (1972) $225 (rare)

During the early 70's, competition in the turntable market was fierce between all the major leading Japanese brands.  The VL-5 was produced in this era and was designed to directly challenge Pioneer for dominance in the market. 

One of the most popular was Pioneer's PL-41 with it's huge, real timber-wood case.  We've had a few of these as well.  

Despite it's obvious beauty and excellent build, a few things were "lacking" in the the original PL-41.  It was strictly a manually operated deck (you had to be there to pick up the arm at the end of the record) and it was a dedicated stereo-only turntable.  

The huge electronics conglomerate JVC/Victor Co decided to go head-to-head with Pioneer and brought out the VL-5.  

Similar in physical design to the PL-41, the VL-5 has the same type of beautiful real timber case, large tinted dust cover with strong metal hinges (they never break) had two major upgrades while selling for the same price as the Pioneer.

The upgrades?  

The VL-5 was CD4 capable and had tonearm auto-up at the end of play.  So, this beauty is a semi-automatic, two-speed belt drive with a cueing lifter and static balanced S-shaped tonearm that offered the customer the ease of operation and no worry at the end of play.  

Plus, if you desired, it could deliver excellent stereo or 4-channel playback.

Underneath, as far as servicing goes, the VL-5 is so simple to take care of, it's a breeze even if you're not technically proficient.

There can be no argument that, when it comes to the "vintage" look of the 70's, the JVC Victor VL-5 definitely has spades.

JVC Nivico SRC-700U

JVC/Nivico SRC-700U (1971)  $100 (project, as is)

This is an extremely rare, well-built turntable, one of the best of the early Japanese models from Nivico.  

It is partially working but it does not come with a cartridge or stylus and may need some TLC to adjust the auto function, therefore it is being sold as is.

It's a 4-speed (16, 33, 45 & 78), idler drive with stacking spindle for up to 6 records at a time.The original headshell is fitted with a "p-mount adapter" that will accept any 1/2" cartridge.  

The interior mechanism is all metal, very strong build and near bulletproof. 

Unlike the old Duals (some of which were excellent decks) that were bears to service, this JVC is simple to work on yet the mechanism is tough as nails.

The original dust cover is included and the plinth is a beautiful real walnut veneer over timber.

About JVC (Victor) of Japan...

JVC was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S. firm, Victor Talking Machine Company. They pressed the very first record Japan in 1930.
There unusual approach to design (for vintage stereo gear) included the extensive use of multi-band graphic equalizers instead of simple bass/mid/treble controls.  The quality of their vintage turntables and electronic gear is mostly first rate and has emerged from being "under the radar" of collectors looking for excellent value.



Optonica RP-4705

Optonica RP-4705 ('80-'82) $245 reduced

For those of you who are upscale-minded Optonica collectors (like us), we offer this very unique and beautiful RP-4705 direct-drive turntable. 

 In flawless cosmetic condition with the original unique Optonica headshell and, as an added plus, it's mounted with a very nice *Accutex LPM-312 cartridge and stylus (see note below) 
The RP-4705 is a quartz-locked, direct drive turntable featuring simple push button operation, even with the crystal clear solid glass top lowered in position. 

Accurate speed controls are verified by the strobe window on the front of the platter. 

The beautiful glass top that covers the dark grey aluminum "well" (plinth) and protects the platter and tonearm, swings up on heavy duty hinges.  

Truly this is a stunning setup designed to impress and built to excellent specs. 

*Note: The Acutex LPM-312 cartridge/stylus has a number of qualities that tend to put it in a higher class than the "average" setup.  "LPM" stands for "Lowest Possible Mass".  

The cartridge is a "Tri-Pole Induced Magnetic System" (MM, moving magnet) with a frequency response of 20Hz - 35kHz
The bonded, modified "Shibata tri-radial" (STR) stylus has an aluminum alloy cantilever.  The stylus was named after the Japanese engineer who originally designed the the stylus for the complicated demands of quadraphonic recordings but, it's absolutely perfect for stereo.Although this LPM-312 is not new, it still sounds just fine... 

About Optonica...
Slowly becoming more popular, the once "under the radar" Optonica components have been rising in price for collectors of fine vintage audio gear.  Sharp Industries of Japan, the parent company, decided to go all out and compete with the best of the competition of the era.  History shows that they told their labs and designers to create the brand "Optonica" and go full bore. spare no expense towards designing unique, high end components that would stand out in the crowded audio marketplace of the 70's and 80's.  Their decision to jump in the market was almost too late to have a major impact because by the end of the 70's and early 80's, the so-called "Golden era of HiFi was coming to an end...


Micro Seiki MB-15

Micro Seiki MB-15 ('76-'80)  $210

From very expensive, high-end turntables to budget models, truth be told, Micro Seiki never made a cheap turntable...a few less expensive models to be sure but never cheap.

In 1976, using the same technology that introduced the famous Micro Seiki DDX-1000, they released the mid-level, belt-drive MB-15 as a less expensive alternative with its own elegance and understatement in design.  Other than the motor drive, they both had the same, very excellent S-shaped tonearms (solid feel, no wobble), same electronic automatic tonearm lift and shutoff along with the identical solenoid oil-damped cueing. 

An electronic sensor controls shut-off and arm-lift operation: a "Hall-effect" IC sensor detects a change in tonearm speed at the end of the record and activates a viscous-damped device which lifts the tonearm and shuts off power.

Its diecast aluminum platter is driven by a 4-pole synchronous motor coupled with a precision polished belt that effectively acts a damping device; wow and flutter is less than 0.06%

A solenoid-activated cueing system and an easy-to-adjust anti-skating control are among its attractions.

The semi-automatic Micro Seiki MB-15 has a beautiful champagne faux-metallic plinth and features a brand new acrylic dustcover. 

About Micro-Seiki...

‚ÄčThe company was founded in 1961, in Tokyo, as a maker of high-precision metal parts but was not primarily an audio company at first. It didn't get into the turntable business until 1976 with the massive DDX-1000, which accepted up to three tonearms simultaneously. The company continued to make turntables throughout the '70s and '80s. But it fell on hard times and shipped its last turntable in 2001. Even today Even today, Micro-Seiki still has a large international fan base.
Micro Seiki's eight or nine product lines boasted 89 turntables and 18 tonearms.  The assortment is epic, with belt drive and direct drive both well represented, and a variety of price points from entry level to bleeding edge.
It's a little known fact that that Luxman turntables, back in the day, had been manufactured by Micro Seiki. And, as is well known today, Micro Seiki has a well-earned reputation for making high-performance turntables under its own name