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    Thumbs up Vintage Kenwood and Monitor 10's

    I totally fell in love with my Monitor 10's again today! Not that I ever fell "out" of love for them, but they are in a spare bedroom that I also use as a vinyl sorting room. Not my main listening area. They have just been there for music when sorting and catagorizing my albums. Powered by a newer Yamaha avr and a cheapo Technics cd player from back in the late 80's.

    Today I picked up a vintage Kenwood KA-7100 amp and KT-7500 tuner only 30 miles from me. Came with all the manuals, sales brochure, purchase and service receipts. Had caps replaced in late 90's.

    These things are in very near mint condition with not even a scuff on the faces or knobs/switches.

    It's almost like the 10's and the Kenwood were made for each other. The avr goes in the closet...hands down!

    I am plopped up on the bed leaning against the wall, incense, a couple brewski's....this sooooooo takes me back. First up was Steely Dan, now, Santana, next up is Rush/2112.
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    All I can picture is the ending scene from Dazed and Confused.
    Fronts: Monitor 20s
    Center: CS2
    Rear: Monitor 30s
    Sub: PSW505
    AVR: Pioneer VSX-521K

    My first true audio setup

    Current Upgrade Plans
    Fronts: Monitor 70s
    Center: CS2
    Rear: Monitor 50s
    Sub: PSW505
    AVR: ???? No idea yet

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    Can't say that I have actually watched that movie. I have seen pieces parts of it, but thats it. I was thinking more of a Spicoli type thing going on

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    My wife uses her KA-7100 with recaped Monitor 10's. Sound is very nice.
    MAIN:Kenwood M2a,C2,Sansui TU-517,Yamaha CDX-1100,Kenwood GE-1100,Nakamichi BX150,SDA 2a,Kenwood Ka-801,HPM-100
    DEN:Kenwood Basic M2,C2,T1,Yamaha CDX-1100,Parasound DHX 600,ADS 1090
    OFFICE:Kenwood Ka-8300,Technics SL-P770,Nakamichi BX150,Polk Monitor 7b
    BEDROOM:Kenwood Ka-7100,KT-6500,KX-1030,Teac Reference 500,Monitor 10b
    Yamaha CA 810,CT 810,Yamaha CDX-1060,Monitor M 5b
    Kenwood Basic M1a,C1,Yamaha CDX-930,KA-77,KT-313,KA-3500,KA-5700,Technics SU 8600,ST 8600

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    I had that amp. I bought it in Japan at the Navy exchange. What a great amp it was. I traded it in in 1984 and I still miss it.

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    Those old Kenwoods do sound great with vintage polks.
    Polk HT system 1: LSIC, LSI25 mains, LSI F/X rears, Lsi F/X rear centers,
    Yamaha RX-V2500 System, Sunfire grand 5 channel, Carver A753 3 channel amp.

    Polk HT system 2: ,Polk CS1000 center, Polk cs400rear center, Polk RT800 mains stacked with RT55's, Polk F/X 1000 rears running on a Yamaha RX-V2200

    Polk Speaker collection: SDA SRS 1.2tl x 2, SRT system, SDA SRS 2 P/B, SDA 2A, SDA 1C Studio, SDA CRS+, Monitor 12 series 2, 7B & 4, SRS 3.1tl, RTA 15tl, LS90

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    Quote Originally Posted by camp21178 View Post
    I bought it in Japan at the Navy exchange.
    It would be interesting to find out out many Audio Journeys started with enlistments in the military and shopping excursions at Navy/Post Exchanges.

    Nice looking combo, Tim.
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    The innards of a KA-7100; dual secondary windings in the power transformer (i.e., split power supplies for the two stereo channels).


    Not a bad amp - vintage Yamahas go even better with them ol' Polks, though ;-)
    all the best,
    mrh

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    [QUOTE=mrbigbluelight;1605566]It would be interesting to find out out many Audio Journeys started with enlistments in the military and shopping excursions at Navy/Post Exchanges.


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    My journey into "real" stereo started at AFES on Rhein Main AFB. Kenwood (45 watt) receiver, Dual 1229 TT and AR2ax speakers in 1973. I was 36yrs. old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigbluelight View Post
    It would be interesting to find out out many Audio Journeys started with enlistments in the military and shopping excursions at Navy/Post Exchanges.

    Nice looking combo, Tim.
    I think that half of our 400 man crew on my ship bought stereos at the Navy exchange when we were in Japan in 1978. I was a bit of an audio nut then, and I helped a lot of guys pick out gear.

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    Very nice grab there Tim, you should get years of happiness with the new set-up . Ya can't beat synergy. My roomie bought this Kennie KX-1060 cassette deck at the Navy exchange in the UK around '79, would be a great match with your new rigs, TOTL 2-header, records Metal tape with bias and level tone generators.


    btw, he was a transmitter engineer on the USS Merrill, DD 976
    Huh? Wot?? Dig it :tongue:

    Where can I get me some??

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