Vintage Luxury

Kenwood hifi direct drive stereo turntable KD500 with SME Series 3 tonearm

$1,664

Product ID:

289

Product Description Title:

Kenwood hifi direct drive stereo turntable KD500 with SME Series 3 tonearm moving magnet cartridge

Product Description Full

A rare Kenwood KD500 turntable with a even rare SME series 3 tone arm in full working condition, in excellent next to mint condition. The previous owner has taken care of this beautiful piece (as seen by the pictures) with the direct-drive turntable a classic deck from an era when things were built to last! The Kenwood plinth is made from a synthetic marble, or granite, called ARCB, which makes the deck visually stunning and heavy. The sound quality and use is delight to use being a fully manual deck, you get to raise and lower the arm yourself, cueing the lead-in groove and returning the arm to rest at the end of a record. This is proper turntabling and, because it’s manual, nothing interferes with the tonearm with a sought after moving magnet cartridge and its ability to extract information from the groove. 

Overall Condition

9/10

Cosmetic Condition
9/10

Excellent to mint condition, there are some marks here and there, but the previous owner had this very well kept as per pictures. There is one noticeable small scratch on the lid but not all the way through or cracked

Functional Condition
9/10
Excellent to mint comes with stylus and cartridge, tonearm bearing are fine and moves back to original position (arm moves smoothly and has no play in the bearings), doesn't skip, arm base lock works, device damp and arm drops fine, Platter Bearings runs smoothly, Plugs no loose connections with no crackling or humming sounds. This is a USA type A power plug (two flat parallel pins) however can be used and was tested with a AUD adapter. A real beauty of vintage proportions

Product Line
Audio & Visual

Product Category
Vinyl players

Product Manufacturer / Brand
Kenwood & SME

Product Model Number
Kd400 and sme series 3

Country of Manufacturer
Japan and UK

Vintage Year
1970s

Product Rarity
5/5 Gem

Scale from 1 to 5 (numbers can occur in between)
1 = MANY available on the market very common, many listings and competition
3 = COMMON in between Many and Gems, they're common in the market
5 = GEMS we see these maybe once every couple of years these are almost not available

Product Specification URL

https://liquidaudio.com.au/kenwood-kd-500-kd-550-direct-drive-turntable/

https://sme.co.uk/audio/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2018/09/SERIES_III_PRECISION_PICK-UP_ARM_INSTRUCTION_BOOK.pdf

Dimensions
Dimensions: 502 x 382 x 162mm

Weight
Approx 30kgs

 

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