Kenwood KA 3700 Integrated Amplifier & KT 5300 Tuner

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  • Sold Date: Feb 04,2011
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Kenwood KA 3700 Integrated Amplifier & KT 5300 Tuner

Late 1970’s Classics

The KA 3700 integrated amp was built between 1978 and 1979. It is rated at 20 watts per channel @ 8 ohms. It has inputs for a tuner, auxiliary and a moving magnet phono. There is also a tape loop, a loudness contour and bass and treble controls. Both the amp and tuner are compact with widths of approximately 13”.

I found this amp at an estate sale where I was told it was in storage for close to 30 years. Based on the condition it’s in, I do not doubt it. I have never offered for sale, a piece of vintage equipment, that I have rated at 9.75 out of 10 before. There are no cabinet scratches, corrosion on the chassis, discoloration or missing lettering or labels.

The rear panel is equally impressive with still shiny inputs, near perfect black paint and perfectly colored speaker knurls. The inside was dust free (I still vacuumed it) and although there was no static in any of the pots or switches, I applied Dioxit to keep it that way.

Sonically it’s far more impressive than the humble 20 watts per channel suggest. The line input is very clean and non-colored for playing CD’s. The tuner input is of equal quality. What really impressed me, however, was the phono section. It was pretty close in detail and imaging to some mainstream, separate preamps I have owned from the same period.

The KT 5300 tuner was built between 1977 and 1980. It works perfectly. All of the dial and panel lights work. The dial is right on the indicated frequency. The tuning strength meter does not light up. I checked for a burned out bulb, but that’s how it was designed. The tuner will draw in stereo stations from over 50 miles away with almost no hiss or multiplex distortion.

Cosmetically, I would rate the tuner about 6 out of ten. There are scratches on top of the face plate, corrosion on the real panel, a badly touched up scratch on top of the cabinet and zinc plated replacement cabinet fasteners (instead of black powder coat). When stacked in a cabinet, none of this is noticeable.

I will ship this pair anywhere in the lower 48 for a flat $28.00. They will be professionally packaged in separate cartons. I will guarantee no DOA’s if returned within 7 days of receipt, at the buyer’s expense. As these are vintage units, both over 30 years old, there is no other warranty expressed or implied.

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Kenwood KA 3700 Integrated Amplifier & KT 5300 Tuner

Late 1970’s Classics

The KA 3700 integrated amp was built between 1978 and 1979. It is rated at 20 watts per channel @ 8 ohms. It has inputs for a tuner, auxiliary and a moving magnet phono. There is also a tape loop, a loudness contour and bass and treble controls. Both the amp and tuner are compact with widths of approximately 15”.

I found this amp at an estate sale where I was told it was in storage for close to 30 years. Based on the condition it’s in, I do not doubt it. I have never offered for sale, a piece of vintage equipment, that I have rated at 9.75 out of 10 before. There are no cabinet scratches, corrosion on the chassis, discoloration or missing lettering or labels.

The rear panel is equally impressive with still shiny inputs, near perfect black paint and perfectly colored speaker knurls. The inside was dust free (I still vacuumed it) and although there was no static in any of the pots or switches, I applied Dioxit to keep it that way.

Sonically it’s far more impressive than the humble 20 watts per channel suggest. The line input is very clean and non-colored for playing CD’s. The tuner input is of equal quality. What really impressed me, however, was the phono section. It was pretty close in detail and imaging to some mainstream, separate preamps I have owned from the same period.

The KT 5300 tuner was built between 1977 and 1980. It works perfectly. All of the dial and pa...

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