Kenwood KA 3700 Integrated Amplifier & KT 5300 Tuner

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
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