I am so surprised to see this stereo on here but glad I searched for it now. I love it! I got this Kenwood HI FI for my 16th birthday, 11 YEARS ago!!! and it is still one of my most valued possessions as it has never let me down.
When i got it i was not so pleased as i wanted a Sony one being a brand obsessed teenager and all, but my dad got me this one as it was a 'Whitch Best Buy' at the time and how right Whitch were.
The sound quality is superb, it is very smooth and does not have a tinny or fuzzy sound to it at all. There are lots of settings to choose from depending on what type of music you are listening to, you can turn the X bass on and off and the volume range is massive. I've never put it up to full volume, I'm to scared too!.
The system as a whole is lovely to look at and has been designed well. It is a rather bulky unit about 28cm deep including the Knobs and dials that stick out the front. So it has always been a problem to find somewhere to put is especially as it needs a gap behind it so it doesn't overheat and its very heavy also. But that is the only problem I have ever had with it.
For the first few years I left the dust protectors on the speakers but now I leave them off as the blue colour is really nice.
The HiFi comes with a remote control which is really handy and works well even from long distances. All the features of the system are accessible through the remote so you can change any of the settings from your chair. It takes three CD's at a time has two tape decks and also a brilliant radio tuner on it that can pick up stations from really far away.
There is also a pretty cool feature that displays the name of the CD in LED lights on the display screen on the front, but this only works with a few albums I have.
The jog dials on the front are easy to use and so are all the other buttons, but i tend to just use the remote for most features apart from the record button for the tape decks.
If you can get hold of one of these Hifi's it will last you a long long time and is well worth the purchase. Its not got all the frills of a modern Ipod compatible MP3 one but if you just want something that will play music really really well and really really loud this is perfect.
I have also had this system for years, possibly nearing 10? nevertheless a long time. I thought about selling it a one point, but thought i would give it another go and hooked it up to my laptop, amazing! Can't believe i ever thought of selling it, this is a truly a great piece of kit. Sure it is very dated compared to hifi's of this day and age, but the sound quality it top notch, the power output rivals a lot of the smaller machines today and as the previous guy said the durability is outstanding - without doubt the best hifi i have ever owned. im sure i will purchase one in the future as this one is a little bulky......but for the moment it RULES!Thats all.
I have this quite a few years now. It has been a fantastic hi-fi from Day one! Everything works like it should. It is pretty robust also. I like the dot matrix display which makes letters look more realistic than units that show square letters.
It is 2x100 watts RMS, and has fantastic sound. There are preset equalisers, and options to add 2 Custom presets, which is rather handy!
The CD carousel works well and allows for CD Text, as I'd expect from Kenwood, though sadly its downfall is that it doesn't remember what discs were in it once the unit is put in standby.
The tuner works grand also, with RDS EON, which is handy when scanning to see the station name on screen.
The tape decks are grand also with auto reverse, etc. Of course, tapes are near a thing of the past now, and I haven't toyed much with the decks, but it plays tapes well.
Overall, a grand unit, and definitely better than some of the stereos about nowadays in regards to reliability and quality.