“Part of Kenwood’s “Audio Purist” series, this little brother of the KT-1000 uses their pulse count detector circuitry also found in the 600T and KT-615/815/917 series. The KT-900 has analog tuning but has a digital LED frequency readout in addition to the analog dial. It has 4 gangs (although we have an Audio Purist brochure that erroneously claims 5 gangs!) and 4 filters and, when modified, is similar in DX performance to a modified KT-615 or 815.”
So says www.fmtunerinfo.com about the KT-900, introduced in 1981 during the unfortunate changeover from analog to digital tuners, which, in my view, set back tuner design by at least a decade for most manufacturers. It has an analog front end, which is a good start, with a digital-style opposing arrow tuning indicator which works well, though some may miss the meters. This allows a very slim vertical profile. It also has Muting, dual IF selection, and mono/stereo buttons, and a Record Cal one as well. The dial pointer is lit, and the black tuning knob is at right. The rear panel is quite simple, with screw-tap antenna terminals at left with right and left audio outputs on the same insulating barrier strip. There is a toggle for de-emphasis near centre, and, for whatever reason, an AM IF output RCA at extreme right. The AM antenna is missing on our sample, as can be seen in the photo.
It’s also a pretty good sounding tuner, too, if not quite built to the standards of the 7000 series models, being after the oil crisis and the rise in steel prices. I quite like its techno looks and slim profile. Our sample has definitely been stacked, with quite a few scratches on the top, and little nicks in a panel join on the top. A little spray paint will help in the former case, but I’d prefer to cover the whole top and sides in leatherette or even black or gray vinyl. This Kenwood Audio Purist Series KT-900 is a fine tuner with good DX potential, and excellent sound and stereo performance, that could be a fun project.
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