Kenwood L-08C

1 9 8 1 1981
1 9 8 2

Tabula rasa - the future starts now.

And the one (and only) japanese ads said it loud and clear : "Period."

Well, sort of : what was in them L-08 units wasn't all that new but for the (fake) alpha-numerical display :)
The fader system only is a less abrupt muting switch - here less tacky than on the KA-1000 or KA-900 as it is not backlit. However, inside is a normal 2-gang pot moved by a wheel+string for the "preset" level.

Among the numerous features are strictly selected parts, non-magnetic plastic front&top, DC structure from top to bottom, 850Khz frequency response (!), 4-way parallel differential MC section, Class A preamp stages, extremely low output impedance, Sigma-Drive outputs etc
Some versions have a back 3-way MM load selector, some don't.

The front flap hides the headphones' plug, four switches (DC path or subsonic filtered, mono/stereo, tape A/B and default tuner / aux input) and five knobs (three-step loudness control plus frequency, balance, rec-out selector and phono 1MM / 2MC selector).

Prefiguring a Mission/Cyrus or Naim staple, the L-08C could receive a 260VA supplementary and external power-supply : L-08CPS, available only in Japan and not shown much outside (the few) contemporary tests and reviews.
One transformer inside, housed in the externally redesigned but similar enclosure of the KA-1000 's power-supply.

However, tabula rasa indeed : Kenwood sold very few L-08C and making a magnificent 8-page catalog in Germany didn't help there either.
That brand's high-end audio production was too cahotic and replaced all too often during the early 1980s to gather some following.

The 08s remained somewhat available for a short year and a half - case in point.

A real L-08C here.

Kenwood L-08C, image 1 Kenwood L-08C, image 2 Kenwood L-08C, image 3
Kenwood L-08C specifications
Title Value
Phono input : 2,5mV / 33 - 47 - 100kOhm (MM)
0,1mV / 100 Ohm (MC)
Tuner/Aux/Tape inputs : 150mV / 25kOhm
Maximum phono input : 320mV (MM, 1Khz, 0,0007% THD)
14mV (MC, 1Khz, 0,0007% THD)
Frequency response : 20Hz...20Khz (± 0,2dB, RIAA)
DC...850Khz (!) (+0 / -3dB)
Rise time : 0,4µs (0,1...2,5V)
THD : 0,0007% (line, 20Hz...20Khz, 1V output)
0,0007% (line, 20Hz...20Khz, 3V output)
0,0008% (line, 20Hz...20Khz, 10V output)
0,0008% (line, 10Hz...100Khz, 1V output)
0,0007% (phono, 20Hz...20Khz, 1V output, vol -30dB)
S/N ratio : 90dB (MM, 2,5mV input)
71dB (MC, 100µV input)
77dB (MC, 200µV input)
106dB (line)
Preamp outputs : 1V / 0,03 Ohm (normal)
1V / 10 Ohm (Sigma-Drive)
Maximum output : 10V / 50kOhm
Subsonic filter : 6dB/octave below 18Hz
Tone tilt : off / +3 / +6 / +9dB
30Hz...100Hz (continuously variable)
Multivoltage : no (USA & JP)
yes (EU)
PC : 1A
Dimensions : 44 x 7,4 x 38,7cm
Weight : 5,3kg.
Pricetag : 180,000¥ (1981)
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