Kenwood L-08M

October   1 9 8 0 october 1980
1 9 8 2 1982

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 the design of the L-08M sure was striking and bold.

Among the numerous features are strictly selected parts, non-magnetic die-cast aluminium chassis, DC structure from top to bottom, 600Khz frequency response (!), Class A pre-driver stages and Sigma-Drive terminals.

Prefiguring a Mission/Cyrus or Naim staple, each L-08M could receive a 780VA supplementary and external power-supply : L-08MPS, available only in Japan and not shown much outside (the few) contemporary tests and reviews.

Two transformers inside, housed in the externally redesigned but similar enclosure of the KA-1000 's power-supply.
The L-08MPS seems to allow power output up to 1x 220W with an 8 Ohm load (1x 170W without it)...

The underside hides two remote triggers, a ground terminal, the gold-plated RCA input and the two speaker terminals (normal and Sigma-Drive).
Export versions do not have the L-08MPS plug.

However, tabula rasa indeed : Kenwood sold few L-08M 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 available for a short year and a half - case in point.


Real L-08Ms here.

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Kenwood L-08M specifications
Title Value
Power : 1x 170W (8 Ohm, 20Hz...20Khz, 0,003% THD)
1x 250W (4 Ohm, 1Khz)
1x 400W (4 Ohm, 1Khz)
THD : 0,003% (rated power, 20Hz...20Khz)
0,003% (half rated power, 20Hz...20Khz)
IMD : 0,001% (rated power, 1Khz, 8 Ohm)
0,001% (1W / 1Khz, 8 Ohm)
Rise time : 0,6µs
Slew rate : 200V /µs
Frequency response : DC...600Khz (+0 / -3dB)
S/N ratio : 116dB (IHF-A)
Damping factor : 15000 at 55Hz
Inputs : 1V / 50kOhm
Speakers : 1 pair 4...16 Ohm
Multivoltage : no (USA & JP)
yes (EU)
PC : 4,2A
Dimensions : 18,5 x 23,5 x 36,9cm
Weight : 12,5kg.
L-08M pricetag : 150,000¥ per pair
L-08MPS pricetag : 28,000¥ per pair
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