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Passives are always something you have to try out. The vintage Kenwood power amps were a real under the radar amp and great sounding.
However! most vintage amps don't seem to like running a passive. They do need the buffering of a preamp.
I WOULD TRY it and see how it sounds before investing in a passive. Go to Radioshack, if possible?? and buy a simple 100k volume pot and a few cheap interconnects (cut off the RCA connector and wire it directly to the volume pot) and build a cheap test passive to try it out.
If it works I would buy a Goldpoint attenuator and get a simple black box from Radioshack (or Mouser if no Radioshacks).
If you need a preamp the NAD does have a very nice preamp section. I believe the tone controls can be switched out if needed. I've used my NAD C326BEE preamp for many projects with great success.
PS post a picture of the Kenwood or at least the model. Also the Kenwood may be in need of a recap. But it IS WORTH IT.
Addendum: If the Shiit has a buffer in it then it's good to go.
Thanks for the post.
The Kenwood model is Basic M1.
At less than $50 the passive is worth a try. At present I am using the Pre of NAD integrated 3150, my old workhorse. The Schiit Passive gives an aura of clean sound! Especially the one with the tube buffer. But the price comes close to a NAD 316BEE.
what I would do - and boy do I hate saying that! is try a cheap passive. If it does work out well sound wise then I would invest a few bucks in a Gold Point attenuator. You wanna hear clear - holy cow! Those attenuators are in another league in clarity.
You can buy the attenuator and just put it in a plastic Radioshack box like I have running RIGHT NOW!!! I later added a remote control to it and I'm in audio heaven.
If you want a few pics I'll send them.
Thanks. I will go for the cheap Schiit Passive. I am kinda attached to the picture. I am haunted by the one tube sticking out in the more expensive Passive but that has to wait. At last I will have something made in the USA.
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