Kenwood KD-850 Direct drive turntable


Made in Japan in 1980, the Kenwood KD-850 is an absolute marvel of a turntable.  A perfect marriage between electronics wizardry and engineering mastery.  Unlike many turntables of the era, all electronic components are in regular supply as no custom made components were used.  This makes this beauty serviceable for many many more decades to come.


It is a fully automatic direct drive turntable with Quartz locked speed to ensure it spins at exaxtly the right speed always.  Nothing is cheaply made or engineered - it is simply one of those turntables that cost more to design and manufacture than they made money out of because it was built to make a statement.


These virtually never come up for sale - anywhere!  So here's your opportunity to own a fully serviced, fully operational dream machine.



Drive system: quartz pll direct drive system

Motor: 20 pole, 30 slot brushless DC servo motor

Platter: 330mm diameter, aluminium die-cast, 2.6kg

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: less than 0.022 WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: more than 62dB

Rumble: better than -83dB

Tonearm: static balanced type, s-shaped pipe arm, EIA plug in connector

Effective length: 245mm

Overhang: 15mm

Usable cartridge weight range: 2.0 to 12.0g

Dimensions: 491 x 176 x 404mm

Weight: 14.5kg