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Kenwood VR 507
15 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
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Description: Enjoy Dolby Surround in your home with this receitver from Kenwood.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Schwab a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I recently purchased the Kenwood VR-507 receiver as an upgrade from my Kenwood VR-410. The important upgrade features for me were the Dolby PRO LOGIC II capability and the infrared remote control. I use this receiver as the heart of my 5.1 channel music listening system. With both Dolby PRO LOGIC II and SRS Circle Surround, this receiver is ideal for playing back quadraphonic era matrix encoded records and tapes, synthesizing a 5.1 sound field from 2.0 channel stereo sources and playing modern multi-channel sources. The DVD 6-channel input capability allows one to connect a universal disc player to play SACD and DVD-Audio high resolution music discs.

After reading the manual and setting up the remote control, I was able to operate all the other components in my system including my Kenwood CT-405 cassette deck. In my small listening room, the VR-507 amplifiers are easily capable of driving my low sensitivity (82 dB/W/m) loudspeakers to louder than prudent listening levels. The remote control fits in my hand easily and gets the job done. On the remote, each component input has a direct access button, a definite plus. The VR-507 does not have a GUI, a strong advantage for use in an audio only system like mine. Not having to turn on the TV to operate controls or adjust settings is a big plus. Another nice feature is that the receiver remembers the listening modes for each of the inputs.

The AM radio section is only useful with very strong or very local stations. The FM performance was much better than I expected. Using the supplied single wire antenna, the tuner cleanly pulled in a myriad of radio stations. Setting up and using the station presets was easy and convenient. The phono section delivered fine results working with my Shure V-15 type VMR phonograph cartridge. The SL16 system control allows one to synchronize recording between by Kenwood CD player and cassette deck, an occasionally useful feature.

My Kenwood VR-507 has proven to be an excellent and versatile performer when used in my audio only application. Highly recommended for those who are interested in multi-channel audio.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brainwealth a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2002

Bottom Line:   
There are three kinds of audiophiles.

1. The Purist (They look for frequency response, total harmonic distortion(THD) and the simplicity of operation in the equipment(They prefer 20hz-20 khz). Although they take the brand names for considerations, frequency and total harmonic distortion (THD) is the epitone of their quest in the above mentioned.

2. The enthusiast. They look for the bells and whistles of the equipment. This type does not have any contentment, for they like to have, what others don't have. They usually fall prey to marketing stragedy of the manufacturer.

3. The novice. They listen to the best talker in the store they are in.

QUESTION: What's the difference between the audio salesmen and the car salesmen???

ANSWER: The audio salesmen does not even know if they are lying or not.

I am an audio consultant by profession, and I have been in this business for quite sometimes. For the price range and the bells and whistles of this equipment, it should be adequate enough to satisfy my parameter to recommend this equipment to somebody that does not want to spend a fortune in an equipment, and still be in the middle ground between low and highends equipment in terms of bells, whistles and audio qualities.


Dolby Pro-Logic II
Dolby Digital 5.1
DTS
Dolby-3 Strereo
Circle Surround
S-Video Switching
Digital, Coaxial, and Analog Audio Input Connections
6-Channel analog audio inputs
Five DSP modes
100 Watts x 5
IR Pre-programmed Remote control
Stereo Power: 100 Watts per Channel RMS (Left/Right, 20Hz - 20Khz, 0.7% THD, 8 ohms, FTC)
Surround Power: 100 Watts + 100 Watts (Left/Right, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.7% THD, 8 ohms)
Surround Power: 100 Watts (Center, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.7% THD, 8 ohms)
Surround Power: 100 Watts + 110 Watts (Lsurround/Rsurround, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.7% THD, 8 ohms)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dominic Puchalski a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a great value for a very decent reciever for both audio and video. I didnt know what Pro Logic II was untill after I bought this baby, and damn its great.

I dont know why people are ripping on this thing. When you review a product it should be done in relativity to its price.

And whoever wanted a luminated remote, it would be nice, but you have to be a retard if you can't remember where buttons are.
There are some great settings for audio, like the 3 stereo setting and I also use the PL II for music.

Some one said that this product is "horrid" for movies, I dont know what setting they are watching movies but that's far from the truth.

I also watch several audio DVDs with this reciever, including a Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD in DTS and it sounds awesome.

I have one complaint about this product, someone let me know if they have a similar problem...Sometimes the reciever will go into protect if played at high volumes. I dont think this is normal because my main speakers are rated at 150 watts.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Ra-Lins (Local)



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peredur a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had the Kenwood HTB-504 package for about 2 months now. So far, I am very happy with it.
It seems that there are certain reviewers on this website that expect a receiver that costs less than $300 to sound like a movie theater. In most cases you pay for what you get. In the case of the 507, you get more than what you pay for.
This receiever is an ideal gateway into the world of home theater. It is far enough removed from entry level models to make you feel as if you really have a quality home theater. In fact, with upgraded speakers, wiring, and a good dvd player (I've been using a jvc xv-sa70bk, and recently purchased a pioneer dv-444), this receiver nips at the heels of the big boys, without taking a big nip out of your wallet. It allows for a great deal of expandability. It has adequate features and power to satisfy most reasonably serious home theater enthusiasts.
Again, if you read a review by someone claiming this receiver is crap, they are either under-educated, or jaded.
The bottom line is this: the 507 is good to the point that the average listener would not be able to tell a significant difference between this and a receiver costing twice as much. The bigger factor will be upgrading speakers and wiring. The speakers (HTB-504 package)are not bad, but replacing them would yield the most noticeable increase in sound quality.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   circuit city



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stewbass a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This receiver does everything it says it will do.READ THE OPERATION INFORMATION.I suggest you read it twice.This receiver has a lot of features.To bring out the best of what this unit will do-READ.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $229.00

Purchased At:   Radar City




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