Kenwood HM-601 Home Mini System Mini Systems

2.5/5 (2 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mario a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this small system with one goal in mind: To be able to play CDs while i practice along with my guitar. This system is ideally suited for a small home studio setting, where all you're doing is playing CDs at low to moderate levels. The CD player mechanism seems to be built well, and it accesses the disc quite quickly. In pure class A mode, the sound is noticeable better than class AB mode. I have already invested many thousands of dollars in my marantz home theatre system, so i didnt want to spend alot for just a mini system like this. But for the money ($219.99 USD) i couldn't find a better sounding stereo. I absolutely loathe most of the compact and mini systems on the market because they're over hyped and designed with more plastic panelling and cheap components than they're worth. This model seems rather elegant in comparison. No "super boom sub" or some pointless technical jargon screen-printed on the front panel (which is too common at this price range). Unit is pretty heavy which is a good indication that there is more quality than you'd expect at that price range. I would have to admit, i am not a huge fan of kenwood, or any other domestic brand name electronics company (i.e. JVC, panasonic, etc) and i usually buy only top notch equipment. This unit doesn't even register on the scale when compared to high-end component systems from Marantz, nakamichi, et al. But i emphasize that at this price range, I would be hard pressed to find a unit that looks as elegant, sounds as good, has high quality interconnects, features and ease of operation as the Kenwood HM-601. Remember though, ditch the spaghetti wire and buy some real cable. Please note that the overall rating that i gave this unit is on a different scale than the high-end electronics. This rating is for the HM-601's relationship to other units in its price and performance class. Contact me with any specific questions or comments.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $219.00

Purchased At:   Olums, Vestal NY USA

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Haydn Thomas a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This one's a little bit off the wall, since the model I purchased was a Kenwood Avino SE7 system - not the one listed (I live in Asia and the product #'s differ).
However all you potential purchasers out there should read on.
After 3 months the cassette mechanism broke - door jammed tape broke.
Took it back, and the store replaced it.
3 months later the same thing happened, ie broken tape door jammed, store replaced.
Then, recently one year later the cassette player won't play at right speed. All tapes sound like Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips.
Now of course the system is out of warranty, and despite Kenwoods offer of a replacement, my opinion is somewhat jaundiced. They should stick to food mixers and blenders as far as I am concerned. I'll get a Denon next time!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1998

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