Kenwood KR-V9080 A/V Receivers

KR-V9080

User Reviews (6)

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DL   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 19, 2012]

This review is for the "stereo" mode only, 120w/channel and 0.005 THD. I'm guessing at the model year. I got this at a pawn shop about 5 years ago for $82. My speakers are PSB Stratus Bronze. The amp in this Kenwood is a real gem. Sound is well defined over the entire frequency range even at higher volume. Bass response stays solid and tight and does not get garbled when the volume goes up. There does not appear to be any frequency range that is overly emphasized which is how I like it. The exception being the vocals and it is only slight. My fix is bass and treble increase of 2 db. After you get past the specs the sound becomes subjective so we have different tastes. If you run across this, grab it. You will not be disappointed. PS; the 4 star "overall" rating is for the remote. It needs to be simplified. Also, at the Kenwood website you can download and print manuals for free. They even found a manual from 1968 and emailed it so I could download and print it. Exceptional customer servive.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
joarfeve   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 04, 2003]
Strength:

Very powerful amplifier Above average quality sound

Weakness:

GUI Remote

Very powerful receiver with surprisingly very good quality sound, even in soft passages and in line straight mode. Very easy to use but the GUI sucks (even the remote). Good Dolby ProLogic performance and its 3 DSP modes (Arena, Jazz and Stadium) proved some benefit. An excellent choice for only stereo listening

Similar Products Used: Kenwood KR-V5580 Sony STR-D1011
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Glen   Audiophile [Jun 27, 2000]
Strength:

Sound quality and clarity.
Lots of inputs

Weakness:

DSP sounds fake, all the rest are good

KR-V9090
AC-3 ready. Has the 5.1 channel inputs. Needs the decoded signal though from a DVD player.
I use Sound Dynamics R-616. Kenwood Center and surround speakers. Monster Cable for front and center speakers. Medium quality cable for surrounds.
Good programmable remote. Though battery lid tends to come off too easily.
Sound quality is great all round.
Sound tampering is limited to Pro logic, 3 stereo, stereo, m.input (for ac-3) and DSP. I don't like DSP it has three setting Jazz club, arena and stadium effects. All sound fake and echoey. I stick with prologic for TV and video, Stereo for music and m.input for DVD.
Inputs are great. 3 audio, 3 audio/video 5.1 channel input + video for dolby dital decoded signal plus aux audio/video at front of unit

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ron Hahn   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 04, 2000]
Strength:

Power and clarity

Weakness:

the GUI interface

This is one rocking receiver. I am using it with 5 DCM speakers. The front speakers are DCM KX212's. Each KX212 has two 12" woofers. The KR-V9080 has the power to drive the 4 ohm KX212's. I play LOUD rock and techno, the neighbors have complained that they can CLEARLY hear my stereo 3 houses down. My house is built out of block !! The bigest weakness it the GUI i hate the damn thing. I dont go in to it very often. I dont like turning on the TV/monitor to make changes while listen to music. I listened to many recivers before choosing Kenwood.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Dwayne   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 20, 1999]
Strength:

Perfect Starter System for Home Theatre if you can find a used one.

Weakness:

The new technologies. Like Digital inputs/outputs and DTS.

This is my second Kenwood A/V Surround Sound Receiver. I like Kenwood components as long as it is their "top of the line" component, like this one was a few years ago (disregarding the super high end components Kenwood makes, that start in the $1250 - $1500 range).

It has many of the great features that are still being used in the new technologies like Digital Signal Processing(DSP), on-screen Graphical User Interface(GUI), Dolby Surround and AC-3 Stereo. Never had a problem with any of the Kenwood components I have owned.

The sound is great, even at high volumes. The Surround sound is wonderful and gives you a new perspective on watching home movies. I like the control you have over all 6 speaker levels (L,R,C,RR,RL and Sub).

I use Bose AM10 with my Kenwood.

I would obviously like to upgrade to a DTS receiver. If it was'nt for that I would not sell my 9080. If someone is interested in getting a great deal on this receiver drop me an e-mail (175-195). cptdkirk@hotmail.com

Similar Products Used: Kenwood
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
James   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 20, 2002]
Strength:

Loud

Weakness:

No adjust for the surrond speakers volume level (rear speakers or center), Maybe my DCM surrond speakers are not effecient but I can hardly notice them being on during a movie, not good!

Read the Weakness sec.

I have them cranking the ever so loud DCM kx-212 and a DCM powered sub with 2-12' plus a car box with 2-10'. This setup is great for college parties! They will start to make my ears ring after 3 sec. in the same room but wonderful sounding while taking a shower or outside with the window open!

Similar Products Used: Onkya and H/K
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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