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Kenwood VR-806 In it's day a bargain sale price.. but not w/o it's flaws

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Pros: Cheap in bundle package I got from EHR, 6.1, TOSlink connection Plenty of power to match my speakers (which includes a powered sub)

Cons: Snap connectors for speakers, flaky/dead display with very poor customer support, poor radio reception, IR conflict with Olevia "monitor"

100 watts x 6 into 8 ohms (40-20,000 Hz) at 0.7% THD
Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing
24-bit processor
96kHz/24-bit D/A and A/D converters
component video switching: 2 in, 1 out (50MHz bandwidth)
digital inputs: 1 optical, 2 coaxial
3 audio, 3 A/V inputs
5 audio DSP modes (Arena, Theater, Jazz Club, Stadium, Disco)
Midnight mode
no phono input
1 set of main speaker outputs
A/V remote
40 AM/FM presets
17-3/8"W x 5-11/16"H x 13-1/4"D
warranty: 2 years

Front image: http://www2.crutchfield.com.edgesuite.net/pix.crutchfield.com/ImageHandler/fixedscale/900/900/products/2004/113/x113VR806-f.jpeg
Back image: http://www2.crutchfield.com.edgesuite.net/pix.crutchfield.com/ImageHandler/fixedscale/900/900/products/2004/113/x113VR806-b.jpeg
Remote image: http://www2.crutchfield.com.edgesuite.net/pix.crutchfield.com/ImageHandler/fixedscale/900/900/products/2004/113/x113VR806-r.jpeg

For the full manual and specs see this PDF:


I have owned this receiver for about 9 years (approximately) and the overall performance has been acceptable.

It has only been used with the speakers from a Denon DHT-485DV set (OEM'd by Monitor Audio of England)

I have tested it's various DSP modes but ended up completely ignoring them since they really did not help.

However it is not without it's issues. #1 is the display being flaky and anything but reliable since about a year into it's service life to which Kenwood Canada would not do anything for despite the supposed 2yr warranty. mad.gif

That aside.. due to it's age.. it lacks HDMI etc.. which I have bypassed via using it for audio only via TOSLINK connection. Therefore from here on out you can ignore video capabilities from my review since they simply don't apply.

Regarding sound quality.. overall it's been acceptable and has done the very basics with the help of other equipment.
(See above note regarding the speaker set used during it's entire life to date.)

It's FM performance is.. well crap as a rule regardless of what antenna I tried and the AM is even worse. The IR codes also conflict with those of my Olevia 3 series "Monitor" (720p only LCD w/o tuner of almost the same age as the above mentioned Kenwood and Denon components) which turns the LCD off when playing with the volume via the remote.. To which there was no solution other than using a small slice of electrical tape to block the Olivia's IR receptor.

Other downfalls are the snap connections instead of binding posts and zero capability for dual zone.. which made it useless for my small patio or the kitchen. Something definitely to take into account if you have the need for such. (I did not at the time this was purchased but have moved since)

But given the $ at the time when getting it bundled with the very nice Denon branded speakers it's done it's job (other than the display) for years and is still going. Therefore I would have to say that part of Kenwood's design is reliable even if it's flawed and not in line with the higher end brands such as Denon.

I would however not buy it again and instead go for a better Brand (and more reliable for the display) such as either a Pioneer or a Denon.
(Never anything Sony due to their constantly screwing over the consumers) But until such a time as I can afford to replace it with something better (esp a sale / EOL model Denon etc) it will remain in service despite it's flaws.. unless it completely gives up the ghost or I win the lotto.


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