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Old 1st March 2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Is it possible to build a chip amp inside the housing of a kenwood VR 606 receiver and wire the volume to the kenwood's volume control ?

Basically I'd like to use the remote of the kenwood and the rest of the chip amp because the wife will have my head if I put an amp without a remote in the house ... something about living in 20th century and when taking a phone call reducing the volume in the receiver etc etc.

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Old 1st March 2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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Yes. If the supply voltage is in the correct range, you can even stick with the power supply.
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Old 1st March 2010, 06:19 PM   #3
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Thanks. Now is the volume control on the receivers (from the late 90's I guess) dependent on the main circuit board. The important thing is I want to pull the input switching capability, the volume control capability but leave the rest of it un un-used.
The other thing I could do is run the chip amp out of the pre out set of outputs. Now do they have a connection to the volume control - probably not I think.
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Thanks. Now is the volume control on the receivers (from the late 90's I guess) dependent on the main circuit board.
I don't know the VR-606, so cannot answer that question without a service manual.

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The other thing I could do is run the chip amp out of the pre out set of outputs. Now do they have a connection to the volume control
A true pre out should be volume and tone controlled as opposed to a rec out.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 02:49 AM   #5
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Perfect, pre outs on my sony str db930, and I would use that, nothing like that on the kenwood 606. BTW headphone output will be volume controlable right ? I have that on the kenwood 606. Thanks a million.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 03:54 PM   #6
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Yes, headphones have volume control.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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That means I just do an external chip amp and run out of the headphone jack in the kenwood ... now is the signal comming out of the headphone outlet in any way changed/amplified/distorted by the cheapo amplifier section of the receiver in any way, or is it the same as what comes out of the cd/dvd/tape player ?
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Old 2nd March 2010, 04:34 PM   #8
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I am trying to do something similar with Kenwood VR-405. The supply voltage is way too high and will require regulation to bring it down. STK chip amps inside are dead, so I am planning on taking them out and replacing with LM1875 and LM3886 amps. This way, like you, I can use internal switching, volume control and remote functionality.

Here's service manual for your receiver: Kenwood VR606 Service Manual free download,schematics,datasheets,eeprom bins,pcb,repair info for test equipment and electronics
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I am trying to do something similar with Kenwood VR-405. The supply voltage is way too high and will require regulation to bring it down. STK chip amps inside are dead, so I am planning on taking them out and replacing with LM1875 and LM3886 amps. This way, like you, I can use internal switching, volume control and remote functionality.

Here's service manual for your receiver: Kenwood VR606 Service Manual free download,schematics,datasheets,eeprom bins,pcb,repair info for test equipment and electronics
I got the manual, but this is much cooler.
I however would do the headphones thing in mine, the thing still works, gutting it makes very little sense for me.
Of course I could buy a receiver tha tis dead, but has a remote for next to nothing ... then build the chip amp inside of it. Of course ... I have no clue about chip amps and am likely to blow stuff up the first few attempts.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 07:13 PM   #10
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Gutting a working receiver makes no sense, true.

How about getting a dedicated unit for input switching and volume control with remote?
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