Trio / Kenwood KT-815 AM/FM Stereo Tuner


Image attribution: Earthshine eTrading Ltd. Used with permission.

Second from top of Trio's 1979 range and one of the company's last "analogue" tuners before switching to "digital synthesizer" designs. The stylish Trio KT-815 (known as the Kenwood KT-815 outside the UK and Japan) was the next model down from the outstanding KT-917 (one of the best tuners ever made) and in my opinion is ever better looking than it's illustrious big brother. All the pictures are of a tuner sourced in Germany so it is a Kenwood rather than a Trio.

The KT-815 has excellent specs and has a 5 gang tuning capacitor. It also used Trio's "Pulse Count Detector" circuitry as in other high end Trio tuners from the mid to late 1970's. The KT-815 is capable of excellent RF performance but it's sound quality has been criticised for being "thin" and too dry. In my experience, it does sound quite good but it is best partnered with a warm, full-sounding amplifier/speaker combination. It's sound quality, however, does fall well short of the KT-917 but at the prices they currently sell for on eBay it is well worth considering as it is still a very good tuner.

It has servo lock tuning for drift-free RF performance. The servo lock circuit is linked to a touch-sensitive tuning knob which causes the servo-lock to kick-in once the tuning knob is released for hassle-free tuning - nice!


Image attribution: Earthshine eTrading Ltd. Used with permission.


Image attribution: Earthshine eTrading Ltd. Used with permission.


Image attribution: Earthshine eTrading Ltd. Used with permission.


Image attribution: Earthshine eTrading Ltd. Used with permission.

Wavebands FM and AM (Medium Wave only)
Number of FM gangs 5
Number of AM gangs No data
Center Tune Indication Illuminated analogue meter
Signal Strength Meter Analogue (illuminated)
Multipath/Deviation Meter No
Switchable MPX filter Yes
FM IF Band Switch Yes, 2-way (wide/narrow)
Illuminated analogue tuning dial Yes, dimmable
Flywheel assisted tuning knob Yes
Mono 50dB quietening sensitivity No data
Frequency Response No data
Sensitivity, mono, s/n 26 dB, 40kHz Dev. No Data
Sensitivity, stereo, s/n 46 dB, 46kHz Dev. No data
Ultimate S/N Ratio (DIN) No data
Ultimate S/N Ratio (IHF) No data
FM capture ratio No data
Total Harmonic Distortion, Mono (DIN) No data
Total Harmonic Distortion, Stereo (DIN) No data
No. of 75 Ohm aerial inputs 1
Width x Height x Depth (cm) No data
Weight (Kg) No data
When manufactured 1979 to 1980
UK new price 300 GBP (in 1979)
eBay price guide (full working order and in good condition) 40 - 100 GBP
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Rarity (in the UK)









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