It does exist: http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/kenwood.html
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Interesting that you mention Roswell, because I know the story behind this tuner.
My brother was a USAF officer in the 60's, assigned to military intelligence. He was assigned to a project in New Mexico, unrelated to any "UFO" type work.
One evening however, as he was dining in the mess hall, he struck up a conversation with another officer- a longtime officer at Area 51. They both discovered that they had a common passion- they were audiophiles.
As my brother tells the story: "the officer and I talked at length about our audiophile interests, tubes versus the newer solid state designs, tuner types, etc. After a long discussion, the officer invited me to a hangar in the very center of the base to witness something- and I quote- "amazing".
"As we proceeded through the hangar, the officer flashed his ID and 2 heavily armed guards stepped aside, allowing us entry to a small circular room. In the center of the room was a disc-shaped object, about 14 feet in diameter and 7 feet high. I was of course dumbfounded at this sight. The officer then showed me the most amazing thing yet- the craft's interior. Instrumentation of every sort was arranged neatly around the craft's center console. Among this instrumentation, to my utter amazement was a stereo setup! I remember the gear to this day- a pair of AR suspension loudspeakers, a Wollensack 8 track deck, a Citation tube amplifier, and, yes, a beautiful tuner bearing the badge 'Kenwood L-02'!
My brother continues- "In my amazement, I asked if I could photograph ONLY the hi-fi system- knowing everything else would be highly classified. The officer agreed, providing he could take the photos himself. He did so, and we promptly concluded our incredible tour.
"To this day, I still have these photos. Years ago I posted them on a FM Tuner website, and the Kenwood L-02 tuner photo was immediately noticed. To this day no-one has seen this tuner in person but me. I have searched ebay daily for several years trying to find this magical device, which could without doubt prove to be the most powerful tuner ever made."
So there it is. Scoff though you may, the truth is out there.
I used to sell all of the Kenwood LO gear when I was in retail. I liked them very much. I wish I would have kept a few for myself!! I remember bi-amping ADS L910 speakers with L-O9s on the bottom and L-O7s on the top. I also tried that set-up on the Infinity Quantum speakers.
I think that I saw some Kenwood LO models on display in Brooks Berdan's Audio Museum.
I have seen, but not listened to the Sansui, I think it was in the Roswell space and stero musuem, but never this Kenwood. Viridian don't be offened, some of my best friends are unicorns? Hack, have you heard the Sansui TU-X1?
Great tuners have a special sound to them. It may be nostalgic but the sound seems to linger a little longer. Warm and sweet so I just want to hear these two.
Hi guys. On audiomarkt.de there was one sold for 2.200,- this year. Dealer was Audio Reference, Steinstrasse in 40213 Düsseldorf. I saw the L-02T but because of money issues I kept my L-01T. L-02T for sure is one of the few state of the art tuners available. I was lucky to compare the unit at the dealers showroom against Accuphase T-109V, McIntosh MR-78, Klein & Hummel FM 2002, Kenwood KT-917, Wega Lab Zero, Restek Metric, some tuner from Tandberg (can´t remeber), Sansui TU-1X, Linn Kremlin, Day Sequerra, Marantz 10B and Burmester 978 Reference - all tuners were sold through this particular dealer this year. All tuners were top performers whereas I liked the Restek, the Day Sequerra and the L-02T most.
I don´t know where this dealer got this bunch of great tuners from but as far as I know he sold all of them.
FWIW, in Japan, they show up on the used market from time to time. The FM band here in Japan goes from 76-90, making it useless in most other places. If I knew a) how to get the band widened for reception purposes, and b) get the dial and dial labels changed, I would buy one. As it is, I am not a fan of radio broadcasts in Japan (it may be slightly better than TV broadcast content quality but that's not saying much), I remain on the sidelines.
I am the original owner of a L-02T and matching L-02A
Bought the pair back in 1982 from a friend that owned a duty free store and because of the price he was unable to sell it in his duty free store in Jamaica. He sold the pair to me at what he said was at his cost. I was never able to hear the full potential of this tuner as the transmitters in Jamaica were sub standard. I migrated to Canada and brought the Kenwoods with me but never set them up. It was not until I saw information on the www of the desirablity of this tuner that I pulled it from storage and gave it a second look and ear. Also have the original Brochure of the units.
I will take some pictures over the weekend.
I have not completely made up my mind if I should sell or not but I am on a border line with a decision. I have to decide also if I will be pairing the two units and sell as a package or separetly. I had the Tuner looked at before the summer and an alignment was done. The L-02A amplifier needs some cleaning done on the relays I imagine as some of the recout lights do not glow brightly or not at all when selected.
I will post when the pictures are uploaded.
Just to let people know, this tuner is amazing. The bass is the best I have ever heard and it has great soundstaging. It does not sound like any tuner I have ever had in my system. If you get a chance to get one of these, I am sure you will love it. I plan on getting a new Accuphase T-1000 and comparing the two.