Kenwood VR-806

Home theater receiver with Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, and Pro Logic IIx (New Stock)

  • Kenwood VR-806


  • Kenwood VR-806


  • Kenwood VR-806


Item #: 113VR806
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Our take on the Kenwood VR-806

by Barry Montgomery

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

The versatile, affordable VR-806 will please movie and music lovers alike with its winning combination of dynamic Kenwood sound and advanced features. 100 watts x 6 channels of power and a sophisticated 24-bit processor team up to create a wraparound 6.1 surround soundfield that totally envelops you in the onscreen action.

Dolby® Digital EX and DTS-ES® decoding unlock the incredible multichannel thrills encoded in your favorite DVDs. For transforming TV shows, stereo music, and older surround sources into convincing 6.1 audio, you get your choice of Pro Logic® IIx decoding or DTS Neo:6 modes. 96kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters ensure that all your digital sources are treated right.

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The VR-806's back panel offers plenty of digital and analog inputs to hook up your A/V components. And its remote can control all your Kenwood components, too! Another cool feature: Kenwood's exclusive digital processing modes give you five more options for transforming your favorite stereo music into 6.1 surround, as well as enhancing it with the ambience of your choice.


  • 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
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
FM Sensitivity 13.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display No
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
S-Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
Internet-ready ---
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
Bluetooth-compatible ---
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
DLNA Certified ---
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote No
Width (inches) 17-3/8
Height (inches) 5-11/16
Depth (inches) 13-1/4
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 3
Audio-only Inputs 3
S-Video Inputs ---
S-Video Outputs ---
S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
Component Video Inputs 2
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs None
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
Main Speaker Terminals Clips
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS/PLIIx receiver
  • RC-R0626 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Instruction Manual
  • Important Safeguards
  • Limited Warranty Certificate

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KAM-1 Power Amplifier Circuitry: This exclusive Kenwood modular amplifier circuit doubles electrical efficiency, producing more power while generating less heat. KAM-1 offers superior sound quality and reliability.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Movie, Music and Game)
  • Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music and Game)
  • Dolby Pro Logic
  • DTS-ES 6.1 (Matrix and Discrete)
  • DTS
  • DTS+NEO:6
  • NEO:6 (Cinema and Music)
  • Arena
  • Jazz Club
  • Stadium
  • Theater
  • Disco

Speaker Distance: The delay time for each speaker is individually adjustable, allowing for placement that isn't prefect. Each channel (left, center, right, surround left, surround right, surround back, and subwoofer) is adjustable from 1 to 30 feet in 1 foot increments.

Analog Input Level: If one input (analog only) is louder than another, it can be adjusted to -3dB or -6dB to minimize the volume difference.

Surround Back Pre Out: The rear panel left and right preamp outputs can feed an external amp to power two surround back speakers (7.1 channels). When this option is chosen, there is no output from the single speaker level surround back terminals (because you're using 7.1 instead of 6.1).

Midnight Mode (Dolby Digital and DTS Modes Only): Anytime you don't want to experience the loud and soft volume extremes of recorded sound, use the Midnight Mode to reduce volume extremes. This feature keeps loud, dramatic sound from being too loud while ensuring that you can still hear whispered dialogue or other soft sounds, great for night viewing while others are sleeping.

Panorama Mode (Pro Logic IIx and Pro Logic II Music modes only): When listening to music, you can enjoy the "wraparound" sound effect when you adjust the Panorama Mode.

Dimension Mode (Pro Logic IIx and Pro Logic II Music modes only): When listening to music with certain recordings, you will be able to achieve a suitable balance from all the speakers by adjusting the Dimension Mode.

Center Width Mode (Pro Logic IIx and Pro Logic II Music modes only): The Center Width Mode allows you to adjust the position of the center image.

Active EQ: You can enjoy a more impressive sound effect when Active EQ is turned on during Dolby Digital and DTS playback, and when in PCM and analog stereo modes. There are 3 Active EQ modes: Music, Cinema and TV.

Display Dimmer: The display brightness may be set to one of three available settings.

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