KLH Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker Overview
One of the most hallowed nameplates in the history of home audio, KLH is back with a full line of new-design speakers – and a rededication to the company’s original mission to deliver an affordable audiophile experience to all. The Kendall 3-way tower speaker, the flagship of the new line, embodies that goal. The Kendall features custom designed drivers of durable and sonically superior Kevlar and anodized aluminum, with oversized magnets, braided tinsel leads and high-quality crossover circuitry to ensure smooth transitions among the speakers. Solid, rigid MDF internal driver chambers are braced for ultra-low resonance. The whole package is finished in real wood veneers – black oak and American walnut – and brushed-aluminum speaker faceplates that look equally elegant with or without the seamless magnetic grille attached. The new KLH is so confident, the company offers an unheard-of 10 year warranty. But just as in the original KLH, it’s all about the sound, and the Kendall transports you convincingly to concert hall or cinema at a fraction of the cost of most high-end speakers. World Wide Stereo is proud to be an inaugural dealer for the new KLH speaker line.
- Designed in USA and engineered of premium materials
- Three-way bass-reflex system
- Two 6-1/2 inch woven Kevlar bass drivers with oversized magnets
- One 5-1/4 inch Kevlar midrange driver
- 1-inch anodized aluminum tweeter
- Brushed aluminum fascia around tweeter and drivers
- Custom crossover circuitry with top-quality components
- Dense MDF internal chambers
- Port-tuning for optimized bass
- Nickel-plated five-way binding posts with bi-amp capability
- Complete with black satin MDF base, rubber feet and spikes for placement on floor or carpet
- Available in real walnut or black oak wood veneer
- Snap-on magnetic grille with no visible fasteners
- Dimensions: 40” high by 7.75” wide by 14.75” deep
- Weight: 50 lbs.
- Warranty: An exceptional 10 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
- Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support
From the heartland, from the heart
The new KLH, located in the USA’s heartland – Noblesville, Indiana – pays homage to the brand by building incredible value into every speaker. The Kendall starts with superior materials – woven Kevlar cones with die-cast aluminum baskets, anodized aluminum domes, brushed aluminum faceplates, MDF cabinetry with real wood veneers, nickel-plated binding posts, top-quality crossover components – and adds in decades of engineering and design experience, to deliver a speaker that looks as good as it sounds, and sounds better than far more expensive competitors.
Tough, solid drivers…
Each Kendall tower begins with a pair of 6-1/2-inch Kevlar woofers, for strength and stiffness, suspended via flexible, durable butyl rubber in powder-coated, die-cast aluminum baskets with oversized magnets. A 5-1/4 inch midrange driver is similarly rugged. And the 1-inch dome tweeter is formed of anodized aluminum for crystal clarity, linear response and maximum dispersion.
…Working in perfect harmony
The individual drivers are controlled by custom crossover circuitry, built with the highest-grade components, and tied together with braided tinsel wiring, all for minimal interference among the drivers, and for maximum extension. Together, they reach deep down to 25Hz, and up beyond hearing to 23kHz, with flat frequency response (+/- 3dB) and wide soundstage.
Tuned to the room
The Kendall includes a rear bass port that can be tuned to reduce the airflow and optimize the bass response when the speakers are placed adjacent to the walls.
Got extra channels?
The nickel-plated binding posts handle your choice of speaker wire connections (banana plugs, spade lugs, posts, bare wire). And if your amp or surround receiver has a couple channels to spare, consider bi-amping the Kendalls (connections supplied to separately power the lows and highs) for ultra-clean sonic reproduction. A sturdy MDF plinth and a variety of mounting feet are included, from rubber (for bare floor) to spikes (carpeting), for optimum decoupling from the room surface.
Looks great covered or uncovered
The cabinet is finished in genuine wood veneers (your choice of black oak or walnut). And the magnetic clasps for the grille cover are hidden, so if you like your speaker systems naked, the fully finished front panel with brushed aluminum speaker faceplates will happily oblige any exhibitionist tendencies.
Pairs perfectly with…
Build your whole home theater with KLH: Add the Story Center Channel Speaker, and a pair or more of the Beacon Surrounds, and enjoy the show. In fact, the entire KLH line shares a sonic signature, so you can confidently mix and match a system that suits your needs. And you always can count on World Wide Stereo’s 60-day guarantee.
A brief history of sound
Back in the 1950s and early ‘60s, a band of pioneering engineers revolutionized the audio world and led the golden age of high fidelity. Among them, possibly the most revered and warmly remembered is Henry Kloss, the K of KLH. An inveterate tinkerer and serial entrepreneur, he started some of the most influential companies of the era and beyond, from AR and Advent to Cambridge Soundworks and Tivoli Audio. Kloss is credited with introducing influential innovations including acoustic suspension speakers, Dolby recorders and projection TVs. To honor his memory and dedication to the highest fidelity from huge electrostatic speakers to tiny table radios, the revamped KLH has named its new speaker line for streets on and around Kloss’ beloved Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass.
- 2x 6.5" woven Kevlar bass drivers
- 1x 5.25" woven Kevlar mid/bass driver
- 1" anodized aluminum tweeter
- 3/4" MDF construction
- Frequency response: 33Hz - 23kHz
- Sensitivity: 96dB
- Power handling: 250W
- Impedance: 8Ω
- Crossover points: 600Hz and 2.4kHz
- Dimensions: 40" x 8" x 15"
- Weight: 60 lbs.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker - Each
- Power cord
Customer Reviews for KLH Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker - Each
Then I saw these KLH Kendalls online and they seemed to "check all of the boxes" for me. I bought them from World Wide Stereo with the understanding that I could return them for a nominal fee if they weren't what I was really wanted. I'm very glad I did because they are wonderful, and far less expensive than I was prepared to pay.
The good: unlike another review I read here, I think the mids are excellent. I have many 2-way speakers and none of them quite get the mids the way a 3-way speaker can. The highs are also great in my opinion - not harsh, but bright and clear. The bass is ample and at low volumes just perfect. Most speakers really lose the bass when the volume is low - not these. These play beautiful full rich sound at low levels. The finish is satin, right in the middle between matte and glossy, with a natural irregular real wood grain which I really like. The hardware is solid and clean.
The bad: The lows are slightly emphasized, so while they are perfect for me at normal and low volumes, at high volumes it can be a bit bass heavy. If you are a bass-head you won't mind one bit. While these speakers play beautifully at low, medium and high volumes, they become distorted at very high volumes. These are designed for refined home listening, not parents-are-away-for-3-days pool parties. I suppose that's the trade-off for speakers that sound good at low levels. The bass is ample, but does not reach the very lowest of lows that some very expensive speakers do. That is great for a setting where you don't want the bass bothering a sleeping baby or downstairs neighbors, but the obsessive bass-conscious audiophile will want a subwoofer to reach down into the catacombs. The real wood finish is beautiful, satin varnish. Oiled wood would have been my preference, but most people will probably appreciate the lower maintenance of varnish. There is an area on the side of one of my speakers where the wood veneer has been filled with a matching filler to cover where the natural wood had a gap. It's not distracting, but it is the kind of veneer fix that would not have been on a $10k speaker. For less than $1,400 I'm not complaining - I'm just letting you know.
Bottom line - these are a 10 out of 10 for $1,400. They are a 10 out of 10 for $4k! They'd even be a 8 out of 10 for $8k. They leave almost nothing to be desired for me and I'm super glad I found them after all of these years! World Wide Stereo was pretty great to deal with and I won't hesitate to go back to them for my next online audio purchase.
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