KLH Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker Pair 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.
- 2x 6.5" woven Kevlar bass drivers
- 1x 5.25" woven Kevlar mid/bass driver
- Dual 5-way binding posts
- Sensitivity: 96dB
- Frequency response: 25Hz - 23kHz +/-3dB
- Power handling: 250W
- Impedance: 8Ω
- Crossover points: 800Hz to 2.5kHz
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 40" x 7.75" x 14.75"
- Weight: 50 lbs.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
(2) Kendall 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeakers
Customer Reviews for KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers - Pair
Timely delivery of my speakers, they arrived un-damaged from any shipping errors that could have occurred, and arrived within a week.
As I began carefully unpacking my speakers I was impressed by the packing that KLH had provided, it was sturdy, solid, and speakers was firmly in place within the carton.
Upon first inspection, I was impressed with the appearance of the cabinetry, real wood veneer finish, I selected Black Oak, the grain looks stunning! I really like the plinth, with the available spike or rubber feet application, to reduce sound reflections and for decoupling purposes. KLH offers, on the Kendall, port tuning, to your preference due to room acoustics or speaker placement, via a foam plug that you may elect to use in place of one of the two rear firing ports. I have chosen not to use the port plug, my
room acoustics don’t warrant the need to do so.
From the minute I hooked up the Kendall’s I immediately noticed a depth to my sound stage, not previously noticed with the Klipsch. The Kendall’s are one foot from rear wall, seven and a half feet spaced from one another, and my listening chair is eleven and a half feet from the Kendall’s. Kendall’s are toed in approximately 20 degrees towards my listening position. My first impression was like I stated, more depth to sound stage, but also of other notable factors as well. The center image was notably wider than with my previous speakers, ie: both on and off axis I noticed immediate wider center image. Further listening also revealed that right out of box, these will need a few hours on them before they really open up, some say speaker break in to be a myth, pseudo science (placebo), but I know what I heard and I conclude it wasn’t in my head, I’d say after about 3 hours of listening to various media, CD, vinyl primarily, various genres, I noticed the Kendall’s to be producing sound a little less effortlessly, not as restrained (muffled), but more transparent and spacious, wide open sound stage was producing nuances in songs that I’d heard several times, now revealing bits of material never once heard before. Kendall’s seem to be quite revealing. The three way design is a feature not found in my previous speaker, so to have that bit of extra depth is nice, rich full sound. Kendall’s produce a nice dynamic sound, from the subtle high hat, chimes, bells and other instruments of various nature, to the low bottom end, scratching the surface of sub 30 Hz cycles, these can really dig, and sing on the high end of the spectrum. Kendall’s have a nice neutral, natural sound signature.
Other key notable feature include: magnetic grilles, bi-wire, bi-amp capable from the dual binding posts, 96 dB efficiency for a wide array of amplification choices, Kevlar drivers with Butyl rubber surrounds, frequency response of 25 Hz-23kHz,
and a TEN YEAR WARRANTY, that’s unheard of in the audio industry!
In closing I’d like to add, I’ve owned the Kendall’s nearly 2 weeks now, I’ve concluded the Kendall’s articulate all of my music spanning over a vast array of genres in a way that surpasses my expectations! You’re not limited by what gear you use either, with their 96 dB efficiently most anyone can appreciate what the Kendall’s have to offer, rather it be from an AVR, 2 channel stereo receiver, or high powered amplifier, you’re sure to find them quite pleasing. I’d also like to thank Patrick from KLH audio, who was also instrumental with this purchase, his knowledge was greatly appreciated and he was supportive by both phone and email, KLH stands behind their products! I highly recommend the Kendall loudspeakers!
Overall I highly recommend this speaker. Try them out at World Wide Stereo and you can hear the difference. It does rival some of the more expensive speakers and this one is not as expensive.