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KLH Ames

Bookshelf speakers (Black Satin)

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Looking for a pair of compact (yet awesome) speakers for your desktop, den, or other space-challenged area? Consider KLH Audio's Ames — the smallest and most affordable model in the company's new speaker lineup. At only 7-1/2" tall, these little gems punch above their weight class.  

Small footprint, mighty sound

Looking for a pair of compact (yet awesome) speakers for your desktop, den, or other space-challenged area? Consider KLH Audio's Ames — the smallest and most affordable model in the company's new speaker lineup. At only 7-1/2" tall, these little gems punch above their weight class.  

KLH Ames bookshelf speakers

KLH Ames (shown individually in satin white with grille removed; speakers are sold as pairs,)

Advanced drivers yield detailed sound

Check out the carefully crafted drivers built into each sealed enclosure. A 1" anodized aluminum tweeter produces clear, non-fatiguing highs. And KLH uses a 4" woven Kevlar® woofer into each enclosure for punchy, accurate bass.

This a real accomplishment at this price point, since you'll find the same kind of driver duo in KLH's more expensive bookshelf and floor-standing speakers.

The KLH name lives on

Henry Kloss and his partners founded KLH in Cambridge, Massachusetts back in the '50s. Kloss changed the audio industry with innovations like the acoustic suspension loudspeaker, the first-ever full-range electrostatic speaker, and the first high-selectivity table radio.

Today, KLH is headquartered in Noblesville, Indiana. The company's new speaker lineup represents a fresh take on that rich and varied KLH legacy.

Get the most out of your stand-mount speakers

I'm a proponent of using high-quality speaker stands with bookshelf speakers. They help improve the sound by giving your speakers a stable, vibration-free platform. When shopping for stands, remember that the ideal height will place the tweeters roughly level with your ears, for maximum clarity. 

Speaker stands also give you more placement flexibility, since you won't be limited to a space on your shelf or table. Keeping your speakers away from the wall or the corner of a bookshelf can also prevent excessively boomy bass.

The Sanus SF26 steel stands are an excellent choice to use with a pair of the KLH Ames, but feel free to contact one of our Advisors for a specific recommendation for your setup.

Product Highlights:

  • pair of bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" anodized aluminum tweeter with linear response faceplate
  • 4" woven Kevlar® woofer
  • frequency response: 60-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 150 watts
  • sensitivity: 87.5 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sealed (acoustic suspension) cabinet design
  • 5-way binding posts accept pins, single or dual banana connectors, spades, or bare wire
  • includes chrome-plated steel spikes and rubber feet for stability and decoupling
  • removable magnetic grilles with custom honeycomb design
  • 4-3/4"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D
  • weight: 5 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Manual

KLH Ames Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

What is is about KLH?

Rob from West Palm Bch, FL on 11/5/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The classic KLH brand retains its long-time reputation for reliable and very satisfying sound. The difference? It might be the ten-year warrantee. It might be the sturdy construction. It might be the feeling of having a quality product when built- in obsolescence is the standard. Simply put: I have started to sit and just listen to music again.

Pros: For a small speaker, clean sound. Good high range. Good bass range. Very satisfying.



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Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic suspension
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Composition Woven Kevlar
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Power Range 150
Sensitivity 87.5 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 60-23k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 7-9/16
Width (inches) 4-13/16
Depth (inches) 6-3/16
Weight (pounds) 5
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-36
Parts Warranty 10 Years
Labor Warranty 10 Years

Product Research


Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The KLH Ames is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker featuring a high performance 1" Anodized Aluminum tweeter with a linear response faceplate and 4" Woven Kevlar mid/bass driver with butyl rubber surround and a powder-coated die-cast aluminum basket. There are braided tinsel leads on all drivers. A custom multi-element crossover with high grade components ensures smooth and natural transition between drivers.

Acoustic Suspension MDF Enclosure: The KLH Ames bookshelf loudspeaker uses an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate sound reproduction. The enclosure features MDF construction with custom designed internal low resonance driver chambers and bracing optimized through finite element analysis. The enclosure also has a brushed aluminum tweeter faceplate and driver fascia. The MDF enclosure is finished in a white or black satin.

Magnetic Grille: A magnetic grille featuring a custom honeycomb design, acoustic cloth, and no visible fasteners provides a flawless appearance.

Binding Post Terminals: The KLH Ames bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of nickel-plated binding post terminals that will accept bare wire (up 12AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only). A plastic cap must be removed from each binding post terminal to use banana plugs.

Applications & Placement: The KLH Ames bookshelf loudspeaker can be used in a stereo or home theater application. In a home theater application, the Ames bookshelf speaker can be used as Front and/or Surround speakers.

  • Placement of the speaker is a personal preference, but it is recommended that a pair of speakers be placed at least 6' apart whether they are being used for a stereo application, or as the main left and right channels for a home theater.
  • For best imaging and separation, listening distance from the speakers should be approximately 1.5x the distance the speakers are apart from each other.
  • Also, be sure that the speaker is placed at least 12" away from any wall. Further adjustments can be made to optimize your listening experience.

Mounting Options: The KLH Ames loudspeaker should be placed on stands (sold separately) or on bookshelves, preferably at ear level with listener. There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the cabinet if you want to wall mount the speaker using an optional bracket (sold separately).

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The KLH Albany offers these features:

5-1/4" woven Kevlar woofer

frequency response: 35-23,000 Hz

recommended amplifier power: up to 200 watts

two sets of input terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring

beautiful wood veneer finish