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KLH Kendall

Floor-standing speaker (Black Oak)

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Meet the Kendall — the flagship tower speaker in KLH's new line of home speakers.

Meet the Kendall — the flagship tower speaker in KLH's new line of home speakers.

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About the KLH Kendall

Flagship performance from KLH

Meet the Kendall — the flagship tower speaker in KLH's new line of home speakers. This handsome tower dishes out rich sound thanks to its 3-way design. And it's easy on the eyes, too, with its high-quality, wood veneer finish. I had the opportunity to audition a pair of the Kendalls prior to their launch (more on that in a minute). 
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The KLH Kendall sports a real wood veneer finish (shown in black oak with grille removed).

Flagship performance from KLH

Meet the Kendall — the flagship tower speaker in KLH's new line of home speakers. This handsome tower dishes out rich sound thanks to its 3-way design. And it's easy on the eyes, too, with its high-quality, wood veneer finish. I had the opportunity to audition a pair of the Kendalls prior to their launch (more on that in a minute). 

This incredibly efficient floor-standing speaker (rated at 96 dB sensitivity!) doesn't require a ton of power to produce big sound, making it a great match with a range of modern amplifiers.

A three-way design for smooth, detailed sound

The Kendall's three-way design matches a 1" anodized aluminum tweeter with a 5-1/4" woven Kevlar® midrange, and two 6-1/2" Kevlar woofers for nuanced texture and detail throughout its wide frequency range. 

A custom-designed, high-quality crossover ensures smooth blending of frequencies between the four of drivers.

From the AVS Forum review


"Playing uncompressed music streaming from Tidal, I spent numerous hours checking out many of my favorite tracks plus whole albums using the Kendall towers. Actually, many hours because these speakers really hit the sweet spot in terms of voicing when it comes to music. I have very little patience for systems that have inadequate bass performance, and I'm acutely aware of what I'm missing when it's not there. Except with Kendall towers, that bass is not missing at all. More than once, I double-checked the AVR and subs to make sure what I was hearing was only coming from the Kendall towers.”

Posted by Mark Henninger – AVS Forum on Feb. 14th, 2019

AVS Forum Recommended award for 2019

Small details add up to keep you happy

The Kendall's wood veneer finish gives it a high-quality look and feel. And its magnetic grille has no visible attachment points, making this finely crafted speaker visually compelling when the grille is removed. 

This tower comes equipped with two pairs of speaker inputs for bi-amping or bi-wiring. And it comes with floor spikes and rubber feet for added stability and to decouple the cabinet from your floor for better sound.

To top it all off, the Kendall comes with a 10-year warranty for long-term peace of mind.

My first-hand impressions

KLH kindly brought a pair of the Kendalls to our headquarters so we could check them out in person. During Joe Bonamassa's Beacon Theatre: Live from New York performance, I was impressed by the Kendall's expansive soundstage and surprisingly strong bass in our large training room. These elegant speakers delivered an authentic "live show" feel with ease.

We then listened to a music-lover's sampler of artists, ranging from Rebecca Pidgeon to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Each track revealed the Kendall's dynamic range and tonal versatility as it handled delicate female vocals and soulful electric guitar riffs with accuracy and finesse.

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.

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Product highlights:

  • floor-standing speaker for music or home theater
  • 3-way design
    • 1" anodized aluminum tweeter with linear response faceplate
    • 5-1/4" woven Kevlar® midrange driver
    • dual 6-1/2" woven Kevlar woofers
  • frequency response: 25-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 250 watts
  • sensitivity: 96 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • custom-designed crossover for smooth frequency distribution
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with dual rear-firing ports
  • two sets of input terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • 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
  • beautiful black oak veneer finish
  • removable magnetic grille with custom honeycomb design
  • 7-3/4"W x 40"H x 14-3/4"D
  • weight: 50 lbs.
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # KLHF00001

What's in the box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • Foam port
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • 4 Spike feet (with nuts)
  • 4 Protective discs
  • Manual

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Superb speakers,

Crutchfield customer from Aiea, HI on 7/30/2019

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Very happy with Kendall speakers. Very clean and true sound reproduction. Shipping/delivery by UPS was few days late, but units arrived in good condition.

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Cons: Spikes on feet of speakers make movement on carpet very difficult as tall, narrow shape and weight make movement awkward.

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Won't be disappointed.

Guest from Pembina, ND on 7/18/2019

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Ok, so it's early. I just got these things hooked up. I picked the wife's Spotify classic rock playlist. Let the system warmup while I shower and get a drink. First song was Lay your hands on me by Bon Jovi, at the end she goes "that, was awesome". She was in prime listening position for song one. Third song was Promises by Def Leppard. At this point she was sitting in the dining room. painting. 180 degrees from the left channel. She goes, wow I've never heard that before. There was some light harmonizing and singing about 3/4 of the way through the song, that she had never heard before. This is at late night, kids are in bed volume level. Great start. Black oak finish. Superb.

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Justin from Salt Lake City, UT on 7/9/2019

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So pleased with the KLH Kendall, I spent weeks considering all the comparably priced speakers and finally decided on the Kendall based on specs and what few reviews I could find. These sound fantastic now that they have been played for a couple weeks. They definitely need some break in, regardless of naysayers there is no question. When I first powered them up I was afraid I had made the wrong choice. Sounded very flat, but after a few hours they really opened up and now I believe they get a little better every time I play them. My good friend is a supreme audiophile with $50k speakers and a system to match. He was very impressed and could not believe they were only this price for the pair. This is the common theme I see and hear. Highly recommend.

Pros: Sound quality and price.

Cons: None

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Great Value & Performance

Joseph from Denver, CO on 6/4/2019

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Hooked up to my Denon X3500H for about 4 weeks now in our home theater and I'm very impressed so far. It is hard to demo speakers these days but we still have one audio shop here in Denver that has Focal, B&W, SVS and GoldenEar. Went to a local shop and listened to Definitive Tech's offerings too. They all sounded great but it seemed like you got more for your money going with KLH or SVS. After seeing that the Kendall made it to AVS Forum's Recommended list, I narrowed it down to the Kendall and SVS Pinnacle's...both seemed a better value than other offerings (3-way design, bigger woofers/better bass). At the time the Pinnacle was relatively new and there weren't many reviews so I pulled the trigger on the Kendall's knowing I could return them. Build quality is excellent and the speakers look beautiful in black. I've primarily used them for movies and they are clear, nice imaging and I've turned them up as loud as I'd ever play them and haven't heard any distortion. I'm currently using these with the KLH Story center channel and without a sub. I have the KLH Beacon surrounds/dipoles but I have had time to mount those yet. The base is solid and at this point I don't know that I'll want or need a sub. With the 3-way design I'm hearing things I never heard with my old system. Overall, the Kendall's are a safe choice if you don't have the ability to demo...couldn't be happier at this point.

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Michael from Topeka, KS on 5/23/2019

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Recieved my speakers in timely fashion. Noticed the boxes where different sizes. One was the old packaging the other the new. The old package had the speaker flopping around like a fish. Had me worried, but all was undamaged. Craftmanship is great. Very impressed with the sound. Music was very detailed. Bass is very good. Could do away with my subwoofer that was accompanying my KG 4.5(2way). Midrange is very open. High frequencies are crisp. Overall avery satisfied. Lost a star do to old packing.

Pros: Quality construction

Cons: Old packing. New way is better.

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Bang For Buck

Crutchfield customer from Baltimore, MD on 3/22/2019

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Excellent balance and response across the frequency range. I'm particularly impressed by the mids. Despite the small diameter of the woofers these are no slouch on the bottom end. I have these connected to an old JVC 5.1 receiver with Audioquest type 4's. I did the Pepsi challenge with one of these vs. the JBL 3-ways I replaced with them. They held there own with my go-to bass demo track Dead Prez's "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" despite the JBL's featuring 12" woofers. Even Better the KLH's responded so much better in the mid-bass range with a clarity I've rarely heard in a floorstanding speaker. The build quality is excellent. The real wood veneer, kevlar cones, and socket head hardware are all top-notch. These arrived very well packed and super fast. I was looking for something with a smaller footprint and a better build quality, and read an article about the best floorstanding speakers for under $2k, and these were a standout in that review. They do not disappoint. My next step will be to upgrade to a 7.1 receiver so that I can bi-amp them.

Pros: Sound great, and built like a fine piece of mid-century modern furniture

Cons: The finish on the walnut is a lot redder than my other walnut furniture. It has more of a cherry hue that doesn't match so well. They are also rather deep, and due to the rear ports need to be placed some distance away from the wall. This is a bit of a liability if you live in a narrow row house like me.

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Man Cave is Done

Patrick from Albuquerque, NM on 2/1/2019

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Was looking for some very efficient speakers for my tube amp (Cayin CS-100A). Had some Klipsch speakers hooked up to this amp, sounded HARSH, not very easy on the ear. To be fair, they're older and smaller speakers, but none the less they had to go. Instead of getting another pair of Klipsch I decided to go with the KLH Kendalls (96db), I'm so glad did !!! They look great, they sound great, and I got them on sale, (Crutchfield Holiday Sale). Added a sub (JL Dominion d110) BOOM!!! Man Cave is DONE......Great service Crutchfield.

Pros: 10 year warranty, Sounds awesome.

Cons: None

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KLH Kendall - Excellent Sound and Beautiful Looks

Robert from Page, AZ on 1/15/2019

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I purchased a pair of KLH Kendall tower speakers about a month ago (12/18) for my 7.2 setup. I use them for movies, tv and for 2.0 stereo vinyl, cd and streaming music. From the first time I powered them up I was impressed with their full-range response and clarity. I love the smooth detailed sound they produce. I drive them with an Onkyo TX-NR747 AVR and have played cd's and vinyl using both "direct" mode (2.0) and "stereo" mode (2.2). I am very impressed by the bass response of the Kendalls for classic 2.0 stereo music listening as these new Kendalls replaced my 30-year old DIY kit speakers with 10" SEAS bass drivers. The Kendalls also sound great in my 7.2 movie watching setup. Of course, for movie watching, my dual SVS SB powered subwoofers are engaged for the LFE. Overall, the sound from the Kendalls is excellent in all listening modes and volumes. I am very happy with their performance. Also, the fit and finish is superb. I got the black oak finish and the look is fantastic. The magnetic grills fit and stick perfectly. These are a great set of skinny tower speakers and I am very pleased with their performance and looks.

Pros: Great sound at all volumes for music and movies. Excellent sound for classic 2.0 stereo listening. Excellent appearance and superb fit & finish.

Cons: None at this time.

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Fantastic KLH Kendall speakers!

David from ORLANDO, FL on 12/9/2018

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Exceptional speakers! After doing extensive research on potential floor standing speakers for my future man cave 5.1.2 set up, I learned about KLH audio and researched the KLH Kendall further. The specs looked appealing and really drew me in from the impressive frequency range, high quality kevlar woofers, dedicated 3 way speaker design to the overall small footprint and much more. These speakers are relatively new and outside of professional reviews very little is written about them in consumer reviews and AV forums. When I saw these on sale during Black Friday week, I jumped at the the chance knowing I was safe with Crutchfield's exceptional service and 60 day return policy if things didn't go well. Needless to say I have not regretted this purchase. I have been using these for the past week and a half and I am blown away by the clarity and detail at every level from low, medium & high freqs. Out of the box, I was impressed but as another reviewer pointed out they are getting better with time. Currently using them as a 2.1 set up until I move them into my Man Cave in the new house and will eventually get the KLH Story Center channel to compliment them along with in ceiling atmos and rear speakers. However, even in 2.1 set up I am having a blast with them and have never enjoyed playing Apple Music as much as I am now. In fact, I will use them in stereo mode in the future even after I set up them up in surround home theater set up. Too Good!

Pros: impressive detail & clarity at low, medium and high frequencies without any distortion. High quality build and cabinetry. High end speaker material qualities

Cons: none so far

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You won't be disappointed!

Crutchfield customer from Stamford, CT on 11/9/2018

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These replaced my 40 year old floor standing Interface Electrovoice speakers (which treated me quite well over the years). It was time for a change to updated technology. The Kendalls met this need. My purchase has not been regretted. Excellent sound quality at all frequencies. I was anticipating getting a subwoofer. Since I only use them for use with my stereo receiver, cd and cassette deck, no need. The base response with rear vented ports qualify for my requirements.

Pros: Exceptional well rounded sound and staging.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Seward, AK on 9/2/2018

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These do double duty as speakers for Turntable and front speakers of surround system. I am very pleased with speakers and Crutchfield.

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Kendalls, I love you.

Evan from Huntington, NY on 9/2/2018

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I remember the KLH 5's I had years ago and how much I loved them. So I figured I'd take a chance on the new line of KLH speakers. Well I'm glad I did. I picked up a pair of KLH Kendall tower speakers. Holy crap! These are fantastic right out of the box. Deep bass. Well defined Mid's and clear non-fizzy treble. I auditioned speakers in this price range and nothing in my opinion touches the Kendalls. I can't wait until they break in. Plus the 10 year warranty is a bonus.

Pros: Extreamly well balanced. Deep bass and clear non fizzy highs. Very efficient. They look great as well.

Cons: None.

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Exceptional Speakers!

Rob from Shelby Township, MI on 8/17/2018

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As I conducted my research into building a two channel, turntable based system, my focus was to capture that retro aesthetic while incorporating current speaker technologies. That balance is hard to find, especially at this price point. Then I came across KLH Audio, a new company formed by a team of seasoned audio executives that set out to build on the heritage of the original KLH. Having now spent several hours with the Kendalls, I continue to be amazed by the detail and imaging of the sound stage - they seem to get better with each listening session. The range and responsiveness easily outperform any other speaker I've seen at this price point. Listening through Sufjan Stevens "Come on Feel the Illinoise", the details in the voices, horns, and strings are so revealing, as well as the low end kick coming through on the track "Jacksonville". Close your eyes and the band is in the room. The Kendall's real wood veneers are perfectly textured and aligned to create not just a great speaker, but a great set piece for any room. Take off the magnetic screens and the Kendall technology becomes immediately evident. The Kevlar drivers look amazing in person and sound even better! I highly suggest you take the time to evaluate these speakers, as the price to performance ratio is exceptional. Finally, I also want to especially thank Jon at KLH Audio for being available to answer questions and provide guidance during the process.

Pros: Wide frequency range (25Hz - 23kHz), very efficient with a frequency response of 96 db, real wood veneers, Kevlar drivers, exceptional price to performance ratio, sound great!

Cons: None...

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Awesome sound!

Marcelo from Indianapolis, IN on 8/7/2018

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As an electrical engineer with some knowledge of circuits and waves I prefer excess power in the amplifier and mass/size in the speakers to get the best distortion-free sound. These KLH Kendalls have a midrange driver and a pair of large woofers, and cross-overs to separate low, medium and high frequencies, which give them excellent range with response down to 25 Hz. I do not buy speakers frequently so I'd rather pay a little more to get great speakers that I will enjoy a long time. After listening to the KLH Kendalls for a few weeks now, I am very pleased with them. Distortion free and clear sounding low-volume jazz and high-volume metal (Livid, Nothing More, Deep Purple, Black Veiled Brides)."

Pros: Great sound for a wide range of music and power.

Cons: None

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood Veneer
Color Black
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Woven Kevlar
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 10 Years
Labor Warranty 10 Years
Specifications
Power Range 250
Frequency Response 25-23k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 40-3/16
Width (inches) 8-5/16
Depth (inches) 14-15/16
Weight 48.7 lbs

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Features

Three-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker: The KLH Kendall is a three-way floorstanding loudspeaker featuring a high performance 1" Anodized Aluminum tweeter with a linear response faceplate, one 5.25" Woven Kevlar midrange driver with butyl rubber surround and a powder-coated die-cast aluminum basket, and two 6.5" Woven Kevlar bass drivers with butyl rubber surrounds and powder-coated die-cast aluminum baskets. There are braided tinsel leads on all drivers. Custom multi-element crossovers with high grade components ensure smooth and natural transition between drivers.

Bass Reflex Design: The KLH Kendall floorstanding loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with two rear-firing ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. If you are placing the floorstanding speaker 6" or closer to a wall, bass output can be controlled by reducing the amount of air flow from the rear ports. You can "tune" the bass output by using the included foam port to seal one of the rear ports.

MDF Enclosure: The speaker cabinet features 3/4" 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, as well as an integrated MDF plinth (base). The MDF enclosure is finished in a real wood veneer (choose between a black oak or american walnut finish).

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

Dual Binding Post Terminals: The KLH Kendall floorstanding loudspeaker has two sets nickel-plated binding posts terminals connected by jumpers (fasteners). The 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. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency driver; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency driver).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Applications & Placement: The KLH Kendall floorstanding loudspeaker can be used in a stereo or home theater application.

  • 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.

Rubber or Spike Feet: The included rubber feet are used for solid flooring such as wood, tile, and concrete. The included chrome-plated spikes are used for carpeted flooring. If you prefer to use the spikes on your solid flooring, you can install the included protective discs under the spikes to protect your floor. Both types of feet screw into the bottom of the speaker's integrated MDF plinth (base) and are adjustable to level the speaker on uneven flooring.

  • Dimensions with Rubber Feet: 8.3125" (w) x 40.4375" (h) x 14.9375" (d)
  • Dimensions with Spike Feet: 8.3125" (w) x 41.375" (h) x 14.9375" (d)
  • Dimensions with Spike Feet/Protective Discs: 8.3125" (w) x 41.5" (h) x 14.9375" (d)
  • Dimensions without Feet: 8.3125" (w) x 40.1875" (h) x 14.9375" (d)

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Needed 8 ohm speakers and these had the best frequency response and wattage of any in my price range. Plus my last set of KLH lasted for over 30 years and have only recently started having issues! [ James  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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Specs look great, classic pedigree [ David  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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As an electrical engineer with some knowledge of circuits and waves I prefer excess power in the amplifier and mass/size in the speakers to get the best distortion-free sound. These KLH Kendalls have a midrange driver and a pair of large woofers, and cross-overs to separate low, medium and high frequencies, which give them excellent range with response down to 25 Hz. I do not buy speakers frequently so I'd rather pay a little more to get great speakers that I will enjoy a long time. [ Marcelo  Jun 22, 2018 ]
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Looks like a great speaker with great reviews. [ ROBERT P  Aug 20, 2018 ]

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