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KLH Kendall

Floor-standing speaker (Black Oak)

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Overview

Our take on the KLH Kendall

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). 

KLH Quincy floor-standing speaker

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.

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.

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

What's in the Box:

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

KLH Kendall Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Fantastic KLH Kendall speakers!

David from ORLANDO, FL on 12/9/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

KLH Kendall

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

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Exceptional Speakers!

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

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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...

Awesome sound!

Marcelo from Indianapolis, IN on 8/7/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood Veneer
Color Black Oak
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

Product Research

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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Why did you buy this?

Specs look great, classic pedigree [ David  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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 ]
Looks like a great speaker with great reviews. [ ROBERT P  Aug 20, 2018 ]
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