Floor-standing speaker (American Walnut)
Our take on the KLH Kendall by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
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.
- 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 American walnut 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
- Foam port
- 4 Rubber feet
- 4 Spike feet (with nuts)
- 4 Protective discs
KLH Kendall Reviews
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Features and Specs
|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|
|Parts Warranty||10 Years|
|Labor Warranty||10 Years|
|Frequency Response||25-23k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
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?
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 ]