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KLH Kendall 2B Bookshelf speakers (English Walnut)

Item # 405KEN2BWN

Hand-crafted in Canada, these speakers come loaded with modern design touches plus a real-wood veneer finish.

Hand-crafted in Canada, these speakers come loaded with modern design touches plus a real-wood veneer finish.

Item # 405KEN2BWN

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About the KLH Kendall 2B

James Ralston

State-of-the-art bookshelf speakers from a classic brand

We and our customers loved the original KLH Kendall, an award-winning floor-standing speaker that helped relaunch the KLH brand in the modern era. Now KLH has built an entire series of Kendall mk2 speakers around that success — with some significant upgrades to performance and looks, too. The Kendall 2B is the bookshelf/stand-mount pair in the lineup, a flexible choice that would work beautifully in a music lover's dedicated stereo rig or as part of a home theater setup.

State-of-the-art bookshelf speakers from a classic brand

We and our customers loved the original KLH Kendall, an award-winning floor-standing speaker that helped relaunch the KLH brand in the modern era. Now KLH has built an entire series of Kendall mk2 speakers around that success — with some significant upgrades to performance and looks, too. The Kendall 2B is the bookshelf/stand-mount pair in the lineup, a flexible choice that would work beautifully in a music lover's dedicated stereo rig or as part of a home theater setup.

KLH Kendall 2B bookshelf speakers shown in stereo system

A pair of Kendall 2Bs can deliver rich, musical sound for your stereo rig.

A high-performance two-way driver complement

The Kendall 2B features advanced new drivers for effortless, musical sound and improved power handling. A 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid-cooled motor structure serves up smooth, clean highs. Bass and midrange frequencies come courtesy of a 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofer with a non-resonant die-cast aluminum basket. For the best possible sound, we recommend picking up a pair of sturdy speaker stands (not included).

Beautiful hand-crafted cabinets

KLH builds these speaker cabinets by hand in Canada, using 3/4"-thick MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to suppress sound-muddying resonance. They sport a slim, contemporary design with sculpted edges, and they come in your choice of two real-wood veneer finishes. Magnetically attached removable grilles are included.

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 latest speaker lineup represents a fresh take on that rich and varied KLH legacy.

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Product highlights:

  • pair of bookshelf/stand-mount speakers
  • 2-way design
    • 1" titanium dome tweeter
    • 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofer with butyl rubber surround and die-cast aluminum basket
  • hand-crafted in Canada
  • frequency response: 55-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-200 watts
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with rear-firing port
    • cabinet is built with vibration-resistant 3/4" MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
    • finished with real wood veneers
  • dual 5-way binding posts support bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • removable magnetic grilles
  • dimensions (measured by Crutchfield): 7-7/8"W x 13-3/8"H x 8-5/8"D
  • weight: 13 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 10 years
  • MFR # KLHF00085

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 4 Terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
  • 8 Rubber pads
  • Binding-post wrench
  • Manual

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More details on the KLH Kendall 2B

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Features & specs

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Walnut
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Power Range 20-200
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 13-3/8
Width (inches) 7-7/8
Depth (inches) 8-5/8
Weight (pounds) 13
Wall-mountable With optional bracket
Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 10 Years
Labor Warranty 10 Years

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2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The KLH Kendall 2B is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker featuring a 1" titanium dome tweeter and one 6.5" aluminum mid/bass woofer that work together to create crisp, rich, detailed mids and highs, and deep bass for exceptional full-range sound. Thanks to its crisp detailed high and midrange frequencies, as well as deep bass extension, the Kendall 2B speaker reproduces your music or movie soundtracks as the artist intended for an excellent stereo or home theater experience.

  • Titanium Dome Tweeter: The high-efficiency 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid-cooled ceramic motor structure results in improved linearity for smooth, clean, and effortless high frequency sound
  • Aluminum Mid/Bass Drivers: The 6.5" mid/bass driver features and anodized aluminum cone with a butyl rubber rolled surround and non-resonant die-cast aluminum basket for superior power handling, detail, and efficiency.

Custom Crossover Network: The Kendall 2B bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a custom-designed multi-element crossover network with premium iron core inductors and mylar capacitors to provide more detail, plus improved accuracy and power handling with greater linearity between the tweeter and mid/bass driver.

Hand-Crafted Enclosure: The speaker cabinet is handcrafted in Canada using furniture-grade wood veneers and is available in a black oak or walnut finish. The cabinet is structurally reinforced and constructed of 3/4" MDF (medium density fiberboard) to suppress any unwanted internal resonances which can color sound. The cabinet has also been computer-optimized to minimize internal standing waves that can distort sound.

  • Bass Reflex (Ported): The Kendall 2B loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure design with one rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.
  • Magnetic Grille: The Kendall 2B comes with a an acoustic transparent cloth grille that magnetically attaches to the front of the speaker cabinet with no visible fasteners for a flawless appearance.

Dual Binding Post Terminals: The KLH Kendall 2B bookshelf loudspeaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts terminals connected by jumpers (fasteners) that provide excellent audio signal transfer and resistance to corrosion. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up 12AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual). 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.

Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Mounting & Placement Options: The KLH Kendall 2B bookshelf loudspeaker can be used in a stereo or home theater application. It can simply be placed on a bookshelf, speaker stand, tabletop, or other stable flat mounting surface. Self-adhesive rubber feet are included to isolate the speaker from the mounting surface to prevent any unwanted vibration that can lead to distortion. The rubber feet add approximately 0.375" to the overall height of the speaker. The Kendall 2B also features a rear-panel 1/4"-20 threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker using a 3rd party wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

  • Position a pair of Kendall 2B bookshelf speakers 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, the listening distance from the speakers should be about 1.25x the distance the speakers are apart from each other.
  • Make sure the Kendall 2B speaker is placed at ear level when in your main seated listening position. The pair of bookshelf speakers may also be toed-in slightly for better stereo imaging. 
  • Be sure the Kendal 2B loudspeakers are placed at least 12" away from any wall for optimum performance. Placing the speakers too close to a back or side wall can cause wall reflection and boundary interference, making the loudspeaker sound muddy and indistinct.

Note: Currently Crutchfield does not offer a wall-mount bracket that fits KLH Kendall 2B booshelf speaker's 1/4"20 threaded insert. However, you can wall-mount the speaker using the AS-SZPKR-26 Side-Clamp Wall-Mount Bracket (sold separately).

Kendall mk2 Collection: The KLH Kendall mk2 Collection is designed, engineered, and manufactured using the latest state-of-the-art audio technology and advanced materials that embody exceptional craftsmanship and stunning sound. The Kendall mk2 Collection consists of a floorstanding loudspeaker (2F), bookshelf loudspeaker (2B), a center-channel speaker (2C), and surround speaker (2S) - letting you create a cinema-like experience in your home.

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