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KLH Model Five Pair of vintage-styled speakers with matching stands (English Walnut)

Item # 700M5WNT

This beautiful pair of speakers pays homage to KLH's classic Model Five, which was introduced in 1968.

This beautiful pair of speakers pays homage to KLH's classic Model Five, which was introduced in 1968.

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About the KLH Model Five

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A pair of speakers with an iconic design

This pair of speakers might make you feel like you've gone back in time, in the best possible way. Henry Kloss and KLH introduced their original Model Five back in 1968, and it became a popular and broadly recognizable speaker that helped propel the company's success.
Pair of KLH Model Five speakers in Nordic Noir finish

This pair of KLH Model Five speakers pays homage to the company's popular offering from 1968.

A pair of speakers with an iconic design

This pair of speakers might make you feel like you've gone back in time, in the best possible way. Henry Kloss and KLH introduced their original Model Five back in 1968, and it became a popular and broadly recognizable speaker that helped propel the company's success.

This new version takes advantage of modern driver technology, but houses it in retro-styled, acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinets that are similar to the originals. And here's a cool feature that's rare these days, also from the original 1968 version — each speaker has a passive sound-shaping switch that lets you tailor its output to your room's acoustics.

Elegant speakers with included stands

The KLH Model Five is a paragon of careful design — inside and out. Each features a 10" woofer and 4" midrange, supported internally by die-cast aluminum frames, plus a 1" tweeter with a machined aluminum faceplate. High-quality inductors, capacitors and crossovers ensure that the drivers perform with a high degree of harmony and accuracy. The sturdy cabinets are constructed of 3/4"-thick MDF with an elegant, genuine wood veneer finish.

A magnetically attached linen grille is included, as is a custom steel riser that imparts a gentle 5-degree upward tilt. Optional custom linen grilles in alternate cloth colors are available.

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:

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  • 3-way design
    • 1" aluminum dome tweeter with machined aluminum faceplate
    • 4" cone midrange driver
    • 10" cone woofer
  • frequency response: 42-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 200 watts
  • sensitivity: 90.5 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • three-position acoustic balance control lets you tailor the sound for smooth frequency distribution
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet built from 3/4"-thick MDF
  • English walnut veneer
  • magnetically attached linen grilles (Stone Wash Linen color) included
  • binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, spades, or bare wire
  • included powder-coated 14-gauge steel risers place speakers at a 5° upward tilt
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 13-3/4"W x 34-1/4"H x 13"D (with riser base)
  • weight: 52 lbs. (each, with base)
  • warranty: 10 years

High-performance amplifier recommended. See receivers & amps for this speaker

What's in the box:

  • 2 Floorstanding loudspeakers
  • 2 Riser bases
  • 2 Grilles
  • Owner's Manual

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Sealed
Finish MDF/Wood Veneer
Color Walnut
Tweeter Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 4
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Pulp-Paper
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Dolby Atmos Drivers No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty 10 Years
Labor Warranty 10 Years
Specifications
Power Range 20-200
Frequency Response 42-20k Hz
Sensitivity 90.5 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 34-1/4
Width (inches) 13-3/4
Depth (inches) 13
Weight 52 lbs

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Features

KLH Model Five: The legendary KLH Model Five was first introduced in 1968 and served as the heart & soul of KLH's success throughout the late 1960's and 1970's. At its core was the acoustic suspension design that dominated the loudspeaker industry for decades and made the Model Five one of the best-selling loudspeakers of its era. In 2021, KLH re-introduced the Model Five; building on the original acoustic suspension design and using today's advanced loudspeaker technology.

3-Way Driver Design: The KLH Model Five is a 3-way design featuring a dedicated midrange driver housed in its own internal enclosure. It's the midrange driver's responsibility to handle the most significant, middle part of the audio spectrum. This portion of the audio band contains the vocal and musical instrument fundamentals which are most familiar to the human ear; and where inaccuracies are most easily detected. In a three-way design, having a dedicated midrange means the driver can be optimized for this specific use, since it doesn't have the additional burden of reproducing lower & higher frequencies in the audio band. This results in truly remarkable clarity of vocals & instruments with less distortion.

  • 1" Tweeter: The 1" aluminum dome tweeter features a soft rubber suspension and a machines aluminum faceplate.
  • 4" Midrange: The 4" pulp/paper midrange driver features a reverse roll rubber suspension and non-resonant die-cast aluminum frame.
  • 10" Woofer: The 10" pulp/paper cone woofer features a reverse roll rubber suspension, 2" diameter flat-wire voice coil, and a non-resonant die-cast aluminum frame.

Advanced Crossover Network: The KLH Model Five's thirteen component network uses high quality iron-core inductors & Mylar capacitors.

3-Position Acoustic Balance Control: A 3-Position Acoustic Balance Control helps to tailor the loudspeaker's output for the most difficult acoustic environments. The selector switch is located on the back of each loudspeaker and provides the ability to tailor the output above 400Hz.

  • HI Position: This is the default position, or 0dB. It is the preferred selection for neutral to dead listening spaces.
  • MID Position: This adjusts the loudspeaker -1.5dB above 400Hz. Use this setting for slightly live listening spaces.
  • LO Position: This adjusts the loudspeaker -3.0dB above 400Hz. Use this setting for very live listening spaces (for example, a room with a tile floor).

Acoustic Suspension MDF Enclosure: The KLH Model Five incorporates an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for accurate and linear sound reproduction. The enclosure is made from structurally reinforced 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). In an acoustic suspension design, the volume of air inside the enclosure serves as a cushion of air, or air spring, to provide a restoring force for the woofer cone. The air inside the enclosure essentially becomes the dominant part of the woofer's suspension. Since the volume of air inside the enclosure is more linear than the mechanical parts of the woofer's suspension, this enables the woofer's diaphragm to move in a more linear fashion. This also enables the driver to operate at higher excursions with less distortion than more traditional bass-reflex or ported type systems.

Low-Profile Magnet Attached Grille: The included low-profile, acoustic cloth grille magnetically attaches to the front of the speaker cabinet with no visible fasteners for a flawless appearance.

5-Degree Slant Riser Base: The KLH Model Five comes with a 5-degree slant riser base made of powder coated 14-gauge steel that can rest comfortably on your floor. The slant riser base has integrated feet that can be used on carpet, wood, or tile flooring.

  • Dimensions Of Speaker With Riser Base: 13.75" (w) x 34.25 (h) x 13.0" (d); 52 lbs
  • Dimensions Of Speaker Only: 13.75" (w) x 26.0", (h) x 11.5" (d); 44 lbs

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The KLH Model Five is outfitted with gold-plated, binding posts terminals that will accept bare wire (up 12AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only). The gold-plate binding post terminals provide excellent signal transfer and resist corrosion.

Placement Options: Room acoustics can play a major role in the sound reproduction characteristics of the Model Five loudspeaker. Experimenting with loudspeaker placement is an important step for optimum acoustic performance and ensuring the customer gets exactly what they pay for. Fortunately, the Model Five is very placement friendly, and only a couple of factors need to be kept in mind.

  • Low frequencies (below 400Hz) are heavily influenced by the loudspeakers position relative to the boundaries of the room. Mid & High frequencies (above 400Hz) are mostly influenced by the reflectivity of the listening room boundaries and the type of furnishings.
  • The KLH Model Five loudspeaker is tuned for 6" to 24" off the back wall and at least 24" from the corner of the listening room. For an otherwise neutral listening room, this should be considered the best starting position when first setting up the loudspeakers.

Note: The Model Five exhibits a broad horizontal sound dispersion pattern. The sonic signature remains essentially the same over a +/- 20 degrees angle off the horizontal axis of the loudspeakers. As a result, the loudspeakers can be toed in or out about 20 degrees without any significant change in the direct sound from the loudspeaker arriving at the listening position. However, as the loudspeaker toe-in is adjusted, it does affect the sound energy reflected off the side wall of the listening room which directly effects the soundstage and ambiance.

Break-In Period: The KLH Model Five loudspeaker will sound great right out-of-the-box. But since a new speaker include many moving parts, these parts need time to adjust to one another and therefore some amount of "break-in" is required. In order for the loudspeaker to sound its best, KLH recommends the speaker to be played at a moderate volume for at least 8 hours prior to any critical listening.

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Q
Are the KLH 5 a good choice to use with a vintage Marantz 2275?
jake92695  Feb 10, 2024
1 answer
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I see no reason why not, Nicholas. The Marantz 2275 puts out 75-watts of power which is a perfect amount for reliable use with the KLH Model Five speakers. With the vintage style and modern build quality, they even look the part next to the Marantz!
bo  Feb 10, 2024 (Staff)
Q
Will the 5s pair well with Yamaha rx-v6a?
junior  Dec 29, 2023
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A
In my opinion I see no reason why not. You have 100 watts which should drive them just fine. Also this speaker would not need to be upgraded if you decide to upgrade your amp. They are also wonderful looking speakers.
bill  Dec 31, 2023
A
I don't have the RX-V6A, but the model 5 have paired amazingly with anything I drove them with, Cambridge Audio CXA61, Marantz 1711, Marantz 1604, Sony STR-DH190 and my favorite pairing so far, Musical Fidelity A1. CXA61 and Musical Fidelity A1 are my fav out of these amps. My impression is that they are not difficult to drive. I also had the Model 3 in noir and they look sleek and modern. Love these speakers.
sasa  Dec 31, 2023
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I don't know this amplifier but Yamaha tends to be on the brighter side so I would say no. I'm running mine with a MacIntosh 7200 and it's excellent.
jeffrey  Dec 31, 2023
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I'm reading that break-in time on the Model 5s is substantial and very noticeable. What has been the experience of other owners? I have about 20 hours on a new pair and they're still sounding harsh and overly bright, even with the acoustic balance switch set to "low". Dense musical passages also sound very congested. The manual suggests 8 hours of break-in, but that does not seem to be nearly enough in my experience. Thank you!
douglas  Nov 25, 2023
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Hmmm the more I listen the more I like my Model 5s. I am sure you are listening with grills on. Definitely play around with speaker placement. Say 120% of the space between the speakers. Mine are 6 feet apart and I am sitting about 8 fee from them. As you know, all of this is subjective so if you think they are overly harsh, then they are overly harsh for you. Perhaps look at the Wharfedale Lintons. I auditioned both before pulling the trigger on the model 5s.
sean  Nov 28, 2023
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Mine took the prescribed 8 hours. On first play they were harsh to the point of alarm but quickly smoothed out. Now they are a dream. I have mine set in the middle position in a room filled with framed memorabilia which should be a nightmare for brightness but it is not. I have heard of others taking much a longer break-in but that wasn't my case. I would hang in there for at least 100 hours. Tip: For other speakers I have owned (Wharfedales) I would tune to an FM station and leave them playing for hours while I was away. They eventually smoothed out.
bill  Nov 26, 2023
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I don't think 20 hours is enough but I think the amplifier that is driving them makes a difference. I'm using a McIntosh 7200 and they sound amazing. Good luck I hope it works out for you.
jeffrey  Nov 26, 2023
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Greetings Douglas. Thank you for your question. Sounds like you went above what the manufacture recommends to break in. I can send your question to other customers via email and see if anyone would like to add their experiences. We do have the 60 day satisfaction guaranty, so if these are not sounding to your desire, we can take them back withing that 60 days.
hogan  Nov 25, 2023 (Staff)
Q
I am running two devailet 140 expert pro as mono blocks, would these KLH Model Five pair well with that set up?
chad  Nov 24, 2023
1 answer
A
Great question, Chad. When using dual Devialet 140's in the dual-mono configuration, they do not specify in the owner's manual exactly how much RMS power is output. We would be unable to confirm a match in that configuration, as we do not want to overpower the 200-watt RMS maximum on the KLH Model Five's. If you used a single Devialet 140 in stereo mode, the 140-watts of power would be a great match!
bo  Nov 25, 2023 (Staff)
Q
I have a vintage Marantz 2275 receiver. Would these speakers work well with them ?
randy  Nov 17, 2023
1 answer
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The KLH Model Five are 6-ohm speakers and can be used with any receiver/amplifier that will support 6-ohm minimum operation. It is difficult to find information regarding the Marantz 2275's minimum speaker impedance rating. The only information I have been able to find is that the receiver will work with 8-ohm speakers. If this is correct, then the Model Five may cause issues with your receiver overheating.
zachary  Nov 17, 2023 (Staff)
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