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Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

$649.99 Each

This stunningly beautiful floorstanding loudspeaker, aptly named after Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the birthplace of KLH, is our flagship electrodynamic 3-way bass-reflex loudspeaker. It features woven Kevlar drivers with powder-coated die-cast aluminum baskets, braided tinsel leads, custom designed crossovers, an anodized aluminum tweeter with linear response faceplate, and much more, and all in real wood veneers. The Kendall loudspeaker effortlessly reproduces the artist’s original soundtrack recording with such astonishing natural detail and deep visceral bass, that you will swear you’re sitting at a live concert venue.

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Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker

  • 3-Way bass reflex system with 2 x 6.5” Woven Kevlar® bass drivers, 1 x 5.25” Woven Kevlar mid/bass driver and a high performance 1” Anodized Aluminum tweeter with a linear response faceplate.
  • Butyl rubber surrounds and braided tinsel leads on all drivers.
  • REAL WOOD VENEERS – Black Oak and American Walnut.
  • MDF construction featuring custom designed internal low resonance driver chambers and bracing optimized through finite element analysis.
  • Powder coated die-cast aluminum driver baskets, featuring oversized magnets for superior control and output.
  • Brushed aluminum tweeter faceplate and driver fascia.
  • DUAL 5-WAY BINDING POSTS
  • Custom multi-element crossovers with high grade components to ensure smooth and natural transition between drivers.
  • Black Satin MDF base for additional stability as needed.
  • Chrome plated steel spikes OR rubber feet for proper decoupling.
  • Magnetic Grilles featuring a custom honeycomb design with NO visible fasteners for  durability & a flawless appearance.
  • Frequency response: 25Hz-23kHz +/- 3dB.
  • Sensitivity: 96dB.
  • Power handling: 250 watts.
  • Impedance: 8Ω.
  • Crossover points: 800Hz and 2.5kHz.
  • Dimensions: 40” x 7.75” x 14.75” (H x W x D).
  • Weight: 50 lbs.

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11 reviews for Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marcelo from Indianapolis, IN

    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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob from Shelby Township, MI

    Exceptional Speakers!

    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…

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Huntington, NY
    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: Extremely well balanced. Deep bass and clear non fizzy highs. Very efficient. They look great as well.
    Cons: None.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crutchfield Customer

    Seward, AK
    These do double duty as speakers for Turntable and front speakers of surround system. I am very pleased with the speakers and Crutchfield.
    Kendalls, I love you.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Evan Anhalt

    From Facebook:
    The Kendalls are amazing! Have about 30 hours on them and they sound better every time I fire them up.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crutchfield customer from Stamford, CT

    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

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    michael grace

    Excellent product I did have one issue but seller was very quick to resolve problem

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    David from Orlando

    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

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teresa S.

    Best speakers in 40 years. Purchased these because of the recommendation of Ira, World Wide Stereo advisor. Well, Ira was right these are the best speakers I have heard in 40 plus years of purchasing speakers. I have owned Advents, Altecs, Boston Acoustics, ADS and Definitive Tech none can compare to sound quality of the KLH Kendall. Kendall has rich bass, clear clean highs and mids. I have them hooked up to 1977 Pioneer SX 1050 totally restored and these things sing. Build quality is excellent, can’t say enough about these speakers at this price but buy them you will not be sorry. Special thanks to Ira for his musical knowledge.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert

    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.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    B. Kunz

    I personally talked with Patrick at KLH about a few things and became very encouraged by what he had to say. First and foremost, the advertised 250 watts is actually RMS and not peak. I’m currently pumping 140 watts @ 8 ohms via the Denon AVR-X6500H and they sound amazing. According to my SPL meter readings the lower frequency’s are in the lower 30Hz and I’m confident they would get lower with higher wattage feeding these. For those who have or want to, they will handle more power. Another thing is Patrick confirmed with me they are correcting their packaging issues and will be shipping them in more ‘ample’ containers to better assure of a safe & sound delivery.

    I had my last pair of floorstanding speakers for 15 years and they were the entry level JBL Venue Stadium speakers. A great start in my opinion, and hold their own to this day. But I had long wanted to take the ‘next step’ up when budget allowed and after a lot of tossing & turning I went with these KLH Kendalls. Not a lot of third party info out there on them so I took a gamble with these. I am by definition an audiophile, though I wouldn’t consider myself a super geek about it. I just like quality when listening to music, and watching movies. I’m quite discerning to good sound. Through much online perusing these were the only speakers that I didn’t ready anything ‘negative’ about, and I especially didn’t read anything that ‘turned’ me off.

    The first thing I noticed when I got them plugged into my system, aimed in at the listening position, is the extraordinary soundstage they presented. The stereophonic sound was a huge upgrade over my old speakers, and right then I knew I made an upgrade, but still yet to be determined if the price is justified. When it comes to audio equipment, there is always the debate of how much do you need to spend to get the sound you want, along with the law of diminishing returns that is based on a lot of variables around you. Some things I noticed though that didn’t appeal to me was a lack of lower end and a bit of harshness on the upper end. This made me a little uneasy. However after a couple days of long stretches of upper volume play, I can now say that I am a believer in ‘breaking-in’ speakers. The harshness has gone away, and the lower end has expanded to the degree I expected. Almost as if a bit of ‘stretching’ was needed to wake the beast.

    When buying audio equipment online it’s so difficult to make a decision when you can’t ‘play’ first somewhere local and see what you’re getting. You rely on the numbers. One thing I couldn’t find was the RMS for these speakers. (updated; the RMS is the 250 watts advertised and not the peak) The RMS is one way to help if you’re going to provide enough power. Never-the-less, I’m powering these without an external amp and my receiver provides 140w per channel at 8ohms. The specs say these speakers handle 250 watts, which is peak (correction, 250 is the RMS), so I was thinking I might need a little more oomph to get the full potential, and without the RMS I was just hoping I had enough. Well, I’m here to say I’m satisfied with what I’m hearing. Without a sub these sound extraordinary. The high’s are crisp, clear, without being overwhelming. The mid’s are exquisite, and the lows are satisfying. The low end started out quite shy of my expectations given the frequency response the manufacturer states. My previous JBL’s definitely had more presence down under. But, the longer I play these the better they get. They’re now at the point I feel they hit the same, if even slightly lower.

    As to what is appealing to the listener is always subjective, and varies a lot. Buying expensive equipment online is difficult, and one has to roll the dice at some point. Getting the ideal setup when you’re discerning is nerve racking, but I feel quite good about these now after a rough start. The sound has warmed up, cleaned up, and I can confidently say they’re a serious upgrade over my JBL towers. I will add to my review as time goes on to help.

    In summary these are fantastic speakers, and the soundstage they present is so divine it’s my favorite thing about them. I have been made a believer of the ‘break-in’ and look forward to listening to these all the time now. (update to the following; I was told the packaging issues have been corrected) I would like to add that the materials used by KLH to pack these was rather ‘flimsy’. The styrofoam was cheap and the cardbox box should have been thicker. Shipping is rough, and the packing didn’t do well.

    I want to give an unsolicited shout-out to IQ Home Entertainment & KLH. They have given me extraordinary service and went to great lengths to make me a happy customer. Delivery from them is always fast, and I can call them and get a friendly voice on the other end. I’ve now ordered several pieces of equipment for my home theater through them. Two thumbs up!

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