Albany ll Bookshelf Loudspeaker

(14 customer reviews)

At KLH, innovation is at the heart of what we do. This is why we offer the Albany ll, a bass reflex and even more affordable version of our award-winning Albany Bookshelf Speaker. It is a 2-way bass-reflex Bookshelf speaker, featuring woven a Kevlar driver, braided tinsel leads, custom-designed crossovers, an anodized aluminum tweeter with linear response faceplate, and much more.  Available in European Walnut and Black Oak finishes, the Albany II speaker is sure to complement any décor, while filling your room with premium sound.

This product is only available for purchase through our authorized KLH dealers throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Please refer to our dealer locator to find a dealer or distributor near you.

449.00  Pair

Black Oak

  • 2-Way bass-reflex loudspeaker system with 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.
  • Choice of Finishes: Black Oak and European Walnut.
  • ¾” MDF construction featuring custom designed internal low resonance driver chambers and bracing optimized through finite element analysis.
  • Threaded mounting insert (¼”-20) on back panel
  • Stamped steel driver baskets, featuring oversized magnets for superior control and output.
  • 5-Way Binding Posts
Albany II grille off Bookshelf Loudspeaker
Albany II bookshelf loudspeaker Walnut

European Walnut

  • Magnetic Grilles featuring a custom honeycomb design with NO visible fasteners for  durability and a flawless appearance.
  • Frequency response: 55Hz-23KHz+/-3dB
    Free-Field Sensitivity: 87dB
  • In-Room Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Power handling: 100 watts/200 watts peak
  • Impedance: 8Ω
  • Crossover points: 2.4KHz
  • Dimensions: 13” x 6.5”” x 9.5” (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • 10-Year Warranty
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14 reviews for Albany ll Bookshelf Loudspeaker

  1. Dadawg731

    These are fantastic speakers. The build quality is excellent. They have a simple, elegant design and look good with or without the grill.

    How do they sound? Excellent. They are clear without being fatiguing and have solid mid bass. For there size, they dig deep without getting mushy. The Albany 2s won’t shake the windows but definitely carry some weight. I paired mine with an SVS sb-1000. I power the KLHs with a Yamaha A-S301 integrated amplifier.

    Living with the KLHs is double edged sword. They are very transparent and not forgiving in the least bit. If you play a poor recording, the Albany 2s will definitely let you know. Play a high quality track and they will sing. Simply said, I love these speakers. They provide hours of quality music and handle everything I throw at them. I can’t recommend these enough

  2. Bryan B.

    Among the Best Speakers I’ve Owned. I came across these speakers somewhat by accident. I wasn’t looking to replace my Klipsch Heresy IVs, but the positive feedback on the Model 5s compelled me to audition a pair. Um….wow. The Heresy IVs are no slouches, but it’s like the Model 5 refines and clarifies everything. They sound amazing in my large (20 x 30) room, even without a subwoofer! Along with Klipsch Heritage, I’ve owned speakers for 2-channel listening from Vienna Acoustics (Mozart), Magnepan (3.6, 3.7 panels), and Dali (Helicon 800). The top-to-bottom performance of the Model 5s bests them all. Most speakers have a couple of strong points and them some deficiencies…it’s always a bit of trading off, then you have to account for which electronics and cables they’s paired with. For me, the Model 5s paired with my Marantz Ruby integrated amp is just perfect. Tuneful, precise but not analytical, cohesive, a huge holographic soundstage that’s especially apparent on well-recorded vinyl, and amazing bass response that’s highly musical without being boomy or bloated (if you want chest-pounding bass, these aren’t your speakers, but if you want palpable, musical bass that doesn’t overpower the midrange and tweeter, wow!). Bottom line: I am 100% satisfied and quite honestly these speakers are worth 2-3 times their asking price. You will find yourself listening to music non-stop because once broken in (give ’em a good 50 hours or so) you just can’t stop smiling. They make music the joyful experience it should be. Bravo, KLH

  3. Crutchfield customer from LINCOLN, NE

    Great job KLH! I’m reviewing the KLH Kendall speakers I purchased from Crutchfield. What attracted me originally to the Kendall’s was the richness of the cabinets and the overall appearance. I know this sounds like I don’t have 45 years of experience when it comes to playing music but I really didn’t want my speaker cabinets to be overstated. In fact, I have a dedicated listening room with some really good equipment (Krell, Sansui, Luxman, B&O, Linn) to name a few, and I didn’t want my speakers to stand out, I really prefer the quietness of the look. The specs are good so I ordered my new Kendall’s. I’m always amazed at how efficient and knowledgeable the great people at Crutchfield are because once again my Kendall’s arrived in a few short days. (Thank You!) I’m a person who prefers to listen to the music rather than the gear which brings me back to the Kendall’s. Honestly let’s forget for a moment about how much, or how little these speakers cost and just focus on the outcome I wanted which is a great tonal listening experience across different genres. The fullness of the sound reminds me of my big Klipsch speakers but a smaller presence (physically) which is a good thing. And the detail of the music is on parr with speakers that are much larger and more costly. I described the sound as a very honest sound. If you have vintage gear to the latest greatest money can buy, I don’t believe the Kendall’s will be robbing you of great sound and the performance is well above its price point.

  4. JEFFERY

    Speakers have great low end frequency response and tight bass, great clear mid range and great clear high frequency response. These are the greatest speakers I have ever owned.

  5. JEFFERY

    Speakers have great low end frequency response and tight bass, great clear mid range and great clear high frequency response. These are the greatest speakers I have ever owned.

  6. Mike

    I already reviewed these, but should have waited. (Pull the first review if need be). What I want to tell any perspective buyer(s), to get the most incredible sound out of these, and I mean the largest biggest, baddest soundstage out of the KLH Model 5 speakers, you need to do this… And nowhere I have heard anyone state this in any review on the speakers I have read of viewed.  If you want that HUGE, and I mean HUGE soundstage, you need to feed the Model 5’s clean and neutral sounding power in the 200+ wpc range, the more the better, they can handle it. I already did the work for you. I’m using 10 ga OFC speaker cable and banana plugs, just so you know, nothing fancy.  First up, my Emotiva XPA2 Class A/B amplifier, 200+ wpc, these have the power, but were only ok, I did not like the A/B amp sound, they were a bit dull, just my ears folks, it did not do it for me, there was something going on, a bit warm and again, dull. It added coloration or warmth to the DAC, not good. Neutral, you want a truly neutral amplifier.  Then I tried the SVS SoundBase, a 150 wpc Class D amp/DAC was a definite sound improvement, got my toe tapping, BIG soundstage, but just a tad bright. These Class D amps seem to really open up the model 5’s. And finally, I hooked up the XTZ Edge A2-400 Class D amplifier… This is a small, yet powerful amplifier. This amp is putting out 2 x 220 W (1% THD, 8 Ω), 2 x 420 W (1% THD, 4 Ω) and Bridged/BTL operation 1 x 800 W (1% THD, 8 Ω). One caveat with this amp over some others out there, and this is a good thing. The XTZ amp, once the gain control is set, is dead silent, and extremely neutral from everything I have read and watched. So, keep that in mind when looking for an amplifier in this class and wattage. This is now about RAW POWER. And that was the game changer with the 6 ohm rated KLH Model 5’s and this muscular amplifier. I cannot measure how many actual watts per channel are physically going to my Model 5’s… BUT! The extra power of this XTZ amp took the Model 5’s to a completely new level, I went from toe tapping to slack jawed in amazement. The soundstage expanded into the room, it surrounds you, envelops you. But, it gets even better, keep reading…  For Home Theater, these two speakers and amp pairing make my prior SVS Ultra HT speaker package sound like a total and complete waste of money. I did keep the pair of SVS SB3000 subs, and have since added those to the Model 5’s, and this has yet AGAIN taken the KLH speakers to yet another level, if that was even possible.  The addition of the SVS sealed subwoofers, sealed being critical to the sound, took the already fantastic soundstage from an intimate club/concert venue to a full blown concert hall. The soundstage expanded, exploded, the subs blend seamlessly with the speakers, and the presentation is there, it puts you in the room “there”. The improvement was not just minor, it was actually quite a bit, I cannot even explain it, the speakers are now transparent, as the sound wraps around you, and yet you can hear something going on in the left channel, but now you can hear it like it is right next to you, to the point you have to look. It is a really cool effect of this system since adding the more powerful amplifier and dual subwoofers.  So, I have now replaced an entire HT system that comprised of two huge Emotiva XPA amplifiers, the SVS Ultra 5 pc. HT speaker package, the Denon X4400H AVR, and all of the other stuff that goes with it, including miles of cable, down to two pieces of gear and a few inexpensive, yet quality cables, sitting on a downsized Pangea Vulcan, now three shelf audio rack, which holds the small class D amp and the Cambridge Audio CXN v2 network streamer/DAC/preamp. I have the Cambridge hooked to the TV via optical cable along with a Roku Ultra and AppleTV via HDMI to the Sony TV, the two speakers and two subs. The Cambridge unit has AirPlay too, and it sounds fantastic with both Amazon and Apple Music. The built in DAC up samples everything you feed it, this does not add anything to the sound, but to my understanding, it opens up the sound, giving you much finer detail that other DACs will not give. Yes, there are better DACs out there, but you will pay for them, more than the cost of the entire Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer.  This combination I stumbled into, hits every cylinder and checks every box for roughly $6000. Yep, that is a lot of money, but is something, at least I am assuming, can be achieved by most folks that would be purchasing these KLH speakers that want to hit this higher level that the KLH bring to the table. The few folks that have heard this setup have been totally amazed at the sound, they all told me flat out the SVS system sucked, like stunk up the place sucked. LOL! And I have to agree with them! Hours of room correction, sub tuning, etc. Meh.  So, if you are thinking of pairing these with a sub, and they honestly DO NOT need a sub, but if you want to go to the next level… One sub, or even better, a pair of subs, I would go with the REL that Audio Advisor sells, the T5x, T7x or T9x models, depending on your room size, one of the Audio Advisor guys can help make that decision. The REL’s to my ear are as good or better than my SVS SB3000 subs, a tad bit tighter and faster than the SVS, just a tad, but the SVS comes with an app to control every function of the sub from your phone or iPad, just saying. Either brand and you will be good to go. Me, I would go with the REL.  Audio Advisor also sell the Cambridge CXN v2 network streamer, and honestly that was a great purchase, as the DAC in it is fantastic along with the preamp function that just adds to the value. You are getting three units in one box, it has volume control via the remote, and is easy to use, just add an amplifier. I run the XLR out to the amp, and the L/R RCA outputs to each of the subs, so I get proper bass over the Left and Right channels. The SVS subwoofers handle the crossover, which I am still experimenting with. Currently it is set at 65hz and the volume is I believe at -11db, somewhere around there, again, still tuning it in, but I am very close.  So, if you purchase the KLH Model 5, do yourself a favor and pair it with a similar power amplifier, look at a Crown amp too if you can get around the looks, because if you do not, you are truly missing the party. I honestly do not think you can find a better speaker for the money. I would put these up against anything out there currently in the market at this price point. To my ear, these sound better than the Klipsch and JBL offerings that go for twice the money, and yes, I have heard them. I could have bought the Klipsch, but took a chance on the KLH, paid 50% less and glad I did.  And folks, the Model 5’s honestly do not take up that much room, and the cabinets look like quality furniture, I have the walnut with white linen grills, and they look gorgeous. Also, if you are on carpet, the stands slide effortlessly when you need to vacuum or dust. Also, the Pangea Vulcan stand, I bought the roll on casters, Audio Advisor sells those, along with the Vulcan rack. This makes cleaning that much easier, as the rack simply rolls out into the room. Just make sure you have long enough cables to do just that, or you will possibly break or damage something.  If this gets posted, and you made it this far, I hope this helped someone.

  7. The Don

    Best bookshelf speakers I’ve ever owned. Great sound for such a small speaker – Very well made and I like the magnetic speaker covers as well. I placed these on wall mount brackets, one each side of the tv and got rid of the sound bar. These are so much better than the sound bar. They are driven by a Yamaha R-N602 receiver and paired with the KLH Floor Standing 3way speakers and when watching a movie.

  8. Andreus Burton

    Money well spent. These are fantastic speakers. The build quality is excellent. They have a simple, elegant design and look good with or without the grill.

    How do they sound? Excellent. They are clear without being fatiguing and have solid mid bass. For their size, they dig deep without getting mushy. The Albany 2s won’t shake the windows but definitely carry some weight. I paired mine with an SVS sb-1000. I power the KLHs with a Yamaha A-S301 integrated amplifier.

    Living with the KLHs is double edged sword. They are very transparent and not forgiving in the least bit. If you play a poor recording, the Albany 2s will definitely let you know. Play a high quality track and they will sing. Simply said, I love these speakers. They provide hours of quality music and handle everything I throw at them. I can’t recommend these enough.

  9. Andreus Burton

    Money well spent. These are fantastic speakers. The build quality is excellent. They have a simple, elegant design and look good with or without the grill. How do they sound? Excellent. They are clear without being fatiguing and have solid mid bass. For their size, they dig deep without getting mushy. The Albany 2s won’t shake the windows but definitely carry some weight. I paired mine with an SVS sb-1000. I power the KLHs with a Yamaha A-S301 integrated amplifier. Living with the KLHs is double edged sword. They are very transparent and not forgiving in the least bit. If you play a poor recording, the Albany 2s will definitely let you know. Play a high quality track and they will sing. Simply said, I love these speakers. They provide hours of quality music and handle everything I throw at them. I can’t recommend these enough.

  10. Bill D

    They also quite attractive with or without attaching the supplied speaker grills.

  11. Crutchfield customer from Camp Hill, PA

    excellent bookshelf speakers the amount of bass surprised me. That’s a good thing too! I would recommend these to anyone looking for very good bookshelf speakers. Pros: size, amount of bass Cons: none

  12. Matthew D. Lewis

    Learn what quality sound is with these!Amazing sound, amazing clarity, good clean bass and they look great! Audiophile quality speakers at a reasonable price. Get them!

  13. eddiemng

    Excellent speakers at this price range. Terrific performance at high, mid and low range with deep and wide sound stage. I used a 300b integrated amp to drive them, and their performance of both vocal and orchestral music surprised me. Now I believe that there is something good even at a bargaining price. I strongly recommend these speakers to everyone who loves music, and say “no” to those unreasonably expensive speakers.

  14. N from Liverpool, NY

    Allowed 30 hours for breakin. The black vinyl looks plain but finish texture looks natural with a silvery sheen that stands out when light hits it just right. The speaker is sized for easy placement and a bit shorter in depth than others. The woofer material and tweeter looked impeccable, fit and finish was very good especially given the price point. There is enough bottom end support w/o a midbass bloat. What stood out above others at or even higher in price was in detail resolution. Among the best in resolution at its’ price point. Detail was very good without sounding too dry or overly analytical (such as Quad S-2s and Infinity Reference 152) but they follow in their ability to resolve detail while retaining enough musicality. Some glare in the middle to upper mids that seemed to get a bit better after playing them a while, mostly affecting voices but never fully went away, perhaps more time needed. Not as airy as what I’m used to but really good for movies and good enough for music given the price. The soundstage and instrument separation were good, etc. Imaging VG. My impression of efficiency is closer to 90 dB overall. Pros: resolution, dynamics, imaging, efficiency Cons: Tonally I felt something was off in comparison to what I am used to (opinion and reason I returned them) and could be strident at times. I’m used to Focal & Triangle, both were more $. Still, a solid 4.5 stars, IMO.These should be used with a more neutral to warmer sound. Pros: Resolution 5/5, dynamics 4/5, imaging 5/5, Efficiency 4.5/5 all within its’ price point. If you want a small speaker more oriented to home theater but still decent for music, for the price it will be difficult to find another set of speakers that outright outperform the KLH Albany IIs. Cons: Tonally I felt something was off in comparison to what I am used to (opinion and reason I returned them) and could be strident at times. I am used to Focal 807Ws and Triangle Zetas, both retailed at more money. Still, a solid 4.5 stars. I also have Cambridge Minx XLs (also retailing at this price). The KLH have more resolution, detail, are more dynamic and image better and have more PRAT but the Minx XLs while smoother, have a more natural tone to me.

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