Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker

(84 customer reviews)

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.

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.

995.00  Each

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American Walnut

  • 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, American Walnut. ¾” 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.
Kendall Grill off Walnut Speaker
Black Oak Kendall Floorstanding Speaker

Black Oak

  • 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 and a flawless appearance.
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Frequency response: 25Hz-23kHz +/- 3dB
  • 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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“The Kendall is another exciting example of a floorstander with impressive bandwidth capability that offers outstanding sound quality for the money in a package that looks smart and is well made.”

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84 reviews for Kendall Floorstanding Loudspeaker

  1. Jonathan

    I have been so delighted with this speaker. I bought a pair to go with my NAD C388 integrated amplifier, and I find the sound airy but substantial, with lifelike detail and robust bass. I listen mostly to classical music, along with some jazz, and couldn’t be happier with the results! I had been using a pair of Focal Clear MG headphones over the last few months, and had been a little in awe of their quality. Because of this I was reticent about finding a good speaker which would approach their quality, without spending too large an amount of money. For me, the KLH Kendall offers the best of all worlds without breaking the bank. I recommend you give it a try!

  2. David

    My first impression, on opening the box, is that these speakers are big, boxy and heavy. Aesthetically, I would have preferred a more sculptured tapered speaker enclosure. The exterior finish was as fine as any other similarly priced speaker; however, the magnetically attached grills are great. I bought the Kendall primarily based on reviews and reported specs of the measured sensitivity level, so as to match with my lower watt tube amp and price range for which I was willing to spend. The sensitivity was comparable to Klipsch speakers, which I was also considering, but of whom I am not a particular fan of the horn tweeter. After getting over the size of each speaker, I was pleasantly satisfied with my listening initiation. I immediately went to my classic rock album favorites and noted that bass was not boomy and more than satisfactory for my senior aged ears. I was also impressed with the clarity of the overall sound and crossover separation. Treble did not seem overly bright as has been reported in some reviews. Overall, the speakers seem to be very musical and I am satisfied with my purchase.

  3. William

    I have two pairs of KLH Kendall’s. One pair on two different amplifiers, the first pair is powered by a Denon x4500H, preamplifier is a Emotiva 5.0 XPA GEN 3 250 watt amplifier. Second system, is powered by a YAMAHA A-S801 integrated. The KLH Kendall’s are a great sounding speaker at the price range. The problem I have is with the tweeters on these models. I’ve blown two tweeters on each system. Yes the power cords were unplugged , yes I had the correct polarity, red to positive and black to negative. Binding post jumpers were tight. Everything was tip top and hooked up correctly. Conclusion: the tweeters blow much too easily for my liking, but that’s not the worst part. These speakers have a 10 year warranty, but it’s not that easy to get KLH to replace the defective tweeters after you’ve had previous problems. I won’t buy KLH again. Just for a comparison, I also have a pair of Monitor Audio Silver 500’s hooked up to my first system with no problem.

  4. Dan

    What a dynamo! This speaker checked all the boxes for me. After listening to speakers from Polk, Wharfedale, Emotiva, and Infinity, these are the keepers. Punchy, extended bass, smooth seductive midrange, and highs with just the right amount of sparkle. Oh, and did I mention these will flat-out bring it when you start spinning the volume knob! The perfect combination of articulate, subtle reproduction of music with the ability to play loudly and cleanly. Can I say “Loud Butter”.

  5. Ruben

    If you want crisp sound from your tweeters, mellow from your mids and deep bass from your woofers then don’t compromise. Not only do the KLH Kendall perform, they look good doing so. I run a Pioneer SX-1280 from 1979 and the Kendall’s can handle the power. Don’t forget to break them in slowly. Did I mention a 10 year warranty ? You won’t be sorry. Peace my friend.

  6. Robert

    Love these speakers ! Don’t worry. Just buy these and be happy. Great speakers. Great deal. Crutchfield is the BEST place to buy audio. You won’t be disappointed. Bought these a while ago and am still happy with them. Great sound. Great looks.

  7. Ryan

    Absolutely incredible. Abso-damn-lutley incredible. The sound stage is next level. Anyone looking to get into actual hifi and don’t want to spend a fortune should put this on their short list. They sound outstanding. The bass is very, very good. The only downside is they are quite bright in the highs, you’ll have to adjust sound accordingly because atleast in my room I do get some hiss, but my room is definitely not an audiophiles dream I’ll tell you that. These are definitely a good purchase. KLH is really pulling all the stops to rebrand the image and I’m impressed.

  8. Crutchfield customer

    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.

  9. James from San Francisco, CA

    great sound; easy to install

  10. Crutchfield customer from Ponce, PR

    Proof that outstanding speakers don’t have to cost a fortune. These speakers are the best kept secret at Crutchfield! They sound amazing, excellent highs and lows, the music comes out clear with no distortion whatsoever(at high volume). I can listen to them for long hours and they don’t cause speaker fatigue. Their construction is solid and the walnut finished is so elegant, very well done. For all the things that these speakers offer their price is ridiculously low, they are a real bargain. Pros: Excellent value, beautiful sound…very detailed. Well constructed, beautiful finish…get them!

  11. Crutchfield customer from Hollywood, FL

    Overall this is an excellent speaker choice. Build quality is top notch appearance is pleasing. I had them paired with a Yamaha AS801 amplifier and an audio technica turntable. Playing the Rush 2112 LP Geddy’s voice was most prominent and I would say slightly annoying. The mids and lows we’re flat in comparison. The Robert plant raising sand LP Had a nice balance again mids and highs really stand out. Godsmack when legends fall LP sounded good but lackedthat low and punch that they are known for. Grateful dead skull and roses LP sounded good but again lacked a solid punch. Led Zeppelin ll LP The speaker started to come to life. The low end punch woke up. Bonhams power and presence shown through. When I put on Dre chronic LP the speakers really perked up. I had them placed 7 feet apart perpendicular to the wall the sweet spot was about 9 feet Dead center. Bass was awesome. Mids and highs were well-balanced and pleasing to my ear. I did adjust the EQ on the amplifier 60% base 20 to 30% treble was where I enjoyed listening the most. The speakers are versatile they are powerful and with the right tuning and tweaking I highly recommend them. I did have them bi wired Through the amplifier originally but changed over the single wiring Early on. 100 watt per channel on the Yamaha wasn’t enough to drive them properly 50 watts go to the tweeer And 50 watts drive the other three speakers. Overall I highly recommend the speakers and with a proper break in I feel they’ll only improve. Pros: Loud, Versatile, well Built, Good Bass Response Cons: Can be bright in the upper register. Lowered volume often.

  12. Matthew W. from Toledo, OH

    Amazing speakers that punch way above the price. I did my due diligence and auditioned a ton of floor standing speakers. I could have bought these at a box store, but I know that Crutchfield give points towards a future purchase and they have 2 day shipping. I unboxed my speakers, and just played Music through them for 100 hours while messing with positioning, room correction and EQ. These speakers sound amazing for the price. The clarity, detail and sound stage are amazing and bass amount is excellent. I have the Speakers mated to a Cambridge Audio CXA-81 with an HP Laptop plugged in to play my digital files. I also have an old Kenwood turntable with a Grado red needle playing through an IFI Zen phono preamp. 80 watts/channel of clean power is more than enough to drive these speakers to concert level volumes. I have never pushed the amp past 50%. The efficiency of these speakers is very noticeable. I went from a pair of JBL L1 bookshelf speakers (1991 model) at 87db efficiency to 96db with the Kendalls. The Kendalls sound better and play louder with less watts being pushed. I highly recommend these speakers for all types of music. Pros: Solid Build, Classy Looks, Great Bass!, Clarity detail and sound stage are excellent. Highly recommend! Cons: None.

  13. Crutchfield customer from Kearney, NE

    Terrific sound and great service from Crutchfield.

  14. Craig S.

    I am an actual owner of one of the best valued passive floor standing speakers EVER made! These three-way four driver towers deliver one of the widest frequency ranges combined with an astonishing 96db sensitivity!! That means these speakers can be driven with minimal wattage from your amplifier, but it also means you can play your music or watch your movies at higher levels with less distortion. The frequency range is 25hz to 23,000khz. With a maximum of 250 watts, these speakers sound best with at least a clean 100 Watts of power. At 1299.00 a pair, this system is impossible to match in how it?s sounds! Rich beautiful mids, point accurate highs, and that Bass!! A subwoofer is simply not required. The included spikes and spike plates are almost impossible to set up on a hard floor, so I fashioned my own ?plates? from a carpet like material that had a foam rubber backing, cut into one inch squares. The Grills are made very nicely, and attach magnetically. But for music listening, leave the grills off. My KLH Kendall?s are driven by the Yamaha AS-801(100w per channel @ 8ohms). This combination is an almost perfect pairing both in keeping the cost down and most importantly, sonically! The smaller footprint of the Kendall?s (Less than 8 inches wide), helps to produce the wonderful soundstage as the speakers themselves become transparent, disappearing in all of the luscious sound they deliver. In closing, the KLH Kendall Floor Standing Speaker system, may very well be the last speakers you?ll ever buy…..they are simply……that good!

  15. Crutchfield customer from Birmingham, AL

    Wife Approved! Just Perfect- beautiful speaker.

  16. Brent Mark Otterlei

    These speakers are amazing. I was more than a little worried dropping this much on a pair of speakers sight unseen and never heard but boy I am not disappointed. They showed up in pristine shape and on time and the customer service was great. I received a message with two separate tracking numbers so I can track both boxes vs just the one Amazon provided.I paired them with a Cambridge audio AXR100 and have been running them in. The first couple listens I was not too impressed but as they run in every day they seem to sound exponentially better. They now sound better than my friends setup that cost 3x as much as mine and they still need many more hours of run in time.