Model Five Floorstanding Speaker

(44 customer reviews)

The Model Five acoustic suspension speaker is known as one of the finest and most sought-after speakers for audiophiles, both new and seasoned. Our updated version of this classic speaker has real wood veneers, cast aluminum baskets, and uses acoustic suspension design principles made famous by founder Henry Kloss.

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.

1,495.00  Each


Two Amazing Finishes

The KLH Model Five is offered in two gorgeous finishes (English Walnut and West African Mahogany), allowing the loudspeaker to blend with all home decor. The English Walnut Model Five comes with a beautiful Stone Wash Linen grille cloth that magnifies the rich finish of the real wood veneers. Meanwhile, our West African Mahogany finish is complemented by an Old-World Linen grille cloth that will stop you in your tracks. Want the option of both grille colors with the finish of your choosing? Don’t worry- you can purchase each style separately below!

Riser base and grilles included with speaker purchase

Model Five No grille
Model Five with Stonewash grill

Iconic Mid-Century Modern Styling

  • Acoustic Suspension Design – The most accurate and linear enclosure design available today
  • Three-Position Acoustic Balance Control to tailor the loudspeaker’s output for the most difficult acoustic environments
  • Dedicated midrange driver to reproduce the critical mid-frequency band
  • Non-Resonant Die-Cast Aluminum Midrange & Woofer Frames
  • Die-Cast Aluminum Tweeter Faceplate
  • KLH cabinetry featuring a structurally reinforced ¾” MDF enclosure
  • Thirteen component network using high-quality iron-core inductors & Mylar capacitors
  • 5° slant riser base made of powder coated 14-gauge steel (included with speaker purchase)
  • Low-profile magnet attached grille
  • 10-Year Warranty
10 Year Warranty Logo

 “…these speakers move my heart… At one point I realized my heart was affected by the music. Now, this does not happen to me often, but it did…”

-Thomas & Stereo

 “The KLH M5s are intoxication kings, urging me to hear my most beloved vinyl via its big personality and well-scaled dimensionality.”

“Mostly, the speaker played with a detailed, sparkling upper/mid/treble chutzpah that favored and seemed to amplify texture and viscosity. Notes had realistic weight and body. These Model Fives are attention-getters of the first order, delivering a big soundstage and big, juicy dynamics.”

Ken Micallef – Stereophile

 “…I have nothing but praise for the clarity of the midrange, the robustness of the middle and upper bass, and the voicing across the entire frequency range.”

“This is a case where old school and cutting edge have combined to create something that’s truly special—and at a very reasonable price.”

Doug Schneider – SoundStage! Network 

 “…KLH just set a master class on how to get it done right.

“I think this is a solution that many people have been waiting for- a speaker that has an old school aesthetic, a speaker that has the kind of sound that’s like a fusion between that big, fun, old school presentation with some of the more modern technical achievements that audiophiles expect from present day speakers.”

“It’s a speaker that gives you just enough of those audiophile benefits while at the same time offering up a consistent and fun listening experience, which allows you to go back to the ritual of just enjoying music for the sake of enjoying music.”
“This is one of the few products where I got excited for both the consumer as well as myself, because I actually struggled to review this product… I was so much more focused on just going through my music collection and freaking enjoying it.”

—Sean Fowler, Zero Fidelity (YouTube) 

 “The Model Five is, for me, a near-perfect hybrid between the clarity and immediacy one gets from high-efficiency loudspeakers combined with the raw grip and control really only found in high-end powered monitors…. I thought about starting or ending this review with a clapping.”

—Andrew Robinson, “Best Loudspeakers Under $2,000,” 

“Finally, and most importantly- these speakers move my heart… At one point I realized my heart was affected by the music. I had to put down my keyboard and continue enjoying the music. Now, this does not happen to me often, but it did…”

“The soundstage is big. Mr. Clark has the Quad 2905 electrostatic speakers. The soundstage from those speakers is ginormous, yet Mr. Clark was still so impressed with the Model Five soundstage that he called these Model Fives the Quad on steroids.”

“The bass is fantastic. It reminds me of some vintage speakers that I’ve listened to over the years. I like how tight the bass is with the Model Five without it being overly tight. The bass is full. It feels like it goes deep and has just the right amount of punch.”

Thomas & Stereo


Eager to take your Model Fives to the dark side? Now you can with the Basalt Black Knit Grilles! Like the original grille clothes, these black beauties are both magnetic and acoustically transparent. No other grille accessory will make as bold of a statement on the English Walnut and West African Mahogany Model Three finishes as the new Basalt Black Knit grilles.

Coming Soon!

€222.00 Pair

Model Five Old World Linen Grille


There is nothing more visually inviting than the look of the classic Old World Linen grille cloth on a KLH Model Five. This magnetic, textured grille cloth makes a statement on both the Mahogany and English Walnut finish by accomplishing that mid-century modern appeal. With the cast-zinc vintage KLH logo in the bottom corner, your Model Five will be the focal point of your listening space while dressed in the Old World Linen grilles.

Due to spectacularly high demand, the KLH Model Five grilles are on backorder until March 15th. We are currently accepting preorders

€222.00 Pair

Model Five Stonewash Linen Grill


No look compares to that of the KLH Model Five when it is dressed in this stunningly beautiful Stonewash Linen cloth grille. The elegant acoustically transparent canvas of the grille perfectly complements the refined, rich mahogany finish of this classic American loudspeaker, giving it the modern-day, retro vibe that turns heads. This custom order accessory ships in sets of two and is the addition your Model Five shouldn’t stand without.

Due to spectacularly high demand, the KLH Model Five grilles are on backorder until March 15th. We are currently accepting preorders

€222.00 Pair

5 Degree Slant Riser Base for Model Five


The Model Five stands strong on a 5-degree slant riser base made from powder-coated 14-gauge steel. The riser base’s upward angular stance ensures the sound is directed accurately toward the listener, while the steel guarantees it to be a solid and non-resonant speaker base. This base can be used for speakers of all kinds but is made perfectly for our KLH Model Five.

€195.00 Each


44 reviews for Model Five Floorstanding Speaker

  1. Andrew, from Creswell, OR

    These speakers are awesome! Great midrange and high end. The sound stage is Great and all the different instruments can be heard. I would recommend a 150-200 watt amp to get the most out of them. These things sing with a high end amp. Pros: Old school looks Cons: None

  2. Richard

    We are happy KLH Five owners (twice- fifty years ago and now). I am putting in a plug for Overture Audio in Ann Arbor, MI, and Craig at Overture was very good in demonstrating the KLH Fives for us, and we went home with two pair. We have enjoyed them very much since December 2021.  I would recommend you send many more pairs of Fives and Threes to Overture Audio, because they draw from a large southeast Michigan area.

  3. Ken

    Outstanding speaker. Competes with much more expensive speakers. Best bang for the buck!

  4. Simon Court

    Worth every $ and more. I watched hours and hours of reviews before choosing these I am so happy. I have them paired with a stunning Class A amp. BUY THESE SPEAKERS! Just amazing.

  5. Thomas Lyon

    Excellent speakers. Extraordinary full and natural sound. Very clear tight bass, and surprisingly present on vocals, with detailed imaging. They make me want to listen to my CD collection all over again!

  6. Anonymous

    Great sound and the vintage vibe. Yes.

  7. Etienne Leflo…

    This is a very interesting product. I love the walnut fit and finnish. My speakers came with the linen grills. These look fantastic. This speaker takes about 30 hours to break in and toe-in is a must. The speakers respond to every change in speaker placement and cable selection. Right now I am using a Dynaco ST-70, MIT CVT 1 speaker cables, Cardas Clear interconnects and a ARC SP11 Preamplifier. 30 Watts of of EL-34 power never sounded so good.

  8. Anonymous

    Listen Up People! Killer Diller vintage looks YES! But quit buying these speakers if you’re looking for a vintage sound. Will they make a lot of your old 60s and 70s LPs and CDs sound better than super high dollar audiophile speakers – Yes. But be forewarned, these are actually hi-fi speakers. Super wide soundstage, great center image, good image specificity, good to very good depth (with tube amps, I don’t use transistors on main speakers). They are just the tiniest smidge on the cool side of neutral and are surprisingly high in resolution – clean, well recorded audiophile recordings are stupid good on these speakers, but nasty gritty recordings will still sound nasty and gritty. They don’t have any glare and they don’t shout like horn speakers do. The bass has that satisfying natural and tuneful feel that only sealed boxes do, and benefits from being within a foot or two of the front wall (which is normally a no-no). The included stands are superb and a must for tonal balance. They make this a great walk around while listening, turn it up during a party speaker. BUT BE ADVISED, while these are cool as rule vintage looking units – they are serious sit down and listen to your best stuff speakers. One more thing, I looked at all the pics on the web, watched all the YouTube videos – none do the mahogany veneer justice. Kevin sent consecutive serial numbers with identical wood grain and the fit and finish is superb.

  9. Michael

    The sound of my youth! Having auditioned the Klipsch, JBL, etc., large old school cabinet speakers, I could never justify the price. Well, along comes KLH. These Model 5 speakers are just as good, and actually better than the similar speakers I have heard at two, three and four times the price. The soundstage of these speakers, in my listening area, is GYNORMOUS! The highs have that sparkle, not bright, grainy or harsh, a more natural in the studio or at the club sound. Mid range is present, but invisible, the speakers are invisible, You do not know they are there, the room is filled with sound, it is just incredible. The bass, I have two SVS SB3000 subs, I will put them into the mix for movie night, I ditched the home theater set up. But honestly, for most music, the bass on the Model 5’s is there, it hits very low in my room, so low you can feel the bass in your feet. And the bass is tight, musical, and will get pretty darn low, tight and controlled, no boom, it is an acoustic suspension speaker. I have only had time to hook them up to my SVS Soundbase, and the sound was incredible. I have an XPA 2 that I would like to try with these, and a XTZ Edge A2-400 Class D that I will try too. I just picked up the Cambridge Audio CXN V2 streamer. I’m really curious how the DAC on that unit compares to the DAC in the SVS Soundbase. Then we also have a Schiit Gumby, and some other preamps, Freya, Emotiva, etc… For the money, I do not think you can go wrong, even with the recent price increase, they are worth every penny in my book. I can only imagine how these will sound on better gear, it is only up from here. And thank you Jay for locking down the Demo speakers, you are the man!

  10. Steven Hamil…

    The performance of the KLH Model Five speakers is fantastic, they exceeded my expectations. The only issue I have is the grill cover fabric on one of the speaker covers has fabric that is not tight and the KLH logo is slightly crooked.

  11. Zachariah Bu…

    The KLH model five is a great speaker. It makes everything sound good and it does it an a way that feels effortless. I’d say it’s slightly on the brighter side of neutral, but not in a way that’s fatiguing. Plus with the treble attenuator you have the ability to tame the highs a bit if you need to. For me though, the thing that stands out the most about this speaker is the vocal clarity. Without a doubt, vocals are clearer with the model five than any other speaker I’ve heard. Upscale audio was great as well. They were very quick with their responses to any issues or questions I had, and kept me up to date with the status of my order. A great speaker from a great seller. You won’t be disappointed!

  12. Kenneth Ost…

    I really love these. Upscale shipped them out super fast and I’ve been listening 6 hrs a day. I can’t stop, they do that toe tapping thing. Zero listening fatigue. Take the time to position them and you will be rewarded. They opened up more at 20 hrs and will continue to sound better. I usually listen with my sub off. Very tight satisfying bass. I’ve had speakers in the 4K range and these are more satisfying.


    Whoa!… These look and sound Great. They haven’t even been broken in yet. I bought them just for my Pro-ject turntable powered by my Prima Luna tube amp, and EAT phono stage. The metal stands that come with them gives them the right tilt for the sound I’m looking for. Jazz, Rock, Easy Listening, KLH 5s can handle it..

  14. John from Brookline,MA

    Which is it? Either way near perfection for the budget. Remarkably accurate given how warm they are. Remarkably warm given how accurate they are. For those who want to have their cake and eat it too, these are a great compromise (or, to be fair, combination) between the musicality and joy of 1970’s era hi-fi gear, and the accuracy of more modern analytical gear. Some have worried about the harshness of the high end for some recordings. I’m not sure about that. they are not forgiving of poorly recorded source material, but should a high end speaker be forgiving? Not if it’s going to extract maximum joy from great recordings. These are fuller than the Linton Heritage, and far more joyous than the KEF LS50 metas, both of which I’ve auditioned in my home. At the price, head and shoulders. And, for the icing on the cake, these go perfectly in a mid-century modern look. Perfect for the living room in any decor. They are proper furniture – especially with the slight jaunty tilt of the stands. Get these now. Pros: Liquid mid-range, musical presentation Disappear similarly into the music Disappear into any high end decor Cons: Not overly kind to poor recordings at the high end Won’t blow away your relatives who think great speakers need to look like they are from Star Trek

  15. Dennis from Carbondale, CO

    Beautiful sounds-At first listen these KLH sounded too bright, and frankly, a little disappointing. I played music on them in an empty room for around 5 days, then hooked them up in the living room, to an Outlaw Audio 110 w/channel amp. Now they are sounding beautiful! I have an RSL subwoofer, but ended up deciding they sounded much clearer and more balanced without the Sub. The bass is excellent, the mid and upper are too. Plus, I love the way they look! It’s a cliche, but listening to the Beatles White album I really was hearing it in a new way. I put on some AC/DC and cranked it up loud, so yes these speakers will rock! I often play an internet streaming station called Folk Alley, and it sounds very good with the KLH 5’s. Great, great speakers, but they take a little breaking in, so be patient. I love’em!!

  16. Paul

    Surprise Surprise. Been a long time since I’ve listened to acoustic suspension speakers, but I’ve got to say that the Model 5 is beautifully balanced and shows the positive characteristics of the design…..namely smooth and well articulated bass. Overall, the bass, mids, and highs are well integrated. These speakers are being used with entry level electronics….I can only imagine how goid they could sound with higher end gear. Well worth the asking price. 

  17. Seth S.

    Amazing speakers-Zero complaints about the performance of these speakers. They took about 4 months to arrive, but other than that I’m very pleased.

  18. B.

    Great Speaker- Really solid overall performance, I am digging the “acoustic suspension” sound. While I’ve never subscribed to the idea of a break in period, this speaker really did seem to benefit from several hours of play before it started to rock.

  19. Crutchfield customer from Graysville, PA

    Big Musical Sound In A Small box- This is a speaker with a big musical sound in a small acoustic suspension box. The cliche applies: the KLH Modl Five “punches above its weight”, and the price is competitive. The Model Five is not a reproduction of a vintage KLH but is an up to date speaker with good clarity and imaging while being quite musical. Some listeners may appreciate the addition of a subwoofer. Depending on room acoustics and careful speaker placement, a subwoofer may not be missed. Correct placement can yield a wide sound stage (behind the speakers). While I would not choose these speakers for large-scale orchestral music, solo instrumentalists, singers, small chamber, jazz, and folk groups, playing acoustic or electric/electronic instruments all yield sound that rewards music enthusiasts. The high frequencies can be modestly rolled off by a rear mounted control, and these speakers will never induce fatigue. My best guess is that the Model Five can be coupled with almost any type of amplifier that can supply sufficient current. Pros: Big musical sound reproduction in small cabinet. Good clarity and imaging. Competitive price. Cons: Not ideal for large scale orchestral music. An amplifier with a “loudness” control would enhance low volume listening. Not ideal for “off-axis” listening.

  20. John Murphy

    Awesome sound when u get a level ( yes there’s always better) when u miss nothing in sound you are there . Model 5 Accomplish that thank you

  21. Frank from Portland, OR

    I have read on several reviews that they are more musical than analytical. This is the reason I decided to buy them and the return window is why I decided to purchase them from Crutchfield. When I hooked these up the first thing I thought was “oh no these are going to give me ear fatigue”. The treble was too much but I did read that I may need to break these in a bit. From KLH: “.some amount of “break-in” is required. In order for your loudspeakers to sound their best, played at a moderate volume for at least 8 hours prior to any critical listening.” My setup: * Cambridge Audio AXR100 integrated amp * AT-LP120X Turntable with an NAGAOKA MP-110H Cartridge going through a Schiit Mani * Bluesound Node, Denafrips Ares II, Roon, Tidal * AudioQuest Golden Gate RCA interconnects. Room: * 11 x 11 * 2- 2 x 4 sound absorption panels behind each KLH Search for L.O.T.S on YouTube. This placement trick helped reduce some of the ear fatigue I was experiencing as I found that reducing the toe-in during the burn-in period would allow me to run music for extended sessions. My Model 5s are pulled away from the wall 2.5′ with no toe-in. From KLH: “The KLH Model Five loudspeaker is tuned for 6 to 24 inches off the back wall..” My first time going down a serious path with 2 channel stereo and it took some work. I’ve always had decent gear but it was almost always built for home theater and now I am lucky enough to have Pros: Musical yet neutral , decent soundstage, beautiful design, Movies sounded great especially concerts going through my DAC.
    Cons: Heavy if you need to move these around, break in period, may need a sub if you need to go deeper, highs can be a bit much depending on your gear.

  22. Anthony M

    Outstanding Sound Quality- Very impressed with the sound and amazing imaging. Beautiful tone and solid base. Also, very pleasing to the eye with a classy expensive look. Very satisfied customer here. Thanks KLH! A big shout out to World Wide Stereo for a lightning fast delivery!

  23. Crutchfield customer from Westerville, OH

    Relax, enjoy the music. Stop listening to equipment! My very first pair of hi-fi speakers were acoustic suspension (Ohm Acoustics model E). Then later I upgraded to Boston Acoustics A200’s, also acoustic suspension. Over the years, I wanted to place my TV cabinet between my speakers for home theater, the Bostons where thin, and designed to be placed up against the wall behind them. So I replaced them with ported speakers, out away from the walls, and have been miserable since. Sealed speakers just sound right in the bass. Once you have enjoyed sealed speakers, you cannot go back. Even if the sealed speaker does not have as much bass as a similar ported one, the bass is clean. Ported speakers produce bass that just sounds like blowing over a jug. I bought these for my rec room system, but secretly hoped they would work in my main two channel system. Unfortunately, they just did not work as well as I hoped in my large open great room (approx. 17.5 x 18x12H), open to a dining room and large foyer (subwoofer perhaps?). So I moved them to my rec room, still not small (16x24x7.5) but here, I could move them closer to the walls. The KLHs do benefit from room gain. They sounded great, even with my Denon 5.1 set up. Running them in stereo, they immediately sounded great. I fiddled with the placement a bit, and decided I liked them even better with my sub (SVS SB1000, also sealed, crossing over at 60Hz). They sound amazing. After close to 20 years of ported speaker hooting, the smile is back on my face. Amazing sound Pros: Great sound, clean, clear, punchy bass Image like crazy – hey fat speakers aren’t supposed to do that! Not as big as they look on the web – in fact my wife loves they way they look. Comes with stands. They sound great with the grill cloth on. Walnut with white linen look retro fabulous. Play plenty loud and clean with Denon AVR, 110 watts/channel with two channels driven. Cons: Benefit from room gain (place closer to the walls than ported speakers). This may actually be a pro. May get just a bit zingy from time-to-time with certain recordings. They take a few days to open up and swing. Now I want a second pair!

  24. Paquito Lu

    Was Very Happy with this new KLH5, Big Sound, Clarity, Bass….. All in One!!!

  25. Ian

    I’m listening to my new KLH Model 5’s while writing this review, and I’m struggling a little to type out the words. These speakers DEMAND your attention, and I mean this in the absolute best way possible. I think the best part is that over the past 3 weeks they have made me dig records out of my collection that I would traditionally avoid. I listen to alot of indie-rock type stuff, and the recording/mastering quality isn’t always amazing. More times than not, I find that I’m now getting enjoyment these “problem” records… where on my previously owned speakers I would always cringe a bit. And on good recordings? These speakers just blow me away. The Model 5’s have the perfect amount of detail, body, and “musicality” without coloring the sound all that much. They just sound right. If you are on the fence, please do yourself a favor and purchase these. As I’ve shopped around, I’ve had several other speakers in the $1,200 – $2,000 through my house. The KLH 5’s are the clear winner to me, especially after they have broken in a bit. I look forward to enjoying these for a very long time, thank you KLH!

  26. Timothy from Kalamazoo, MI

    Retro aesthetic meets audiophile fidelity- My son, now 31, has been into vinyl since his college days. I remember him drooling over my 500 record collection that lived on a storage shelf in our basement – there was simply no real estate available to accommodate 6 crates of records in the same room housing the monstrous furniture and numerous a/v components of the home theatre age. A few months ago, I smelled a musty odor in the TV room. As I tried to pull the stereo cabinet away from the wall to investigate, it literally crumbled. The engineered wood had sucked up the water like a sponge, rotting from the inside out. After installing gutters to address the root cause of the water leak, it was time to rethink the room. The “Ghost of Stereos Past” was calling my name. By coincidence, we had recently created another home theatre space elsewhere in the house, using smaller Sonos components. I realized I had an opportunity to resurrect a vintage-style audio system for my records. And nothing screams “VINTAGE” louder than the KLH Model 5. The mahogany finish, linen grills and 44 lb heft are circa 1978. However, these speakers not only sport the cool retro aesthetic, they are the best sounding speakers I’ve ever owned. The imaging is superb, delivering mid- and high-frequency detail I haven’t heard before in my music. The sealed cabinet produces tight, punchy bass, without that overstated boomy sound. The only downside to the 5’s is they will test your amplifier – make sure you have enough power to dri Pros:¬†- Beautifully crafted – Incredible mids and highs – Tight, punch bass – Detailed soundstage/imaging Cons:¬†- Expensive – Heavy (careful when lifting!) – Not suited for low-powered amplifier (recommend 60 w/c minimum)

  27. Spencer Griffin

    Hey my KLH Model 5’s arrived yesterday… WOW just WOW!!!! I had been dying to get a set of speakers to complete my vintage stereo rebuild, had been looking at speakers on eBay etc to keep the vintage theme going BUT after reading other reviews I went with these and I am here to tell you these are AMAZING… Unreal, brilliant. This is definitely a out of park grand slam of a job, the build quality, finish, packaging and even the retro envelope color and letter.. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. P.S. In my will my family gets it all, BUT these speakers are getting buried with me, I am going to need them in the after life. 😂😂😂”

  28. Crutchfield customer from Kahului, HI

    Well, so far so good. I just received it 2 days ago and love the look and sound. I guess there still a break in time and I think it’s only going to get better. Pros:¬†Good size and weight love the look of the free stand and veneer. Cons: None yet

  29. Crutchfield customer from Ocean View, NJ

    Great sound!

  30. Charles

    I am very pleased with everything about the KLH Model Fives…….from the way they were packaged to the awesome sound. The speakers look great and every record from Jazz to Maria Muldaur sound amazing! I am so happy that I purchased these speakers and just can’t seem to stop listening!

  31. Will P.

    I ordered my KLH Model 5’s at the beginning of October an received them the day after Thanksgiving. Normally having to wait that long for a pair of speakers would annoy me, not so in this case. “Worth the wait” is an understatement. These speakers deliver everything promised and then some! I am currently pairing the Model 5’s with an Audiolab 6000A Play, and let me tell you, this is a sweet sweet pairing. The clarity of these speakers is fantastic – crisp articulate highs that never get fatiguing, perfect mid range and a sublime low end. Seriously, unless you are a bass head, no sub needed here. The bass is quick, punchy and defined. It doesn’t hurt that the fit and finish are top tier. Beautiful vintage speaker styling. For positioning I have the model 5’s about 2 feet from my back wall, and towed in a bit, giving me a nice full soundstage, with a perfect center vocal image. I couldn’t be happier with a purchase.

  32. William Uzzell

    Wow, just Wow! I read reviews on the Model 5’s, which were generally glowing, but I honestly was not expecting this. These speakers are just near perfection for me. I love the retro type of style – especially the African Mahogany along with the stonewash linen covers, which I have. The craftsmanship is excellent, and the fact that the stands are included is another bonus. But, the sound. The sound I get from these speakers is exactly what I was looking for – though I didn’t actually realize it until I got them in my home and started listening to them. They are addictive. as others have said, the center imaging and soundstage are impeccable, but there is something more with these speakers that I can’t quite articulate. They have a clarity and detail that I love, but at the same time they have this slight warmth to them as well as a fullness that just fills a room, and immerses you in the sound. You are there. I own Martin Logan ESL’s as well as Focal 826’s which are both excellent speakers in their own right, however, I prefer the Model 5’s to either of them, and I can’t believe I’m saying that about my Electorstatics, but I do. I just re-read this review, and I’m thinking it’s kind of ridiculous how I’m gushing on about a set of speakers, but they are really that good for me.