KLH Model Three Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.52 Mixed Usages
4.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.6 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.6 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.5 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2021 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 10 years 1" tweeter 8" woofer Sealed cabinet stereo speaker home theater usage: overall

KLH Mode Three is a 2-way passive speaker that can produce full range sound. With acoustic suspension design, the speaker will deliver audiophile grade performance. It can deliver open and room filling sound. Place them in small to medium-sized rooms for best results. We played music from different genres and were completely satisfied with the performance. It has good tonal balance, and it gives you freedom to tweak the sound based on room acoustics.

Our Verdict

KLH Model Three stand mount speaker can deliver concise and detailed performance. It has a sealed cabinet and ensures the woofer will deliver controlled and accurate bass. That said, go for a subwoofer in medium to large sized rooms if you are a bass lover. The speakers have good sonic accuracy and rhythm. It does not sound dull in any case. It has good quality crossover design that ensures smooth and seamless integration.

PROS
  • Flexible placement
  • Good dynamics
  • Energetic and impactful sound
  • 3-level switch to tweak sound based on room layout
  • Retro-style aesthetics
  • Good out of the box accuracy
CONS
  • Will need additional subwoofer for large rooms
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Aluminum Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Type Pulp-Paper Cone
Other

SPECS

Power Range 150 Watts / 600 Watts Peak
Sensitivity 88dB
Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Range 46Hz – 20,000Hz +/- 3dB
Crossover Frequencies 1600Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Five-Way Gold-Plated Binding Posts
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs
Speaker Wire Compatibility 12-16 AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Well-defined and deep bass
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Great vocals
Treble Accuracy Rich, undistorted and detailed treble region
Imaging & Soundstage: wide and precise stereo image
Dynamic Range: Good dynamics
Power Handling: Easy to drive
Frequency Response: good frequency response
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Sealed
Finish MDF
Color English Walnut finish, West African Mahogany, Nordic Noir

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 19
Width (inches) 12.25
Depth (inches) 10.5
Weight (pounds) 13.2lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) N/A

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of Bookshelf speaker, Riser base, Owner's Manual
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

KLH Model Three speaker has a broad baffle and cast aluminum basket. It has an MDF cabinet that is durable and feels solid. It comes with a Linen cloth grille and has an 8-degree slant riser base. On the rear side, it has gold-plated terminals that are of good quality and will prevent corrosion. We loved the included stand. This is not something you usually get with traditional bookshelf speakers. Overall, the speakers look great and have impressive fit and finish.

Performance:

 

KLH Model Three speaker has 1” tweeter and 8” woofer. It has an aluminum dome with soft rubber-like suspension tweeter. It produces natural, smooth, and extended highs. They are undistorted and well dispersed. The woofer has a non-resonant die-cast frame. Acoustic suspension used in this speaker will allow the woofer to move more ‘linearly’.

As a result, the bass will be tight, accurate and more precise than other traditional speakers. This system will have lower distortion compared to bass-reflex design. Vocal and instrumental clarity is appraisable. Unlike most other bookshelf speakers, you can place it close to walls as it does not have any rear port. This is an advantage for users with very tight spaces. Connect audio sources like TV, turntable, PC, laptop, CD player, Blu ray player to the amplifier.

KLH is specific about break-in period. It suggests more than 8 hours of break-in period. However, we played it days after days. On the rear side of the speaker, you will see a 3-position acoustic balance switch. The HI level is for neutral/deal listening spaces, MID level is for live listening rooms and LO level is for rooms with tiles.

Speaker placement:

Leave a gap of 6-24” from the back wall and 24” from side wall. The distance between the speakers should be 6-8’. Then keep a gap of 8-10’ from the speaker to the listening spot. Toe-in the speakers to find a suitable position with best imaging and soundstage. Reading the user manual, you will see KLH is very serious about room acoustics and describes acoustic treatment elaborately for different types of rooms.

Use case:

As already mentioned, place the KLH Three speakers in small to mid-sized spaces. For large rooms, go for a large home theater.  You can play recordings, live music, online content through these speakers.

Compatible device:

You will need an external amplifier for the KLH Model Three passive speakers. Choose one from our list if you want to avoid the hassle: Denon AVR-X6700H, Peachtree Nova 150, Marantz NR 1200, Copeland CSA100, Pioneer Elite VSX-95, Harman Kardon 430, etc.

Cost

KLH Model Three is a mid-priced speaker. The cost will increase when you buy an amplifier and a subwoofer.

FAQ

 

How to connect KLH Model Three bookshelf speaker to an amplifier?

If you are new to this, then simply follow the handy user manual. Match the polarity between the speakers and amplifier. Connect the red to red and black to black. Otherwise, this mismatch will affect the bass and imaging.

Where should I place the subwoofer with KLH Model Three bookshelf speaker?

Place the subwoofer on the front wall on one side of the speaker. You can use subwoofer crawl technique as well.

 

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