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New to the page.  I'd like to to do a introduction using my to date KLH collection. Model 23, model 28, and THE one that got me started.  Model 6's. Also just added this model fifty two reciever. What's your fav KLH speaker?  in order.

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Nice! You've got 3 of the best there.

I've never heard the Nines or the Twenty-Eights but I'm sure I'd like them. Both too big for my room thought.

Of those I've owned, my faves were the Model Twelve, followed by the Model Five.

I'm also kind of a fanatic about the KLH Model Eight radio.

 

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Beautiful. The model 5 and 12 are at the top of my wish list . Of course the  9 as well but they seem to demand big $. Never heard any of these 3 but hopefully  soon. How would you describe the model 12's sound wise?  Had the equilizers to.  AMAZING.

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I never had the Twelves set up in a real listening room, so I sold them to a neighbor and he's very happy with them. The contour boxes had to be recapped but after that they sounded like big, accurate speakers. Basically KLH Fives in bigger boxes, so better bass. The Fives will hold their own against the AR-3a but don't demand the high prices.

The Twelves can be true bargains because of the low WAF. I bought mine for $100 with a Model Eighteen tuner thrown in. I rebuilt the boxes, refinished the cabs and sold them for $200. The neighbor has a big living room so they work well for him. And they will FILL a big room.

I subsequently rebuilt contour boxes for several people. Here's a before & after shot. I also replace the resistors in KLH Twelves and Fives because the originals are only 5W and I've come across some burned ones.

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Wow. You got yourself a great deal and paid it forward. I live in a prevalent area for gear.l(MA) Especially when it comes to KLH, AR, and Advents.  I'm sure a pair is bound to come up sooner or later.  Atleast i hope. Hold up with the AR-3a.  Def enticing.  Just found these at a relatively low price. AR2ax. Surrounds are dry so I'll do a redope. And you can tell the pots are in need of dire attention. Which come with the territory of owning classic AR's. And still they sound great. 

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Nice Matthew!  Love those 28's.  They have been on my radar for a couple years now after finding some stands for them (yes odd).  How do they sound.  Never seem to get a report on what they sound like so I have been cautious about spending a lot of money.

My collection consists of the following: Five, Six, 17, 23, 24, 32.  Model 27 receiver and the model 26 stereo with turntable.

The Fives are in my master bedroom and still need a cap refresh that I never got around to a couple years ago when JKent helped me figure out what I had and needed for them.  The six's also need work, but are a daunting task so are a bit down on the list for now.  I have a post on the forum here about them and the one with the odd cabinet. (There is a good looking pair on CList here now I am watching)  The 17's I recently traded away but will be on the lookout for replacements.  I think KLH hit a sweetspot with the 17.  One of my favorite.  The 23's are great and just need cabinet refinishing.  The 24's will pair up with the 26 stereo.

Here are a couple photos of the 26 stereo I don't think I have ever posted.

 

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Thank you! Very nice lineup you have. My time with the 28's has been limited. Storing them at my brothers. Closing on a house in 2 weeks and they will get a nice workout once I do. The experience i have had  even with a not so ideal placement was excellent. I had no idea what to expect. As I have never heard a omni directional speaker before.  They're very Klh-esk  when it comes to low end. And I haven't even begun to redope the woofers. The woofers seem to be essentially The same 10" they use on the 17's. The mids  to highs are pretty bright compared to other models I have heard. Not to a extent where it's not enjoyable and fatiguing. Actually found it to be a very nice change from the other KLH speakers I owned or heard. Much less brightness then say The JBL 4408A i own that have pretty bright titanium tweeters. But noticely higher then  my other KLH.  The Extra tweeters will prob do that. Also they're very immersive being Omni directional.  Sound surrounds you. I love my 23's. Essentially the 6's with a larger prettier cab and heftier woofer. Couldn't believe how simplistic the crossover was. Recap took me 10 mins. 1- 4 uf cap quick solder and mount and these bad boys were singing. The bass is astounding. My brother being a big Advent fan gave the nod to these over his OLA. Bass is equal if not more. Mids highs very balanced laid back and detailed. The magnet on the back of these woofers is huge and heavy. But back to the 28. Considering how rare they're,  unique and that they sound pretty damn good... I'd Def recommend them.

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Hi Matthew,

I'll play along.  Without trying to I have managed to collect:

Model Twenty speakers (3 of them)

Model Fourteen speakers (2 pairs)

Model Eighteen tuner (used daily with a Dynaco PAT4 preamp and a pair of Mk IIIs)

Model 27 radios (3 of them, one with the proper extension speaker)

Model Eight radio (low s/n, solid walnut)

Model 27 receiver (listened to every day in my kitchen with one pair of the 14s)

I recently learned of the Model Sixteen amp.  Now I am jonesing for one!

Peter

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OK. This has gone beyond the original question

On 6/6/2017 at 10:05 PM, Matthew said:

What's your fav KLH speaker?  in order.

So.... KLH gear I have owned or do own (model numbers were always spelled out but I'll abbreviate with numerals):

5--Great speakers. AR-3a rivals. 12" woofer as closer to 10.5" Two mids were the ubiquitous drivers used in the late Model Eight, also the 13, 14, 15, 19, 21 (all versions) 708, etc. Sold mine when I bought the 3a's but sort of wish I hadn't

8--I restore these as a hobby and have owned close to 100. Have about 20 right now.

11W--OK but unimpressive compact system. Home version of the suitcase system.

11--clever "suitcase stereo". I've owned a few, still have one. Weak point is the Garrard changer (same goes for all KLH compacts). Very lucky college kids had these in the '60s.

12--Great speakers but huge. Same drivers as the Fives but in a bigger box and with a 4-band "contour control" box that could be used with a short cable or a long cable that allowed fine-tuning from your listening position (sort of a wired remote control)

13--odd add-on (seen in my post above) to turn the Model Eight into a compact stereo system, complete with Phono. While the Eight was tube, the Thirteen was solid state. Weird. I've owned about half a dozen.

14--similar to 15 and 19. Used 2 4" drivers from the later Model EIght and subsequently used in MANY KLH speakers. Ported.

14B--a flat 14 that could be hung on a wall

15--same as 14. Used in a compact system I think

16--nice solid state amp

17--nice 2-way

18--the solid state FM tuner. Great tuner in the '60s. I bought one in '69 and still have it

19--like the 14. I think they were part of a system

20--essentially a 4 ohm version of the 17. Part of a compact system

21 Radio--there were FIVE different Model Twenty-One radios: The original, the 21/II, 21-FM, 21-AM/FM and 21-CL clock radio. My tech bought the clock mechanisms by the dozen because they were guaranteed to fail

21 extension speaker--single 4" driver in AS enclosure. Was sold with some compact systems too.

24 came as stand-alone speakers or as part of a compact system (system speakers had RCA jacks). There was also a 24/II with a different crossover.

27--nice solid state receiver with signature vernier tuning dials

33--unique semi-ported design like Dynaco speakers

708--variation on the 21 speaker but with a #-D type grille and a filter network

52 receiver--the KLH 5x receivers were pretty good. I think there was a model that was made in the USA but the 52 was made in Japan

55 receiver--also Japanese

There may have been others I've forgotten about....

-Kent

 

 

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Back to the topic at hand.  I can only comment on two models.

The Fourteens sound really good in a small room.  I am using a pair with the 27 receiver in my <8 x 10 kitchen.

The Twenties sound rather meh to me.  They were powered by a pair of Dynaco Mk III.  It could be that I compared them to a pair of AR-4x...

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Awesome descriptive responses fellas! Some nice klh gear in here! Lucky those twenties from what i read are essentially 4 ohm model 17's right? I was intrigued by them. Couple came up for sale in my area.

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28 minutes ago, Matthew said:

those twenties from what i read are essentially 4 ohm model 17's right?

 

On 6/8/2017 at 6:52 PM, JKent said:

20--essentially a 4 ohm version of the 17. Part of a compact system

Right. Same cabinet, same tweeter, same crossover, 4 ohm woofer.

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