In this review, we will be comparing Theva No3-D and Kendall, two Passive Floor-standing speakers from Focal and KLH. Let's have a brief look at the main features
of Focal Theva No3-D and KLH Kendall first before getting into our more
In the following sections, we will get into more detail in order to better understand how the Focal Theva No3-D and KLH Kendall compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both Theva No3-D and Kendall are 3-way speakers.
|Focal Theva No3-D
1 x 6.5-inch
1 x 5.25-inch
2 x 6.5-inch
2 x 6.5-inch
Theva No3-D features a 1" TNF Al/Mg inverted dome Tweeter , a 6.5" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Slatefiber Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 270 Hz - 2700 Hz. On the other hand, the Kendall features a 1" anodized aluminum Tweeter , a 5.25" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Woven Kevlar Woofer .
Theva No3-D has a frequency range of 48-28kHz whereas Kendall has a frequency range of 25-23k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 25Hz, the Kendall can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Theva No3-D's min frequency of 48Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers in the Floor-standing class in our database.
None of these speakers achieves full range experience which is commonly agreed as 20Hz-20kHz. In order to achieve lower lows / deeper bass, we recommend you pair these with a subwoofer. Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available options.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Theva No3-D and Kendall have the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Theva No3-D sensitivity is rated at 91 dB and the Kendall's is at 96 dB. This 5 dB difference makes the KLH Kendall a more sensitive speaker compared to Focal Theva No3-D, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
Theva No3-D can handle a max power of 250 watts RMS from the amp the whereas Kendall has a max power handling value of watts RMS, 250 watts less than the Theva No3-D.
Keep in mind that a higher max power handling value doesn't necessarily make that a louder speaker
compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters
such as Impedance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Kendall features Binding post posts which make bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. Theva No3-D has a Binding post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare Focal Theva No3-D's and KLH Kendall's external dimensions. Focal Theva No3-D has external dimensions of 1020.0 x 213.0 x 388.0mm ( 401/8 x 83/8 x 151/4) whereas KLH Kendall has external dimensions of 1021.0 x 212.0 x 380.0mm ( 40-3/16 x 8-5/16 x 14-15/16inch) .
KLH Kendall is 1mm narrower and 8mm less deeper than Focal Theva No3-D but it is also 1mm taller.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the Focal Theva No3-D is approximately 826.4cm2 / 128.1inch2 and base area of the KLH Kendall is approximately 805.6cm2 / 124.9inch2. The Theva No3-D requires 3% more surface area than the Kendall which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
The weight of a loudspeaker can become an important factor if you need to move and reposition the unit often. Weight of a speaker can also "sometimes" be an indicator of the rigidity of the enclosure and the quality of the internal components used. The Focal Theva No3-D weighs 21.82kg / 48lbs and the KLH Kendall weighs 22.14kg / 48.7lbs. This makes the Kendall 1% heavier than the Theva No3-D.
Here is a comparison of how Theva No3-D and Kendall's weights compare with the average, max and min weights in Passive Floor-standing class.
All Floor-standing Speakers
What's in the Box of KLH Kendall?
Here are the items that come with the Kendall:
Floorstanding loudspeakerGrilleFoam port4 Rubber feet4 Spike feet (with nuts)4 Protective discsManual
| High Frequency Response
| Generates higher frequency
| Dolby Atmos Drivers
Built-in 1 x 5-inch
| Dolby Atmos Compatibility
| Easier to fit in smaller spaces
| Play louder with same amount of amplification power
| Low Frequency Response
| Generates deeper bass
| Bi-Amping and Bi-Wiring
| Allows bi-amping and bi-wiring connections
| Base Surface Area
| Takes less floor space
| Price per pair*
| costs less (*prices may change depending on the seller, location and time)
|Focal Theva No3-D
|up to 250 watts
|Woofer Surround Material
|270 Hz - 2700 Hz
|Black High Gloss,Dark Wood,Light Wood