In this review, we will be comparing two different type of speakers by KLH. KLH Kendall 2F is a Floor-standing speaker whereas the Kendall 2B is a Bookshelf speaker.
Let's have a brief look at the main features
of KLH Kendall 2F and KLH Kendall 2B first before getting into our more
Kendall 2F and Kendall 2B are members of KLH's Kendall 2 series of speakers. Below you can find the loudspeakers from this series.
What size room are the KLH Kendall 2F and KLH Kendall 2B speakers good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use these loudspeakers is an important decision factor. Here we have compared their suitability to various sizes of environments considering their size and max power parameters:
In the following sections, we will get into more detail in order to better understand how the KLH Kendall 2F and KLH Kendall 2B 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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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that Kendall 2F is a 3-way design whereas the Kendall 2B is a 2-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker.
|KLH Kendall 2F
|KLH Kendall 2B
1 x 5.25-inch
2 x 6.5-inch
1 x 6.5-inch
Kendall 2F features a 1" Hard-Dome Tweeter , a 5.25" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 800-2500 HZ. On the other hand, the Kendall 2B features a 1" Hard-Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500 HZ.
Kendall 2F has a frequency range of 36-20k Hz whereas Kendall 2B has a frequency range of 55-20k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 36Hz, the Kendall 2F can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Kendall 2B's min frequency of 55Hz.
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
Kendall 2F and Kendall 2B have the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Kendall 2F sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and the Kendall 2B's is at 86 dB. This 2 dB difference makes the KLH Kendall 2F a more sensitive speaker compared to KLH Kendall 2B, 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.
Kendall 2F can handle a max power of 250 watts RMS from the amp the whereas Kendall 2B has a max power handling value of 200 watts RMS, 50 watts less than the Kendall 2F.
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
Both Kendall 2F and Kendall 2B features dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both Kendall 2F and Kendall 2B have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generally need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing the speakers too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
If you are limited in space and can't get the speakers away from the backwall, check our Speakers with Front Firing Ports page.
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 KLH Kendall 2F's and KLH Kendall 2B's external dimensions. KLH Kendall 2F has external dimensions of 1042.0 x 324.0 x 483.0mm ( 41inch x 12-3/4inch x 19inch ) whereas KLH Kendall 2B has external dimensions of 337.0 x 197.0 x 216.0mm ( 13-1/4inch x 7-3/4inch x 8-1/2inch ) .
KLH Kendall 2F is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 127mm wider, 705mm taller and 267mm deeper than KLH Kendall 2B.
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 KLH Kendall 2F is approximately 1564.9cm2 / 242.6inch2 and base area of the KLH Kendall 2B is approximately 425.5cm2 / 66.0inch2. The Kendall 2F requires 268% more surface area than the Kendall 2B which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
What's in the Box of KLH Kendall 2F?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Kendall 2F:
2F Loudspeaker and Grille Owners Manual Binding Post Wrench Outrigg Feet and Hardware Including Metal Spikes and Rubber Feet
What's in the Box of KLH Kendall 2B?
Here are the items that come with the Kendall 2B:
2 x 2B Loudspeaker and Grille Owners Manual Binding Post Wrench Rubber Adhesive Feet