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https://www.avsforum.com/klh-model-5-speaker-unveiled/

So the new KLH really seems to be trying to revive the brand and stay true to its roots. Think $2K/pair is steep? The original MSRP was $180 per speaker. So $360/pr. Adjusted for inflation that's nearly $3.000 in 2020 dollars so, a bargain!

Here's the company website https://klhaudio.com/tower-floor-standing-speakers/  The Fives are not posted there yet but they are also resurrecting the legendary Nines! ($12,500).  I wonder what KLHAudio's relationship with JansZenAudio is. As KLH fans know the original Model Nine was really a KLH branded JansZen product and JansZen still services and modifies them. I saw a pair for sale in my area for a tenth of the current MSRP but sadly have no room for them. 

JansZen's current line looks really beautiful: https://janszenaudio.com/collections/all

And, not speakers exactly but the new KLH Ultimate One headphones look really cool--sort of like high-end Grados. edit: Sadly, they may just be re-branded SIVGA SV007 'phones for 3x the price. Oh well.

 

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Thanks for posting this, JKENT. I've only heard the original Model 5's once and was not that impressed. I'm more partial to the sound of my restored Model 6's. Having said that, I'm not sure that hearing a speaker only once is a fair. So much depends on the listening room, the electronics driving the speaker, and the music itself. 

Nevertheless, I would still love to hear the new Model 5's, as well as the old Model 5's in a different listening environment. I'm also really pleased to hear that someone is committed to bringing the KLH brand back to what it once was.

 

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1 hour ago, Norman Nicolai said:

I've only heard the original Model 5's once and was not that impressed.

Neither was I at first but after re-capping and re-sealing the surrounds with Roy's goo they were great.

This isn't the first attempt to re-create classic KLH speakers. When Henry Kloss was at Cambridge Soundworks they released a Model Six and a Model Seventeen that I believe were supposed to be modern versions of the corresponding KLH models. Have you ever heard the CSW Six?

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Interesting that you should mention Roy's goo in relation to the Model 5. When I first heard the Model 5's, only about 5 months ago, I recommended Roy's goo to the owner of the speakers. He purchased a jar, but I've yet to hear back from him regarding the results. I should visit him to get another listen.

I was not aware of the Cambridge Sound Works Model 6. Something new to research online. It's not like I don't have the spare time to investigate new things since I have been at home constantly the last 3 weeks! I look at eBay, Craigslist, and Estatesales.net every day looking for new speaker projects. But I haven't been out of the house to pursue anything for a while.

Thanks, and stay safe JKent.

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