Model Five Floorstanding Speaker
Model Five acoustic suspension speakers are known as one of the finest and most sought-after speakers for audiophiles, both new and seasoned. Our updated version of this classic speaker has real wood veneers, cast aluminum baskets, and uses acoustic suspension design principles made famous by founder Henry Kloss.
The KLH Model Five vintage speaker is offered in three gorgeous finishes (English Walnut, West African Mahogany, and Nordic Noir), allowing the loudspeaker to blend with all home decor. The English Walnut Model Five comes with a beautiful Stone Wash Linen grille cloth that magnifies the rich finish of the real wood veneers. Meanwhile, our West African Mahogany finish is complemented by an Old-World Linen grille cloth that will stop you in your tracks. And lastly, the Nordic Noir finish is shipped wearing the lovely Medici Grey Linen grille cloth. Want the option of pairing any grille cloth with the finish of your choosing? Don’t worry- you can purchase each style separately below!
Riser base and grilles included with speaker purchase.
- Iconic Mid-Century Modern Styling
- Acoustic Suspension Design – The most accurate and linear enclosure design available today
- Three-Position Acoustic Balance Control to tailor the loudspeaker’s output for the most difficult acoustic environments
- Dedicated midrange driver to reproduce the critical mid-frequency band
- Non-Resonant Die-Cast Aluminum Midrange & Woofer Frames
- Die-Cast Aluminum Tweeter Faceplate
- KLH cabinetry featuring a structurally reinforced ¾” MDF enclosure
- Thirteen component network using high-quality iron-core inductors & Mylar capacitors
- 5° slant riser base made of powder coated 14-gauge steel (included with speaker purchase)
- Low-profile magnet attached grille
- 10-Year Warranty
MODEL FIVE BASALT BLACK KNIT GRILLE ACCESSORY (pair)
Eager to take your Model Fives to the dark side? Now you can with the Basalt Black Knit Grilles! Like the original grille clothes, these black beauties are both magnetic and acoustically transparent. No other grille accessory will make as bold of a statement on the English Walnut and West African Mahogany Model Three finishes as the new Basalt Black Knit grilles.
MODEL FIVE STONEWASH LINEN GRILLE ACCESSORY (pair)
No look compares to that of the KLH Model Five when it is dressed in this stunningly beautiful Stonewash Linen cloth grille. The elegant acoustically transparent canvas of the grille perfectly complements the refined, rich mahogany finish of this classic American loudspeaker, giving it the modern-day, retro vibe that turns heads. This custom order accessory ships in sets of two and is the addition your Model Five shouldn’t stand without.
MODEL FIVE OLD WORLD LINEN GRILLE ACCESSORY (pair)
There is nothing more visually inviting than the look of the classic Old World Linen grille cloth on a KLH Model Five. This magnetic, textured grille cloth makes a statement on both the Mahogany and English Walnut finish by accomplishing that mid-century modern appeal. With the cast-zinc vintage KLH logo in the bottom corner, your Model Five will be the focal point of your listening space while dressed in the Old World Linen grilles.
MODEL FIVE 5° SLANT RISER BASE ACCESSORY (each)
The Model Five stands strong on a 5-degree slant riser base made from powder-coated 14-gauge steel. The riser base’s upward angular stance ensures the sound is directed accurately toward the listener, while the steel guarantees it to be a solid and non-resonant speaker base. This base can be used for speakers of all kinds but is made perfectly for our KLH Model Five.
The Model Five Awards
“This speaker gave me a presentation that I had not heard through anything else… have you ever had a dessert at a really good restaurant and you just kind of have to sit down and not think about anything else for a second- just take in the wonderment? That’s what it was like.”
“The KLH M5s are intoxication kings, urging me to hear my most beloved vinyl via its big personality and well-scaled dimensionality.”
“Mostly, the speaker played with a detailed, sparkling upper/mid/treble chutzpah that favored and seemed to amplify texture and viscosity. Notes had realistic weight and body. These Model Fives are attention-getters of the first order, delivering a big soundstage and big, juicy dynamics.”
“…I have nothing but praise for the clarity of the midrange, the robustness of the middle and upper bass, and the voicing across the entire frequency range.
This is a case where old school and cutting edge have combined to create something that’s truly special—and at a very reasonable price.”
Doug Schneider – SoundStage!
“The Model Five is, for me, a near-perfect hybrid between the clarity and immediacy one gets from high-efficiency loudspeakers combined with the raw grip and control really only found in high-end powered monitors…. I thought about starting or ending this review with a video clip of hands clapping.”
Andrew Robinson, “Best Loudspeakers Under $2,000,” TheRobinsonBrand.com
“…KLH just set a master class on how to get it done right.
“I think this is a solution that many people have been waiting for a speaker that has an old school aesthetic, a speaker that has the kind of sound that’s like a fusion between that big, fun, old school presentation with some of the more modern technical achievements that audiophiles expect from present-day speakers.”
Sean Fowler, Zero Fidelity (YouTube)
“Finally, and most importantly- these speakers move my heart… At one point I realized my heart was affected by the music. I had to put down my keyboard and continue enjoying the music. Now, this does not happen to me often, but it did…
The soundstage is big. Mr. Clark has the Quad 2905 electrostatic speakers. The soundstage from those speakers is ginormous, yet Mr. Clark was still so impressed with the Model Five soundstage that he called these Model Fives the Quad on steroids.
The bass is fantastic. It reminds me of some vintage speakers that I’ve listened to over the years. I like how tight the bass is with the Model Five without it being overly tight. The bass is full. It feels like it goes deep and has just the right amount of punch.
…these speakers move my heart… At one point I realized my heart was affected by the music. Now, this does not happen to me often, but it did…”
Thomas & Stereo
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The KLH Model Five floor standing loudspeaker was custom engineered from the ground up by KLH’s Kerry Geist. Geist is a 1986 Louisiana Tech University graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Following his college graduation, Kerry joined Klipsch & Associates as an Acoustics Engineer, where he worked on commercial and consumer loudspeakers. Geist stayed with Klipsch for 32 years and worked in acoustics engineering, manufacturing, and product development for Klipsch’s Heritage product line. In 2019 Kerry joined our team at KLH Audio as the Chief Engineer. We are fortunate to have Kerry hold multiple responsibilities within KLH that revolve around product design and management. Kerry Geist’s most recent success story is the KLH Model Five. Below he will answer all your questions about the legendary Model Five floor standing loudspeaker.
The Model Five vintage loudspeaker is designed around two guiding principles that perfect its sound quality. The first principle is the acoustic suspension design. Unlike bass-reflex systems, the acoustic suspension design is not optimized to favor one frequency band at the expense of another. The volume of the air in the enclosure ensures that the 10-inch woofer will always be in control, and the low-frequency performance will remain clean even at the highest cone excursions. Secondly, the dedicated midrange driver is specifically designed to reproduce the important, middle part of the audio spectrum- the area where the ear is the most sensitive and where distortion is most easily heard. This guarantees the output is clean and detailed at all levels.
It all comes down to the Model Five’s acoustic suspension design. Acoustic suspension speakers are much better suited to deal with low-frequency program material than any other loudspeaker design. This is particularly true when listening to contemporary music. Today’s recording technology has become so advanced that artists are constantly finding new ways to use the frequency band below 40Hz. This was not the case 20 years ago. As technology has evolved, it is becoming apparent that traditional bass-reflex speakers have problems with detail and accuracy in this regard.
One of my favorite things about the Model Five floor-standing speaker is its elegant simplicity. There are five major acoustic components in this vintage speaker, and they were each developed with the intent of reaching the highest performance quality possible- without breaking the bank. We knew the level of performance we wanted to achieve from the start, so in the engineering realm, it was easy to map out the product design and quality that was necessary to reach those objectives. We did not spend money where it was not needed. Instead, we focused on the individual components and specifications required to build this groundbreaking floorstanding speaker.
Dating back to the 1950s, there has always been a desire for low-bass extension from a small enclosure. Back then, one of the best ways to achieve this output of sound was through the acoustic suspension design. This design principle turned KLH into a dominant solution in the loudspeaker industry for decades. The vintage Model Five was then introduced in the mid-60s when high-fidelity was first becoming popular. The original Model Five was the perfect mix of size and performance and lead to un-heard of success in the speaker industry which is rarely experienced today.
The Model Five’s “Old-World Linen” grille complements the rich finish of the genuine mahogany veneer giving this floor standing loudspeaker the mid-century modern look that has been sought-after for years. The integration of the slant riser base with the retro-looking body gives the Model Five an un-intrusive appeal that helps it blend in any listening room.
Why do we include the 14-gauge powder-coated steel riser base in the Model Five floor standing speaker?
The challenge with any small enclosure is optimizing the positioning of the vintage loudspeaker, regardless of whether the listener is sitting or standing. The slant riser base raises the floorstanding speaker to the perfect height, and the 5-degree slant-angle positions it at the proper angle to ensure the best vertical coverage for all listening positions.
What does that custom contour switch on the back do? Why is this different from what other speaker companies do?
Listening room acoustics are more varied than ever before considering today’s vast volume of furnishing and architectural design possibilities. This can make the task of setting up a pair of floor standing speakers for music in a room quite difficult. It is not likely that a customer will be willing to spend money on expensive room treatment, so the next best thing is to provide the customer with additional help to initially set up their loudspeaker– hence the attenuator switch. The attenuator switch provides users the ability to slightly reduce the mid & high frequencies in rooms that contain a lot of hard-flat surfaces. The attenuation is not drastic, and you may not immediately notice it, but it does just enough to reduce the high–frequency energy in any room. Overall, the switch improves the balance between the low frequencies (those that are more influenced by the position of the speaker in the room) and the high frequencies (those that are sensitive to the liveness or deadness of the listening space).
Why has every single component of the KLH Model Five floor standing loudspeaker been custom engineered from the ground up by KLH’s Kerry Geist?
An acoustic suspension design requires a different type of transducer than those used in traditional bass-reflex systems. The transducer must be more robust, and the excursion requires a much larger cone displacement which presents several challenges to a designer. But fortunately, transducer design and measurement have come a long way in the last 60 years. Modern laser-based measurement techniques are very well-suited for transducer development used in acoustic suspension designs. The magnet structure geometry, flat-wound voice coil, and flux stabilizing ring are all a result of testing using laser-based measurement techniques.
Yes, the logo is cast from zinc. And yes, it is the original KLH logo from 1968. We wanted the logo to represent the quality of the materials used in the Model Five loudspeaker, and honor the fact that KLH uses more responsible, recyclable, and sustainable materials in its construction.
A loudspeaker’s grille cloth is the most dominant part of its cosmetic appeal. We chose to depart from the traditional black cloth and look at fabrics of assorted colors and textures to enhance how the product will look in customers’ listening rooms. Our goal was to get the product out of the traditional “man cave” and into living rooms for more people to enjoy.