Noblesville, IN – September 9, 2019 – Iconic audio brand KLH, recently reborn and re-introduced to the marketplace by new owner and CEO David P. Kelley (a former Klipsch executive) with a multiple award-winning line of in-room speakers, today announced the launch of the company’s first custom install products. This consists of the Maxwell and Faraday series of high-performance in-wall, in-ceiling and all-weather outdoor speakers and an Alexa voice-enabled amplified keypad. The launch is concurrent with KLH’s arrangement with the PowerHouse Alliance as exclusive nationwide distributor of its products to the CI channel. The products can be heard at KLH’s 2019 CEDIA Expo sound room (High Performance Audio Room #210) and PowerHouse Alliance booth (#2137).
Named after physicists James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday, whose names appear on buildings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where famed original KLH co-founder Henry Kloss attended, the architectural models consist of 4 in-ceiling, 3 in-wall and an outdoor model. All are designed to outperform significantly more expensive competitors’ products and are backed by lifetime warranty. Development and manufacturing is led by Kelley and his team of former Klipsch and loudspeaker industry veterans. This includes KLH Chief Technology Officer Steven Howell, whose past work includes Carver and Sonance, and KLH VP of Engineering Kerry Geist, formerly Klipsch VP of Engineering (32-years).
Maxwell In-Walls: High Performance, High Impact for Large Rooms
The Maxwell 2-way and 3-way In-Wall speakers incorporate 6.5-inchThese robust designs allow for clean, high-output and power-handling to 350-watts making each suitable for the most demanding audio and home theater applications. The Maxwell 2-way (M-8600) and 3-way (M-8650) MSRP for $499 and $649 per speaker.
Maxwell In-Ceiling: Concentric Design, Broader Sound Distribution, No “Hot Spotting”
Designed to make every location in the room a sweet spot, the Maxwell 2-Way In-Ceiling speaker incorporates a 1-inch silk dome tweeter mounted directly into the voice coil of a 6.5-inch Kevlar-coated fiberglass driver. An extra-large voice coil and sealed tuned enclosure with integrated back cans contribute to clean, high output.
The 2-Way 6.5-inch driver Faraday F-6600-AW All-Weather outdoor speakers utilize a 6.5-inch polypropylene woofer and 1-inch titanium tweeter in a sealed enclosure. MSRP $449 per pair.
VX-1 Alexa Voice-Enabled Amplified Keypad. Disruptive and a World-First
KLH’s unique, patented VX-1 Amplified Keypad with built-in Alexa-voice control (and MUZO-app enabled), is a simple and cost-efficient solution to transform a single-source home audio system to a wireless multi-zone streaming music system. Outfitted with WiFi, Bluetooth with aptX, HiRES audio circuitry, and amplification, it replaces the existing in-wall passive volume control while utilizing the existing speaker wires. According to Kelley, millions of people can immediately benefit from this, as company research indicates that 8.5 – 10 million passive in-wall volume controls currently exist in US homes today. MSRP $199.
Nationwide Distribution Agreement with PowerHouse Alliance
Effective this month, KLH has a distribution agreement with the PowerHouse Alliance as exclusive nationwide distributor of its products to the CI channel. The PowerHouse Alliance is a national consortium comprised of 11 distributor members with 39 locations nationwide where dealers can demo and purchase KLH products. KLH training is coming to the PowerHouse Alliance locations beginning this fall; check the schedule for details.
“We’ve put a tremendous amount of passion into creating our Custom Installation Series,” says KLH CEO David Kelley. “In keeping with original co-founder Henry Kloss’ mission and accomplishments, our goal is to always deliver the highest-quality speakers for the price. The feedback from the CEDIA channel — along with that of the audiophile press at April’s AXPONA show where we demonstrated the Maxwell In-Walls — is one of amazement in what we’ve achieved. We’re thrilled to launch our first CI products with the PowerHouse Alliance as distribution partner – a group that KLH shares the same vision and focus on how to best serve the integrator. Beginning September these new offerings will be available to thousands of dealers through the members’ 39 locations for both local pickup and next-day delivery.”
“KLH is a great partner for the PowerHouse Alliance, having quickly established itself in the industry for providing speakers backed by high-quality engineering and components,” said Dennis Holzer, Executive Director, PowerHouse Alliance. “Taking on KLH was a simple decision to give our dealers access to even more speakers in the audio category, for the right product for every project. With solid construction, easy installation, and distributed audio and home cinema applications, plus innovation with new products, KLH is a great addition to the PowerHouse Alliance vendor lineup. We invite dealers at CEDIA to check them out at our booth (#2137), and at their nearest PowerHouse Alliance member location.”
Since entering the market in September 2018, KLH’s new in-room line (book shelf and floor standing) has garnered three “TOP CHOICE” awards from AVSForum, Two “Stellar Sound” awards from Everything Audio Network, three “HiFi Choice” awards from HiFi Choice in the UK, two “Reviewer’s Choice” awards from Soundstage Global, and was nominated for “Tower of the Year” by Everything Audio Network.
For all KLH press inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at [email protected] or via phone at 631.849.4301 (office) and 516.662.5374 (mobile).
Originally founded in 1957 as KLH Research and Development Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Henry Kloss, Malcolm S. Low, and Josef Anton Hofmann, KLH developed some of the biggest innovations in audio, most notably the Model Eight high-selectivity radio; Model Nine full-range electrostatic loudspeaker; Model Forty tape recorder, and Model Eleven portable phonograph with stereo speakers. In 2017, the brand was acquired by David P. Kelley, formerly President of Global Sales and board member for Klipsch. As president and CEO of KLH, Kelley has taken KLH back to its roots, to Henry Kloss’s original mission, to build world-class loudspeakers and radios at affordable prices beginning with a robust line of bookshelf and floor home theater speakers, as well as updated versions of the iconic Model Nine and Model Eight.
KLH, 984 Logan Street, #301, Noblesville, Indiana, 46060 / phone: 833-KLH-TEAM / www.klhaudio.com
About PowerHouse Alliance
The PowerHouse Alliance is a national consortium of regional wholesale distributors delivering name brand products for custom installers, specialty dealers, large retailers and industry buying groups in the residential and commercial audio/video, home entertainment, security, networking, IT and consumer electronics accessories markets. With combined annual sales in excess of $800 million, PowerHouse Alliance member companies represent 800,000 square feet of warehouse space in over 39 convenient locations across the country, stocked with more than 250+ product lines including house-brand A2V. Creating cost efficiencies for manufacturers and buying power for customers, the Alliance offers a national footprint with the added benefit of local sales, training and support.
Powerhouse Alliance members include: 21st Century, Audio America, CED, Davis Distribution, ECD, EDI, KOA CCTV, Mountain West, Pioneer Music Company, Sierra Select, and Ui Supplies.
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