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Hi;
I was asked to take a look at some older equipment a friend of my sister's inherited from a "stereophile" uncle who lived in Detroit.
He has 4 speakers made by a company named Kindell. One pair, the PLS-A, is 5' - 6' tall and extremely heavy. Wood cabinet around the back and edges of the front. There are also a pair of bookshelf sized monitors that he used for rear surrounds. Dynaco amp for monitors, 750 wpc Craftsman amp for PLS-A's and a Sony eq/preamp. Pio laser disc player, B&O turntable, etc...
Anyway I am really curious about these speakers. I Googled them and found the brand referred to in a personal speaker review posting from 1999 but nothing more.
Does anybody know the story on these?
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"Kindell' is actually Kindel, as in Bill Kindel. He operated a company called Kindel Audio in the '80s (at least) and also was a partner in a speaker-cabinet shop in California. Kindel speakers were made in California. As I recall, his partner decided to get out of the cabinet business, Bill lost his cabinetmaker, and closed his business. I as Two Jeffreys Audio was one of their (very-parttime) dealers in the '80s.

The PLS-A (an acronym for psuedo-linesource) uses six 6-1/2" bass/midrange drivers and 16 1" softdome tweeters and is 94dB sensitive. The bass-reflex box is ported to the bottom, so be sure they're at least 3" off the floor.

AFTER this post, I think I'll be up to 5 and will be able to post a pic.

Bill built these to a reasonably low price--they were introduced (in the mid-'80s) at $1600/pr IIRC, and Bill had to use inexpensive parts to get them that low. IMO the drivers are good but not VG or excellent, with the tweeters maybe a little better than the B/MR drivers, which suffer a bit in transparency.

I owned 2 pairs; a local friend bought them and still has them. I fell into a great deal on other 6-1/2" drivers from Sonic Craft and both of us bought cartons of 24 each. My friend has replaced the Kindel drivers with these 6-1/2" SCs and much prefers their transparency...clarity...but the original PLS-As could still be termed at least 'good' quality.

I hope this helps.

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I drove mine with various lower-power amps...a 50WPC-into-8 Lazarus HA-1, a 70WPC conrad-johnson Premier Eleven-A, 40-Watt KT-88-based triode monoamps.

Got a Stereo 70? :-)

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Jeffrey;
Thanks so much for all you told me about the Kindel. I really thought I saw the nameplate showing 2 "l"s, but it was late in the evening after some wine, and dark, so I could easily have seen it wrong...
The cabinet maker put together a pretty solid feeling piece. I can see why these speakers were a good deal at the time.
I guess the new owner will play them and I will let him know about the driver upgrade option...
ah yes, a Stereo 70 would work well.
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Jeffrey;
Thanks so much for all you told me about the Kindel. I really thought I saw the nameplate showing 2 "l"s, but it was late in the evening after some wine, and dark, so I could easily have seen it wrong...
The cabinet maker put together a pretty solid feeling piece. I can see why these speakers were a good deal at the time.
I guess the new owner will play them and I will let him know about the driver upgrade option...
ah yes, a Stereo 70 would work well.
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I just bought a pair of PLS A's, haven't got them home yet, but I do plan to update the crossovers. Jeffrey, do you remember how many Caps I will need and their values by any chance ?
And, what is the best way to get at the crossover ?
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