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Do you have a sense for their low (ish) end? Were you able to use an 80 crossover with them?
YES you can. It actually can do some good bass when I’m playing music in multichannel stereo. I was really surprised with the sound quality and clarity of the Ames.
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How low can they go...

Would love to see some REW measurement graphs to see how low the KLH ames can go.
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Would love to see some REW measurement graphs to see how low the KLH ames can go.
Ditto. A speaker that small that can handle an 80Hz crossover, has good overall sq and at that price point could be quite useful.

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WhatHiFi review of KLH Albany.

Very lukewarm.

Very subjective as usual but the two speakers they've tested that I've heard in my actual home, (Q Acoustics Concept 20 and Martin Logan Motion15/LX16), their subjective "take" was on the money to my ears.

Too bad they didn't toss a sub into the mix...but with other similar sized speakers they haven't so their methodology is at least consistent.

https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/klh-albany

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I have been somewhat suspect of the Albany from the beginning -- for some reason I have held back on testing them .... but they will have some fans

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I have been somewhat suspect of the Albany from the beginning -- for some reason I have held back on testing them .... but they will have some fans
One of these days I might hear them in my own home if they ever show up on Russ' doorstep!

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One of these days I might hear them in my own home if they ever show up on Russ' doorstep!
Maybe in 7 months around Christmas time they might show up.

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One of these days I might hear them in my own home if they ever show up on Russ' doorstep!

Eventually Geoff, eventually

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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Maybe in 7 months around Christmas time they might show up.

I would hope sooner than that.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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These seemed really interesting to me after Mark's review so I grabbed a pair of Albany's. Have them set up in my office right now. So far Im pretty impressed. I will wait a bit before I take any measurements. Im most interested in that published +- 35Hz rating. Although they definitely go lower than you would expect from a 5.25" woofer in a sealed cab. We shall see!
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These seemed really interesting to me after Mark's review so I grabbed a pair of Albany's. Have them set up in my office right now. So far Im pretty impressed. I will wait a bit before I take any measurements. Im most interested in that published +- 35Hz rating. Although they definitely go lower than you would expect from a 5.25" woofer in a sealed cab. We shall see!
Interesting.

It sounds like your personal experience is not what the WhatHiFi review had to say namely "Bass lacks weight and authority Overly forward treble."

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Interesting.

It sounds like your personal experience is not what the WhatHiFi review had to say namely "Bass lacks weight and authority Overly forward treble."
I havent really given any details of my experience yet, just that the bass is more than you would expect from a 5.25 sealed woofer.

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Interesting.

It sounds like your personal experience is not what the WhatHiFi review had to say namely "Bass lacks weight and authority Overly forward treble."
After having listened to these for a bit, I can see how WHatHiFi came to their conclusion. If I were judging these strictly on their own for 2 channel without regard to their intended use, I might say something similar.

That part about about increasing the volume for more bass doesnt make a lot of sense. You cant increase the volume and expect only the bass to get louder. It is a bright speaker and as you increase the overall volume, at some point its going to get harsh.

What I did was use a Schiit Loki to bump up the bottom a little to see if it could sound more balanced. As is the case when you boost frequencies, there were side effects. This helped the bass a little, but at the expense of midrange detail and overall headroom.

So...... I have decided Im not going to take measurements and Im not going to do a review. Im just not interested in this speaker enough anymore to put in the effort. They did impress me with their midrange detail and the highs are definitely way forward but they also had good detail. Listening to this speaker reminds me of a small outdoor concert. Great clarity and detail but the bottom end is lacking. It can fool you some times with some stand-up bass notes, and what bass is there sounds really good but there is no way I would ever be satisfied with these in 2.0 even in the smallest room. Their published specs have to be a typo. There is no way these are getting down that low, even in a closet!

But thats really the thing, these are not meant for 2 channel. These are designed to work well as surrounds and/or with subs. As I was listening I was thinking a Rythmik L12 would pair up very well with these. Thats the kind of midrange detail they have. The "Rythmik sound" would compliment these perfectly.

Overall, If you like forward sounding, metallic domed tweeters that put the performers and instruments up close to you. If you appreciate midrange detail. And if you plan on using them with a sub. You might want to audition these. I can see how these contributed to Mark's glowing review of the towers and these would be a no-brainer choice as surrounds in a system with the towers.

They really do need to fix the published specs on these. Its misleading for no reason. I knew they weren't going to go as low as listed but Im betting they arent even going to 45-50. Lots of speakers are rated -3db at 45Hz and have very satisfying bass in a small room.

Dangit, I guess I just did a bit of a review. Oh well...
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Just ordered the Albanys for my friend as they were $95 off and I had a $24 gift card so eventually will do a review.

Little risk with Crutchfield's return policy.

Will be using my revived Sansui 881 receiver that I'm giving to them along with an old JVC 3 disc CD changer/burner that I stopped using years ago as the burner section died but the 3 disc "player" section works just fine.

As they never had a sub might just listen in 2.0 even for movies but easy enough to get a small sub later that has speaker level inputs as sealed bookshelves are said to be the best choice for using a sub with speaker level inputs.

Polk Audio PSW111 has speaker level inputs and is under $200 on Amazon.
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Interested in your review

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Interested in your review
Should be here Wednesday so should have some initial impressions later in the week.

I'm going to "break them in" by unplugging the towers in my main setup and using them to watch TV in 5.1 as some reviews of buyers on Crutchfield and WorldWide Stereo have indicated they sound "better" after 30 hours.

Not a huge believer in speaker break in but certainly won't do any harm to run them that way for a while.

I was thinking of placing them on top of my towers but my athletic cats might topple them so maybe I'll just plop them on some short stands tilted up.

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My final review here of the KLH Albany.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-sp...l#post58225614

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