In 1960 KLH introduced a high fidelity vacuum tube FM table radio. The speaker was sold with the radio and was specially matched to the radio's output amplifier. The KLH 8 might best be described as a cross between a hi-fi receiver and a table radio. It was designed by the late Henry Kloss and set a standard that may other companies have tried to match.
[KLH 8 schematic] [KLH 8 chassis drawing] [KLH 8 Instruction Manual]
The KLH Eight was designed to work with a stereo adapter before a multiplex standard was adopted. When a standard was chosen, the KLH Model 13 transistorized adapter was introduced. Then KLH 8 and KLH 13 are shown here side-by-side.
Henry Kloss went on to form a new company, Advent. Both Advent and the old KLH modernized the KLH 8 design. Other companies, like Lafayette, also tried to capitalize on the success of this original Hi-Fi table radio. Here are a few examples.
KLH 100 digital
KLH 200 digital am/fm
Kloss Model One (FM/AM) see the Tivoli Audio web site
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Andrew R. Mitz
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