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Klipsch CDT-3650-C-II

In-ceiling speaker

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Our take on the Klipsch CDT-3650-C-II

Treat yourself to top-notch sound with a speaker that blends seamlessly into your home's décor. The Klipsch® CDT-3650 II installs in your ceiling, so it won't take up one inch of floor space. And its high-tech design and solid construction make it a great choice for movie and music lovers alike. You can use multiple CDT-3650 IIs for surround sound in an all-Klipsch home theater, or install them in pairs for stereo listening with your multi-room audio system. Either way, you'll enjoy crisp, clear Klipsch sound without the clutter of conventional speakers.

Treat yourself to top-notch sound with a speaker that blends seamlessly into your home's décor. The Klipsch® CDT-3650 II installs in your ceiling, so it won't take up one inch of floor space. And its high-tech design and solid construction make it a great choice for movie and music lovers alike. You can use multiple CDT-3650 IIs for surround sound in an all-Klipsch home theater, or install them in pairs for stereo listening with your multi-room audio system. Either way, you'll enjoy crisp, clear Klipsch sound without the clutter of conventional speakers.

Ready, aim, music!

The '3650-C-II's 1" aluminum tweeter gives you 100-degree dispersion, and it swivels, so you can aim the sound precisely where you need it to go. You can even rotate the 6-1/2" woofer a full 360 degrees and tilt it up to 15 degrees in any direction. This flexibility gives you full, detailed sound no matter where you place the speaker. Plus, a tweeter attenuation switch lets you adjust the sound to suit your personal taste and your room's acoustics.

Horn technology for room-filling sound

Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them right toward your ears. Klipsch places their tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn." This design brings out details in everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound.

Slimmer chance of being seen

The CDT-3650 II keeps a low profile with its SlimTrim™ grille. The visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over previous designs, for a nearly flush finish that blends in beautifully. The paintable aluminum, magnetic grille attaches securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

An optional in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the CDT-3650-C-II in new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" tweeter with with swiveling Tractrix® horn
  • pivoting 6-1/2" IMG woofer
  • power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
  • frequency response 63-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 93 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable SlimTrim™ magnetic grille
  • treble attenuation switch
  • cutout dimensions: 8-3/16" diameter
  • mounting depth: 4-1/2"
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    What's in the Box:

    • Ceiling-mount speaker
    • White metal mesh grille
    • Cardboard template
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

    Very high quality speaker with awesome sound.

    Steve, Eureka Springs, AR


    Klipsch CDT-3650-C-II Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (9 Reviews)

    Great ceiling speakers

    Steve from Eureka Springs, AR on 1/15/2019

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very high quality speaker with awesome sound.

    Pros: Detailed sound and definition

    Cons: May be a little bright for some listeners.

    Best Atmos Speaker option

    Joshua from Anchorage, AK on 10/16/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The speakers sound fantastic, are easy to install and look very clean in the ceiling. The adjustable tweeter and sub make a big difference and in my opinion make them one of the best options for an Atmos setup. The ability to ensure the sound is being directly right at the listening position offers an exception Atmos experience.

    Pros: Clean, easy to install, adjustable tweeter and sub.

    Cons: none to note


    Crutchfield customer from Greeley, CO on 8/24/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    THis is such an awesome get up! We love our new theater room! Thanks Crutchfield!!

    Pros: superior sound!!


    Great sound from these speakers

    James from Anaheim, CA on 11/17/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased 2 of these speakers to be placed in ceiling for Dolby atoms setup. Since my ceiling is slightly angled up these speakers allowed me to angle both tweeter n bass drivers to optimize the sound back to the seating area. The sound is crisp n clear. I am most impressed with these ceiling speakers. I am using klipsch inwall speakers for my 7.1 system and the sound is incredible..

    Pros: Sound and ease of installation.

    Cons: None

    Great Klipsch Speaker

    Adrian from Alpharetta, GA on 10/25/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used 4x of these speakers as my ceiling installed Dolby Atmos speakers. These speakers sound GREAT! I have other Klipsch speakers in my system, so they complement the others to give a full rich and enveloping sound. I have been sold on Klipsch now for over 1 year and these are my third set of Klipsch speakers to add to my systems. There is no going back for me, ever.

    Pros: Easy to install after making ceiling holes and pre-installing the speaker cables. High sensitivity, thus they require less power to drive them. Magnetic, paintable grills that are easy to put on and to remove. The speakers also have both aimable woofer and horn tweeter.

    Cons: None.

    these in ceiling speakers rock

    Try these from Irvine, CA on 4/24/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Super in ceilings Clean & crisp

    Pros: a clean look & sound

    Cons: pricey

    Love them

    Wes S from North Carolina on 12/3/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a home theater expert pre-wire the room and then (after construction was complete) install the speakers. It is a beautiful installation. Installer said that he loved these Klipsch in-wall speakers because the installation was so easy because the grill is magnetic and installs effortlessly. After seeing what is involved, I really think I could have installed them myself. But I love them because the look perfect. Very little of the speaker grill projects from the ceiling and the grill is very pretty. Sound is great, too. You'll love these.

    Pros: Ease of installation, great looks, great sound.

    Cons: None

    Excellent Speakers

    PD from Texas on 7/5/2014

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    I was hesitant because of the price. They are well worth the money. You can't go wrong with these. If you don't like these, you can't be pleased!

    Pros: Look great. Magnetic covers. Easy to install anywhere.



    Nick from Beaumont, CA on 1/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased these as the solution to wanting good rear surround speakers without having anywhere to place floor standing speakers. They are driven by a SONY STR- DN840 and they sound fantastic. Installation was a snap and it was literally just cutting a hole and turning a screwdriver a few turns and done! I love how the driver and tweeter can be individually adjusted so that you can aim at the listening "sweet spot". Since these are surrounds I can't comment on their "standalone" performance, but they are clear, crisp, and handle loud without complaining. They look like they belong, blending into the ceiling without issue.

    Pros: Easy installation, directional driver / tweeter, crisp clear sound at all volume levels.

    Cons: Expensive


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Quantity in Package Single
    Tweeter Horn-loaded dome
    Midrange Size N/A
    Woofer Size 6.5
    Cutout Size 8.1875
    Woofer Composition IMG
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range (Watts) 50
    Sensitivity 93 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 63-23kHz
    Connector Type Spring clips
    Bi-Amp Inputs No
    Built-in Back-box No
    Parts Warranty Ltd. Lifetime
    Labor Warranty Ltd. Lifetime

    Product Research

    Mounting Options


    Controlled Dispersion Technology (CDT): The Klipsch CDT-3650-C II in-ceiling speaker features a patent-pending gimbal mechanism, known as Controlled Dispersion Technology (CDT). The tweeter and woofer are independently adjustable, allowing both the high and low frequencies to be directed toward the listening area.

    High Efficiency: The high-efficiency design of the Klipsch in-ceiling speakers allows you to get much more output than most in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Due to the long speaker wire runs that are common in whole-house audio systems, the power coming from the amplifier is significantly reduced by the time it reaches the speakers. The 93dB efficiency of this speaker means it will play much louder at low power than other less-efficient speakers.

    2-Way Driver Design: The Klipsch CDT-3650-C II uses a high-quality 1" aluminum dome compression driver (tweeter) mated to an exclusive Tractrix Horn, combined with a 6.5" copper-colored IMG (injection-molded graphite) woofer in a 2-way design.

    • Tweeter: There is a 1" aluminum dome tweeter mated to a swiveling 100° Tractrix Horn. The swiveling horn design dramatically increases efficiency by enabling the speaker to produce more output using less energy. The horn-loaded tweeter allows you to point the sound to a specific location, and has more controlled directivity than a conventional dome tweeter.
    • Woofer: The 6.5" copper-colored IMG (injection-molded graphite) woofer can rotate a full 360°, and then shift 15° in any direction. The solid Injection Molded Graphite woofer cone has been strengthened for even more accurate bass reproduction.

    Speaker Terminals: The speaker has a pair of spring clips that can accept up to 12-gauge wire or pin connectors.

    ABS Basket/Frame: The CDT-3650-C II has a sturdy ABS basket and frame. The frame can be painted to match any decor.

    SlimTrim Magnetic Grille: With an all new grille, the visible frame size is reduced by 90% and grille depth is reduced by 80% over the previous design, for a more edge-to-edge consistent look that blends in with the wall more attractively. The new aluminum, paintable, magnetic grille attaches tightly and securely with ease to virtually eliminate resonant distortion.

    Power Specifications Note: The manufacturer has specified the maximum power handling of this speaker as 50 watts RMS (200 W Peak). Klipsch has also published a recommended amplifier power specification as 100 watts.

    Mounting Options

    Installation: The speaker can be installed in new or existing construction. It requires a cutout diameter of 8.1875". For new construction, purchase of the IK-650-C installation kit (714IK650C, sold separately) is highly recommended. For existing construction, the speaker should be installed in drywall at least 3/8" thick. It can also be installed in a drop ceiling (2' x 2' or 2' x 4' ceiling tiles only). In both cases, to maximize the acoustic performance of the in-ceiling speakers, Klipsch recommends you replace the original mounting panel with 1/2" or 3/4" plywood or MDF. A cardboard template is included to assist you in making the cutout.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    Adviser recommended [ Steve  Dec 31, 2018 ]
    Best rated ceiling speakers I could find where you can adjust tweeter. [ Thomas  Dec 06, 2018 ]
    it's the biggest speaker that fits in the ceiling spaces we have [ Craig  Apr 28, 2018 ]
    Have Klipsch speakers already and they are great. Buying more for a second home. [ Martin  Jan 05, 2018 ]
    Quality [ ANTHONY  Dec 23, 2017 ]
    Brand loyalty [ Adrian  Nov 24, 2016 ]
    To be compatible with the other speakers in my theater room design. [ Stanley  Nov 17, 2016 ]
    klipsch has a good name, and these are solid in wall speakers [ I  Nov 01, 2016 ]
    Current user of Klipsch speakers and these speakers have excellent ratings. I love the Klipsch speaker sound and high quality. [ ADRIAN  Oct 07, 2016 ]
    Chosen by my stereo designer. [ Nick  Sep 15, 2016 ]
    Great sound quality. Klipsch speakers always deliver! [ Brian  Dec 09, 2015 ]

    1 question already asked

    For most speakers connecting them backwards like this would cause some issues, but the speaker may still work. If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can troubleshoot with you. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. [ Jeff  Dec 28, 2015 ]  Staff

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