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Our take on the Klipsch R-3800-W by Crutchfield's Loren Barstow
The Klipsch® R-3800-W delivers rich, room-filling sound for both music and movies without taking up an inch of floor space. It features a hideaway in-wall design and a paintable grille for seamless integration into just about any room. Install multiple R-3800-Ws in your family room for a clutter-free home theater, or use a pair in your bedroom, den, or home office for stereo music.
This speaker's rigid 8" woofer produces strong bass and punchy mid-bass. The pivoting horn tweeter lets you direct clean highs toward your favorite listening spot, for a broad soundstage with well-defined imaging. And a tweeter level switch helps you tailor the sound to suit your personal taste and 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 aluminum tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area. This design brings out details in everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics and efficiency, for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.
An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the R-3800-W in new construction.
Matt, Peoria, AZ
What's in the Box:
- Rectangular in-wall speaker
- White metal mesh grille
- Plastic paint mask
- Cardboard template
- Owner's Manual (Eng/Fren/Span/+ 5 other languages)
- pivoting Tractrix® horn with 1" aluminum tweeter
- 8" IMG woofer
- power handling: up to 50 watts RMS (200 watts peak)
- frequency response 46-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity 93 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- treble attenuation switch
- IR receiver knock-out for remote repeater systems
- paintable aluminum grille
- cutout dimensions: 9-1/4"W x 14-3/4"H
- mounting depth: 3-3/4"
- lifetime warranty
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Features and Specs
|Quantity in Package||Single|
|Cutout Size||9.25 x 14.75|
|Power Range (Watts)||50|
|Connector Type||Spring posts|
|Parts Warranty||Ltd. Lifetime|
|Labor Warranty||Ltd. Lifetime|
High Efficiency: The high-efficiency design of the Klipsch in-wall 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.
Drivers: The R-3800-W is equipped with the following drivers:
- Tweeter: a 1" Aluminum dome compression tweeter mated to a 6" square, pivoting Tractrix Horn, which disperses the sound 90° horizontally and 60° vertically into the room. The 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: a copper-colored 8" IMG (injection-molded graphite) woofer
Speaker Terminals: The speaker has a gold-plated pair of spring-loaded binding posts that can accept up to 12-gauge wire, single banana plugs, or pin connectors.
Tweeter Attenuation Switch: If the speaker is installed in an acoustically bright room, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, you can attenuate the tweeter by -3dB, using the Tweeter Attenuation Switch, located inside the basket.
Frame: The R-3800-W has a sturdy ABS frame, which can be painted to match any decor (a clear paint mask is supplied to protect the drivers from overspray). The metal mesh grille is also paintable.
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..
Installation: The speaker can be installed in new or existing construction. It requires a cutout of 9.25" wide x 14.75" high. For new construction, purchase of the IK-800-W installation kit (item # 714IK800W) is highly recommended. For existing construction, the speaker should be installed in drywall (or other mounting surfaces) at least 3/8" thick.
IR Knockout: A 1/2" diameter knockout panel is provided in the lower left hand corner of the speaker frame for installing an IR sensor.
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