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  1. On 2/3/2024 at 12:28 PM, IndyHT80 said:

    I would agree with the sentiment of the large voice. It fills a large part of the soundstage with these speakers. I’m sure most of it is because of a relatively narrow baffle that surrounds the large bass/mid driver where most of the vocal range is being produced. IMHO narrow baffles around drivers produce better imaging. My only slight criticism of them for music is that if the source material is harsh, i.e. horn recordings, the compression drivers can shred your ears around the breakup region, 12k and higher. I use a large shelf cut in that frequency range by about 10db and it removes most of it. 

    Shred your ears? Everybody’s ears are different of course , but I’ve never experienced anything close to that with anything I’ve listened to on the 396s. Do you use any room treatments? What kind of surfaces do you have in your room? Do you have tall vaulted ceilings? A few pictures of the room layout might help for some of the people on here to give advice. If you’re experiencing any harshness, I would definitely look at the room. It is just as important as any other piece of equipment that you can have, and probably the most overlooked. The room is a literal speaker box enclosure. I personally have acoustic panels all over the place. I know a lot of people think it’s snake oil, but they are so wrong. 

  2. Well, it’s been about three months and I thought it was about time I share a small review after giving a lot of hours listening to the 396s…I really believe that sound is a muscle memory and anything different can seem better, worse, or just different. So I believe it needs time to give a good true impression…


    First things first the 396s are just fantastic speakers.…. They are definitely right there with the KPT904s… especially in the voice (wow just wow)… I know a lot of you that have time with the 510 or better (402) know what I’m talking about…. the 510 is so much better than other commercial speaker drivers I’ve heard... It’s really hilarious.. I have owned so many speakers, and they just wipe the floor with them.


    So I have been pushing them mostly with just normal listening level music, movies, tv, and even a lot of basic podcasts….I work remote, and spend most of my time in the room they are sitting in (these speakers do not collect dust). I have also opened them way up with music, and movies as well and they sound amazing on everything…I have said this in other posts (and forums), but it’s worth repeating…the VOICE … right away you hear it. It’s so big compared to other speakers… for example I would go to the movie theatre, and I would hear that giant voice. That was the one thing in the home that I missed… I could replicate the bass…I could replicate the surround-sound, but the voice was always smaller. Only the 904s, and the 396s (510s) match that in the speakers that I have owned. For as good as La Scala sound, they don’t have that, the RF7s they don’t have that, the Cornwalls they don’t have that etc. etc.

    Spending $3500 on a pair of speakers Is a ton of money, especially when I think back to what I would spend 20 years ago….I can’t necessarily say that they’re better than a $1000 pair of speakers when you’re talking bang for buck (everyone’s ears, and wallets are different). But as I sit here today writing this review I couldn’t be happier…..


    Well done Klipsch. 



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  3. On 1/3/2024 at 7:39 PM, homatose said:

    it's a pro speaker so guessing the foam is acoustically transparent and meant to protect drivers from dust and whatever else gets thrown their way.

    It could be acoustically transparent. 

  4. On 12/30/2023 at 8:28 AM, jjptkd said:


    Any updates? I just got a crazy good deal on some 362-II's and they aren't too shabby. I was curious I removed the grill cover on one of the 362's and noticed a fairly thick maybe 3/8's? foam glued to the inside of the grill cover does the 396 grill cover have the same foam? Thanks!

    No stands yet. The grills have that foam. I wonder what it’s there for? they’re not normally behind a screen so I don’t get it…. has anyone gotten any technical data on the purpose?

  5. 15 hours ago, geoff. said:

    what did you come up with for stands?


    I haven’t done anything yet. Been super busy. I have had them on for watching normal tv, but other than the day they came last week I haven’t done much with them. 

  6. When I had the 904s it was in a different room than I’m in now, but in that same room I had a ton of different speakers that i messed with..like Cornwalls, RF7ii, and a bunch of lesser models in the reference line and even the extended heritage line. There were a lot of differences, but the main difference was the voice (size and sound)…. as much as I enjoyed the other speakers (all of them really) in terms of the voice they were all toys…… The room itself is such a big part of the sound. So I hesitate to compare anything I heard from another room, but that giant voice is definitely back with the 396s. 

  7. 1 hour ago, Ceptorman said:

    I took 2 days off when my towers showed up!

    That’s hilarious….. it actually worked out pretty good for me (I work four 10 hour days and don’t work Mondays) …. But I have absolutely taken plenty of days off when I have speakers on the way. 

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