JBL HDI 3800 vs KLIPSCH RF-7III

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Bone-Head

Audioholic Intern
Well I can’t help but to wonder which of the speakers has an edge over the other and for what reasons. I honestly have only heard the Klipsch vis YouTube with some good headphones and some of the recordings were great and others not so much. I’m sure the questionable ones were probably not recording with good equipment either. Anyway I’d love to hear some real opinions and hopefully it’s based of you personal experience using your ears.
 
NINaudio

NINaudio

Audioholic Field Marshall
Well I can’t help but to wonder which of the speakers has an edge over the other and for what reasons. I honestly have only heard the Klipsch vis YouTube with some good headphones and some of the recordings were great and others not so much. I’m sure the questionable ones were probably not recording with good equipment either. Anyway I’d love to hear some real opinions and hopefully it’s based of you personal experience using your ears.
So, you haven't heard them at all?

If it were up to me, I'd get the JBL's over the Klipsch.
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Spartan
JBL HDIs all day.
Not saying the Big K can't sound good, but flat and accurate they are not known to be.
Thus far, the 3rd party reviews of the JBL HDIs are all very similar in how they seem to measure their performance and all seem to consider them worthwhile speakers.

Can't resist... You cannot audition speakers on YouTube! SMH. ;)
 
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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
Youtube sound comparisons are garbage. They do not tell you what a sound system sounds like.

Between the Klipsch RF-7 and the JBL HDI-3800, go for the JBL HDI every day and twice on Sunday. I have heard both these speakers at length. If you like scorching hot treble, go for the Klipsch.
 
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Bone-Head

Audioholic Intern
Youtube sound comparisons are garbage. They do not tell you what a sound system sounds like.

Between the Klipsch RF-7 and the JBL HDI-3800, go for the JBL HDI every day and twice on Sunday. I have heard both these speakers at length. If you like scorching hot treble, go for the Klipsch.
Thanks
 
William Lemmerhirt

William Lemmerhirt

Audioholic Warlord
JBL HDI all day.
YouTube videos have So many limitations and reasons not to use them. You can hear differences between speakers, but not the original sound, or how they’ll sound in your room.
 
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Bone-Head

Audioholic Intern
JBL HDI all day.
YouTube videos have So many limitations and reasons not to use them. You can hear differences between speakers, but not the original sound, or how they’ll sound in your room.
Thanks, I was honestly hoping to hear some positive feedback on the JBL’s because I’d like to get them. anyay, I’ve have about 2 months to pull the trigger these or maybe even the Revel F208’s. I seem to be attracted to the horns for some reason.
 
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kini

Audioholic
You could wait until you return and try to go out and listen in person or get a pair of each from Crutchfield. I believe the return shipping for larger towers is $75. Small price to pay to know for sure.
 
KEW

KEW

Audioholic Overlord
If I were in your shoes and had to make a call without any opportunity to listen, I would definitely consider the JBL a safer bet!
However, if you really want to do it right, you can order one of each and have 60 days in your own home to compare (and note that Harman labs' research indicates that comparing single speakers works better than comparing stereo pairs - it is easier to hear the difference - that has been my personal experience as well).
Crutchfield offers a 60 day return period and all you are out is the cost of the return shipping. The icing on the cake is that Crutchfield will provide the return shipping (via pre-paid UPS label) for a very reasonable fee. Most items (such as AVR's are only $10 to return). Tower speakers are listed at $75/pr, so I would suspect you would likely end up paying something like $40 or $45 for a single tower return. Of course, just tell them your plan when you talk to the sales guy and ask for the specific cost for a single tower (JBL or Klipsch) return before you order.
It is up to you, but I consider $45 a very reasonable fee to be able to have weeks to listen at my leisure and determine which speaker I like better and know why I like it better! Even if you had the opportunity to hear both speakers locally, the likelihood of being able to hear both in the same room is low, and the influence of the room on the sound is substantial. Then there is always the possibility that a store may do something deceptive like using a miniDSP to tune one speaker to the room while the other is without alteration (I think this type of deception is rare, but have seen it done - whether accidental or not, I don't know). I am a huge fan of having a speaker in my room, setup by me with my gear for evaluation purposes!


Crutchfield 60 day return policies:

Return prices are listed under the second pull-down at the link above!

If you are like many people, this (Covid) is a great time to spend performing an in-home trial like this since you are spending more time hanging out at the house anyway!

Edit: Sorry @kini , I did not see your post before I made mine!
 
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Bone-Head

Audioholic Intern
You could wait until you return and try to go out and listen in person or get a pair of each from Crutchfield. I believe the return shipping for larger towers is $75. Small price to pay to know for sure.
That’s where I plan on getting them, thanks
 
ToniScot

ToniScot

Enthusiast
Hello! I cannot answer your specific question because I did not hear the specific Klipsch model you mentioned. I can tell you that we have prepared HDi3800 for review and it will be completed soon. It was published a few months ago. e to demonstrate in real-time. Sometimes it can help me make a good choice. But this is all relative.
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Spartan
@Bone-Head
I saw you mention elsewhere you are considering the Polk Legends.
These Klipsch Speakers may sound good to many people and are often labeled as "fun." As I stated before, Klipsch isn't exactly known for accurate and neutral sound reproduction.

If you are in the market for high quality speakers that can be used from HT to Music in a very respectable system, the the three NEW speaker systems I would steer you to are the JBL HDIs, Perhaps the Polk Legends (though I question the efficacy of the design on the flagship tower), or the DefTech Demands.
All of these have been reviewed here at AH to pretty high regard.

Beyond that... depending on your budget...
Monitor Audio Gold should be on your list to check out.

If you are crazy into super accurate music reproduction, perhaps look at something a little more specialized. The Philharmonic Audio BMRs will soon be joined by a Tower. You could put together an amazing 5-channel system with these and a high quality sub or two. Also Salk Sound. Both of these companies are internet direct, but the gear is top notch.

There are, of course, many other speakers out there. It all boils down to your goals and aesthetics.
 
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Kleinst

Full Audioholic
Not to steer too far off the topic but has anyone heard both the JBL HDI's and the JBL 590s? The build quality would be dramatically better on the HDI's clearly as the 590 build quality is poor (I have them and like them). But I'm curious the relative sound quality relative to the price difference.
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Spartan
Not to steer too far off the topic but has anyone heard both the JBL HDI's and the JBL 590s? The build quality would be dramatically better on the HDI's clearly as the 590 build quality is poor (I have them and like them). But I'm curious the relative sound quality relative to the price difference.
Find the video AH did on the HDI series tech.
 

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