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In summary, the Klipsch KD-400 2-Way Active Wireless Bookshelf Speakers are a great option for those looking for an easy-to-use solution for their home entertainment needs. The range of connections makes it easy to connect to almost any audio source and the sound quality is good for its price range. The bass could be a bit muddier and the highs a bit more detailed, but overall I think the sound quality is good. The Dhorm tweeters help to deliver the highs of your music with a wide dynamic range and low distortion, and the built-in amplifier is powerful enough to fill a room with sound.
The ideal user profile for these speakers would be someone who wants an easy-to-use audio solution for their home entertainment needs. The least ideal user profile would be those who are looking for a higher-end audio experience.
Overall, I think the Klipsch KD-400 is a good pick for those who are looking for a good sound quality in the mid-range price range. It is an easy-to-use solution for home entertainment and offers solid bass and highs with low distortion.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Klipsch KD-400 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.