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Klipsch cdt-5800-c ii Review

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II Review

At A Glance

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II Review

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II 8" In-Ceiling Pivoting Speaker

Editors Rating



The Klipsch CDT-5800-C II maintains the core technology use of a premium 1” Titanium compression driver (tweeter) mated to an exclusive Tractrix® Horn combined with a large 8” Cerametallic™ woofer in a 2-way design.

Now with a new low-profile, more elegant grille and refinements to both high frequency and low frequency reproduction, it continues as a high-performance choice for everything from 2-channel music playback to full, large room surround sound use.


With integrated whole-house audio systems becoming more popular than ever, Klipsch designed the CDT-5800-C II to meet the market's demand for a high-performance in-ceiling loudspeaker that easily challenges the inherent limitations of fixed locations.


  • 1” Titanium Tweeter
  • 8" Cerametallic Woofer
  • Horn-loaded technology
  • Controlled Dispersion Technology® (CDT)
  • Treble and midbass attenuation switches
  • Low-profile SlimTrim™ magnetic grille

What is the difference between Klipsch cdt-5800 cii, Klipsch pro 4800 c and the Klipsch pro 4803-c?

The main differences include the 5800's directional, cerametallic woofer versus the 4800's non-directional, fiber woofer.

The 5800’s has the Controlled Dispersion Technology® (CDT) feature that can direct the sound at selected directions at every level.

The difference in price for the 5800's is in the woofer.

Klipsch cdt-5800 c ii

Klipsch pro 4800 c

Klipsch pro 4803-c

  • 1” Titanium Tweeter
  • 8" Cerametallic Woofer
  • Horn-loaded technology
  • Controlled Dispersion Technology® (CDT)
  • Treble and midbass attenuation switches
  • Low profile SlimTrim™ magnetic grille
  • 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter
  • 8” Woven Synthetic Fiber Woofer

  • 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter
  • 1.5” Titanium Dome Driver
  • 8” Woven Synthetic Fiber Woofer

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II 8" In-Ceiling Pivoting Speaker


  • PREMIUM, HIGH DEFINITION NETWORK: perfect blending between drivers for full bandwidth balanced response
  • TREBLE AND MIDBASS ATTENTUATION SWITCHES: allows reduction of high and/or low frequency output in challenging install applications allowing a better frequency balance
  • SURE-GRIP MOUNTING DOGS: provide even pressure against drywall for long-term installation reliability
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE KLIPSCH IK-800-C INSTALL KIT: For increased mounting flexibility and pre-install marking during new construction
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE KLIPSCH ME-800-C FIRE-RATED SPEAKER ENCLOSURE: for meeting building codes and/or reduction of transferred sound between rooms


  • Tightening too much the mounting brackets may crush drywall
  • Price is for one speaker not for pair



Frequency Response

49Hz-23KHz ± 3dB


95dB @ 2.83V / 1m

Nominal Impedance

8 ohms compatible

Crossover Frequency


Power Handling

50W RMS / 200W Peak

Recommended Amplifier Power

100 W

High Frequency Driver

1” (2.54cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver mated to a swiveling 100° round Tractrix® Horn

Low Frequency Driver

8" (20.32cm) pivoting Cerametallic™ cone woofer

Enclosure Material/Type

ABS/Infinite baffle, front flush with wall

Wire Gauge Accommodated

12 ga


11" (27.94cm)

Cutout Dimensions

9.8" (24.89cm)

Mounting Depth

5.4" (13.72cm)


7.4 lbs. (3.36kg)


White paintable frame and grille

Installation Kit

IK-800-C (sold separately)

Fire Rated Enclosure

ME-800-C (sold separately)

Built From


Final Verdict:

Klipsch CDT-5800-C II architectural speakers have been designed to deliver great sound while remaining unobtrusive wherever you install them. With an all new grille that blends in with the wall more attractively. 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 95dB efficiency of this speaker means it will play much louder at low power than other less-efficient speakers.

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