JBL 4367 shoutiness remedies?

Hello all, I am a first time post-er, so pardon me if I am clumsy with this venue. 
I live in a small town on an island in SE Alaska, and do not have immediate access to anywhere locally that sells hifi equipment besides Walmart. So after reading complimentary reviews, I ordered from USA Tube Audio a pair of JBL 4367 speakers, ..a two way design  with a woofer and a horn. I have about 20 hours on the speakers, driving them with a Primare I35 Integrated Amplifier and a perceived higher end Primare CD player., and for an alternate music source, I use Music Choice from my cable box. I also have a 10 band graphic EQ to tailor the  sound to my liking. The issue I bought when I paid for the speakers is a  loudly blaring shoutiness in the range of frequencies of the human voice. It can be loud and overpowering even with EQ attenuating the frequencies between 500 and 4khz. I called the dealer who I bought them from for advice..he told me the amp and cd player are junk, ($6000 junk) and the only way to fix the shoutiness was to buy tube equipment.  On some recordings, the speakers sound wonderful, but on some, it makes me question whether or not they're worth keeping. The room in the apt I have them in is about 15x18 with low ceilings. Does anyone have any practical suggestions or ideas on how to remedy or at least partially correct this issue? Thank you for reading.

 I've owned many JBL's, and yes the horn loaded speakers are "shouty". The 1400's I own now are an exception.

 Part of the problem is that JBL's are dynamic - little sound compression on transients, this can be tiring. Exhilarating but fatiguing.

 I don't have a solution, maybe class A or tubes. Your speakers are very efficient - you don't need a very powerful amp.

Well old thread but it might help newer owners. 

I have had this speaker for a week and I don’t really find them shouty but can understand why some feel that way. 

Two things that change it are toe angle and speaker height. Toe out works but once you get it out far enough to reduce the forward mids you start to lose details in the highs. I have found a better solution is to get the height right. Once you get below the tweeter the forwardness drops off. Just don’t go too far or you start to lose details in the highs again. I am still playing with stand height on a make shift stand but plan to build a nice stand this week once I decide on height. There seems to be some play and it is not hyper critical but does really change the speaker’s sound.


I heard the 4367 set up properly with Esoteric digital and Dartzeel 108 integrated. Exceptional sound!