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water
2005-08-09, 06:40
I'm looking into installing an sb2 in my bathroom, and have searched the net and these forums but haven't been able to come up with the setup of choice yet.

Due to the high humidity I'm planning to build a plexiglass case for the sb2.

As for the speakers I'd really prefere to find a small set of powered outdoor speakers but so far I've only been able to find un-powerd speakers like : http://www.nilesaudio.com/products/os_speakersnew.html that do seem very nice except for the lack of powering...

I've also been looking at the t-amp : http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/6cd8/ it's cheap and small and woul easily fit in a plexiglass case. But it would probably be a hassle to turn it's power on and off, and I would really prefere to not use an amp.

So are there any setups like this out there that people are happy with?

:water

Craig
2005-08-09, 09:18
I'm considering the same thing myself, My plan is to mount the SB in the airing cupboard with an bezelled opening for the display and IR detector. I was going to get an amp from Richers and some moisture proof ceiling speakers, maybe even car speakers because they don't always use paper cones.

Craig

pfarrell
2005-08-09, 09:50
On Tue, 2005-08-09 at 09:18 -0700, Craig wrote:
> detector. I was going to get an amp from Richers and some moisture
> proof ceiling speakers, maybe even car speakers because they don't
> always use paper cones.

Look at marine stuff they have lots of moisture resistant stuff, West
Marine has stores everywhere. None of it is "water proof" but lots is
moisture resistant.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

water
2005-08-09, 11:10
I've just orderd the t-amp, but haven't decided if I'm gonna use batteries or electricity to power it...

and now the quest for the right speakers continues ;)

:water

MrC
2005-08-09, 13:22
This seems like way too much time in the bathroom! :-)

JJZolx
2005-08-09, 13:33
This seems like way too much time in the bathroom! :-)
Wow, no kidding. I think if I wanted music in the can that I'd just run ceiling speakers to a whole-house audio system or else to an audio system in an adjacent bedroom. The only otehr thing I'd want in the bathroom would be a volume control.

ceejay
2005-08-09, 14:10
Wow, no kidding. I think if I wanted music in the can that I'd just run ceiling speakers to a whole-house audio system or else to an audio system in an adjacent bedroom.

Hmm, not sure if we have another British - American English debate starting here. I frequently spend an hour or more in the bathroom, where else would you go for a nice long bath? Preferably with a good crossword. Plenty of time to listen to some music.

This thread has got me thinking about how and where to deploy a SB2 myself. Perhaps some ceiling-mounted speakers....

Ceejay.

Craig
2005-08-09, 15:14
Perhaps some ceiling-mounted speakers....

Ceejay.

That's the problem, finding something moistureproof that goes below 150hz

Craig

MrC
2005-08-09, 17:20
How about high-wall mounted? If that's ok, check out the Yamaha NSAW350W. Here's a brief overview:

http://www.computeryard.com/lookitem-B0001VHARY.html

Aylwin
2005-08-10, 00:44
Wow, no kidding. I think if I wanted music in the can that I'd just run ceiling speakers to a whole-house audio system or else to an audio system in an adjacent bedroom. The only otehr thing I'd want in the bathroom would be a volume control.That's kinda what I've done. My SB2 is in the dining room and it's adjacent to the sauna and bathroom. So i've installed marine speakers in the sauna and connected them as B speakers to the integrated amp. It's not very flexible as the control is in the dining room but it's better than nothing. Besides, we don't spend too much time in the bathroom. At least not so much time that adjusting volume, managing the playlist and so on is an important issue.

Anyway, you can find some interesting in-wall solutions here: http://www.slimdevices.com/dev_plugins.html#mods

Fifer
2005-08-10, 01:33
I suspect that the remote might not stand up too well to the moist environment and wet hands?

water
2005-08-10, 01:42
The remote is easier replacable than the rest ;)

I haven't had time to check it out yet, but the remote over here : http://www.balboa-instruments.com/index4.html could be a solution.

update : I've sent them an email requesting pricing etc.

:water

Craig
2005-08-10, 07:53
I suspect that the remote might not stand up too well to the moist environment and wet hands?

Cant you just put a condom on it and tie the end up? ;-)

Craig

PiNPOiNT
2006-07-27, 12:44
I am currently about to setup a very similar situation. I have a boombox in my bathroom right now and enjoy listening to music while in the shower. It's been in there for the last 10 years, and still works fine. I guess it doesnt have paper cones for the speakers. Anywhoo, i've never had a problem with electric shocks either, Its plugged into the wall, with one of those circuit breaker type outlets just incase.

I want to have now have the SB in the bathroom also, and i'm hoping it will stand up to the same amount of moisture. Hopefully it doesn't fog up behind the glass or something. I guess i could make a plexiglass case and mount that to the wall. I'm planning on using some of those Edirol MD15D's speakers with it. Do they have paper cones? I imagine so. I wonder how long they will last before they die. I am willing to find out :)

Ill keep you posted of what happens.

Pale Blue Ego
2006-07-27, 14:27
The Voyager series from Boston Acoustics are, I believe, not just moisture-resistant but completely waterproof. They will keep on playing even if totally immersed. They sound good, too. In a small room the relative lack of deep bass shouldn't be a problem.

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/home_product.aspx?collection_id=1&category_id=37

tomsi42
2006-07-27, 15:12
The Voyager series from Boston Acoustics are, I believe, not just moisture-resistant but completely waterproof. They will keep on playing even if totally immersed. They sound good, too. In a small room the relative lack of deep bass shouldn't be a problem.

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/home_product.aspx?collection_id=1&category_id=37

These speakers looks interesting. What's the price range ?

Pale Blue Ego
2006-07-27, 17:54
These speakers looks interesting. What's the price range ?

Doing a quick net search, I see Crutchfield carries most of that line.

model - price- low frequency limit

Voyager 4 - 219/pr - 80Hz
Voyager Pro - 299/pr - 70Hz
Voyager Metro - 299/pr - 65Hz
Voyager 5 - 299/pr - 70Hz
Voyager 6 - 399/pr - 65Hz
Voyager 7 - 599/pr - 59Hz

I also noted that onecall.com has a special on the Voyager Pro (white) at $199/pr. That might be the sweet spot deal.

tomsi42
2006-07-28, 00:01
Doing a quick net search, I see Crutchfield carries most of that line.

model - price- low frequency limit

Voyager 4 - 219/pr - 80Hz
Voyager Pro - 299/pr - 70Hz
Voyager Metro - 299/pr - 65Hz
Voyager 5 - 299/pr - 70Hz
Voyager 6 - 399/pr - 65Hz
Voyager 7 - 599/pr - 59Hz

I also noted that onecall.com has a special on the Voyager Pro (white) at $199/pr. That might be the sweet spot deal.

Not bad at all. Do they sound OK ?

Thanks.

Tom

Phil Leigh
2006-07-28, 11:15
The Voyager series from Boston Acoustics are, I believe, not just moisture-resistant but completely waterproof. They will keep on playing even if totally immersed. They sound good, too. In a small room the relative lack of deep bass shouldn't be a problem.

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/home_product.aspx?collection_id=1&category_id=37

Cool...cue the "SwimServer"

Pale Blue Ego
2006-07-30, 18:47
Not bad at all. Do they sound OK ?

Yes, they sound quite good. Have you heard the Boston A40? That is a good-sounding compact speaker that audiophiles have been pleased with for years. The Voyagers sound better, IMO, because the composite cabinets have less resonance than the thin MDF of the A40.

gusi
2006-07-30, 21:30
Some hotel rooms have ceiling mounted speakers in the bath room, even little tvs in the shaving mirror. No idea what brand they are but the technology is out there.

At home I just have very large speakers in the living room that can fill the whole house with sound. But then I my showers don't last that long.

ymilner
2006-07-31, 04:00
I have installed Fusion marine speakers in the ceiling; and just put the SB2 and Sonic Impact under the shelf. No water protection there; I believe the humidity level is tolerable.
I keep the amp always on, and adjust the volume with the SB2 remote when needed.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7842392&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat86300050000&id=1142300208169

Kyle
2006-07-31, 07:36
I've got the same ceiling mount speakers in the bathroom that I have in other rooms in my house as part of a whole-house audio system. They've been there for five years with no problems at all. Unless you really steam up the bathroom, I wouldn't think you'd need special speakers. If so, outdoor speakers should work fine. Marine would be overkill, IMO.

Craig
2006-07-31, 08:19
I used some Clarian marine speakers in my bathroom and have been very happy with them since I stuffed the ceiling with loft insulation.

Craig

tomsi42
2006-07-31, 13:30
Yes, they sound quite good. Have you heard the Boston A40? That is a good-sounding compact speaker that audiophiles have been pleased with for years. The Voyagers sound better, IMO, because the composite cabinets have less resonance than the thin MDF of the A40.

Haven't heard the A40 - In fact I haven't listened to a set of Boston speaker for about 20 years. But I have found a distributor here in Norway, so I can check them out.

Thanks,
Tom