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fathom39
2006-07-05, 19:09
Nuthin' Fancy.. I just want tunes in the backyard / patio area. Not interested in rocks. I will mount the speakers under the eaves, run wire back to the amp, and use its A/B switch when needed. Thanks.

Michaelwagner
2006-07-05, 19:40
You might try the search function of the forum. This has been discussed, fairly recently in fact, and there were several good recommendations. Search for outdoor speaker.

Zten
2006-07-05, 20:29
I never heard of this brand, but, I saw a great deal on them in the Sunday Ads. I went to Best Buy and bought a pair. They are outdoor speakers, sound pretty good (definiitely not great, but its pretty hard for anything to sound great outside). I mounted them under the eaves. Anyway, they were normally $129 for the pair, but they were on sale for $60 and you get a $20 gift card with purchase. So for $45 after tax I bought them. Best of all, I won't feel compelled to run outside and grab them when a storm comes. Although I might be nice and bring them in for the winter.

fathom39
2006-07-05, 21:42
You might try the search function of the forum. This has been discussed, fairly recently in fact, and there were several good recommendations. Search for outdoor speaker.

Believe it or not, I did that exactly. And didn't find much. Niles for $600+ and an obscure reference to Paradigm left me with the thought that I should ask the friendly folks that frequent these forums. Thanks.




I never heard of this brand...Anyway, they were normally $129 for the pair, but they were on sale for $60 and you get a $20 gift card with purchase...

Yeah, this is what I had in mind. What brand were they? Thanks Zten!

Michaelwagner
2006-07-05, 22:57
this thread had a number of other recommendations:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=23876&highlight=outdoor+speakers

twylie
2006-07-06, 05:32
The Sonance mariner line is a good speaker - currently on sale here. Lots of other options as well. I've been using Mirage Oasis for a number of years, but they have discontinued the model I am using; haven't heard the Mk II or the Omni's.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/category/type/30

phillyaj
2006-07-06, 06:35
I did the same thing a few years ago. Hardwired and Mounted some Bose 151 speakers under the eves and also when I was getting some kitchen work done, ran some wires for some Rock speakers on the backside of my pool. Using an A/B switch to go from Bose to Rocks. Sometimes you want the music further away when there is some good conversation going on. Just my 2cents. When I was researching there are choices in all price ranges. You can go nuts with outdoor Subs, etc. I figured I would ease my wife into it....hehehe.

Good Luck.

FYI..LOVE MY SQUEEZEBOX. Pumping music to the pool, including Sirius and my music collection. I'm thinking of putting an IR repeater outside so I can use a remote without going to the slider and pointing it into the window

bobharp
2006-07-06, 08:02
I still love my Polk Atriums as noted in the linked thread by Michaelwagner.

azinck3
2006-07-06, 08:07
I've had good luck with the Yorkville Coliseum line. Specifically the Yorkville C130's. Well built, they sound good and come with mounting brackets. Oh, and they're cheap, too.

Edit: sorry, that should be the Coliseum Mini line.

Michaelwagner
2006-07-06, 08:27
the Yorkville Coliseum line.
Designed right here in Toronto. Not sure where they're actually manufactured, tho.

And I noticed, the time before last that I went to see Cirque de Soleil, that they use JBL Control 1s as outdoor speakers. I'm more used to the Control 5s, which are bigger, but the 1s did quite well (and they were suspended on a tent flap, so I'm sure the fact that they're smaller and lighter than 5s was important.

I don't recall Control 1s being rated as outdoor speakers, JBL makes a specific outdoor speaker in that line, but the control 1s looked OK and they'd seen some weather already. Sounded pretty good for such little speakers.

But I don't know if Control 1s are commercially available any more. I seem to recall seeing an announcement that they were going away.

rbakedq
2006-07-06, 10:57
I just bought a pair of Klipsch AW650 outdoor speakers off of Ebay for about $300 + shipping. I mounted them under the eves of my pool house, and am running them with a SB3 (wifi) into an older NAD receiver. I control it with an HP4345 pocket PC. The system sounds great.

Rich

Zten
2006-07-06, 12:24
Yeah, this is what I had in mind. What brand were they? Thanks Zten!

The brand is KLH. Model number C-180B. Check them out on Best Buy's website:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?type=category&id=cat03051

Makes me think of Billy Joel. "Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers, You get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers."

I am WAAAAY too much of a value guy compared to most of the Slim customers. Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty good amp ($600), pretty good set of indoor speakers ($1k), etc, but I really cannot see spending $400+ bucks on speakers that will get rained on (even under the eave, water will get in the front grill for sure). I think for $45 bucks, these speakers are great for outside. My buddy bought a $400 pair of Polks for outdoor, and they do sound better than mine, but he already has the plan to "only bring them out when he wants to listen to music outside" and that just doesn't do it for me.

stinkingpig
2006-07-06, 19:46
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>
> I am WAAAAY too much of a value guy compared to most of the Slim
> customers. Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty good amp ($600), pretty
> good set of indoor speakers ($1k), etc, but I really cannot see
> spending $400+ bucks on speakers that will get rained on. I think for
> $45 bucks, these speakers are great for outside. My buddy bought a $400
> pair of Polks for outdoor, and they do sound better than mine, but he
> already has the plan to "only bring them out when he wants to listen to
> music outside" and that just doesn't do it for me.
>
>
Might as well bring the regular inside speakers out instead...
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