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aubuti
2010-03-26, 12:37
Now that the weather is starting to get warmer (at least in the N hemisphere) I'm thinking about getting outdoor speakers for my deck/patio. I've seen a few speaker models mentioned in disparate threads, but wanted to see if a specific thread would draw out a few more suggestions. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something a step (or 2-3 steps) up from the Boom that I've been using in that location until now. The budget for speakers is US$100-300, plus another $100-150 for an amp. The amp is likely to be an AudioSource Amp100, as I've been happy with the one I already have in my kitchen. The area to be covered is roughly 30 feet x 30 feet (10m x 10m).

I await the forums' collective words of wisdom........

chrisla
2010-03-26, 13:00
Big thumbs up for the *Polk Audio Atrium 45 All-Weather Speakers. *

We have them out by the hot tub. I think they sound great, and we have had
several guests randomly compliment them. They should be in the price range
you are thinking. I happened to get mine with "ThankYou" points from
Citibank. They've been outdoors only covered by tree canopy all winter and
still look fine weather wise.

I have mine hooked to an old car amp and a ridiculously over sized linear
power supply.

Alternatively thumbs down for the comparatively priced Cambridge Soundworks
ones. I have three other sets of various Cambridge speaker sets that I am
happy with, but the outdoor ones (that I have in a second location) fall
flat (mainly poor bass response).

Good luck, post your results, thinking of replacing the CS ones.

-Chris

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer (at least in the N
> hemisphere) I'm thinking about getting outdoor speakers for my
> deck/patio. I've seen a few speaker models mentioned in disparate
> threads, but wanted to see if a specific thread would draw out a few
> more suggestions. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something a
> step (or 2-3 steps) up from the Boom that I've been using in that
> location until now. The budget for speakers is US$100-300, plus another
> $100-150 for an amp. The amp is likely to be an AudioSource Amp100, as
> I've been happy with the one I already have in my kitchen. The area to
> be covered is roughly 30 feet x 30 feet (10m x 10m).
>
> I await the forums' collective words of wisdom........
>
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Mark Miksis
2010-03-26, 15:55
I am happy with the NHT Outdoor Ones.

aubuti
2010-04-13, 07:11
Thanks for the replies. I decided to start on the lower end of the budget and went with the Polk Atrium 45. Installed them over the weekend and listened to them for a few hours and I'm quite pleased. Obviously this isn't a critical listening situation, what with the ambient semi-urban noise of cars, lawn mowers, helicopters, etc. But great for background music or casual listening at volumes that won't bother the neighbors.

If anyone else is thinking along these lines, I should say that the AudioSource AMP100 may be a little underpowered for the Atrium 45 speakers. I know that outdoor speakers tend to sound soft because you're not containing the sound within a room, but even on my tests of the system indoors I had to crank the amp's volume more than I expected to get a decent volume level (especially compared to using the same model amp with 2 pairs of Polk RC60i speakers in my kitchen). It's good enough for the volume levels I've needed so far, but it wouldn't stand up to an outdoor dance party. I'll try a different amp at some point to compare.