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Mike Anderson
2010-06-11, 18:39
I'm looking for outdoor speakers for my patio.

Ideally, I'm thinking of a pair of powered speakers that work wirelessly. For example, I'd plug something into the RCA outs of my Squeezebox and, and they'd transmit the signal to the speakers.

Does such a thing exist? If not, what's the next most elegant solution?

aubuti
2010-06-12, 00:02
I've mostly heard bad things about wireless speakers in general: susceptible to static, interference from other wireless devices like cordless phones, baby monitors, etc. There may be good wireless speakers out there, but there are a lot of bad ones.

I recently got a pair of passive Polk Atrium 45 speakers for my deck. I connect them with outdoor-grade, direct-burial rated speaker cable that runs back into my basement, where I have an AudioSource AMP100 and SBR. Been working great so far.

pablolie
2010-06-12, 06:50
if i had to do it all over again i'd simply use a Squeezebox Boom.

i do have a permanent setup in the back garden: a pair of Polk Atrium 55 that still look new after being out there for over 6 years. Use some decent cable to hook them up to a cheap Sony Amp that is in an outside cabinet, and I will connect a SB3 to the amp whenever I play music (I don't leave the SB3 outside).

Mike Anderson
2010-06-12, 11:02
if i had to do it all over again i'd simply use a Squeezebox Boom.

Is the Boom loud enough to cover a small/medium outdoor area - say 25' by 30'?

pablolie
2010-06-12, 22:14
i definitely think so. outdoors is a terrible listening environment anyhow, and neighbors typically don't appreciate adequate volume levels for active music listening. :-)

i do think the Boom could do the job (at least for me)

aubuti
2010-06-12, 23:43
Is the Boom loud enough to cover a small/medium outdoor area - say 25' by 30'?
Until I got the Polks 2 months ago I was using a Boom for around 2 years in a similarly sized area and it was okay. It depends on how loud you mean by "cover". Because the sound dissipates so rapidly with distance outdoors the single point location of the Boom means that to be heard at the edges of your area it has to be a _lot_ louder near the Boom itself. In my particular configuration I have to live with a bit too much separation of the Polks, but the upside is that the sound level is more uniform across the space. There's too much left channel in some places and too much right channel in some places, but like Pablo said, outdoors is not an ideal listening environment to begin with.

Mike Anderson
2010-06-13, 22:33
Alright, I'm sold. Ordered one, should be here this week!

pski
2010-06-14, 18:25
Is the Boom loud enough to cover a small/medium outdoor area - say 25' by 30'?

Find a decent used sub and the boom works fine. I use a velodyne va907.

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