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A/V Waterproof Speakers [56k warning!]

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GreatOldOne, 17 Jul 2003.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Guys,

    I'd like to run another stereo pair from my Sony STR-DB1080, which will be out in the garden (So I can annoy the neighbours....)

    Any recomendations on manufacturers / suppliers? They'll need to be able to handle 100 watts, pref. be 8 ohm and of course be water / weather proof.

    I've found these:

    http://www.sonance.com/subs/product...akers&thread_two_cat_id=&thread_two_cat_name=

    I'm not sure about cheesy rock enclosures, but paintability would be plus.

    Ta,

    GOO
     
  2. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    not quite sure fo the exact model number but bose do some that are tall and curved that are very nice, i have a friend that has them in a jacuzzi room and it gets very wet and steamy in there and they get soaked and work great, apparently they can operate underwater though i fail so see how the terminals wouldnt short out.
    but yeah, they are good

    EDIT: got the numbers, they do a 151 ($250 a pair) which is the smaller ones and the 251 are the bigger ones ($400 a pair)

    the bigger ones are well worth the money, if you have $400 to spend on speakers anyway
     
  3. penski

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    <sotto>Have you seen his watch?</sotto>

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  4. Reflex

    Reflex What's a Dremel?

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    T3 did a quick review of a few of them.

    £720 will get you some Tannoy 1A speakers. Great sound, great price (if you're a millionaire :D )
    £300 for some B&W WM4, best buy they reckon. Elementsborrowed from the Nautilus range so they got to be pretty good sounding.
    £200 for Boston Voyager 2, these apparently are completely water proof, designed for yacting so I should think so :p
    £500 will get some Speakercraft Weathercraft WS940, large speakers but good all round.
    £200 will get you one of those rock speakers, 75w isnt bad though.
     
  5. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    These?

    http://www.bose.co.uk/home_audio/env_speakers/151/
    http://www.bose.co.uk/home_audio/env_speakers/251/

    Like the look of the 251's... But to be honest, a garden isn't really the best place for acoustic perfection - maybe Bose could be a little overkill.

    [edit] Just rang the Bose dealer in Northampton, and the 151's are £220 a pair, and the 251's are £380 a pair. hmmmmm ;)
     
  6. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    hmm only about 50% more than america then
    right

    you must be able to find them cheaper than that, i think my mate paid about 300 pounds (theres no pound sign on the keyboard im on at work, hmm) but you would blatantly get the,m cheaper somewhere else

    the garden is as good a place as any for acoustic perfection :D
     
  7. NuTech

    NuTech Minimodder

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    Bose are notorious for their America/England price jump.

    When I was in the US recently, I was tempted to buy my Bose system there after they put on a 30 min demonstration for us. The saving was £800-ish :eeek:.
     
  8. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    i visit my parents in the states about 2x a year and each time bring back arseloads of things the customs officer would be delighted to know about, i just try not to look suspicious and make up a crappy explanation if they stop me
     
  9. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    I've plumped for the B&W WM4's - should get them in about a week. So expect rain once I've put them up!! :D

    Any of you guys used coax as speaker cable before? I was thinking or running this out to them, as the cable sheathing will be UV resistant.
     
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    Haddy World Domination

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    Copper is copper....Depending on the guage needed...
     
  11. :: Phat ::

    :: Phat :: Oooh shakalaka!

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    welcome to the B&W owners club ;)
     
  12. micb

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    I have heard those Bose 151 outdoor speakers, IMO there are v poor indeed.
     
  13. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Well - spent Saturday afternoon installing the WM4's. Very nice sound, considering the size of the speaker and the acoustic qualitites of a garden.

    The sound is very 'focused' and seems only to fall within the garden itself, so not much chance of annoying the neigbours unless I start playing stuff at "11" levels.

    Recomended! Thanks for putting me onto them, Reflex :thumb:

    I'll take piccies if there's sufficient interest.
     
  14. penski

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    What forum are you on? :p

    Piccurs please :)

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  15. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    What was I thinking? :duh:

    I'll sort something out when I get in from work. :D
     
  16. GreatOldOne

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    As promised:

    They're mounted on my back wall, either side of my kitchen window.
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    I've angled them in so they converge on the patio table which sits on a deck at the back of the garden (out of shot)
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    Side shot showing the mounting bracket
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    Front of the speaker
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    Loverly Bl00 speaker cable! :D This runs around the side of my house, through the wall and terminates at two sets of binding posts mounted on a single socket blanking plate, situated behind my 'stack'. Then it's two short runs of bananana plugged cable to the B outputs of my Sony amp.
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    And this is the Philips IR transmitter that sits in the patio door window so we can control the CD and Amp from out in the garden. There's another unit that retransmits that sits in the lounge.
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  17. penski

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    How easy would they be to steal?

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  18. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    thats exactly what i was thinking, it looks as if they are just screwed into the wall.

    ill be round later :naughty:
     
  19. Iamgoodyy

    Iamgoodyy What's a Dremel?

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    Give them a nice coat of brown vinyle dye and no one would ever see them. Plus, no theif thinks of stealing outdoor speakers in my opinion.
     
  20. penski

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    I would.

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