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post #151 of 166 Old 07-21-2008, 08:25 AM
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anyone know of a cheap receiver that can do tri stereo? it would only be used to drive the outdoor speakers.
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Anything with PLII will work. Just tell it you don't have rears and it will work. PLII is a great algorithm, IMO, somewhat better than tri-field, at least for separation and clarity. Trifield is too warm for me generally, though it makes crappy sounding recordings sound pretty decent. I used to demo it with Van Halen II.

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bumping this old thread since im about to buy either the speakercraft oe8 or the bogen a6 armadillos.

can anyone comment on how the armadillos are holding up? im interested in the dents caused by shipping and if the material has peeled over time with weather exposure.

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post #154 of 166 Old 12-14-2009, 07:01 AM
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Very happy w/my A8s. Sound very good, and no degradation over time despite the slight blemishes.
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post #155 of 166 Old 12-16-2009, 07:11 PM
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thats great news. thanks for the reply.

coldmachine, you still have the a8's? how do you like them?

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Have a pair of A6's installed on my patio running on a Sonos ZP100 for about 4 years now. Absolutely love them! I live in CA so the elements aren't too bad, but they have held up excellently - no discoloration and no change at all in performance.

I originally found out about the A8s in this thread and ordered a pair. Unfortunately, they were too big and didn't pass the spouse test so I ordered the A6s and installed them. Still have the A8s in my garage with a secret plan to swap them out at some point and see if she notices... biggrin.gif

Anyway, I would highly recommend to anyone looking into outdoor speakers.
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Hi. Any subwoofer recommendations for any of your setups? Those with A6 and A8's only please. 

 

Thanks in advance.

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still running a pair of A8's outdoors at ground level by pool powered by a Crown CDi1000: still love the sound

never saw an outdoor sub that would match up with them: not sure it is necessary

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Hmmm. Thank you.

 

I find it common amongst people with outdoor speakers that they never have subs. Its hard to believe that they couldn't sound better with a sub. This is my opinion without hearing these A6 and A8's by the way. As much as i want great accuracy i also want to feel the low vibrations of bass you get from say reggae music. 

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Hello again. Anyone else have any feedback on subwoofer recommendations for your outdoor setups? 

 

Thanks in advance.

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Looking at both the A8s and the OE8s

I know this is an old thread but it has a lot of great info!!

How are all the old A8 owners holding up?
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A8's are still in use here: being driven by a Crown Xti 2002: I set them low near the ground and they sound the best that way

I have several sources I can feed outdoors including a Kscape, Sirius music from a Nuvo tuner, Marantz 8005 streamer et al: the Sirius music sounds terrible: the compression seems more noticeable over these speakers

Best sound is from a Sony HAP-Z1ES playing HD audio

edit: saw that Near has a new NEAR IG 6 outdoor in ground speaker system for $4,656.00 reviewed in soundandvision.com jul/aug 2015 issue pg 62: omnidirectional system
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Are you happy with the A8s and how do you like the crown amps? Any issues with that amp?

Seems like a lot of power for a little price.
What do you think of the Near Lb8 series speakers
I'm going to be running the Denon 3100 Avr
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Are you happy with the A8s and how do you like the crown amps? Any issues with that amp?

Seems like a lot of power for a little price.
What do you think of the Near Lb8 series speakers
I'm going to be running the Denon 3100 Avr
I am not familiar with the Lb8: they look similar to the A8s which I love

I like the Crown amp: you can run Audio Architect (Harmon Pro program) and control it through USB port: only downside is it has a fan which is noisy: fan is thermostat controlled so it is usually not running

your Denon should drive a pair of the Nears fine

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I went ahead with the Niles SI 2150 amp. Now it's time to shop for the outdoor speakers. A8s or the OE8s or another speaker that has good clarity sound and bass.
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I use JBL 29av's. They are great, connected to a XLS 1500. No shortage of Bass and clarity is great!

http://www.jblpro.com/pub/install/control/ctrl29av.pdf
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