AP850 MasterPro Reference Pair 8" Patio Speakers
Here is a little mini review I did in 12/2008 - linkLinkDescription
Rigid, Acoustically Inert Enclosure,
Teflon®-sealed internal cabinetry & driver
8" polypropylene woofer
2" supernil soft dome tweeter
Power handling: 200W
Frequency Response 22Hz - 20kHz
Impedance 8 ohm 70V switchable
70V tap: 40W, 30W, 25W, 20W
Finishes: White and Black
Includes full swing multi-mount brackets
Gold-plated 5-way binding posts
Powder coated aluminum grille
Unit Dimension: (H x W x D): 15¾" x 11" x 10"
Unit Weight: 16 lbs x 2 = 32 lbs pack
5Yr Warranty (Products sold before July 2006 are 2-Yr Warranty)Comments- Customer Service:
They emailed later that it was backordered and offered to give me an upgrade (not sure if/why it was an upgrade, but...) at $50 off.
So it was good to see how they responded to an adverse situation.
I ended up staying with the same product because I could wait.- Packaging:
Double boxed. Tight fitting.
Directions weren't great, but it was pretty obvious what to do.- Exterior Quality:
The speakers had a cheap plasticy feel and didn't feel like a good "thud" when knuckles wrapped on them, but not bad.
The speaker terminals are not sheilded from the weather, so I wouldn't use these in a non-covered location (like I'm thinking about for my house/porch in WI).- Installation:
Easy. Took off the brackets, screwed into studs, then added speakers. My install location was above normal height so that was the only precarious thing.
It was installed in a metal shed/garage -- large enough for a boat, cars, multiple tractors, etc.- Sound:
The setup was not installed optimally (on purpose) for stereo imaging, but the sound was much better than before (a very old dilapidated mono speaker). Also, this was a metal shed, not a HT install.
Good lows and highs.
Mids a little thin (not unexpected).- Overall:
Caveat about lack of speaker terminal coverage.A compilation of some options:(not all inclusive)- Acoustic Research- Atlantic Technology- Axiom - eg
Axiom Algonquin - link-
Boston - eg Boston Voyager 7- Definitive Technology - eg, Def tech AW6500- James Loudspeaker- JBL - eg JBL S36AWII
- Klipsch - eg Klipsch AW-400- Niles- Polk Audio - eg Polk Audio Atrium 60 All Weather Speakers- Proficient Audio - eg, Proficient audio A830 Ultra- Russound- Speakercraft- TannoyOutdoor subwoofer thread (at TCA): linkHere is a link to a thread I started at Seaton Sound in February: Link
Here is my new link at AVS (in my HT thread) looking for AVS speakers: Link
and at Home Theater Spot: LinkGood luck,Mike