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post #1 of 12 Old 01-14-2018, 05:32 PM - Thread Starter
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Outdoor Speakers

Good afternoon all, im looking to get 2 (1 pair) of outdoor speakers and one amp. The speakers will be under a roof but will be outside, this is for my pool area, and im also looking for an amp to feed them... I want good quality speaker but dont want to go crazy on them since after certain volume i will start bothering my neighboors and bad things will happen. I only have neighboors on the sides, since i have lake on the back...

So right now im thinking about Polk Audio Atrium 6 with a sonos connect amp... The speakers have really good reviews, im just not 100% on a $500 amp for 2 speakers, not sure what i gain with sonos, that i wont get with a cheaper receiver and a google audio chrome connected to it, but everyone seems to recommend that sonos connect amp

Also i currently dont have any Sonos gear
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I did a summary of "ALL WIRELESS" Sound Systems, incl. various Proprietary Solutions, such as Sonos and others. It also includes a summary of different techniques for providing Wireless Extension from an Existing AVR to remote Powered Speakers...and even Unpowered Speakers....of which there are MANY to chose from, rather than just overpriced SONUS 1, 3 or 5:
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/109-home-theater-box/2935604-best-wireless-setup-under-1000-b7-oled.html#post55188564

Note that using one of the Audio Extender Solutions opens up a VERY WIDE selection of Outdoor Speakers...on which you should be spending the majority of your budget. One type of Extender relies on you using a POWERED Outdoor Speaker, whereas a second type has a healthy AMP built-into the Extender's Receiver Box....which could be used with Unpowered Outdoor Speakers....but you would need to mount the Receiver/AMP out of the weather, such as inside an Outdoor Cabinet or Cooking Center.

I did not include a summary of Powered and Unpowered OUTDOOR Speakers, which is adequately covered in fol. articles: [Most are POWERED Speakers]
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-ou...view-2785.html
https://www.lifewire.com/best-outdoo...to-buy-4062144
https://www.crutchfield.com/S-dS7gP5DBNVs/fg_12400_FFCustomer_Rating|[rank1]5%20stars[img]/Best-Outdoor-Speakers.html
http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/b...tdoor-speakers

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is your intent to keep the amp outside as well or will you be punching a hole through the exterior wall for speaker wire?

I've heard good things about the Atrium series. I went with Klipsch AW-650s for my back yard. If you are running wire through the wall, a much cheaper amp can be used. In fact, I've got mine set up as zone 2 off of an 15 year old Denon AVR. I prefer wired speakers as I've not experienced the new wireless speakers, and older ones had issues staying connected.

Vinyl, tape, digital... I don't care as long as I can listen to my music...
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I am looking at AmbiSonic Systems new Immersive HD Landscape Series.

http://ambisonicsystems.com/

https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...-outdoor-sound
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I have 4 Def Tech AW6500 across the back of my house tucked up under the Gutters and overhang. I power these with an old kenwood receiver I bought in 1997 part of a $750 speaker/receiver package, so doubtful these are getting many watts, receiver "says" 100x2. The outdoor section gets very little comments, but I have nothing but good things to say about these, I would purchase again. They are at least 5 years old and still sound excellent.
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I have 4 Def Tech AW6500 across the back of my house tucked up under the Gutters and overhang. I power these with an old kenwood receiver I bought in 1997 part of a $750 speaker/receiver package, so doubtful these are getting many watts, receiver "says" 100x2. The outdoor section gets very little comments, but I have nothing but good things to say about these, I would purchase again. They are at least 5 years old and still sound excellent.
I like these a lot...not a lot of press, but perform really well. Would be interested in someone doing a comparison with the Klipsch AW-6500.

Main 7.1 HT: Dali Zensor (7s, Vokal, and 1s), Emotiva E2s, HSU ULS-15 MK2, Emotiva BasX preamp/amps (MC-700, A-300, A-500)
Kid’s 5.1 HT: Dali Oberon (5s, Vokal), RSL C34Es, HSU VTF-2 MK5, Denon X2400H
7-Zone CCA/Spotify WHA: Paradigm (E-80Rs x6, P-80SM), Def Tech AW6500s, Polk MC-80, Emotiva BasX amps (A-700, A-500), FiiO D3 DACs
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I just picked up a pair of DT aw6500 to replace a pair of Yamaha aw350



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Living room: Sony 75x940D, Yamaha RX-A1080 receiver, Klipsch RP-8000F , Klipsch RP-504C, MA Radius 45s, Outlaw EX LFM 1-Plus, XBOX One S, PS 3, Roku Ultra
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I just picked up a pair of DT aw6500 to replace a pair of Yamaha aw350
Impressions?

Main 7.1 HT: Dali Zensor (7s, Vokal, and 1s), Emotiva E2s, HSU ULS-15 MK2, Emotiva BasX preamp/amps (MC-700, A-300, A-500)
Kid’s 5.1 HT: Dali Oberon (5s, Vokal), RSL C34Es, HSU VTF-2 MK5, Denon X2400H
7-Zone CCA/Spotify WHA: Paradigm (E-80Rs x6, P-80SM), Def Tech AW6500s, Polk MC-80, Emotiva BasX amps (A-700, A-500), FiiO D3 DACs
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Impressions?
Significant improvement! Especially the bass!

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I use a pair of OSD AP840 for my fronts and a pair of Optimus LS3 as the surrounds




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Pioneer Elite SC LX502/BDP Pioneer Elite 85FD/Logitech Touch
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I just noticed that my Post #2 had the WRONG link to my Market Survey of ALL WIRELESS SYSTEMS and WIRELESS EXTENDERS:
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/109-h...l#post55188564

PS: My son is using SONUS Soundbar/SW [Nice Imaging....but VERY Muddy Mid-Bass] and Sonus-5 as (Side) Surround speakers indoors.....as well as next to outdoor pool....I am NOT impressed by either setup....and I am getting TIRED of hearing mostly the SAME Brazilian or Hawaiian Music Tracks streamed from an iPhone every time we visit....guess I need to get them to find some Streams other than (I think?) Pandora.

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I was torn between the Def Tech, Klipsch, and KEF. I ended up going with 2 KEF Ventura 6's on my patio (27'L X 14'4"W X 10'H). When I was ready to pull the trigger the price difference between the KEF and Klipsch was $15 on A4L, the Def Tech were about $55 more than the KEF. Since I already have some Q300's I trust the KEF and the speakers they make. They sound really good and easily carry the sound out into my back yard. I might end up adding 2 more, but I don't really need to, more of a want than anything. They go plenty loud and are set as my Zone 2 on my 6012.
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