Feb 11, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
A versatile performer, the SoundTube Entertainment XT850 outdoor, in-ground loudspeaker can connect to 25V, 70V, or 100V sound systems, and it can use its 8ω terminals as well to provide 76Hz-to-10kHz sound at up to 200W maximum program power. The polypropylene woofer and aluminum dome tweeter use the unit's patented BroadBeam waveguide for an even 360-degree dispersion.
The three-way OE8 Three from Speakercraft is available in white or black and includes an 8in. aluminum cone woofer along with an independently pivoting aluminum 1in. dome tweeter and 1 1/2in. aluminum dome midrange driver. The unit can handle up to 150W of power through 8ω producing a 40Hz-to-20kHz ±3dB frequency response.
The SP-RK8 from Speco Technologies' line of rock loudspeakers is available in granite or brown colors and uses an 8in. woofer to produce up to 40W RMS and 80W maximum sound power. The two-way design is fully weatherproof and produces a 50Hz-to-20kHz frequency response.
Designed primarily for outdoor use where sound levels dissipate rapidly, the Tannoy SR601T rock loudspeaker (available in gray, green, and sand) features a full-range 6in. ICT driver to produce a maximum average SPL of 107dB at 60W and includes terminals to connect with low impedance or 70V/100V systems with several selectable power taps.
Released to the market last summer, the new DewPoint outdoor loudspeaker from Thiel Audio has a wedge-shaped, close boundary cabinet to allow the unit to be tucked under overhanging structures and aimed to a desired area. Using a 6.5in. anodized aluminum cone woofer and a 1in. tweeter, the DewPoint provides a 75Hz-to-20kHz response at up to 200W through 4ω.
The Sonoma Ten series from Triad Speakers is a bracket-mounted two-way sealed design that uses a 5 1/4in. aluminum woofer with a 1in. aluminum tweeter to cover its designated area with up to 150W of sound from 60Hz to 20kHz ±3dB. The integrated bracket allows a 40-degree tilt angle and the weather-resistant bass extension system provides maximum dispersion from the small unit.
With an ABS cabinet to stand up to outdoor conditions, the Tru Audio OPD6.1 uses a dual voice coil 6 1/2in. woofer and twin 1in. titanium tweeters to produce stereo sound from a single enclosure. The included bracket and wedge-shaped body allow the unit to be fastened into architectural nooks where it puts out 47Hz-to-20kHz sound with amplification from 5W to 125W.
The NS-AW350 all-weather loudspeaker system from Yamaha is a small unit that mounts with a wall bracket and features a 6 1/2in. polypropylene mica-filled woofer and a 1in. PEI domed tweeter. It handles up to 130W of power in delivering 55Hz-to-40kHz sound through 6ω in an acoustic suspension design.
Yorkville Sound designed its water-resistant C120 loudspeaker for commercial installations, reference monitoring, outdoor use, and even stage monitoring with a press-fit microphone stand mount. The bass reflex enclosure includes a tuned port with a 5in. woofer and swiveling tweeter that together handle 100W power and put out a response of 75Hz to 19kHz.
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