Jun 16, 2014 3:51 PM, By Bennett Liles
Designed by Niles Audio with a 7in. interlaced carbon-fiber dome woofer and a 1in. tri-laminate Teteron dome tweeter, the OS7.5 indoor/outdoor loudspeaker can work with amplifiers from 5W to 150W while providing a frequency response from 60Hz to 23kHz ±3dB. The Butyl rubber cone surround helps reject weather deterioration, and the integrated mounting bracket simplifies installation. The unit’s gold-plated, inverted five-way binding posts assure the 8Ω connection resists corrosion, and the tapered shape of the cabinet allows mounting in corners and tight spots. The OS7.5 is available in a black or white exterior finish.
The 312CIM three-element, 12in. shaded array loudspeaker system is housed in a copolymer optimized for high UV exposure and harsh weather. One Systems fits it out with a coaxially mounted high-frequency horn and large-format compression driver in the top 12in. element for clear vocals at long range. For full bandwidth frequency response, it may be used with the 118Sub-W or 218 Sub-W. The three-layer grille minimizes rain contact with internal components and the stainless steel four-position barrier strip input connection has a weather cover. The enclosure is equipped with multiple M10 flying points and array brackets are available.
New from QSC in the AcousticDesign surface mount speaker line with both 8Ω and 70/100V operation is the S8T. Equipped with a powder-coated aluminum grille and a sealed input cover, the ABS enclosure meets IEC60529 IP-54 for dust and splash resistance. This model features a 55Hz-20kHz response, 200W power handling with 113dB maximum continuous SPL, and a 105° coverage angle. The 8in. weather-resistant paper-cone woofer is paired with a 1in. exit, 1.4in. voice-coil compression driver for the highs. Installation options are expanded with the yoke mount and M10 Kit-C eyebolt options while the X-Mount allows the enclosure to be installed in a variety of angles without slipping.
RCF USA designed its wide-dispersion P series with IP55-rated cabinets consisting of medium-density polyethylene, and they are fully UV protected. The custom-perforated aluminum grilles include open-cell fibers and water-repellent woven fabric backing to protect internal components from the elements. Watertight multipole wiring terminals make weatherproof connections. The series starts out with the P1108T, which is an 8in. two-way 100W (16Ω or 70V) enclosure. We then step up to the P3108, which is 8in. two-way 300W; P5228, which is a dual 8in. two-way at 500W; and then a 10in. coax at 200W and 15in. coax models at 300 and 500W. And finally, there is the P8015S 800W subwoofer. They can be used in standalone mounting or arranged in clusters of up to four cabinets for higher SPL, longer throw applications.
To blend, almost invisibly, into a range of outdoor environments, the Episode Landscape Series Satellite Speakers from SnapAV have a 1/2in. NPS threaded post that can be used for mounting on the ground, trees, or any flat surface. Using a 6in. polypropylene woofer with Nomex spider and a 3/4in. aluminum dome tweeter to provide 105Hz-19kHz response, the ES-LS-SAT-6-BRN has a four-position rotary tap for use in 70V mode, and it exhibits a dispersion angle of 110 degrees. This model is also available as part of a kit, the KIT-ES-LS-SAT-4, in a group of four paired with a Crown 2-channel amplifier that features customizable DSP settings. The 6in. version is also available in the 1000W Crown amp kit as the KIT-ES-LS-SAT-6-BRN.
The compact, weatherproof Q-6 loudspeaker from Soundsphere is fitted with a structural foam polystyrene housing, which allows the unit to provide a hemispherical coverage pattern. The Q-6 can be ceiling mounted using either the available ceiling bracket or the hanging kit, and it handles 30W RMS power at 4Ω. The system’s frequency response is 70Hz to 17kHz ±6dB. The Q-6 Power2 is a self-powered version with the amplifier mounted in the rear surface of the reflector, and it features an individual level control for each input along with a master level control.
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