Feb 11, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
It's one thing to craft the finest sound reproduction in a controlled environment with the critical junction of hardware and acousticsthe loudspeaker systemperforming with all the advantages, but bring on the elements, and a whole new challenge emerges in satisfying increasingly sophisticated tastes in music reproduction. The products in our roundup here represent some of the latest advances in unleashing indoor fidelity to the outside world.
The Atlas Sound ATS183GL is designed for use in gardens, theme parks, hotels, or any architecturally landscaped area. It is equipped with a base unit for placement in deep beds. The loudspeaker/transformer unit mounts on top and delivers a response of 43Hz to 20kHz ±7dB in a 360-degree dispersion pattern.
The FMH15T flange-mounted re-entrant horn loudspeaker from Bogen Communications is intended for use indoors or outdoors in the toughest environments such as factories, warehouses, and construction sites. With a built-in rotary impedance selector, the unit provides a 600Hz-to-14kHz response at 15W on 25V or 70V PA systems.
The Bose Free Space 51 landscape loudspeaker uses a radial design and a special internal port structure to allow its 4.5in. driver to evenly spread sound over a 360-degree pattern from a height of 14in. The unit is compatible with amplifiers rated from 10W to 100W at 4&OMEGA; to 8&OMEGA;.
Top of the line in the Boston Acoustics Voyager series of weatherproof rock loudspeakers, the RK8T2 has a frequency response of 50Hz to 20kHz ±3dB for a recommended amp power of 20W to 200W. The 8in. bass unit is complemented by the dual 1in. soft dome tweeters set at an angle for better HF sound dispersion.
The WM6 waterproof sound monitor from Bowers & Wilkins is a two-way vented box system with a 1in. Nautilus tube metal dome HF driver and a 6.5in. woven fiberglass cone for bass and midrange with a frequency range of 50Hz to 30kHz -6dB. The unit can handle amplifiers from 25W to 100W on 8ω.
Covering a wide, 120-degree pattern and capable of playing a variety of sound roles, the WET2W8 from Community Professional Loudspeakers has a frequency response of 80Hz to 15kHz ±3dB and maximum power handling of 250W RMS with a variety of power taps for 70V and 100V systems. The enclosure features a three-layer Weather-Stop grille of stainless steel mesh.
Dual Electronics offers its LUR66E two-way outdoor rock loudspeaker for a look that blends with a sandstone motif in back yards, pools, and patios to cover 100 to 450 square yards per pair. Each unit has a frequency response from 70Hz to 20kHz at 8ω and 160W power handling.
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