Outdoor Speakers Technology Showcase
Jun 6, 2011 11:54 AM, by Mark Johnson
JBL’s Control 30 is composed of a 10in. fiberglass/Kevlar cone and coaxial mid-high drives with an anodized aluminum cone and titanium diaphragm. The enclosure is constructed of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) with 10 percent glass fill plus an internal 5mm. foamed polyurethane secondary mold. A multilayer grille helps protect the drivers.
The CA-800T from Klipsch features a paintable UV-resistant ABS enclosure and an aluminum grille. Color options are black or white. The speaker includes an internal multitap transformer with 70V settings of 60W, 30W, 15W, 7.5W, and 3.7W. The settings for 100V are 60W, 30W, 15W, and 7.5W. The 8in. woofer and 1in. HF compression driver provide a frequency response of 64Hz to 17.5kHz.
Martin Audio manufactures the AM12, which is a two-way system with a 12in. waterproof cone and a 1in. exit HF compression driver mounted to a rotatable 80 degree-by-50-degree constant-velocity horn. The enclosure is finished internally and externally in a textured high-density polyurethane coating. The grille is galvanized, powder-coated, and fitted with an integral water barrier.
The OS7.5 from Niles Audio features an integrated woofer/baffle assembly with an interlaced carbon fiber cone. A 1in. trilaminate Teteron dome tweeter provides high-frequency response out to 23kHz. The OS7.5 exceeds military anti-corrosion specifications.
One Systems offers the POPS 15 powered outdoor presentation system, which features an injection-molded enclosure using a resin designed to withstand harsh weather and high UV exposure. The system incorporates a 15in. low-frequency driver and a 60-degree-by-40-degree high-Q horn. The POPS 15 is biamplified with 3000W total peak power.
The PSB Speakers CS1000 universal speaker features a 6.5in. clay/ceramic-filled injection molded polypropylene low-frequency cone and a 1in. titanium dome high-frequency cone. The thick-walled UV-resistant polypropylene enclosure comes in black or white and is paintable.
QSC Audio takes products from its WideLine series and manufacturers weatherized versions including the WL2102-wx, which features a birch plywood enclosure encapsulated in fiberglass. The stainless steel grilles are covered with an outdoor-rated vinyl coating and lined with acoustic foam and a woven stainless steel mesh.
The Episode ES-AW-6 all-weather speaker from SnapAV comprises a 6in. polypropylene cone low-frequency driver and a 1in. aluminum dome tweeter. The cabinet is made of UV-treated polypropylene and is available in black or white. Its frequency response is 65Hz to 20kHz.
Sonance’s Mariner series outdoor speakers features the Mariner 82 with a one-piece 8in. polypropylene cone low-frequency driver and a 1in. polyurethane dome high-frequency driver. The sealed, paintable enclosure is constructed of polypropylene and comes in black and white.
The XT850 outdoor/in-ground speaker from SoundTube Entertainment features a UV-, scratch-, and weather-resistant rotomolded polyethylene plastic enclosure. Available colors are granite green or sandstone. An 8in. polypropylene woofer and 1in. aluminum dome tweeter provide a frequency response of 59Hz to 22kHz (-10dB). Transformer taps are included for 25V, 70.7V, or 100V operation.
Speco Technologies’ SP6AWX all-weather extreme indoor/outdoor speakers come in black or white and feature a 6.5in. polypropylene low-frequency driver and a 1in. silk dome high-frequency driver. The frequency response is 60Hz to 20kHz, and the speaker is available with or without a 70V transformer.
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