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Old 05-24-2010, 05:38 PM
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Last year I purchased a Bose 3-2-1 system for the house and made the mistake of assuming I could add additional speakers later. I know, shame on me but it is what it is.

While I am happy with what I have I desperately want to add outdoor speakers to under the soffit for my patio. My wife and I spend most of our time out there and are tired of toting the Ipod player outside everytime we go out.

So, I want some advice on a head unit and two speakers.

-I'd like two flush mount speakers, but am open to others.

-I would consider myself picky and like quality sound.

-I'm pissed I bought the Bose and can't add speakers so $ is a concern.

-I don't listen to CD's so I only need to have the ability to hook up an
Ipod.

I have both the Bose 3-2-1 and a Bose Ipod player, so while not ideal I will likely never add anything to this head unit other than the outdoor speakers and ipod. Please don't tell me what an idiot I am for making some of the decisions I did (my wife does that) I promise if I had to do it over again I would go down a different road.

Anyway, fire away.....
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Bose... nevermind...

If you have an AUX out on your bose unit, you can supply R&L audio to a seperate stereo receiver. For suggestions on these let me know. As far as the outdoor speakers go, you can have the traditional one's that mount under your eve's & soffit. Or you can go with an in-ceiling speaker, as long as it is a weatherized model with an aluminum grill & weatherized components. In the jobs that I do, I use Klipsch speakers. The R-2650-C would be a good flush mount speaker for what you suggested. If you need any more suggestions just let me know.

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Bose... nevermind...

If you have an AUX out on your bose unit, you can supply R&L audio to a seperate stereo receiver. For suggestions on these let me know.
Thanks for the response...I'm open to suggestions please.
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I have an old onkyo reciever hooked up to a pair of Yamaha outdoor speakers which are in the garage and a pair of Klipsch HS-1's outside. I've had the Klipsch for 10 hears, never a problem and I think (and others have commented) that they sound great, blow the Yamahas out of the water.
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Aux out to an amp (receiver) is the only option I would know. Heck, some receivers may take an ipod jack (3.5mm?) directly if it makes locating the unit easier.

I'm partial to Niles for outdoor speakers. I've got two under overhangs, and one rock (RS6 'ish modes I think). The sound great...
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Aux out to an amp (receiver) is the only option I would know. Heck, some receivers may take an ipod jack (3.5mm?) directly if it makes locating the unit easier.

I'm partial to Niles for outdoor speakers. I've got two under overhangs, and one rock (RS6 'ish modes I think). The sound great...

Niles is a very good product, but I have transitioned to Klipsch. There architectural speakers when purchased from an authorized dealer (Excluding Best Buy) have a lifetime warranty. I have a customer who was all Niles, and I sold him a pair of the Klipsch AW-650 indoor/out speakers and he was blown away with them. We are now swapping out all of his Niles products for Klipsch 6+pairs.
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Thanks for the response...I'm open to suggestions please.
What is the actual model# of the Bose system? There are a few variations of the 3-2-1 systems. I will pull up a spec sheet and give you some recommendations.


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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
What is the actual model# of the Bose system? There are a few variations of the 3-2-1 systems. I will pull up a spec sheet and give you some recommendations.


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3-2-1 GS Series III System.

Two Gemstone Speakers, One Acoustimass Speaker, DVD/CD/AM/FM.

Here: http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...1_gs/index.jsp
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I am struggling with the same scenario, except I have a reciever that supports other zones.
But with the iphone inside, I change play list and such a lot so I am on the fence. Just bought a boom box that holds the iphone or ipod, at brookstone and it is great. Great for the beach too, cause the iphone or ipod hide behind a see through door.
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3-2-1 GS Series III System.

Two Gemstone Speakers, One Acoustimass Speaker, DVD/CD/AM/FM.

Here: http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...1_gs/index.jsp

Unfortunatly from looking at the manual and pictures your Bose system does not have an audio out feature. But you can run the audio out from each component hooked to the unit (ex: Cable/Sat, CD, DVD, ect..). If the R&L audio hookups are already used by the bose unit you can simply purchase Y cables to hook the devices up to a seperate stereo receiver.

What components do you have hooked to the Bose unit? You will need a simple Stereo receiver with adequate inputs for the devices that you want to connect. Also keep in mind to pick the correct receiver especially if you have an Ipod or Iphone.

Next determine what type/style of speakers that you want to have, and how many of them.

Let me know, I believe I am sure I am can help you out on this.

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I'll add this for you. The human ear can hear freq. on the low end of 20hz. And all the way up to about 18,000 KHZ at our best (Younger then 18). From they’re our hearing drops off, mainly the high freq. first and the most. By the time I was in my 20's my range was around 16,500 KHZ on the high-end, girls tend to hear better range by about 750 KHZ.

Most speaker systems, even inexpensive ones can hit the highs without much of a problem, for the lows, most won't get down to 20 Hz. 50 is about avg. and if some tell you they do the sound may be muddy or they may be fibbing.

A low number of 40 Hz is a good number to shoot for, and if you can see a graph of the range you should look for a line that stays within range on a level, without peaks or valley’s as it moves through the spectrum.

Best thing to do is go into a sound store and listen for yourself, keep in mind that an outdoor system of any kind will sound different then any system you listen to “indoors” (acoustics).

When I was a young guy I had a couple of 70 watt Radio Shack speakers with a 10" woofer, stuck them in the window of my mom's house and the sound was awesome, you'll do fine with the recommendations you have above.
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