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Old 05-12-2013, 04:30 PM
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So in a fit of Costco-induced buying excitement, I let the admiral talk me into picking up a pair of Bose 151s for our patio. Now, this was foolish of me because I have no love for Bose, but I've always defended two of their products - their noise cancelling headphones, and their outdoor speakers, because in a sense both are a "standard" in those markets.

Well, for $150, these things just sucked. But worst of all, the VERY FIRST THING I get when opening the box is a letter from them, telling me they don't suck, and that I must be wrong:

"Our commitment to you: we take great pride in designing each of our products [...] And we strive to avoid flashy sounds such as those associated with accentuated bass and/or treble frequencies. While those sounds may be initially attractive to the novice, they are not real and are not enduring."
I gave them a good listen for 15 minutes and decided between the crappy sound and the crappier attitude, I just couldn't take it, back in the box they go.

Any recommendations for decent, smallish outdoor speakers? I was hoping to keep it under $150/pr but I could be talked into $300/pr.
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More power to you for hating their pompous letter/attitude. unfortunately, I have always been under the impression they set the standard for outside speakers. Like you.

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Polk audio?

Polk has always been my fallback, but I am in no way an audiophile. I've always been an onkyo receiver fan, and Polk or Bose speakers. I am currently rocking the Bose, but I wasn't force fed some snobby letter from them recently either.
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So in a fit of Costco-induced buying excitement, I let the admiral talk me into picking up a pair of Bose 151s for our patio. Now, this was foolish of me because I have no love for Bose, but I've always defended two of their products - their noise cancelling headphones, and their outdoor speakers, because in a sense both are a "standard" in those markets.

Well, for $150, these things just sucked. But worst of all, the VERY FIRST THING I get when opening the box is a letter from them, telling me they don't suck, and that I must be wrong:



I gave them a good listen for 15 minutes and decided between the crappy sound and the crappier attitude, I just couldn't take it, back in the box they go.

Any recommendations for decent, smallish outdoor speakers? I was hoping to keep it under $150/pr but I could be talked into $300/pr.
Honestly you can't judge a new speaker by listening to them for 15 minutes you have to give them time to break it.

I have had the 151's in the past (5-10 years ago) and agree they weren't worth the money for me to buy again.

I currently have one location with West Marine brand speakers on my deck I believe they cost about $90 about 5 years ago, they are still loud and clear, not for the audiophile but for someone that likes to play music while working in the yard they're perfect.

I also have a set of poly planar box speakers that I have been happy with. I have had them for about 5 years as well and exposed to the elements 24/7 from May-November, still sound like new. I bought these in person at the factory, great guys that work there and I got a smoking deal on them. If you're ever in MD they're located on the BWI airport loop.
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I have a pair of Yamaha's NS-AW150s.

Excellent sound quality.

Mine are three years old and still sound great.

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No highs, no lows, it must be Bose.

I have a pair of Infinity and a pair of Polk both sound nice but they don't hold up to the salt environment.
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Another vote for the Yamaha's NS-AW150s

They have a "bigger brother" that are said to be even better... but I'm very happy with them.
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We've got Niles outdoor speakers under an overhang as well as a rock speaker. Very nice sound and fill up the pool area very nicely (loud enough for us).

http://www.nilesaudio.com/product_se....php?catcdID=1
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I just bought a pair of definitive technologies and really like them. A bit over your budget, but worth the added cost if you want to listen to your music outside rather then having it as background noise.

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I have two sets of JBL's- one set in florida room and another set (slightly larger) on the deck and I think they sound great although i'm not an "audiophile"
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Another vote for the Yamaha's NS-AW150s

They have a "bigger brother" that are said to be even better... but I'm very happy with them.


Very hard to beat for $70
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NHT super zeros. under $200 and have a poly cabinet. Great sounding.
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I have two pairs of Proficient AW525's (5.25" 2-way) and two AW600TT's (6.5" two channel single) in my outdoor 8 channel set-up.
AW525's are really nice - they were about $130/pr.
http://www.proficientaudio.com/products/outdoor/
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Yamaha...3 years old still look & sound brand new.
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Believe it or not I used Insignia (Best Buys House Brand) been out on my pool deck for 5 years and just as good as the Klipschs I had at my old house however the now longer make this model
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Definitive, trust me look into them. I think some of the others like polk are tinny, but that is just me. I have a porch that go across the entire back of the house that is open out to the pool, I have 2 one at each end and them music is full and plenty loud
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I was considering the Definitives - Bell, you've got the 5500s, while twoll recommended the 6500. You feel like the 5500s have enough bass response / low midrange response? The 5500s are closer to what I want to spend.

I should have mentioned, I do have a set of Yamahas at the other end of my patio that I am mostly happy with, http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio...te/?mode=model - same story, picked them up at Costco for around $100 - unfortunately they aren't selling them this year.

SuperZeros are a really interesting suggestion - I didn't realize they started making those in plastic boxes now. I was also looking around to see if I could find a pair of used B&W LM1s. My location should never see water but will be hot and humid all the time. (welcome to FL)

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I bought Polk Audio outdoor speakers maybe 8 or 9 years ago and they're still going strong.
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They are not booming bass, but I think in an open environment they produce a good low range. I mounted mine under the porch roof as close as I could get them, because the way they are made with woofer on one side you mount that up and back into the ceiling and wall to get the bounce you need for bass.

I listened to a bunch of speakers and for the price range I thought they had the most range of both highs and lowes, also I think they have a pretty good warranty period.




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I was considering the Definitives - Bell, you've got the 5500s, while twoll recommended the 6500. You feel like the 5500s have enough bass response / low midrange response? The 5500s are closer to what I want to spend.

I should have mentioned, I do have a set of Yamahas at the other end of my patio that I am mostly happy with, http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio...te/?mode=model - same story, picked them up at Costco for around $100 - unfortunately they aren't selling them this year.

SuperZeros are a really interesting suggestion - I didn't realize they started making those in plastic boxes now. I was also looking around to see if I could find a pair of used B&W LM1s. My location should never see water but will be hot and humid all the time. (welcome to FL)
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