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    Now that it's spring it is time for new projects. I'm looking for a set of speakers to put in the hot tub area. The hot tub is a six person with an enclosure over it. I'll be powering them from my Emotiva umc/ips set up. Any sugestions? Looking for something that will sound good but not get damaged from the constant humidity and the posibility of them getting wet.

    thanks

    Marty
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  • #2
    I have a set of HTD Q65 outdoor speakers that sound pretty decent overall.

    http://www.htd.com/outdoor-speaker/Q65-Outdoor-Speakers

    Have had people buy from here, with decent success in the past(do not know about currently):

    http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/

    Know of people who have purchased different brands as well. What is your price point you are looking to be at?

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    • #3
      My price point would be between 200-400. I was looking at a set of klipsh from amazon.

      http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-KHO-7-...9922775&sr=8-1

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      • #4
        Here's a thread at Home Theater Spot when I was looking for in wall and outdoors speakers:

        Link

        I bought and installed these:
        P850 MasterPro Reference Pair 8" Patio Speakers

        ...in my father-in-laws (large) garage.
        See that link above for comments.

        Mike
        HT Gear (AVS Link)
        Rk: MA WR-37-32
        Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
        Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
        Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
        Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
        BR: Oppo BDP-103
        Gm: 360 Pro
        LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
        S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
        Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
        Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
        Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
        TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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        • #5
          I've been running 2 sets of Polk Audio M3 for over 10 yrs now with no problems. They are triangle shaped so they tuck really well under the roof overhang and point slightly downward. They can be found new and used on ebay pretty cheap.
          ------------------------------------

          http://www.chasehometheater.com/foru...php?albumid=14

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          • #6
            Outdoor speakers and geographic (and install) location?

            Originally posted by tosob
            Now that it's spring it is time for new projects. I'm looking for a set of speakers to put in the hot tub area. The hot tub is a six person with an enclosure over it. I'll be powering them from my Emotiva umc/ips set up. Any sugestions? Looking for something that will sound good but not get damaged from the constant humidity and the posibility of them getting wet.

            thanks

            Marty
            tosob -

            Where are you located?
            Outdoor speakers in Phoenix, AZ or a moderate climate may have different weather related concerns compared to the N. midwest, etc.

            Mike
            HT Gear (AVS Link)
            Rk: MA WR-37-32
            Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
            Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
            Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
            Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
            BR: Oppo BDP-103
            Gm: 360 Pro
            LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
            S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
            Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
            Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
            Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
            TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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            • #7
              Milke,

              I live in michigan City In. that is in the northwest corner. If you look at the pic, the hot tub is enclosed in the "hut" off the corner of the deck. I'm worried about the humidity from the hot tub and water splashing on them. Ya never know what is going to happen when adults, Beverages, and hot water get together, sometimes a bad combination. I'm not worried about rain or snow, it's the rowdy casino dealer I hang out with.

              Marty

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              • #8
                This question always seems to go unanswered by almost everyone except Mike. I have been lurking for some time and have decided on the Def Tech AW6500. My decision is purely on reputation of the company as I have not heard them. Once I find a place to get them less than the list of $249 per speaker I am going to go ahead and order 2 pairs, one for my house and one for my Father. Placement will be under a porch at my fathers and under the soffit at my house. Power will be by my old Kenwood receiver to play music for my pool and be switched over when the plasma is mounted outside. I will let you know my impressions when I get them, but it could be a couple months. 2 months before pool season in Cincinnati. Some time in the near future I will have an a porch built over my deck next to the pool and have 5.0 built in to the ceiling permanently with one 2 being the def techs. The .1 will probably be a portable move in and out solution as there doesn't seem to be any affordable outside subs available.

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                • #9
                  I picked up some JBL's like these several years ago at Best Buy for $99 on clearance. I hooked them up to my system and they sound really good, especially if you like a little more low end which I thought would be good for a outdoor two channel system. I bought these to put up on the pool equipment room but unfortunately haven't got to try them outside as of yet because I just finished the roof etc over the building last fall. :o They are a little larger than others I've seen and I had to purchase the mounting hardware separately for about $25. Out of the box they have small prop legs so you can use them as bookshelf speakers.
                  Coach Pat Summitt - Folding at Home

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                  • #10
                    Outdoor speakers links (from my AVS HT gear thread)

                    Here is my AVS HT gear thread with a post with many outdoor speakers links...

                    AVS Outdoor post link


                    Mike
                    HT Gear (AVS Link)
                    Rk: MA WR-37-32
                    Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
                    Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
                    Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
                    Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
                    BR: Oppo BDP-103
                    Gm: 360 Pro
                    LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
                    S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
                    Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
                    Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
                    Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
                    TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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                    • #11
                      After much deliberation. I have found some Boston Yoyagers on sale. I was dead set on the def techs, but the Boston deal may be too good to pass up. The question is has anyone heard of or seen reviews on the Voyager 6 and 7? Next question, is the Voyager 7 with a 7" driver $170 for a pair better than the Voyager 6 with a 6.5" driver? Decisions, decisions,

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                      • #12
                        I've never heard of those but they look sweet!

                        The model 6 gets positive reviews but the price is nearly the same. I would think you would get a little more bass with the 7 inch cone so why not. I can't imagine a whole lot is different between the two.
                        Coach Pat Summitt - Folding at Home

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                        • #13
                          I was locked in on the Voyagers but when I called to purchase, I got a deal that was too good to pass up on the Def Tech AW6500s. I have 4 sitting at my house ready for installation. I will post impressions when I get some time to install, hopefully in the next month. The Vanns rep was fantastic to deal with. Outside should be rocking this summer:boom:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by carpediem
                            I have a set of HTD Q65 outdoor speakers that sound pretty decent overall.

                            http://www.htd.com/outdoor-speaker/Q65-Outdoor-Speakers

                            ...
                            Kurt,

                            How do the HTDs sound compared to the Rocket you had outside? Big difference? My Niles sound pretty muddy in the mids & lows. Maybe my hopes for a quality sounding outdoor speaker are too elevated.

                            BTW - the ELTs are just now getting broken-in and yesterday I connected the x-omnis to start them on their journey.

                            LJ

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