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    Cool Need some advice please!!!!outdoor speakers

    Hi all, after a lot of researching outdoor speakers (klipsch, kef, pbs? etc)i have decided that polk are the ones I want, unjust a little confused as to what the real difference is, I've nowhere to go a actually hear them as I'm in the uk, I have been edged towards the atrium 6, my budget is about $350 max for a pair, but I read so many reviews saying that the bass is rubbish, others saying its great, I just don't know who to listen too????also if I buy a pair in the states will they work in the uk??? Never really thought about it until I went on polks website and it mentioned the amplification. 220v - NO?? So if anyone can let me know
    1. The best candidate for outdoor speaker!!
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    Those speakers will work just fine in the UK. I'm not sure why Polk lists amp specs as the speakers are not powered.

    They are rated at 50Hz-27kHz, so don't expect deep bass. I've got an earlier version in the cabin of the boat, there is bass, but not the kind that will rattle things.
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    So what would you recommend?? It's for a patio about 20x15ft?????any experience would be great??? This is why it's hard? I don't wanna spend the money and be disappointed? I've got rc60i in the bathroom and I love em, I'm easily pleased, but u don't want to regret a purchased, if there's a lot better on the market ;)

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    Try to locate a used pair of WM6.
    http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speake...eries/WM6.html
    Awesome base and great highs. They also last forever outside if you stick them on a post. If you leave them out over the winter the grills will rust. ( but you can hit them with spray paint if they do)

    Sonance Mariner 62 on ebay are like 200 a pair. A great speaker because the entire box is sealed, so you can leave them outside in the winter and ants wont move in. They sound good, not as good as the 82.
    http://www.sonance.com/products/speakers/detail/138



    I have installed hundreds of these two speakers.
    Gave a pair WM6s to my Father and my neighbor.


    Good luck on the search, please stay away from rock speakers. rock speakers and water park speakers are a waste of money.

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    http://www.sonance.com/products/speakers/detail/613

    Sonance makes a great outdoor sub. you dig a hole and dump it into the Earth. They really do "bump" and hide will.

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    That sounds good!! Thankyou for the advice, ill have a look, it is amazing how many different ones there are??

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    I have the older polk outdoor speakers Atrium 55. I have a quite a large deck and backyard and they fill both areas beautifully. There is bass as F1 said and it is fine for me without a sub. If you require deep bass you may want to get a seperate sub.

    Also make sure you have good heavy guage speaker wire that is rated for outdoors. I recommend these...http://www.crutchfield.com/p_7031421...t.html?tp=9223.
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    I have the Polk Atrium 45's for my bottom deck. Excellent sound quality & have been in the elements for going on 6yrs now without any issues.
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    Interesting!!!! It's always interesting to get as much feeedback as possible, I originally looked at the atriums 4, and as usual thought why is there a 5, then a 6, then an 8 etc!!!!! 8s are wy too expensive, but 6 if the next best thing I can stretch too, it's good to hear though that all the polks seems to perform with really good feedback? I will follow your advice about thick gauge wire.... And keep my eyes open for a good deal!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackers24 View Post
    So what would you recommend?? It's for a patio about 20x15ft?????any experience would be great??? This is why it's hard? I don't wanna spend the money and be disappointed? I've got rc60i in the bathroom and I love em, I'm easily pleased, but u don't want to regret a purchased, if there's a lot better on the market ;)
    I think the Polk's are a good choice. None of the outdoor speakers that I'm aware of have deep bass, for that you'll have to add an outdoor sub.

    As point of reference the B&W's mentioned above are really bass shy only going down to 62 Hz, the Sonance go to 55 Hz while the Polk's go to 50 Hz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I think the Polk's are a good choice. None of the outdoor speakers that I'm aware of have deep bass, for that you'll have to add an outdoor sub.

    As point of reference the B&W's mentioned above are really bass shy only going down to 62 Hz, the Sonance go to 55 Hz while the Polk's go to 50 Hz.
    Ok this is where my knowledge of audio equipment really shows, is the lower the number of hz the better?? As far as a sub is concerned Its nearly as much as the speakers (cheapest i can find at about $299)i think I'm definetly going to buy a set of atrium 6s with done thuck gauge cable, just need to find someone who will ship to the uk!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackers24 View Post
    Ok this is where my knowledge of audio equipment really shows, is the lower the number of hz the better?? As far as a sub is concerned Its nearly as much as the speakers (cheapest i can find at about $299)i think I'm definetly going to buy a set of atrium 6s with done thuck gauge cable, just need to find someone who will ship to the uk!!!!
    look for a third party shipper, shipitAPO may do it for you, supposed to be for military, but i didnt need to do anything to make the account, and you can put any address to ship to, also, i agree on the sub, heard some atriums, not sure which, but the bass kinda seemed to fade out where i knew the music was deeper than i was hearing
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    I have the Polk Atrium 45's for my bottom deck. Excellent sound quality & have been in the elements for going on 6yrs now without any issues.
    I've also had Atrium 45's above my 24x12 deck, tucked into the eaves. Bass is not great but the sound is full. I've got them angled down at 45 degrees with about 10 feet of space between them. The Atrium 4's are running for about 150 a pair now on Amazon. I remember seeing an outdoor subwoofer on some website that apparently fastens to the underside of the deck which puts out tactile sub frequencies. I thought it looked interesting but I forgot where I saw it.
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    Ok this is where my knowledge of audio equipment really shows, is the lower the number of hz the better??
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