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Newbie With A Need For Outdoor Speakers

I'd like deck out my new porch (12ft. x 15ft.) with a set of outdoor speakers and don't have any idea which companies make quality outdoor speakers. I'd like to get speakers that will deliver good sound good and be weather-resistent. (I live in Chicago and the winters can be brutal.) Also, the speakers will need to be water resistent since they will get wet when it rains. Any recommendations? I'd like to avoid spending more than $300 for the pair. Thanks!

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Why No Bose?

Thanks for the links RoadRunner.

I apologize if this is obvious to most forum readers, but why do you recommend staying away from the Bose outdoor speakers? Durability? Sound quality? Price? Combination of all three? Just curious since they seem to be popular.

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Bose Is....

...probably the only single brand in Audio products that gets ''bashed'' consistently other than obviously low priced cheap junk.

The reason is that Bose is an excellent example of the ultimate marketing business plan. Their products, quality/performance wise are OK for maybe 50% or so of their selling price. They concentrate on appearance and ease of operation (nothing wrong with this). However, rather than putting quality inside they put most of their efforts into marketing. They obviously spend a much higher percentage of their budget on marketing their products than any other company. Bose adds are everywhere. The sound quality is medicore at best.

Most people who are not knowledgeable in audio think Bose are the best speakers, because they hear that name over and over in slick ads. Those who have not compared performance and don't know any better think what they have is great. Only the prices are great. In fact the prices of their home theater systems are outrageous. Many of us who are heavy into audio and video resent this type of company. We want to get real value for our hard earned money. There are many great audio companies out their who primarily sell their speakers based on real value due to excellent performance.

A good example is to visit www.audioreview.com and read the owner speaker reviews on popular models of speakers. You will find very good to excellent reviews on most speakers. Try the Energy Take 5 system for example. Then check out the reviews on some of the Bose Acoutimass speakers and you will undstand the problem with Bose.

The end of today's anti-Bose sermon!

RR6

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Also this one form JBL.

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