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#349478 - 06/02/11 04:00 PM Hung the Algonquins!
fhw Offline
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Registered: 11/22/01
Posts: 345
Loc: London, ON
Well, the outdoor stereo is finally complete. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I hope to throw up a few pictures...the Cape Cod Grey is a near-perfect match to the exterior trim of our house (minus the 20 years of dirt). I will spare you the details of what I went through to wire them in, but suffice it to say if I never see the damp, dirty insulation from the attic over my garage again, I will be a happy man.

A couple of noteworthy things:

The Algonquin speakers are extremely well put together. The finish on these speakers is the best I've seen from Axiom...granted I haven't bought speakers in years nor seen the custom wood jobs, but these look great.

That said, a word of warning to prospective buyers...the grilles are fragile, and the ones that arrived with my speakers broke apart. I would remove grilles during installation.

They sound fantastic...can't be discerned from the standard M3. Yes, I committed the sin of using tone knobs, more for the speakers I have inside the house running off the same amp. However, bass has great extension, clarity, and more importantly, kick. Still has those mildly laid-back, listen-all-day-at-any-volume qualities I love in the M3s.

The SLB is a HECK of a product, with one caveat: the bolts are difficult to thread through the puck and twin bracket pieces once they're aligned. After struggling like all heck with the first two bolts, I used butter to grease the others. This is definitely the way to go if you're thinking of using the SLB.

All-in-all, I'm very happy...it's made our already pretty fun backyard even more fun, especially for the kids. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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#349507 - 06/03/11 08:15 AM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: fhw]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6835
Loc: PEI, Canada
I can't hear them from hear so we need pictures!
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#350058 - 06/12/11 09:43 PM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: Murph]
fhw Offline
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Registered: 11/22/01
Posts: 345
Loc: London, ON
Finally figured out how to use tinypic (Lord, am I a luddite)







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#350061 - 06/12/11 10:07 PM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: fhw]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7405
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Looks good, fhw! I like the way those integrate with the decor.
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#350068 - 06/12/11 11:10 PM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: fhw]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Very good, Frank.
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#350255 - 06/15/11 12:13 AM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: JohnK]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10398
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Very nice, now try them out on my place. smile
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#350387 - 06/16/11 08:50 PM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: jakewash]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Looks great!
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#351088 - 06/27/11 08:27 PM Re: Hung the Algonquins! [Re: terzaghi]
rprice54 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 88
Loc: North Georgia
Just ordered me a pair yesterday now that I'm finishing up my theater room. I can't wait for them to get here. I admit I tried some Polk outdoor speakers first (a little cheaper, came with brackets, and supposedly bulletproof with regards to weather) only to find they sounded terrible with any volume above 'background' levels. I should have known. Sign me up for a few more Axiom speakers...

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