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#350676 - 06/21/11 01:33 PM Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer?
jhunt17 Offline
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I have recently built a small back porch and I am looking for speakers for making an outdoor theater. The problem is there doesn't seem to be to many choices out there, not to mention quality choices. Anyway, I thought about using the axiom outdoor speakers, but there isn't anything close to what I would call a worthy subwoofer for outside anywhere. I understand this would most likely be a small market, but to have quality sound outside for summer movie nights would be awesome!
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#350678 - 06/21/11 01:39 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: jhunt17]
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first idea that comes to mind is you could keep the sub on casters and move it outside or inside according to your needs.
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#350680 - 06/21/11 01:44 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: J. B.]
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Without room gain, a sub would need to be very large/very powerful/very expensive.

If you're really serious, you might want to look into the used professional PA market. You likely won't get the depth that you can get with a better "indoor" sub, but you'll get volume at least!

(but still bring it in when not in use!)


Edited by MarkSJohnson (06/21/11 01:46 PM)
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#350681 - 06/21/11 01:45 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I think that without walls to contain the air you are vibrating, you would be looking at more of pro-audio gear.

EDIT:
Doh! Mark Sniped me.


Edited by Murph (06/21/11 01:47 PM)
Edit Reason: beat to the punch
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#350683 - 06/21/11 01:51 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: Murph]
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What I would want is something that allows me to hear the low end of movie down around 25 hertz or so. I'm not looking for loud, just accurate to allow for the movie to pull me in. I hate loud and rattling like a car stereo. My area isn't that big either. I just know most of the stuff I see on the market is just plain terrible
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#350685 - 06/21/11 01:57 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: jhunt17]
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the least you could do is put the sub against one wall; that would give you some gain compared to a free field position.

also, there are many subs that will put out good quality sound and good loudness at 25Hz or so; the main difference is that the volume on all speakers will be lower than in an indoor installation, and you will also get much less standing waves.

if you're looking for realistic sound levels, then you need loud, specially for the sub, remembering that the max. levels for movies is 105 dB SPL for the main speakers and 115 dB SPL for the sub.
you'll be lucky to get that outside unless you sit close to the speakers.


Edited by J. B. (06/21/11 02:01 PM)
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#350686 - 06/21/11 01:58 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: jhunt17]
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25Hz outside is a pretty big request.
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#350687 - 06/21/11 02:12 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: jhunt17]
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Originally Posted By: jhunt17
I have recently built a small back porch and I am looking for speakers for making an outdoor theater. The problem is there doesn't seem to be to many choices out there, not to mention quality choices. Anyway, I thought about using the axiom outdoor speakers, but there isn't anything close to what I would call a worthy subwoofer for outside anywhere. I understand this would most likely be a small market, but to have quality sound outside for summer movie nights would be awesome!


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#350688 - 06/21/11 03:08 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: BlueJays1]
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Ok, so a bit overboard, but lets just say I would like to watch a movie outside and be able to say that is what it is supposed to sound like without any speaker rattle or hiss. Would that be possible.
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m3's vp150 center

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#350689 - 06/21/11 03:09 PM Re: Axiom ever consider making an outdoor subwoofer? [Re: jhunt17]
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Is there a way to make an indoor speaker water proof and use it outside?
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