It’s almost summer, which means you’ll be spending a lot more of your time outside (hopefully). There will burgers and the pool, and possibly burgers in the pool. Those sort of antics need a soundtrack—the kind that need more than your average boombox.
Whether you’re planning an epic gathering or want to go solo, NEAR has a slew of outdoor entertainment options. The company just announced new under-eave and in-ground outdoor speaker models, as well as a 600WPC stereo/mono amplifier to power those speakers.
The speakers fall under the company’s LB and IG Series. Besides being able to withstand the elements, each one also boasts an easy installation.
Also worth noting is that all of the new LB and IG models have ultra-low mass Metal Diaphragm Technology (MDT) woofers and inverted dome tweeters. The woofers have Magnetic Liquid Suspension (MLS) “spiderless” designs with a longer cone excursion, resulting in better bass and lower distortion.
The LB Series has four models of under-eave speakers, ranging from 4.5 to 8 inches. All four of the two-way speakers come with NEAR’s new mounting system, which includes a bracket clamp with a pre-terminated waterproof plug-in connector. The new system was designed to cut down on installation time and cost, which means more time rocking out in the pool for you.
Available with a paintable white or black finish, the LB models also come in 8-ohm or 70-volt configurations. All of the speakers include stainless steel and aluminum grilles and mounting hardware that won’t rust, corrode or change color.
If you’d prefer to tuck your speakers out of sight, the IG Series was made for in-ground use. Of course, they are pretty enough to be used outside as well—at least once they’re camouflaged among the planters and pots.
There are several IG models: 5.25-, 6.5- and 8-inch speakers, as well as an in-ground 12-inch subwoofer. The lineup also includes the NEAR 6XL, a 600 WPC amplifier designed to power those new outdoor speakers. Each one features materials that are weatherproof and resistant to color changes, no matter how much time they spend in the sun.
Each one of the IG speakers has the aforementioned MDT metal diaphragm and MLS Magnetic Liquid Suspension technologies. NEAR has also equipped this line with UDIO (upside down/inside out) low-frequency drivers. This is an inverted cone diaphragm woofer driven by voice coils wound both inside and outside the former.
The NEAR 6XL has high- and low-pass filters, 4-8 ohm or 70-volt operation, built-in subwoofer low frequency EQ, and a stereo-to-mono summing circuit.
Contact your NEAR representative for more information and pricing.
All four LG speakers come with a paintable white or black finish.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.