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Looks Natural, Sounds Great
Traditionally, rock speakers have looked like ornaments and not like rocks. Each RS8Si style has unique textures and colors that are fashioned after natural rocks. Shaped grilles match the features on the front of the rock, making them blend into the cabinet. All of this extra attention to detail leads to a GeoRealistic™ style that enables the RS8Si to blend in with other landscaping and disappear. All that will be noticed is the great sound not the loudspeaker.
The cabinet is made from fiberglass, it utilizes double seals on the tweeter, woofer and enclosure cover, the woofer drains water away from it, the grilles are painted aluminum and the drivers are made from weather resistant materials. The RS8Si has passed the most stringent environmental tests devised, surviving over 5 years worth of temperature cycling and still having seals that pass a 24-hour submersion test. It has passed the test requirements for Salt Fog, Operating Temperature, Storage Temperature, UV Exposure and Humidity per military test standard 883. Whether you are considered about salt-air, rain, freezing rain, snow, extreme temperatures, high humidity, direct sunlight or combinations of these conditions, the RS8Si has proven itself to withstand the harshest conditions Mother Nature can throw at it.
8" Injection Molded TCC Woofer with Dual Voice Coils
The unusually stiff and light injection molded TCC (talc, carbon, and ceramic-filled) polypropylene cone, the butyl rubber surround, and the substantial magnet and motor structure are optimized for large excursions of the woofer. In this way, the 8" woofer can create superior bass output. Since it has a dual voice coil, it has the added advantage of playing in stereo. In the end, the woofer design combines deep rich bass and outstanding weather resistance capabilities with the ability to play in stereo.
Dual 1" Teteron Tweeters
In the past, rock speakers have used a co-axial tweeter design that has disappointed listeners with a fatiguing and harsh treble sound caused by tweeter ringing. The RS8Si's dual 1" Teteron tweeters utilize a tri-laminate design consisting of an inner textile layer which forms the dome, a high damping layer to kill unwanted resonances and an outside layer of urethane to add stiffness and prevent breakup modes. The result is a transparent clear, sweet, natural sounding tweeter, which still maintains its extended frequency response. Having two separate tweeters allows the cabinet to play in one-speaker stereo mode or two-speaker stereo mode.
Tweeter Placement Improves Coverage and Dispersion
The tweeters are angled twenty° up from the woofer. They are also angled twenty° from each other. This means that they are "aimed" at the listener and not at the ground. They are aimed away from each other to improve stereo imagining, if the loudspeaker is wired in the one-speaker stereo mode. If it is wired in the two-speaker stereo mode, it has ultra-wide dispersion. These features improve the high frequency coverage of the loudspeaker and ensure that all the benefits of the 1" Teteron Tweeter are heard and not lost in the surroundings.
Dual Precision Crossovers
A customized electronic dividing network inside the cabinet precisely distributes the music to the woofer and each tweeter, keeping the two channels completely isolated from each other. The three pole two-way design of the RS8Si crossover provides excellent stereo imaging into each channel, low distortion and superior sonic performance.
Other rock speaker manufacturers mount their drivers from inside the cabinet. This moves the front of the driver inside the cabinet creating a tunnel for the driver to play through. This tunnel adversely affects the sound quality by making the loudspeaker sound "narrow" and "far away". Niles Audio's engineers have used a Patent-pending ConeForward™ design technique that moves the woofer and tweeter as close to the grille as possible. Combining the ConeForward™ design technique with tight quality control leads to unparalleled sonic performance and imaging from an outdoor rock loudspeaker.
Rigid Acoustically Inert Cabinet Construction
Niles utilizes a unique 4-layer cabinet construction to achieve superior non-resonance of the loudspeaker cabinet. This insures that all you hear is the music and not the cabinet ringing.
Low Diffraction Microperf™ Aluminum Grilles
The aluminum Microperf™ grilles on the RS8Si have hundreds of precisely sized perforations, creating an acoustically transparent grille. The aluminum construction resists oxidation enabling years of trouble-free operation in the harshest conditions. We paint both sides of the grille for added protection.
Dual Connection Cables with Water Resistant Wire Nuts
Connecting the loudspeaker's cable to the cable running from the house is always a point of concern for the installer. If this connection is not done right, the cable will corrode and the connection will fail. To make sure this connection is trouble-free, we provide two three-foot connection cables rated for burial underground and
specialized waterproof wire nuts. Our wire nuts are filled with a waterproof sealant. Just insert the wires and twist them together. Then bury the cable. The connection will be protected from the elements.
Security Bracket and Cable
Using the security bracket and cable supplied with the loudspeaker provides a simple but effective method to protect the loudspeaker from theft or unapproved movement. You can easily upgrade our standard security mounting method to provide even greater security, if you require it.
Specifications Manufacturer: Niles Audio Manufacturer Product No.: RS8Si, FG01129 Rock Finish: Speckled Granite Recommended Amplifier Power: 10 to 200 Watts Nominal Impedance: 8Ω in 1-speaker stereo mode, 4Ω in 2-speaker stereo mode Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 21kHz Sensitivity: 88 decibels for 2.83 Volts RMS of Pink Noise, measured at 1 Meter on Axis Wiring Requirements: 2-conductor direct burial cable on longest length of cable required Wire Gauge Maximum Distance: 16 Gauge up to 60ft: 14 Gauge 60 to 100ft;12 Gauge 100 to 160ft Temperature Extremes: -50° to 185° F (-45° to 85° C) Dimensions (HxWxD): 19 1/2" Length x 16 1/2" Deep x 12-1/2" High (495 x 419 x 318mm) Weight: 29 lbs (13.2kgs) Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime Limited Warranty
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