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  • Outdoor Patio Speaker Project

    Hello all,
    This is my first time submitting a thread on here. I've been reading this site for about a year now, I have three speaker builds under my belt which includes Jeff Bagby's RS180 MTM, Paul Carmody's Overnight Sensations and his Hitmakers. I wanted to share the Hitmakers build I did. My wife and I wanted a great sounding set of speakers on our patio because we were tired of listening to the sub-par Bluetooth speaker. I accepted the challenge, after all, it was my soon to be third build. I started searching the web for ideas and only come up with a small handful of ideas. I found the overnight sensations build that looked like a birdhouse (http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=221819). My wife loved the idea but, I wanted something with a bit more bass. I chose the hitmakers. I wanted to share this with everyone to return the favor that was given to me when I got into DIY speaker building. I will have more to come in more detail in the next few days.
    A finished product. Trying them out on the home stereo before hanging them outside. Hitmakers XO
    Last edited by Tom W.; 08-11-2018, 04:55 PM.

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    As long as the birds don't decide to use them for a new home...

    Seriously, that's a nifty cabinet idea for outside speakers; are they well protected from the weather?

    Geoff

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Geoff Millar View Post
      As long as the birds don't decide to use them for a new home...

      Seriously, that's a nifty cabinet idea for outside speakers; are they well protected from the weather?

      Geoff
      Thanks Geoff and yes, I think. I coated both the inside and outside of the MDF cabinet with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. I wasn't concerned too much about the rain as I was about the humidity. If I were to do it over again, I would have used plywood instead of the MDF. I put a screen over the rear ports to keep larger bugs and animals out.

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      • #4
        Here is what I use to power the speakers. Inside the sealed plastic box, I have the Lepai 2020TI from Parts Express and an Bluetooth receiver I bought from Amazon. The Hitmakers SPL is very low and need more power than the Lepai can give but, they are an outside speaker and I didn't want to make the neighbors upset. They still sound incredible, even at low volumes.
        Guys, don't show this to your significant other unless you want to build these!

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          • #6
            I used these wall mounts for their ability to hold 55 lbs each. My speakers are no where close to that but, still wanted something sturdy.

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            • #7
              This happened while I was fitting the tweeter in and out of the cabinet for a good fit. I just soldered the wire from the XO directly to the tweeter.

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              • #8
                Great work done, Tom. My friend has too installed new patio speakers in his living look along with the installation of patio furniture too, which he has purchased from this store (https://www.officesolutionsfl.com). He got a bit difficulty in fitting the speakers and arranging the furniture according to it so that echo reaches to each and every point of his house. After all the efforts he finally got a satisfactory result and happy to see his work done so fast.

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