Details & Highlights
Details from Niles
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(TM) 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-inch 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-inch 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-inch 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-inch 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 degrees up from the woofer. They are also angled twenty degrees 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-inch 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' engineers have used a patent-pending ConeForward(TM) design technique that moves the woofer and tweeter as close to the grille as possible. Combining the ConeForward(TM) 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 nonresonance of the loudspeaker cabinet. This insures that all you hear is the music and not the cabinet ringing. Low Diffraction Microperf(TM) Aluminum Grilles The aluminum Microperf(TM) 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 operatioon 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.
Features & Specs
Included Coverage from Niles: Lifetime Warranty
Category ID: 64 | $470.00