Fortunately, there are some exceptions. CoNEXTion Systems is one of them. By applying a combination of good drivers and a few unique features, the CoNEXTion Sonoma Ten speakers deliver greater fidelity for outdoor music enjoyment. The Sonoma Ten is the company's entry-level outdoor speaker that offers more than entry-level performance.
A passive radiator is a speaker cone, but it has no voice coil or magnet and is not connected to the amplifier. A passive radiator enhances bass response much like a port or vent in the enclosure.The Sonoma Ten has two passive radiators, each about 4" x 3", one on each side of the cabinet. The two passive radiators won't cause your patio to shake and roll like an indoor subwoofer, but they serve to fill in the low frequencies and produce a more balanced, full sound quality.
The Sonoma Ten speakers feature a one-piece speaker-bracket assembly designed to make installation easier. Each speaker has four screws to attach the speaker to a wall or under the eaves. The screws are concealed behind two hinged end-caps that open to reveal the mounting holes, the speaker terminals and angle adjustment levers. The back of the mounting bracket is also recessed to provide a wire channel.
The CoNEXTion Sonoma Ten provide up to 40-degrees of adjustment so they can be aimed at the listening area. The locking adjustment levers are also hidden behind the end caps. If wall mounting is not an option, the speakers come with tabletop speaker stands, which could be useful for moving the speakers indoors in the event of inclement weather.
As an alternative, consider the Sonoma Twenty speaker, a single enclosure stereo version of the Sonoma Ten, priced at $375 each.
- Drivers: Woofer: 5 ¼" aluminum with butyl rubber surround Tweeter: 1" aluminum
- Recommended amp power: 10 – 150 watts
- Nominal impedance: 4 ohms
- Frequency response: 60Hz – 20kHz (+/- 3dB)
- Sensitivity: 89dB
- Dimensions (L x W x D): 15.35" x 6.90" x 7.03"
- Weight: 10lbs
- Price: $600/pair
- Contact: coNEXTionsystems.com