The Noble Fidelity L-82 Cs are larger than most outdoor speakers, about the size of a medium-sized bookshelf speaker but they will still fit under the eaves or on the patio and the enclosures and drivers are designed to withstand the rigors of inclement weather.
Two performance features of the L-82 C are worth noting. First, the tweeter can be pivoted approximately 15-degrees to aim it into the listening area. In addition, the L-82 C has a switch on the back of the speaker marked 'Indoor' or 'Outdoor'. The switch provides a 3dB bass cut when the 'Indoor' position is selected. The 'Outdoor' position provides a fuller frequency response with more bass, a desirable trait for outdoor listening. The fact that the switch provides a 3dB cut rather than a boost is significant. Increasing the bass for outdoor use could potentially increase distortion, a small but important distinction.
Noble Fidelity manufactures a wide range of high-value, high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers for the architectural speaker market. My first experience with Noble Fidelity speakers was a review of the L-55 LCRS in-wall speakers. I noted in my review that music lovers would be hard pressed to find a speaker that provides the same sound quality in a similar price range. I put the L-82 C outdoor speakers to the test to find out if Noble Fidelity has done it again.
They're equally suited for indoor use, and could be used for surround sound speakers, but their enclosures and brackets are clearly made for outdoor use. They would be ideal for an outdoor home theater system, a growing trend in family home entertainment.
- Two-way acoustic suspension indoor/outdoor speakers
- 8" Kevlar fiber woofer with butyl surround
- 1" Tetoron soft-dome pivoting tweeter, neodymium magnet
- Frequency response: 40Hz – 21 kHz
- Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL
- Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- Recommended amp power: 5 – 200 Watts
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 10 5/8" x 13 ¾" x 10 5/8"
- Mounting depth with bracket: 11 7/8"
- Weight: 11 lbs. each
- Supplied with mounting brackets or for bookshelf placement
- Available in black or white finish (Note: black finish not recommended if placed in direct sunlight)
- Lifetime limited warranty
- Price: $599/pair
- Contact: noblefidelity.com