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    More Outdoor Sound

    Ive been torn for months on outdoor sound options. I already have good sound under the patio (Polk Audio Atrium5 powered from the B-side of a Sony ES); pain to control volume from inside and the neighbors dont appreciate the sound-levels required to hear over hot-tub blower. NoFear95 posted some great low-cost ideas (Thanks). Quality, outdoor rating and outside control were a priority (I didnt want to subject an expensive tuner /amp to the elements). Outdoor Speaker Depot was a great source for both. Their 120(bridgeable) AMP, 200ft CL3 direct-bury wire, outdoor volume control and water-proof connectors cost me less than $220. I found a used pair of rock-speakers (OSD RX550) for $38 and I was all set. I still need to place the amp (inside ODK and plan to extend an input cord to countertop level for Pandora /Iphone feed) and paint the volume control unit.
    I really like having the volume control next to the hot-tub!! Burying 100ft of wire and volume control placement was the hardest-part, but over-all an easy DIY install.
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    Re: More Outdoor Sound

    I'm glad I could help! Great install!! I truly love my outdoor music. Now when we are hanging out with other people in there backyards it seems like the mood is less without music!

    Where did you end up putting the amp?
    IG, 18K gallons, 100' Perimeter, 565 SF surface area, 980sf interior area, Max Length -36', Max Width - 16', Pentair 520 Clean and Clear Cartridge Filter, Stenner Chemical Injection System (Chlorine, Acid Coming Soon) , Pebble Tech - Blue Granite, Pentair variable speed filter pump, Zodiac MX8 Cleaner, Multi-Colored LED Lighting, Travertine coping & Decking, Boulder Water Fall....

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    Re: More Outdoor Sound

    Quote Originally Posted by NoFear95 View Post
    I'm glad I could help! Great install!! I truly love my outdoor music. Now when we are hanging out with other people in there backyards it seems like the mood is less without music!

    Where did you end up putting the amp?
    Thanks! I have some drilling through the ODK wall, but the amp will be mounted inside with the input cord extended out. Maybe get it done today, maybe not..sorry but it's my way. Too pretty outside; grilling Fajitas and 2-10 margaritas may prioritize my plans.
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    Diamond-Brite midnight blue, 1800sq. ft Kool Deck
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    Re: More Outdoor Sound

    I can't stop looking at the pool and landscaping.
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    2 Speed Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 85 g.p.m. 22" 250lb. sand filter hard plumbed
    Pool Rover Jr., Pool Blaster Max, Diver Dave TF100 Test Kit/Speed Stir
    Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub----Collect 'um all!

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    Thanks Woody, landscaping was DIY. It was hard work but rewarding. Funny that we get ridiculed from some of our friends for doing our own yard work and landscaping (moving rocks and tons of dirt seems too hard for them), but they are the same ones that PAY someone for "extreme" exercising; Cross-fit, tough-mudder type stuff....Go Figure??
    Dave My Pool Build, ODK Build
    22X42 Gunite Freeform 23K Gal, 10X12 Spa
    Diamond-Brite midnight blue, 1800sq. ft Kool Deck
    Pentair Easy-Touch 8, 2-2hp Pentair, 500lb Sand Filter, 400K btu Pentair heater

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    Great set up... really nice pool/landscaping. You should look into adding a small bluetooth receiver to the amp. They plug in via RCA. That way you could sync with your phone without have to have a wire.

    I made a hardwired setup using a much smaller amp that consists of only the amp, two speakers and a bluetooth receiver... http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...tooth-Speakers
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    Check out the app I created to control my pool equipment from my smartphone:
    i-created-an-app-to-control-pool-equipment-with-smartphone-t61606-20.html

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    Thank you Kodiak. I'll definitely look into the Bluetooth; I didn't realize they were so affordable.
    Dave My Pool Build, ODK Build
    22X42 Gunite Freeform 23K Gal, 10X12 Spa
    Diamond-Brite midnight blue, 1800sq. ft Kool Deck
    Pentair Easy-Touch 8, 2-2hp Pentair, 500lb Sand Filter, 400K btu Pentair heater

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    Re: More Outdoor Sound

    No problem... I got mine for $19.00. All you do is plug in the AC adaptor and then plug the RCAs into the input on your amp and your set.
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    30,000 gallon vinyl pool
    Hayward DE Filter
    Hayward Super Pump
    AO Smith 1 1/2 HP Pump (27GPM)
    Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner

    Check out the app I created to control my pool equipment from my smartphone:
    i-created-an-app-to-control-pool-equipment-with-smartphone-t61606-20.html

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