� The choice of three styles of rock themed enclosures should allow for an unobtrusive installation in most areas that call for a rock type speaker.
� The single speaker stereo design allows for uniform coverage of a larger area with half as many speakers as a traditional design.
� Sound quality was full and enjoyable rather than the thin and tinny sound produced by budget type rock speakers.
� The single speaker stereo configuration eliminates any possibility of reproducing a realistic soundstage.
� A rock style speaker may have limited placement options; be sure that the area in your yard that you want to place the speaker in can accommodate both the speaker and the required cable run.
Competition and Comparison
There are a number of outdoor loudspeakers available from a wide variety of manufacturers, but among the "rock" speaker sect obvious competitors include Paradigm's Rock Monitor Series, Klipsch's AWR Outdoor Rock Speaker Series and SpeakerCraft's Ruckus Series.
While outdoor speakers don't really get a lot of attention from the press, including Home Theater Review, you can read about other outdoor loudspeakers in Home Theater Review's Bookshelf Speaker page.
The Boston Acoustics' Voyager rocks bring music to the outdoors in a low profile speaker. While most of the male guests we have had in our yard have noticed them with a comment along the lines of "New rock speakers, cool" - few of our female guests noticed them and one was startled when the "rock" she was sitting next to for some time began playing music.
The sound quality is certainly decent but you would never confuse them with audiophile type indoor speakers. Nonetheless, they produce clean, full bodied sound, even at higher volume levels. Only time will tell how well the rock speakers will hold up in the elements; they have only been out in the yard for a few weeks but have been holding up well so far despite the dogs, morning mist, sprinklers and direct sunlight. I have become a fan of the stereo in one enclosure type of speaker for background listening in larger spaces. This design provided even coverage of your listening area without having to resort to volumes that will drown out conversations or get you in trouble with your neighbors.
I am looking forward to summer in the pool and yard listening to these Voyager speakers.
� Read more bookshelf speaker reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
� Find media servers for the Voyager RK8T2 in our Media Server Review section.
� Learn about Klipsch's rock speaker solution.