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Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System


May 25, 2010 Tech : Electronics By

YJust because you’re outside doesn’t mean you don’t deserve good sound. Bring the bass (and midrange, and treble) pool or patio-side with a Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System ($599). We had an opportunity to trial the system this past month with a volunteer who offered up his patio (a rarity) and party (not a rarity) here in New York. The system proved to be the perfect addition. Coupled with a receiver and packed iPod, we cranked the music and no matter what the volume, the Polks sounded great. Quick tip: a sign of great speakers are their ability to produce clear, quality sound at low volumes.

Polk has wisely focused the outdoor the system around bass, a sonic element that changes the entire experience of outdoor sound. The 10″ Dynamic Driver long-throw subwoofer housed in a sealed-resin enclosure provides deep musical bass (and can double as a 200 lb plant stand). Paired with the two-way Sat30 satellite speakers which featured a 3.5″ long-throw midrange driver and 1″ voice coil, the trio produce fantastic sound throughout their range, even when the party’s at full-bore.

More images and specs after the jump.

Buy Now: $599

Ethan Dougherty

In between browsing his 437 bookmarks in Firefox, beating the hell out of his trusty 12? MacBook (yup, it’s still soldiering on) and Nikon D70 on his latest adventure, or just gearing up for the next home project, Ethan feels that he pretty much embodies the Gear Patrol lifestyle. In summary, his love of gear, technology, and the projects on which to properly and improperly utilize them knows no bounds. Having explored most of Europe (Western and Eastern) and the Americas (North and South), Ethan considers himself a well-traveled kinda guy. He’s also willing to admit that nothing beats the comfort of his leather chair, beloved McIntosh sound system, girlfriend’s love and patience, smoking up his apartment with a cast-iron burger (recipe to be shared soon enough), American muscle (cars), or looking for the NGP (Next Great Product). As an expatriate of the West Coast (hometown: Arcadia, CA) now living in New York, Ethan hopes to ingratiate bi-coastal love from his fellow Gear Patrol readers (unlike the Westside Connection album currently playing on his iPod). Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he’s passed on the whole iPhone hullabaloo and instead uses a ruggedized GSM based Sonim XP1. It’s far better at withstanding being run over by buses and Hoveround-driving seniors. In addition to checking out and sharing an abundance of content for Gear Patrol, Ethan will be focused on not only discovering and sharing the latest out there for guys, but spending his fair share of time weeding out the crap. And, by God, there’s a lot of it. If its worth his time, he’ll let you know. To his editors’ chagrin, he’ll also be using a liberal dose of parenthetical notations.

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