Bay Audio Debuts Park Stevens ‘Invisible’ Outdoor Speakers
Park Stevens brand of outdoor speakers, which can be wall mounted or buried, and a subwoofer will be sold directly to qualified dealers.
Bay Audio is moving into the great outdoors. At a special event catered by a celebrity chef Angelo Sosa in New York City at the Savant Experience Center, Bay Audio unveiled its Park Stevens line of outdoor speakers.
“These are invisible speakers outside,” says Ira Friedman, founder of Bay Audio, adding that the Park Stevens line is aimed at emulating the company’s Live-Wall brand of interior “invisible” speakers outdoors. “That is the crux of Park Stevens: clients don’t want to see speakers in their gardens or tacked on the side of their house.”
The line consists of two models of the PS4 satellite speaker: single-driver and dual driver. The 9-inch-deep cylindrical unit comes in die-cast aluminum powder-coated black or white with grilles and backplates. It is designed to be either completely buried in the ground (single driver) or mounted unobtrusively to the side of the house (dual driver). The subwoofer is 12- x 12-inches deep and is designed to be buried.
“Dealers don’t want to be in the business of picking fashionable planter speakers. You can’t win, but you can win in the device business,” says Friedman when talking about the advantages of selling outdoor speakers that are buried in the ground vs. disguised as rocks or planters.
According to David Baird, president of Bay Audio, “The buried design also allows you to not have to worry about matching it to light fixtures.”
The paintable units are completely waterproof, thanks to an innovation using sachi cloth made in Italy. The cloth is completely transparent in terms of allowing sound to pass through while100 percent waterproof. The drivers are protected by the cloth. The system also comes with burial collar with anchors that secure the speaker from rising groundwater or freezes that might want to push the speaker upward.
Friedman recommends dealers design systems with six satellites and a subwoofer, along with a 2-channel, 750W/channel amplifier being built for Park Stevens by QSC. That design, which will run about $5,400 to $6,800, creates a quality audio soundfield, since the units have 120-degree radial dispersion, according to Friedman.
Other mounting options include using a multi-mounting stake and bracket in the yard, and mounting the units to the home. The wall-mounts themselves are virtually invisible, allowing the speaker to sit flush to the home.
The Park Stevens brand name is not an homage to former 1970’s teen TV star Parker Stevenson of “The Hardy Boys.” “We wanted a name that sounded like an architectural landscaping firm,” admits Baird. The “Park” portion refers to the outdoors, while “Steven” is Friedman’s middle name.
The products are due out in November and will be sold exclusively through Bay Audio’s tight-knit group of authorized integrators. MSRP for the speakers ranges from $375 to $535 and the PS10 subwoofer is $1,600. The mounts, shrouds and other accessories complete are sold separately. All the products have a solid built-in dealer margin.
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