Nortek Control has announced the introduction of Proficient Protege Series rock and planter loudspeakers that are designed to blend into their surroundings, while bringing a choice of quality speakers to outdoor spaces.
The two new Proficient rock speakers (PAS-RS6 and PAS-RS8i) are available in a choice of granite, speckled granite, sandstone and shale brown finishes. The new planter speaker (PAS-PS6Si) comes in a natural weathered concrete finish and is designed to be used with live plants.
“Outdoor audio is a key and ever-growing market segment for many of our dealers,” says Richard Pugnier, vice president of marketing at Nortek Control.
“The new Proficient Protege rock and planter speakers provide an excellent opportunity for the distribution channel to extend sales into outdoor spaces where customers are spending much more time. In addition to offering the legendary, rock-solid reliability that’s backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the new speakers incorporate our latest technological advantages that provide superior audio coverage and sound dispersion.”
According to Proficient, its latest speakers are built for years of trouble-free use. The company points out that its new rock and planter loudspeakers were developed to complement just about every outdoor aesthetic and application.
Proficient emphasizes that each Protege Series speaker cabinet comes with shaped low-diffraction MicroPerf aluminum grilles to maintain a realistic look, while maintaining an acoustically transparent sound experience.
Elaborating on the design, the company says the speakers incorporate its proprietary ConeForward design that positions the drivers close to the grilles to improve midrange intelligibility. Additionally, the planter speaker features a movable tweeter assembly that adjusts the sound dispersion from 180 degrees for placement in open areas, to 90 degrees for corners.
“The Proficient PAS-RS6, PAS-RS8i and PAS-PS6Si speakers are made of a custom multi-layer fiberglass construction, with double seals on the tweeter, woofer and enclosure cover,” adds Jeff Shaw, senior director of product management for Nortek Control.
“These speakers have been put to our design test and can withstand the harshest conditions anyone will normally encounter, including temperature extremes from -50 degrees to 185 degrees F (-45 degrees to 85 degrees C).”