The Weathermax Grilles are sized per speaker and are available for the Control Contractor 23-1, 25-1 and 28-1 as well as the Control 10 series ceiling speakers. As ever with Control Contractor series they are available in Black and White and can be painted. For ceiling speakers you need to ensure the rear of them is safe from water, so if outside (say a train platform) you want them well away from the edges. With Weathermax Grilles these are then suitable for outdoor or wet area use, although don’t come with an official IP rating.
We also have certain models rated for EN-54 Life Safety use, these follow a different standard (EN54-Type B) which means they are also rated for use outdoors and are certified for life safety purposes. Examples of these are our Intellivox V90 and H90 units as well as the CBT 50-LS, 100-LS and Control 25AV. Keep an eye out for a future article on our EN-54 ranges.
I cant talk about outdoor speakers without mentioning my favourite JBL loudspeakers, the CBT range (see our extensive CBT Overview Blog). I won't go into the range details again, but check out the CBT blog for specific unit details. To keep it brief these are a column speaker with a wide variety of applications and have out-of-the-box weatherproofing and -LS life safety versions. They are a versatile solution to MANY outdoor situations with examples of our uses being: concourses, stadia, shopping centres, leisure parks, swimming pools…
So these are great and all, but what about if we are talking about THE ‘great outdoors’, big wide areas that need sound coverage. Examples we see of this on a regular basis are theme parks, outdoor stages, big outdoor screens, outdoor concerts… football stadia! JBL have you covered, of course!
For your screen and stages the CBT 1000 (which I can’t speak highly enough about) is IP55 rated when used with a PC2/3 gland. This means you can have a slim, unobtrusive gig ready solution that can comfortably throw 102dB (and the rest!) at 30m that, and can withstand the elements (and for really not that much ££). Add in the CBT1000E bass extension and you have an excellent solution to tricky outdoor problems.