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Published on August 20th, 2011 | by Greg

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Kickin’ It Outdoors With The KB6000 Speakers

We go through a fair bit of au­dio equip­ment around here. When we’re not busy set­ting up Air­play through Ap­ple TVs, we’re try­ing to get Sonos stream­ing to a set of rooms, or fig­ur­ing out which amp is best with which set of head­phones. And now that we’ve re­cent­ly ac­quired some pa­tio space, it was a whole new area to con­quer. What works in­side doesn’t work so well out­doors, for elec­tron­ics in gen­er­al and def­i­nite­ly for au­dio gear.

With that in mind, we’ve been en­joy­ing the Kick­er KB6000 speak­ers. This twin pair ser­e­nades us while we are look­ing at Twin Peaks. Good both in­doors and out­doors, they are stur­dy with­out be­ing too heavy, and can be used on the road or even on a boat. Think RVs, campers, or high­ly am­bi­tious scoot­ers.

One down­side is that these don’t come with an amp or mix­er- they are speak­ers on­ly, and so you’ll need some­thing to drive them. We placed an old home the­ater re­ceiv­er in our at­tic and ran some reg­u­lar speak­er ca­ble to the KB6000s. Avail­able in white or black, ours were the lat­ter, and though slight­ly more con­spic­u­ous, they al­so seemed like­ly to hold up to the el­e­ments with­out show­ing as much wear. The in­clud­ed mounts are min­i­mal, and felt a bit cheap, but the spring-load­ed plugs for wire were easy and sol­id.

Hous­ing two 5-inch tweet­ers and a de­cent-sized 6.5-inch woofer, they’ll put out 75 RMS watts of pow­er but on­ly take up about 11 inch­es x 8 x 8. We found the sound to be per­fect for out­doors- a bit boom-heavy, these can put out de­cent vol­ume. We wouldn’t put them up against oth­er in­door-on­ly sys­tems- for most mu­sic, they were pret­ty mushy and spa­tial­ly weak with heav­ier lows and lack­ing in the highs. Don’t ex­pect au­dio­phile-grade ref­er­ence sound- but we frankly haven’t seen too many oth­er op­tions in their class. All in all, these are per­fect for near the pool or on the roof deck, and are light enough to be eas­i­ly hauled. We would’ve liked a bat­tery-pow­ered op­tion, sure, or slight­ly bet­ter han­dles for car­ry­ing- not the first time we’ve had those com­plaints. But that isn’t quite what they are meant for, and at $110 or so, they are good-sound­ing speak­ers, per­fect for set­ting up out­doors, at a rea­son­able price.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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