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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of grills in outdoor marine environment!!!!!!!!!, October 16, 2009
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The grills on these speaker rust in as little as two months in marine environmet. Here is description of these speakers taken from Amazon site: "designed to perform for years under the harshest of conditions". Maybe the insides, but certainly not the grills. Bought in August 2008. Put up under a covered roof porch about 1500 yards from beach (Atlantic Ocean). No direct exposure to rain/elements. Grills rusted in less than 3 months. (see pictures). Figured I had bad grills. Klipsch replaced grills. Put back up May 30, 2009 and by August 30, 2009 - rusted out again. (See pix). After two months of sending pix and talking with Klipsch (they seem to lose things there and not call back), they would send me more grills which they admit will rust again but would not replace with something that won't rust -- all their grills are the same they say-- which I guess means they would all rust. They would not provide refund. This should never have been advertised as all-weather speakers...it is clear they will not last in marine environment and I am disappointed in the company not standing behind its product.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2010 11:48:09 AM PDT
So you would rate it a one star, even though you admit the insides are probablly fine, just because of the ext grill? To me, speakers are all about the frequencies they reproduce and the efficiency at which they do so. Outside speakers even more so, due to the amount of sub-standard offerings out there. If you can continue to enjoy the sound, at least a three star would be appropriate, don't ya think? A customized plastic cover could fix the visual problems quite nicely.... Just a thought!
Either way the point about the advertised "conditions" that these could be placed in should be ammended, as your experience proved it false.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 7:50:34 AM PDT
JRP says:
but how do they sound?

Posted on May 12, 2011 5:46:14 PM PDT
BWilliams says:
Ummmm....hello, you're at the beach. Salt air will rust anything. Just curious how your outdoor A/C unit is holding up. There's a reason HVAC companies make a fortune working beach areas. Metal does not hold up to salt air. If you want the grilles to last, take them to a powdercoating shop.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 5:28:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 9:57:44 AM PDT
lut says:
We have a pair of these at home, the grills started to yellow in about 4 months. I first thought it was rust but decided to remove and wash the grills. After a good soaking and brushing (nylon brush), the "rust" was gone. Ours are in close proximity to our BBQ grill. Just a suggestion, remove and soak them in soap water next time you see "rust".

Btw, we're ~20 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:54:14 AM PST
E. Benton says:
I thought the grills on these are supposed to be stainless? Another thought might be to remove them and give them a spray with CLR, Ospho or some other rust remover. If these are truly stainless, this should just be rust colored stains and not actual pitting/flaking.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 5:47:23 AM PST
Leporinus says:
The description says they are paintable. I would think that some Rustoleum would do the trick.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2013 1:18:42 AM PST
Ace Cool says:
UW, since he is rating the entire product and not just the sound, his one star is valid with me. The product information is indeed misleading. Here it is cut and pasted;

Product Features

One pair of two-way indoor/outdoor speaker
Equipped with 1" silk dome tweeter and 5.25" poly cone woofer
Exclusive Tractrix(R) Horn technology
Housed in a UV-resistant, paintable enclosure and durable stainless steel grille
Includes port plug and one C-style mounting bracket

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 8:12:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 8:13:40 AM PDT
HostileHST says:
If the grills are in fact stainless steel, the company did not use the higher grade 316 stainless. The lower grade will have iron in them, so they will rust. I'd have to agree with some other thoughts here since they won't refund or replace the grills with plastic ones, get them powder coated and or dipped in rubberizer. You could get the paint-on-rubberizer for much cheaper and touch them up as needed. Sad they didn't use the higher quality stainless to start with.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 7:33:20 AM PDT
J. Miller says:
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Posted on May 28, 2013 10:26:45 PM PDT
of course when you that close to the beach that is going to happen !!! it would be nice to hear what you thought they sounded like
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