Niles PS6Si

Stereo-input planter speaker (Terracotta finish)

  • Niles PS6Si


  • Niles PS6Si


  • Niles PS6Si

Item #: 190PS6SI

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by Loren Barstow

Outdoor speakers let you move the party outside

Outdoor speakers are built tough -- they laugh at wind, rain and weather. Tuck a pair under your eaves and they'll pump out the tunes to keep everybody smiling and swaying at your next cookout or pool party. We also have some "rock" speakers that blend seamlessly into your landscaped lawn or garden.

The Niles PS6Si may just be the ultimate camouflaged outdoor speaker. It offers the look and function of an ordinary flower pot, but houses dual 1" tweeters and a 6-1/2" woofer. Its inconspicuous design lets you seamlessly add music to patios, balconies, or anywhere else you want quality stereo sound without the clutter of speaker cabinets.

The versatile PS6Si gives you two sets of inputs for stereo sound from a single speaker, or you can use two of them for a conventional stereo setup. The speaker's weatherproof design ensures strong performance outdoors, even when subjected to the elements.

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  • weatherproof design
  • designed to hold live plants
  • separate left and right channel inputs provide stereo sound in a single speaker
  • dual 1" tri-laminate tweeters
  • 6-1/2" dual voice coil injection-molded polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • 8-ohm impedance per channel
  • includes dual 3-foot burial-rated connection cables with waterproof wire nuts
  • 18-3/4"W x 18-3/4"H x 18-7/8"D
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter Type Dome
Midrange Size ---
Woofer Size 6-1/2
Woofer Composition Talc/polypropylene
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Power Range (watts) 10-100
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance (ohms) 8
Frequency Response Not Given
Connector Type Bare wire
Height (inches) 18-3/4
Width (inches) 18-3/4
Depth (inches) 18-7/8
Weight (pounds) 35
Mounting Bracket Included No
Parts Warranty Ltd. Lifetime
Labor Warranty Ltd. Lifetime
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What's in the box?

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  • Stereo input planter speaker with terra cotta finish (with two attached 2' lengths of speaker wire)
  • 4 Wire nuts
  • Installation Guide

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Overview: The Niles Audio PS6Si is a round planter with a built-in stereo input speaker that can be used indoors or outdoors. It is designed to accommodate live plants. This model has a terra cotta finish; it is also available in a weathered concrete finish.

Note: The PS6Si features a drain-hole to allow water to drain from your plants.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design

Driver Technology

Drivers: The speaker has a down-firing 6-1/2" dual voice coil, injection-molded TCC (talc, carbon, and ceramic) filled polypropylene woofer with a butyl rubber surround. There are two side-firing 1" fluid-cooled, Tri-laminate Teteron tweeters, mounted 180° apart for optimum dispersion. An empty tweeter mount is provided that allows you to move one of the tweeters closer to the other, aiming it at a 90° angle. The dual tweeters and single woofer provide a quality stereo signal with just one speaker.

Enclosure Design

Grille: The four aluminum MicroPerf grilles on the planter speaker have hundreds of precisely-sized perforations, creating an acoustically transparent grille. The aluminum construction resists oxidation, enabling years of trouble-free operation in the harshest conditions. Both sides of the grille are painted for added protection.


Wiring: The speaker features separate left and right channel inputs. Two 2-foot, burial-rated connection cables are attached to the bottom of the planter. Waterproof wire nuts are provided to connect your speaker wire to the speaker. The proper speaker wire gauge is determined by the length of the run:

  • 16-Gauge: Maximum Distance: 60 feet
  • 14-Gauge: Maximum Distance: 100 feet
  • 12-Gauge: Maximum Distance: 160 feet

Configuration: The speaker can be wired to be used as a single speaker, stereo input mode, or in a 2-speaker stereo mode. In the one-speaker stereo input mode, the speaker is 8 ohms. In the two-speaker stereo mode, the speaker is 4 ohms. The speaker will be louder when used in a two-speaker configuration compared to a single speaker. The speaker will cover a circular area with a diameter of 22'.

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Written By Paul, Colorado on Friday, June 13, 2008
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Bought two of these for a medium sized deck. They look great but more importantly, they sound amazing. Great low end, especially sitting on an elevated wooden deck (sound transfers into wood and adds to the bass), and very nice mid/high end sound. Crystal clear sound all around. Would never but another ground based outdoor speaker!
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Great for my small patio

Written By Christopher, Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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I live in Georgetown so I have small back patio. I bought one of these speakers as they can be configured to accept stereo input and connected it to my Sonos system. Sounds great! I would recommend this speaker for use in one or two speaker setups...
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Niles PS6Si

Written By Jeff, Palmyra, PA on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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This is what I've been looking for. I bought two and spaced them 20 feet apart outdoors on our patio as per the manufacturers spec. The sound is very good with no static noise. I would recomend this speaker to my friends.
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