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SoundTube XT550

2-way outdoor speaker for commercial sound systems (Sandstone)

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Overview

Our take on the SoundTube XT550

The SoundTube XT550 has an unusual look. That's because this partial-burial speaker is designed to stand up to the elements, with a 5-1/4" poly woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter ensconced inside a rugged Zero Reflection™ enclosure. It uses a sealed (acoustic suspension) design, but there's a port vent that you can open for extended bass response.

A durable, all-weather outdoor speaker

The SoundTube XT550 has an unusual look. That's because this partial-burial speaker is designed to stand up to the elements, with a 5-1/4" poly woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter ensconced inside a rugged Zero Reflection™ enclosure. It uses a sealed (acoustic suspension) design, but there's a port vent that you can open for extended bass response.

A built-in transformer tap lets you power multiple speakers throughout your establishment with one or two amplifiers.


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Product Highlights:

  • weather-resistant 5-1/4" poly woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • BroadBeam Ring™ technology for 360° off-axis performance
  • durable weather-sealed Zero Reflection™ enclosure with optional port vent
  • built-in transformer for use with 70-volt commercial systems
    • power taps at 4, 8, 16, and 32 watts
    • 4-ohm transformer bypass
  • power handling: 120 watts continuous program power (when using transformer bypass)
  • frequency response: 101-12,000 Hz (±3dB) with port vent in closed position
  • maximum SPL: 101 dB
  • stainless steel grille with powder-coated finish
  • mounting gear with anti-theft bracket included
  • 14-3/16" diameter x 15-9/16"H
  • weight: 13 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Outdoor speaker w/attached 18" speaker leads
  • Speaker base
  • 2 Security brackets
  • Compression fitting
  • Port plug (installed on speaker)
  • Six 3/4" square-drive screws
  • Two 1/2" hex-head bolts
  • 2 Flat-washers
  • 2 Wire nuts
  • 1 Square-drive bit
  • Instruction sheet
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Features and Specs

General
Drivers per speaker 2
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0
System Frequency response 101-12k
Maximum SPL 101
Power Handling
Power rating 120
Peak Power rating ---
Specs
Width (inches) 14-7/8
Height (inches) 15-1/2
Depth (inches) ---
Weight 13 lbs

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Soundtube XT550 is a premium 2-way outdoor loudspeaker solution for installations requiring high-performance sound in a durable speaker design. Ideal for background/foreground music and paging, the XT550 is an ideal choice for theme parks, playgrounds, resorts, shopping malls, restaurants and other outdoor applications.

Two-Way Driver Design: The XT550 features a down-firing 5.25" weatherproof woofer, with polypropylene cone and butyl rubber surround, with a coaxially mounted 1" aluminum dome tweeter. The driver is protected by a powder-coated stainless-steel grill and mounted using stainless-steel hardware. Utilizing Soundtube's BroadBeam Ring technology, the speaker offers increased midrange clarity and ultra wide off axis performance, providing a smooth 360˚ of horizontal and 40˚ of vertical coverage area.

Enclosure: Available in granite green or sand stone, the speaker enclosure is made of durable roto-molded polyethylene plastic and other professional grade components, providing long lasting performance and making it UV-, scratch-, chlorine-, and weather-resistant. The ported enclosure incorporates Soundtube's patented Zero Reflection design along with an optional weather-tight rubber port plug that can be removed for an extended frequency response. When installing, the base of the speaker sits in-ground with the rest of the enclosure above ground. The base includes multiple wire inlet locations, for easy daisy-chaining of speakers, along with liquid-tight compression fittings for the wiring. Two 10" security brackets are included that attach to the base of the enclosure and extend into the ground, keeping the speaker tamper-proof.

Multi-tap Transformer: The XT550 includes a 32 watt multi-tap transformer for 25-, 70-, or 100-volt installations. There is also a bypass position that allows normal 4-ohm operation for installations that do not require a transformer. Tap settings are done with a rotary switch that's recessed in the upper section of the enclosure and include a protective rubber plug. Wiring the speaker is done through an 18" section of 18 ga. speaker wire that extends from a water-tight seal on the bottom of the enclosure. The speaker includes the following tap choices:

  • 25 Volt: 0.5W, 1W, 2W, and 4W
  • 70 Volt : 4W, 8W, 16W, and 32W
  • 100 Volt: 8W, 16W, and 32W
  • Bypass Setting: 4 Ohm nominal

Specifications:

  • Speaker Type: 5.25", coaxial, surface-mount
  • Woofer: 5.25" Polypropylene cone with butyl rubber surround
  • Tweeter: 1" Aluminum dome
  • Impedance (nominal): 4Ω
  • Sensitivity (1W @ 1M): 83dB
  • Frequency Response (-3 dB): 61Hz - 9.5kHz (port open) / 101Hz - 12kHz (port closed)
  • Frequency Response (-10 dB): 49Hz - 22kHz (port open) / 62Hz  - 22kHz (port closed)
  • Maximum Program Power: 120W
  • Maximum Continuous Power: 60W
  • Coverage Angle (-6dB @ 2kHz): 360˚ horizontal / 40˚ vertical
  • Coverage Angle (-6dB @ 10kHz): 360˚ horizontal / 40˚ vertical
  • Crossover Frequency: 3.0kHz
  • Tap Settings:
    • 25 Volt: 0.5W, 1W, 2W, and 4W
    • 70 Volt: 4W, 8W, 16W, and 32W
    • 100 Volt: 8W, 16W, and 32W
    • 4Ω
  • Enclosure Material: Roto-molded polyethylene plastic
  • Grill: Stainless-steel with powder-coat finish
  • Input/Output: 18" / 18 AWG wire hardwired from bottom of enclosure
  • Dimensions: Diameter - 14.875", Height - 15.625"
    • Height Above Ground: 12.750"
    • Base Depth In-Ground: 3.625"
    • Base Depth w/Security Brackets: 13.50"
  • Weight: 13.0 lbs

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