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- nominal power: not specified
- peak power: 175 watts
- impedance: 8 ohms
- sensitivity: 90 dB/W/m
- frequency response range: 57 – 22,000 Hz (+/- 3dB)
- unit weight: 11.5 lbs
- unit dimensions: 8.75 x 9.85 x 14.5 inches
- warranty: 5 years (applies to purchase from Amazon.com)
- user manual: click here
- wireless: no
- battery life: n/a
- signal range: n/a
In 2011 Boston Acoustics introduced the Voyager line of products, which has 5 different outdoor speakers. The Voyager 70 is the largest, highest end product in the line up. It features a 7 inch DCD woofer reproducing frequencies up to 2500Hz and a 1 inch soft dome tweeter reproducing frequencies from 2500Hz up. The tweeter is made from a Boston Acoustic proprietary material called Kortec. It is a textile dome treated with a stiffening agent to achieve the sparkle qualities of metal domes in the top end of the audio spectrum while also having the smoothness of silk tweeters in the lower register. The 1 inch Kortec tweeter can reach 22kHz at -3dB, which is excellent for a set of outdoor speakers at their current price.
DCD , short for Deep Channel Design, is a Boston Acoustics patented technology which allows larger peak to peak cone movement on the woofer. As the voice coil of the woofer moves to reproduce sound at higher levels, there is risk of the voice coil former to hit the back steel plate behind the magnet. Part of the DCD technology features a groove in the steel plate which allows the voice coil to travel further back compared to common woofers. For non audiophiles, what this means is that the speakers can produce more acoustic output. Read on for our full Boston Acoustics Voyager 70 review. You can learn more about our rating system here.
Power: 8.5/10 – With a peak power of 175 watts with a 90 sensitivity rating, this speaker set are definitely powerful enough for larger outdoor areas. Also, the frequency response rage is very good, with a low bottom end ensuring a full bass.
Aesthetics & Style: 4/5 – This speaker line comes with a polypropylene enclosure with black or white, and incorporates a modern PA style. The wide front baffle has a very clean design and hides all elements while fixing the drivers to the panel.
Portability & Convenience: 4/5 – At 11.5 pounds and 8.75 x 9.85 x 14.5 inches each, they might be a bit of a challenge to move and position. The Voyager 70, like virtually every speaker of this caliber, is designed to be permanently positioned for the long term. The design and c bracket mounds included with the speaker allow for it to be mounted vertically or horizontally, or placed on the ground either way as well.
Durability: 4.5/5 – The cabinet of the Voyager line is built with UV and water resistant polypropylene, as well as rustproof internal cabling. The grills are powder-coated aluminum designed to keep the internal components protected dry and protected from debris.
Warranty: 4.5/5 – All Boston Acoustics outdoor speakers are covered by a 5 year warranty, so you can rest assured the company believes in the long term quality of it’s products.
Price: 6.5/10 – The Voyager 70’s are more on the expensive side, and are only really necessary for people who really need powerful speakers for outdoor parties in 300 sq ft or larger areas.
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Bottom Line: 8.2/10
Boston Acoustics is a reputable audio manufacturer, and you can’t go wrong with any product from the Voyager line up. The Voyager 70’s, being the highest end model in the line up, will provide a very powerful sound in your outdoor area fit for higher end parties.
If your looking for a more moderate system, these are probably overkill. There’s also the price to consider – because prices fluctuate on Amazon, we’ve seen comparable products such as the AW 650 sell for significantly less, and if it’s selling for a couple hundred dollars less you should probably go with that one instead. Just remember to keep an eye on prices and compare equivalent speakers.
NOTE: These require separately sold speaker wire. Need some? Check out our outdoor speaker wire guide here.