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RS850 High Fidelity 8" 2-Way 200W Rock Speaker Single (Sandstone Canyon Brown or Granite Grey)

Product code: OSD-RS850

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The Outdoor Rock Speaker OSD Audio RS850 is OSD's flagship rock speaker which is an excellent addition to your garden, poolside area or anywhere else in your landscape. With 200 watts of power that produces clear, rich sound over a 120 to 200-foot distribution area, this all-weather speaker is durable, reliable and designed to blend right in to its surroundings. It comes in sandstone canyon brown and granite gray.

How Durable Is This Speaker?
We reassure customers all the time. OSD Audio rock speakers are built for all types of weather. These outdoor speakers utilize weather-resistant components for years of trouble free performance. We also use non-water absorbing materials, which is critical in winter so it won't freeze and crack. The shape is also designed to withstand large amounts of pressure, extreme temperatures and moisture. Remember though, outdoor speakers are an investment, so take care of them. Storing them away from extreme weather conditions will only lengthen the time you will get enjoying outdoor speakers.

What Kind of Speaker Cable Should I Use?
We recommend using our waterproof wire and wire connectors specifically designed for the outdoors. These speaker cables that can withstand extreme weather conditions like rain, snow and high temperatures and incorporate twice the insulation and a formulated white polyethylene jacket that is U/V resistant. If you plan to bury the cable in the ground, we recommend using direct burial cable.

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Other Product Info

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

30 Questions & 31 Answers
Linda Estill
from Gilroy, CA asked:
June 5, 2019
We are not tech savvy people. Does the speaker just need to be plugged into an AC outlet? Can I connect via Bluetooth to my android and Kindle?
1 Answer
Hi Linda:


The RS850 are our top of the line rock speakers, but it is a passive design that needs a powered (or amplified) signal from an Amplifier or Reciever to play music. We do have another pair of 8.0" passive rock speakers as well, our model RX805, which also needs a powered signal. Thes speakers are the basis of a Bluetooth Rock speaker kit featuring these same speakers; a model BTR-805 (Bluetooth Rock). It features a Master 8.0" Speaker that needs to plug into an AC outlet. Which delivers power to both an internal Bluetooth Receiver and a two-channel stereo amplifier. One channel connects to the inner 8" coaxial (2-way speaker). There is a speaker wire that runs from the Master Speaker to the matching Satellite Speaker (same as a single RX805 rock speaker) carrying the second stereo channel. So your Bluetooth enabled devices (Smartphone or Tablet) connects wirelessly to the Master Speaker's Bluetooth Receiver. The Master and Satellite Speakers should be placed between 8 to 12 feet apart for the best stereo separation.

I hope that is not too confusing, tim@osdaudio.com.


TL/5564

Submitted by: Tim Leahy on June 9, 2019

Tony C
from New Jersey asked:
April 5, 2019
My pool area is 40x50. Is the RS850 overkill? I’ll have 4. 1 in each corner. Also, which amp do you recommend?
1 Answer
Hi Tony: I would recommend a combination of our AMP300 and a Pre-One Preamplifier. The reason I suggest adding the Pre-One is so you can switch the input signal to Mono since you will have a long distance between each RS850 (a great choice). I also highly recommend adding our NERO Link Wi-Fi streamer as one of your sources connected to the Aux input of the Pre-One. I can explain further if you would like to discuss your setup; tim@osdaudio.com. TL/5492
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on April 10, 2019

Howard
from New Jersey asked:
April 3, 2019
There are various discrepancies between the owners manual and the web page for the RS-850 as follows: Dimensions: H15" x W 19" x D16" VS H13" x W17.5 x D16" Tweeter: 2" VS 1" Power Handling: 300W VS 200W Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz VS 28Hz to 20kHz Sensitivity: 91dB VS 88dB Weight: 28lbs VS 16lbs I would like to know which specifications are correct. Thanks
1 Answer
Hi Howard: The RS850 current specs are the ones you find in the Bullet Points: Dimensions: H13" x W17.5 x D16" Tweeter: 1" Soft Dome Tweeter Frequency Response: 28Hz to 20kHz Sensitivity: 88dB Weight: 16 pounds The Owner's Manual you found has outdated specs. I am not only trying to confirm the specs but need to take new images to verify our current photos on the web. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancies. TL/5486
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on April 11, 2019

Chris
from NEW YORK asked:
March 22, 2019
I have a small like 40x40 backyard that we like to do outdoor movies in. We have a blow up screen and projector. Im looking to setup some kind of speaker arraignment so that we can get loud enough sound to hear with out overpowering the neighbors. We currently just use a couple blue tooth speakers but the sound isnt loud enough. Would you suggest these speakers as an option? if so how many do you think we would need?
1 Answer
Hi Chris: RS850 is an excellent speaker. And if you were looking for just a single pair, they are a good choice. But what else can you tell me about your setup? Is there a pool, Firepit or a dedicated viewing area to consider? Are you designing a sound system to support your movie night only or something to enjoy anytime you are in your backyard? I would be happy to discuss the complete plan with you. tim@osdaudio.com; think about a rough drawing of your layout, possible blueprints or images from different angles. Also, have you considered what you want to use as your source or sources? TL/5465
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on March 26, 2019

Bill Phillips
from LaPorte Indiana asked:
September 18, 2018
What’s the main difference between the RX805 and the RS670 rock speakers ? I bought two of the RS670 last year and one stopped working
1 Answer
Hi Bill: The RX series is our entry level Rock speakers. The RS is the step up usually featuring a more elaborate cabinet and more expensive internal components. The RX805 features an 8.0 driver; the RS670 has a 6.5" driver. Both have a low frequency down to 35Hz. Note: the RS850 is our top of the line rock. Did you attempt to replace the single RS670? It does have a 1-year warranty. Try contacting our RMA department. TL/5207
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on September 24, 2018

Mario
from NJ asked:
May 23, 2018
which speakers would you recomend as best option to be powered by a Sonos amp? I have a set of Bose now and I need the volume up very high before they get rocking. No pun intended.
1 Answer
Hi Mario: Your best bet would be the RS670 one because they are in stock (the RS850 are out to July). Plus they are more efficient at 90dB sensitivity and would be better matched to your SONOS Connect Amplifier which is limited to driving a single pair at 55 watts per channel. The RS670 are rated to 150 watts. A problem with most outdoor setups is they try to get away with one big speaker instead of multiple speakers strategically placed around the pool area, like near the hot tub area, outdoor barbeque, fire pit or even just to cover the pool. We would be more than happy to make some recommendations based on your application. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. tim@osdaudio.com TL/ 5004
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on May 24, 2018

Sooch
from Lebanon, Ohio asked:
May 4, 2018
These have been out of stock for some time now. I keep checking back but, so far, no luck. When do you expect to be back in stock?
1 Answer
Hi Sooch: The latest info tell us that these are due in the first week of July. We are pushing the factory for quicker release. TL/4958
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on May 8, 2018

Bill
from Armonk NY asked:
May 3, 2018
Do you have an new time frame when speakers will be available?
1 Answer
Hi Bill: The latest info tell us that these are due in the first week of July. We are pushing the factory for quicker release. TL/4957
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on May 8, 2018

Denny
from jabdgb@verizon.net asked:
May 22, 2017
Will a 100 watt sherwood amp handle these speakers?
1 Answer
Hi Denny: Yes the Amp will power these speakers but if it is the typical Sherwood Amplifier/Receiver it will say that if recommends 8 or 16 ohm speakers. Which means this is a chip amplifier that has no headroom, no guts and will not provide enough output to take full advantage of these speakers. And you are limited to a single pair with no ability to expand. You should take a look at our AMP200 where you will get plenty of output plus have the ability of adding a second pair and get even more output/coverage. You you could even look at a smaller pair of rocks and power three pair with the AMP200. TL/4379
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 22, 2017

John J Nigro
from Lititz, PA asked:
March 31, 2018
are these in stock?
1 Answer
Hi John: I believe these are do in by the end of April just in time for the outdoor selling season. I will confirm tomorrow and will let you know if there is a different timeline.. TL/4882
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on April 17, 2018

Don Stewart
from Fairfax VA asked:
June 14, 2017
I have a pair of your rock speakers that have been outside for about 10 years one now has a "deteriorated cone surround" sound. I'd like to replace just that one but all the models have changed. (more than once I believe)the box that the speaker came in is labeled SPGS8##HYPCBG 8" Rock Gray with HYPE in an oval. I did another system for a friend a few years later and bought HF9's I believe that seemed to be the same. Is this RS850 the same as those?
1 Answer
Hi Don: I am not familiar with those model numbers. There is a HF9 speaker from another manufacture with a similar speaker. Both 8" 2 way rock speakers. Our enclosure is a little wider and not as high. The RS 850 is our best selling/Sounding rock speaker in our lineup. Available in Brown or Grey and ours includes free shipping (ours weights 16 lbs vs 18 lbs for HF9.) TL/4425
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 15, 2017

Novy
from Chicago, Illinois asked:
June 4, 2017
Is the grill steel or aluminum?
1 Answer
Hi Novy: I believe the perforated grills are Powder Coated Steel with an additional painted coating simulating the rock finish. But I will try and confirm with our engineering to verify. TL/4401
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 5, 2017

Mike
from San Jose, CA asked:
May 18, 2017
Can additional paint be added to these to further camouflage them? If so, what type?
1 Answer
Hi Mike: You should be able to add additional paint, I would advise bringing it to a paint store and asking an expert on the subject. TL/4372
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 21, 2017

paul
from California asked:
May 2, 2016
How far should these speakers be spaced apart - 10-12 ft? RS850 High Fidelity 8.5" Rock Speaker
1 Answer
Hi Paul: Think of a triangle, we recommend 10 to 12 feet apart especially if you are going to be 10 to 20 feet away from the speakers. If you are farther than 20 feet away you could go to 15 feet apart but no more than that. Even at 10 to 12 feet you should angle the speaker in towards a central point at the tip of the triangle. The key is to have the Tweeter focused on that center point. TL/3856
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 4, 2016

Stacey
from Chicago asked:
March 6, 2016
I am looking to purchase rock speakers as a gift for a friend. But do all of these wireless bluetooth speakers need to be connected an amp? Maybe I am looking at the wrong thing. Can you suggest a good pair or wireless bluetooth speakers please. Thank you.
1 Answer
Hi Stacey: These speakers feature a built in Stereo Power Amplifier and Wireless Bluetooth Receiver that are both contained in the master /sync speaker. Therefore it has a external waterproof power supply with a 25 foot cord that powers both the amp and receiver and needs to be plugged into an AC outlet. The second or satellite speaker has to be connected to the master/sync speaker to provide left and right stereo sound (25 foot cord supplied). It syncs up with any Bluetooth enabled device one device at a time. Bluetooth range: 120 feet to 150 feet with an unobstructed line of sight; 50 feet to 75 feet when obstructed. Your results may vary depending upon your actual surroundings. I hope that answers your question TL/ 3737
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 7, 2016

Bill Hoge
from Jackson, Ms asked:
January 11, 2016
I got 2 of the BTR-800TT. Can they be hooked up together? I would like one on each end of the pool.
1 Answer
Hi Bill: The BTR-800TT will not be able to Sync up together. The Bluetooth enabled device will only sync up to one or the other not both at the same time. Our BTR-800 Bluetooth Stereo pair has two speakers one being the master which includes built in stereo amplifier plus Bluetooth Receiver. And a second speaker that has to be hardwired to the first (master) speaker. They should be 8 to 12 feet a part for proper stereo separation. Please let us know if the BTR800 will work for your application. TL/3658
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 22, 2016

Charles Rothkopf
from San Francisco Bay area asked:
September 12, 2015
I purchased your BTR-800 rock speakers and for some reason it does not appear I am getting power to them. Your guide talks about having the speakers fully charged, How does that come about? Do the speakers have to be plugged in for a period of time? The connection from the power supply to the master speaker is very difficult to engage and I am not sure if it is fully connected, could this be the problem? Could the transformer be malfunctioning and if so how would I check to make sure it is functioning properly. Thanks Chuck R
1 Answer
Hi Charles, The BTR-800 speakers do not need to be charged. It could be that you don't have the plug facing the correct direction. If you look closely at the end of the plug from the power supply, you will see that there is a flat edge on one side of the circle that matches the shape of the input on the rock speaker. Make sure to line up the edge on the power supply with the edge on the speaker and push it in all the way.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on September 14, 2015

Sylvain
from Granby, QC asked:
May 15, 2015
Hi. What would be the appropriate connection behind my amp (50 RSM per channel) to connect one RS850? Do I use only left or right post? Can I use 4 wires cable and hook up left and right? Basically, what would be typically the proper way to connect one RS850? I do not want to ear only one side (left or right). Hope my question is clear enough. Thank you,
1 Answer
Hello, You would run one RS850 off the right channel and another RS850 off the left channel for stereo.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 28, 2015

Luke
from Orland park, Illinois asked:
April 9, 2015
I have a pioneer VSX-524 reciever. Does it have enough power to run two of the RS850 speakers?
1 Answer
Hi Luke, It looks like it puts out 80 watts per channel at 8ohms, so that should run the RS850 just fine.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 15, 2015

Mike
from Phoenix asked:
August 8, 2014
This is actually the second time I've missed a batch of these awesome speakers. BTW, I did include my email to get notification when more become available. BUT, When do you expect to have more in stock?
1 Answer
Hi Mike, We should have them back in-stock in September or October. I would recommend the RS810 though, it's a great sounding speaker - many customers like the RS810 over the RS850 in fact.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on August 11, 2014

jose dasilva
from coram,long island asked:
August 15, 2013
what speaker is as good as the niles rs8si pro speaker
1 Answer
Hi Jose: Checkout our RS850TT single stereo speaker with Dual Voice Coil and Dual Tweeters. They are sold as each just like the Niles. Weather Resistant Two 1" tweeters mounted at 18 degrees for ultimate performance 8" Polypropylene Woofer Impedance: 8 Ohms Power Handling: 15W To 400W Frequency Response: 28Hz - 21kHz +/-3dB Sensitivity: 89dB Dimensions: 17" L x 12.6" W x 11.8" H Sandstone Brown, Speckle Granite & Granite Grey TL-2147
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on August 22, 2013

Stephanie
from Central Texas asked:
August 13, 2013
I too am wanting to use Sonos. Would I be better off just using a Connect and attaching it to an amp/receiver to use the larger rock speakers? We have a very open, large area that I had planned to use 2 of the RS850's and then just use a Connect Amp on the smaller outdoor patio speakers. What do you suggest?
1 Answer
Hi Stephanie: I would suggest purchasing our OSD-AMP200 and two OVC300 Volume Controls. And using a single SONOS connect to the AMP200 and have it power your RS-850 Rock speakers on Speaker A and then connect your Patio Speakers to Speaker B output. The Volume Controls should be located somewhere near each pair of speakers. This will allow you to adjust each speaker pair to the other. You can get away with just connecting the AMP200 directly to the two pair of speakers and using the SONOS Connect as your source. TL-2144
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on August 24, 2013

John
from Santa Rosa, CA asked:
July 18, 2013
I have a 2x100W 8ohm amp to power speakers for a very large outdoor area. Because of the large area, I generally play at fairly high volume, which seems to shorten the life of the speakers. How do I choose between the 850, 840 and 805 speakers for this application?
1 Answer
John, Thank you. Well all of our 8" rock speakers can handle anywhere from 175 - 300 watts, so if you're only going to push each speaker with 100 watts, you wouldn't be playing them to their full potential, but you can get the job done. RS850 is our highest quality rock speaker, so this will give you the best sound out of the 8" models, but you will get the best outcome with a high current amplifier such as our AMP200. -BM 2090
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 26, 2013

David
from Dawsonville, GA asked:
May 7, 2013
My amp is a Crown CE1000. Would these speakers be a good choice?
1 Answer
Hi David, Two of our powerful RS850 rock speakers (300 Watts) would be an excellent match to your CROWN CE 1000 ( 275watts per channel) CL/MA 1873
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 10, 2013

Denny
from Ohio asked:
April 30, 2013
How does the RS850 and RS840 rock speakers compare? What's the difference? Thanks
1 Answer
Hi Denny, The RS850 outdoor rock speaker is our top of the line model in that category. It has higher volume capability; a larger tweeter for the highs; and the frequency response goes slightly lower, which translates to more bass. The RS840 pair offers very solid overall performance and are popular for their economical price. CL/MA 1846
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 2, 2013

Scott
from Anaheim, CA asked:
April 25, 2013
I am considering purchasing a Sonos Connect:Amp and a pair of speakers to add to my Sonos system at home, because I want to add an outdoor music zone. Would a pair of RS850s be a good match for the power provided by the Sonos Connect:Amp? https://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connectamp
1 Answer
Hi Scott, The Sonos connect amp is rated at 50 Watts. Consider a pair of 6.5" speakers at max for this application. Our RS680 rock speakers would be an excellent choice. CL/MA 1832
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 26, 2013

Tim
from Phoenix asked:
November 17, 2012
Why should I buy these instead of the TIC TFS12 which are considerably less money? Thanks
1 Answer
Hi Tim, The RS850 is the best quality we offer. They are superb at both high and low volumes, with a rich deep bass and the crispest highs. The TIC you mention is a dual voice coil, what is your application? Do you need a single stereo speaker ? CL 1385
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on November 19, 2012

Bob
from Great Neck, NY asked:
July 29, 2012
How far apart can these speakers be placed to still have good stereo sound?
1 Answer
Bob, Placement ideally would be 8-10 ft apart CL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 30, 2012

Katherine
from Yakima, WA asked:
May 10, 2012
I am looking at purchasing 2 sets of these rock speakers, I want to connect to my XM Radio will this work for both sets? Do I have purchase the wires for each speaker? How far away can I place the speakers from my XM Radio?
2 Answers
Katherine, These speakers would be powered with an amp or receiver, you would hook your XM radio here. The speakers would be wired with a direct line for each back to the power source with speaker cable. Up to 100ft 16 gauge-2 conductor is fine. To drive 2 pairs of these speakers, I would recommend our AMP200. I hope that helps. If you have setup questions or need more info please call 1.888.779.4968 or email me Casey@outdoorspeakerdepot.com CL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 10, 2012
Hi Katherine: CL is telling you most XM radios are preamp output. The signal has to go through an amplifier to create Speaker Level Output which is the connection for the RS850 Rocks. The AMP200 would be the ideal choice for powering two pair of these Rock Speakers. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 10, 2012

AR
from Dallas, TX asked:
April 15, 2012
Got confused about the spec "Power handling: 300W". Is the power rating: - Continuous (RMS) Power ? - or Program (Music) Power ? - or Peak Power ? I am thinking of getting several of your Rock and Patio speakers and plan power the speakers with QSC amps (GX3, GX5, ..). Understanding the power rating will help in figuring out the combinations.
1 Answer
Hi AR: Power Hadling on these speakers 300 watts RMS. I would suggest 2 pairs powered by a single QSC GX3 wired in Parallel the amplifier would see around a 4 ohm load creating some 425 watts per channel output from this workhorse. Plenty of output for your outside application. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 17, 2012

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