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Old 09-10-2019, 04:29 PM
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Roswell Marine R1 Pro Tower Speakers

Has anyone seen the Roswell Marine R1 Pro Tower Speakers in person?

I’m selling my current boat that includes a pair of Roswell Neptune 8s that I’ve loved. The hardest thing about letting this boat go is saying goodbye to those speakers. Amazing sound in a great package. Unfortunately the Neptune 8s are discontinued, so I can’t get a pair for the soon to be new to me boat. New this year, Roswell has come out with the R1 Pro speakers that appear to be similar (at least in configuration) to the Neptune 8s, except that the stainless can has been replaced with a translucent polycarbonate bucket. Cool if you’re really in to LED light shows over music quality I guess, but not really my bag.

Anyway, my primary question is how do they sound? Secondarily, regarding the black section of material surrounding the white polycarbonate bucket; is it also plastic?

I’ve reached out to Roswell a couple of times with no response yet, so I figured I’d try here and see if anyone knew what’s what.

Please save your “Just go with wetsounds...” comments, when I A/B’ed Neptune 8s and Rev 8s, same source unit, same amps, same content, same acoustic environment, the Neptunes won out hands down. Plus I really prefer the looks of the Roswell speakers to the Wetsounds.

Ultimately, I’ve gotta replace the exiting coax speakers on the new boat with some hlcd’s for the clarity they provide at the end of the rope.

Thanks to anyone who has seen these and can report back. For those who haven’t seen them either, but are curious: https://www.roswellmarine.com/produc...ower-speakers/
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:36 PM
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:37 PM
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Roswell doesn’t make an HLCD
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:51 PM
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Roswell doesn’t make an HLCD
I beg to differ, the Neptune 8 had a 1” HLCD, and the R1 Pros do as well. Cut this straight from their spec sheet:

Tweeter: Side-mounted 1” Compression Tweeter with integrated protection circuit

That Compression Tweeter is definitely Horn Loaded, so HLCD is applicable.

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Old 09-10-2019, 05:30 PM
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The old neptunes and the new R1 Pro do use a compression driver tweeter, but their horn is very short compared to most ever other HLCD out there. This has if falling in between a dome style tweeter and a compression driver with a longer horn flare. This can benefit the near field SQ, but may not have as narrow a cone of focus at longer distances.

I hope to demo them in a couple weeks.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:41 AM
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If you liked the original Neptunes, you will be pleased with the new R1's. For the most part, they are the same, but some acoustic tweaks. New Neodymium magnet reduces weight and allows for the larger voice coil. The improved the mid to highs transition for better sound quality.
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:30 AM
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So you heard them?

is the black surround metal, or is the entire casing plastic?

Is there a mounting option for ZFT towers, or will I have to get creative?

What was your impression of the overall build quality?

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Old 10-05-2019, 11:46 AM
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Yes, heard them outside on their promo center console. Pod is aluminum, except for the opaque lens. I do not see Mastercraft tower mounting adapter as of yet, but did not ask. Time will tell how the LED lens holds up over time in the environment.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:35 PM
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My guess is that they’re using an HDPE for the plastic bucket. The density of that material would give it fairly good acoustic properties. Hopefully it isn’t some sort of cheap Chinese blow-mold (thermoform) material that:
1. isn’t an ideal acoustical enclosure solution
and
2. will get brittle and crack after extended exposure to UV light.

I had an email conversation with one of their sales reps who told me that he asked his engineering team and they do have a MC mounting adapter/solution, but he was very vague about it which didn’t inspire confidence. Maybe due to the lighter magnets, they can use the old Aquatone adapters rather than the Neptune 8 plate & collar style connections.

I’d still like to see/hear a pair before plunking $2k down on some.

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