Nortek Control, manufacturer of smart connected devices and systems for residential and commercial customers, has introduced Proficient® Protege rock and planter loudspeakers, designed to blend into their surroundings while providing high-quality speaker sound to the outdoors. The two new Proficient rock speakers (PAS-RS6 and PAS-RS8i) are available in granite, speckled granite, sandstone and shale brown. The new planter speaker (PAS-PS6Si) comes in a natural weathered concrete finish and is designed to be used with live plants. Proficient, an architectural loudspeaker and subwoofer design company, has added the new outdoor speakers to the Proficient Protege Series and are available to technology integrators and dealers worldwide from authorized distributors. 

Each durable Proficient outdoor speaker cabinet comes with shaped low-diffraction MicroPerf aluminum grilles for a realistic look and acoustically transparent sound experience. The company’s exclusive ConeForward design positions the drivers close to the grilles to improve midrange intelligibility. Additionally, the planter speaker features an innovative movable tweeter assembly that adjusts the sound dispersion from 180° for placement in open areas, to 90° for corners. 

“Outdoor audio is a key and ever-growing market segment for many of our dealers,” said Richard Pugnier, Vice President of Marketing at Nortek Control, “and the new Proficient Protege rock and planter speakers provide an excellent opportunity for the distribution channel to extend sales into outdoor spaces where customers are spending much more time. In addition to offering the legendary, rock-solid reliability that’s backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the new speakers incorporate our latest technological advantages that provide superior audio coverage and sound dispersion.”

According to Jeff Shaw, Senior Director of Product Management for Nortek Control: “The Proficient PAS-RS6, PAS-RS8i and PAS-PS6Si speakers are made of a custom multi-layer fiberglass construction, with double seals on the tweeter, woofer and enclosure cover,” 

Shaw also reported that the “speakers have been put to our design test and can withstand the harshest conditions anyone will normally encounter, including temperature extremes from -50° to 185° F (-45° to 85° C).”

The Proficient Protege outdoor rock and planter speakers are now available from authorized distributors. Dealers can obtain pricing information from their local distributor. Distributors can request access to the Nortek Control PRO Portal for additional product details by contacting