8″ 2-way weatherproof loudspeaker with built-in 70V transformer and 8-Ohm bypass
10.25” W x 17.875″ H x 11.75″ D  (26cm W x 45.4cm H x 29.8cm D)

SKU: STKda4f2d05 Category: Tag:

Additional information

Weight9.5 kg
Dimensions56 × 32 × 32 cm

The NEAR® LB8T all-environment loudspeaker is elegantly designed, rugged to the extreme and a snap to install. The LB8T employs a NEAR exclusive “lever bracket” mount combined with a pre-terminated totally waterproof input connector. This mounting system minimizes installation effort and reduces “ladder time” to improve installation safety. The LB8T  utilizes an 8-inch MDT/MLS woofer with a coincident-mounted 1-inch titanium inverted dome tweeter for perfectly life-like sound dispersed evenly over a wide area.

70Volt Control and Convenience

This “T” version of the LB8 features a built-in multi-tap 70V transformer (with 8-Ohm bypass option) for use with the NEAR 6XL or other 70V output-equipped amplifiers. 70V systems have a myriad of advantages including being able to run more speakers in parallel than would be possible with low impedance systems. It also allows you to “sound sculpt” an area by assigning different volume levels to each speaker in the system.

Exceptional Durability


Like other NEAR® speakers, the LB8T is truly weather-proof, not just “weather-resistant” and can be used totally exposed to the elements. The LB8T enclosure is color-through, mica-loaded polypropylene that sheds moisture, dirt and chemicals. The UV inhibitor pigments are embedded uniformly throughout the material so the sun won’t fade or yellow the color and garden tools won’t easily mar their looks.
The LB8T is available in white and black and can be painted to match the surroundings. The color-matched grilles are oxidation-resistant heavy gauge powder coated stainless steel with rectangular perforations that inhibit water from clogging the holes and blocking high frequencies.
The bass port is protected from moisture, debris and critter ingress with a special hydrophobic fabric.  All LB Series models are backed by an extraordinary 12 Year warranty. 

Superior Sound


Best of all is the sound quality. The LB8T’s wide dispersion design and high tech components ensure that everyone on the deck or patio hears well-balanced, lifelike sound at every volume level without fatigue.

The LB8T utilizes an MDT metal alloy diaphragm woofer with a 1-inch titanium inverted dome tweeter along with the Magnetic Liquid Suspension (MLS) technology patented by New England Audio Resource in 1993. These are the same materials and technologies employed throughout the LB Series to ensure timbre consistency and system design flexibility. 


The “ribs” molded into the enclosures are more than mere decoration. This patented innovation (D432522) serves to stiffen the enclosure and break up panel resonance for pure and undistorted sound.

LB8T Features

LB8T Specifications

  • Purpose-built to be extremely durable in all weather conditions
  • 12 year warranty
  • Built-in 70V transformer with selectable power taps of 64, 32, 16, 8 and 4 Watts, plus 8 Ohm bypass
  • 8-Ohm only version available (LB8) 
  • Anodized metal alloy speaker cones (MDT) are extremely stable
  • Coincident driver configuration for symmetrical dispersion in any orientation
  • Waterproof (IP68) “Perfect Fit” input connector eliminates long-term connection problems
  • MLS Ferrofluid voice coil centering system
  • Fluid-sealed gap eliminates corrosion in magnet
  • Dual-layer voice coil with inside and outside windings for ultra-low distortion
  • Mineral-filled polypropylene cabinet for durability and rigidity
  • Advanced polymer cone surrounds resist UV rays, chlorine, fertilizer and salt spray
  • Heavy-gauge, powder-coated stainless steel mounting bracket with unique (patent-pending) lever-mount cast aluminum clamp
  • Specially developed hydrophobic fabric covers port opening to prevent entry of water, debris and small creatures.
  • Colors: Available in black and white (both paintable)
  • Driver Complement: (1) 8” Metal Alloy Diaphragm Woofer, MLS Voice Coil Guidance, UV and Chemical Resistant Rubber Surround; (1) 1.1” Metal Alloy Diaphragm Tweeter, Ferrofluid Damping, UV and Chemical Resistant Rubber Surround, Corrosion-Resistant Magnet Assembly
  • Frequency Response  –  45Hz to 19kHz, +/-2.5dB
  • Sensitivity (1W/1M) – 90dB @8 Ohms
  • Dispersion – Minimum 120 Degrees, Horizontal & Vertical
  • Power Requirements – 70 Volts – select 64, 32, 16, 8 or 4 Watts output. 8-Ohm bypass up to 175 Watts (Ave); 700 Watts (Peak)
  • Dimensions – 10.25” W x 17.875″ H x 11.75″ D;
    26cm W x 45.4cm H x 29.8cm D
  • Product Weight (with mounting yoke and clamp)
  • Maximum SPL @1M (1/2 space)    113dB
  • Input Terminations – Waterproof Plug-in Connector Included (IP68 Rating)
  • Environmental – Designed to Meet or Exceed Mil-Std-810 (Humidity, Salt Air, Heat, Cold, Immersion); IEC IP 56
Specifications subject to change without notice