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When I first came to Clark Synthesis, the Underwater Speaker was a relatively new product called the Aquasonic Underwater Loudspeaker, and it was really ugly. The speaker was yellow. The cord was yellow. The speaker came with an optional float that was first black, then white. Though the product sounded amazing, it lacked any aesthetic appeal.   

Aquasonic Underwater Loudspeaker Warranty
aquasonic underwater speaker

Customers hated the yellow color. When mounted with the chrome face ring, the sound lens looked like an ugly yellow dot on the wall of an otherwise beautiful swimming pool. One the first things we did was change the sound lens to black. At least now it didn’t look ugly.   

Early on, people have wanted to change the speaker and face ring colors, and we have done what we could to help. Pentair offered three different colored face ring covers. We carried them for a while, but sold very few. Three color choices was not enough for discerning customers, which many of our customers are. 

What to do? 

When we introduced the Stainless Steel Screen, that solved a lot of aesthetic problems. Though we introduced the screen as a protection for the speaker, it did change the look. The wall-mounted speaker now had a complete chrome finish. That worked very well with most swimming pools, and complemented the underwater lights. This was around the time we changed the name of the product to the Diluvio™ Underwater Loudspeaker. 

We have had customers who like that black dot with the chrome surround. I remember one customer who inquired about our speakers. When I informed him that the stainless steel screen was available, he started getting upset. He let me know, in no uncertain terms, that the black dot was the look he wanted. Who could have guessed? 

painted face ring

As speaker sales increased, we started getting inquiries for other colors. That’s when we began researching finish options. Much to our surprise, paint was an option. It turns out that both powder coatings and epoxy paints bond well to the face ring and the screen. Epoxy paint also bonds to the sound lens – for customers who don’t want the screen. 

 

Here is a brief video that describes the options, along with a bit about spray paint technique.