Top 10 Outdoor Speaker Systems 2018 Reviews

Nothing adds to an outdoor party like great music. However, boomboxes or indoor speakers just can’t compete with the ambient noise outside- wind, cars, and neighbors all compete with the music you actually want to hear. While indoor speakers can rely on the walls around to reflect sound, outdoor speaker systems are designed to amplify your music without the luxury of reflective sound surfaces.

For an outdoor speaker system that you will enjoy for years to come, there are some features you will want to consider. The importance of each of these features will depend on your preferences and the size of the area you want to cover.

Wattage: The wattage you need will depend on the size of the area you want covered, and how close your nearest neighbors are. For an area less than 300 square feet, a couple of 60-watt speakers should be sufficient. For 500 square feet or less, you’ll want 80-100-watt speakers. And 800 square feet, 150-175 -watt speakers. 200-watt speakers are good for an area of about 1000 square feet.

Number of Speakers: To have the stereo sound most people are accustomed to, you need to have at least two speakers. Some speakers are sold singly, and some in pairs. Consider your space to determine how many speakers you would like, and where to best place them.

Weather Proof: Most outdoor speaker systems are at least weather-resistant. The ability of systems to withstand harsh weather does vary. Please keep in mind that water-resistant does not mean waterproof. Outdoor speakers should be able to withstand a light sprinkle, but a heavy downpour or submersion may damage some systems. Confirm that the system you purchase has the protection you need, and is compatible with the weather you have.

Wireless or Not: Wireless speakers offer the convenience of not running cables. However, other wireless devices nearby will likely cause interference and decreased sound quality. Some wireless speakers cannot be linked to others in parallel. If you want to have more than two speakers, then you might want one set to be wireless and the other speakers to be wired to the wireless set.

Aesthetic: Some speaker systems are disguised to looks like rocks, others are traditional in look but can be mounted discreetly. If you are looking to place speakers around your lawn, the granite or rock speakers are a great natural look. If you are mounting the speakers under your deck or under the eaves of your house, the traditional speaker design is fine.

10. Dual Electronics LUR66E 2 Indoor/Outdoor Studio Rock Speaker

Dual Electronics LUR66E 2 Indoor

The Dual Electronics LUR66E is a 60-watt wired speaker with a frequency range of 70Hz – 20kHz. The electronic elements of the speaker are covered by a weather-resistant composite enclosure that is designed to look like a tan rock, 9.63″ H x 8.75″ W x 8.75″ D.

Pros:

  • Discreet look
  • Weather resistant
  • Decent sound for price point

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9. Klipsch AWR-650-SM Indoor/Outdoor Speaker – Granite

Klipsch AWR 650 SM Indoor

The Klipsch AWR-650-SM is a 50-watt wired speaker with a frequency range of 66Hz-20kHz +/-3dB. The enclosure of the speaker elements is weatherproof fiberglass composite created to look like granite, 17″ H x 15″ W x 11″ D.

Pros:

  • Low Bass tones for great sound
  • Weather resistant
  • Discreet look

8. Acoustic Audio AA351B Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Acoustic Audio AA351B Indoor

The Acoustic Audio AA351B speakers have a combined 250-watts RMS with 89dB sensitivity and 100Hz-20kHz Frequency Response. Featuring a traditional black speaker look, these are rust- and water-resistant and are made to withstand weather. They are smaller speakers, 4″ H x 4″ W x 6″ D.

Pros:

  • Strong wattage
  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Weather resistant

7. Yamaha NS-AW390WH 2-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Yamaha NS AW390WH 2 Way Indoor

The Yamaha NS-AW390WH speakers have a combined 130-watts and a frequency response of 55Hz-40kHz (±3dB). These speakers have the traditional speaker design, in white, and can be mounted. They are weather- and water-resistant, and measure 8.8″ H x 14.2″ W x 17.6″ D.

Pros:

  • Good frequency response
  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Weather resistant

6. Bluetooth 5.25 Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Patio Speakers

Bluetooth 5.25 Indoor

The Bluetooth 5.25 wireless speakers have a combined 60-watt output and a frequency response of 45Hz – 20kHZ. These speakers pair easily with your phone or tablet. They are weatherproof, and have the traditional black speaker design, 4″ H x 9.5″ W x 7.25″ D.

Pros:

  • Good frequency response
  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Weatherproof
  • Wireless

5. Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker

Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker

The Definitive Technology AW 6500 speaker is 200- watts and has a frequency response of 40 Hz -30 kHz. It is an all-weather wall-mount speaker, 14.44″ H x 9.25″ W x 8.87″ D.

Pros:

  • Good frequency response
  • All-weather
  • Strong wattage

4. Yamaha NS-AW150BL 2-Way Outdoor Speakers

Yamaha NS AW150BL 2 Way Outdoor Speakers

The Yamaha NS-AW150BL speaker pair have a combined 120- watts and a frequency response of 80Hz – 40kHz (+/-3 dB). This speaker pair are weather-resistant and can be wall-mounted. They are black, traditional in design, and measure 10.12″H x 5.4″ W x 6.16″ D.

Pros:

  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Good wattage
  • Weather-resistant

3. Yamaha NS-AW150WH 2-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Yamaha NS AW150WH 2 Way Indoor

The Yamaha NS-AW150WH wired speakers have a combined 120- watts maximum and a frequency response of 80Hz – 40kHz (+/-3 dB). These speakers are water resistant and designed to withstand light rain or wind. They are white wall-mounted speakers, 10.1″ H x 6.1″ W x 5.4″ D.

Pros:

  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Good wattage

2. Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

The Polk Audio Atrium 4 speakers have a combined 160-watts and a frequency response of 75Hz-25kHz. These speakers are weather-resistant, wall-mounted, and measure 6.25″ H x 7.5″ W x 9.5″ D.

Pros:

  • Good wattage
  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Weather resistant

1. Dual Electronics LU53PW Indoor, Outdoor & Bookshelf Speakers

Dual Electronics LU53PW Indoo

The Dual Electronics LU53PW speakers have 125-watts and a frequency response of 70Hz – 20kHz. These speakers can be mounted on swivel brackets with 90-degree range of motion. They are weather-resistant and coated with a resin that resists ultraviolet damage. They are white, in a traditional speaker design, and measure 10.13″ H x 7.25″ W x 7.25″ D.

Pros:

  • Good wattage
  • Sold in pairs for stereo sound
  • Weather- and UV- resistant
  • Decent frequency response

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