Outdoor Speaker options.

I was just thinking about summer.  Who doesn't enjoy sitting outside on your deck or in your backyard in the sun with a beer while listening to the tune of your choice without having to listen to a distorted or lacking sound through your screen door or a window.

Spending a lot of money on outdoor speakers is a waste of time in my opinion.  The sonic limitations of that open space makes it near impossible to get accurate sound like indoors or on your home theater so why bother trying.  I've complied a few reasonable and affordable options to get the asses shaking at your barbecue.

Dual LU43PB Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

These speakers are a beautiful option as they come with mounts allowing you to put them pretty much anywhere.  They are small and and can handle 50w rms/ Max 100w.  Make sure the receiver or power source you're using doesn't go above this.  These speakers will not be able to deal with it.

  • Power handling: 50 watts RMS/ 100 watts max 
  • *Impedance: 4-6 ohms
  • Frequency Response: 100-20,000 Hz 
  • SPL: 86 dB 2.83V/1m 
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4" H x 5-1/4" W x 5-1/4" D 
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs each *Mfg.# LU43PW (white), LU43PB (black) 
  • Sold in pairs.
  • Designed for boats, decks and poolside
  • Weather resistant ABS enclosure
  • 4" Polyelite woofer with PVA surround
  • 40 mm polypropylene cone midrange
  • 20 mm piezo tweeter

As you can see here, outdoor speakers compliment the existing look quite simply and can be pretty attractive or out of the way.  These are an excellent option if you are working with a non existent budget.  If you have a little more than $20-30  to spend on this endeavor, keep reading.

Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Thee Yamaha NS-AW150 is a little more money but I prefer the two-way acoustic suspension design system incorporates a bigger 5.5" woofer (allowing for Yamaha NS-AW150 sealed enclosure with aluminum grill protects the speakers from the elements.

  • One pair of 2-way indoor/outdoor speakers
  • Acoustic-suspension design for clear sound and taut, controlled bass response
  • 120 watts maximum power capacity, 35 watts nominal
  • 5-inch high-compliance, polypropylene, mica-filled woofer and .5-inch PEI dome tweeter; magnetically shielded and water resistant
  • Each speaker measures 5.41 x 10.125 x 6.16 inches (W x H x D)
 In my opinion, these are a more solid option for durability and quality of sound.  They look better too.

NXG Technologies NX-PRO1000S - Pro subwoofer - 150 Watt - sandstone

 Now for those of you who don't like to play and really want to rock it there is even outdoor Subwoofer options.  A subwoofer is vital to any systems accurate reproduction of audio.  The NXG Subwoofer is an awesome 10" Subwoofer option to just drop anywhere in your yard. 

The manufacturer describes the product as follows:
NXG Rock Speakers will deliver living room quality sound to your favorite outdoor living spaces. In this Pro Series Rock Speaker from NXG Technology, you’ll see meticulous design, detail, and craftsmanship. All speaker components are weather resistant, and their natural stone-look cast resin enclosures will not only resist sun fade and the harsh effects of nature, but also blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape

  • Dual voice coil, fiberglass cone woofer with rubber surround
  • Silicone sealed, glass-reinforced, cast resin enclosure
  • Environmentally tested to resist long term exposure to the elements
  • Sandstone
  • Sold individually
  • Maximum Power Handling: 150 watts
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-150Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Impedance: 8 ohm
  • Woofer Size: 10" 
  • Cabinet Finish: Sandstone cast resin 

Outdoor wireless options?
Enclosure for wireless transmitter?
Wiring outdoor speakers can require some creativity but another option is to make them wireless using a product like the previously reviewed JBL AIR-WEM Wireless expansion module.

Another wireless technology I would recommend, KEF Wireless speaker Technology.  While more expensive it is solid technology.

I don't ever recommend wireless speakers.  However both these wireless speaker options are powered and I would recommend both of them.  If you were to use these outdoors you must consider that they were built for indoors it may require some creativity to protect them from the elements.

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In conclusion,
Now one vital thing to keep in mind is the placement of outdoor speakers.  Placing them near walls or corners, just like indoor speakers will increase the bass as a result of reflecting sound.  Because of their small woofers this is an imperative step while installing so make sure you choose your spot well before you start drilling screws into your home.    :)

Now once those speakers are in, instead of fiddling with the stereo system inside trying to get it sounding right outside, you can get back to providing your guests with much needed attention.

You can find more options here:

  • Audiovox AR Wireless Outdoor Speakers AW825 / AW850

  • Outdoor speaker series - Outdoor Speakers and Subwoofer

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