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The 10 Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers of 2019

Looking for the best outdoor Bluetooth speaker your money can buy? Then you’ve arrived at the right place! Outdoor speakers are unique in that they’re built to withstand bumps, dings, weather and most other challenges the great outdoors have to offer. In this article, we take a look at the best outdoor speakers of 2019.

We decided to split this into two categories, portable and non-portable (or installed) outdoor speakers. This way we can cater to whichever type you’re after,

The first five options are portable outdoor Bluetooth speakers while the second five are outdoor speakers you would typically install in your home or outdoor entertainment area.

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this article for recommendations based on the most common reasons people purchase outdoor speakers.

Portable Outdoor Speakers

Portable outdoor speakers are regular Bluetooth speakers built to take on the challenges of mother nature. In this section, we have included both compact and larger options, depending on what it is you’re looking for. Most of these speakers are waterproof, however, a couple of options are not. Why would these be included?

While having a waterproof speaker is important for many outdoor applications, often you just need an outdoor Bluetooth speaker with a decent amount of power, especially if you’re looking to get a party going. You may have noticed that your Bluetooth speaker sounds louder inside than it does outside. This is because the sound is contained inside and the sound waves reverberate of the floors, walls and other surfaces which amplifies the sound.

Outside the sound travels further but eventually dissipates as there is nothing to reverberate or bounce off.

This is why it’s important to have a powerful outdoor speaker if your intent is to play loud music outside. If a party speaker is what you’re after, then be sure to check out the Sony GTK-XB90 or Aiwa Exos-9. Both really powerful speakers with excellent sound quality.

1. Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
200W
Battery Life:
9 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth & ⅛ inch AUX
Bluetooth:
50ft plus NFC
Dimensions:
19.4” x 11.7” x 7.5”
Weight:
13 lbs
Waterproof Rating:
None

One of the more exciting Bluetooth speakers to come out in recent years is the Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. While it’s not as compact as most would consider a portable Bluetooth speaker to be, the Exos-9 is relatively easy to carry and move around. The Exos-9 might not be compact and lightweight, but it most definitely packs a serious punch!

The Exos-9 features a total of five speaker drivers including a 6.5” woofer producing a powerful 200W of sound. This is a significant amount of power and will easily fill a medium to large room and even be effective outdoors for parties around the pool or even tailgating.

With the 6.5” subwoofer, the Exos-9 sound warm with a deep, pumping bass sound. The midrange and highs offer excellent clarity. Overall, the Exos-9 is a fun speaker to listen to no matter if it’s a simple podcast or your favorite dance track.

If 200W isn’t enough power, Aiwa has enabled the Exos-9 to be paired with a second Exos-9. Here you have the option of running the speakers in mono or stereo depending on your preference. With two Exos-9 Bluetooth outdoor speakers, you’re sure to get a party started and most likely will get complaints from the entire neighborhood.

The Exos-9 allows for two audio inputs, Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX. The speaker also has an NFC sensor for quick-pairing NFC enabled devices. You can have up to 8 Bluetooth devices paired to the Exos-9 so swapping between devices is quick and easy.

The main controls are located on top of the Exos-9. These include play/pause, EQ adjustment, and LINK to connect two Exos-9 speakers. There is a large rotary knob on the front of the speaker for volume control. Also on the front panel is an LED display which enables you to see which input is selected, the EQ preset, and your remaining battery life.

The Exos-9 built-in battery lasts up to 9 hours depending on the volume and other features you might be running. The Exos-9 is very efficient with conserving battery and will even shut down the LED display and touchpad controls after 15 seconds of not being used. If the Exos-9 is running on battery, the speaker will enter a sleep mode after 15 minutes of no use. Great features to prolong your battery life, especially when you’re away from a socket to charge the speaker. The Exos-9 can also operate while connected to the socket so, if you want the speaker on all day at home, you can just plug it in and you’re good to go.

If you need more battery life, Aiwa sells additional battery packs which are available on their website or via Amazon. The battery is a quick-release so it’s as easy to swap out batteries. In addition, the Exos-9 has a USB charge out so, if you’re taking your outdoor Bluetooth speaker on an adventure, you’ll have a power source to charge your mobile device. Just remember this will run the battery down faster so be sure to pack some extra battery packs for extended trips.

Another cool feature on the Exos-9 is the Bluetooth lock. We’ve all got “that friend” with terrible music taste who’s always trying to take control of the Bluetooth speaker. With the Bluetooth lock, the Exos-9 will only pair to the current device and won’t allow you to pair to additional devices while engaged. Details of how to engage/disengage the Bluetooth lock can be found in the user manual.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker:

  • Aiwa Exos-9
  • Power cable
  • Removable battery pack
  • ⅛-Inch AUX cable

Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

The Aiwa Exos-9 is arguably one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers on the market today. The speaker is powerful, delivers excellent audio quality and the ability to swap out battery packs allowing you to keep the party going for longer. The speaker is nicely laid out with simple, easy to use controls making the Exos-9 easy to operate for anyone. The ability to connect a second Exos-9 is great if you plan to have a party across two areas or you want a left/right outdoor Bluetooth speaker system for a dance floor. The only downside to the Aiwa Exos-9 is the speaker isn’t waterproof. So, the Exos-9 is not a good choice if you want an outdoor Bluetooth speaker for wet conditions.

2. OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
10W
Battery Life:
14 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth & ⅛ inch AUX
Bluetooth:
4.2 100ft
Dimensions:
5.3” x 2.6” x 2.8”
Weight:
9 oz
Waterproof Rating:
IPX5

They say dynamite comes in small packages and that’s certainly the case with the OontZ Angle 3. The Angle 3 is a just 5.3” wide, stands 2.6” high and weighs a mere 9 oz. But don’t let the compact size of the Angle 3 fool you. This outdoor Bluetooth speaker kicks.

The Angle 3 features dual full-range speaker drivers with a bass radiator delivering a punchy 10W of sound. The first thing you’ll notice is the Angle 3 is surprisingly loud for its size. It’s hard to believe something so small has such a big bark. As this is a compact speaker, there isn’t much bass to speak of, however, the Angle 3 does have a nice punchy low-end. The Angle 3 delivers good clarity across the upper frequencies but don’t expect audiophile quality. Having said that, the Angle 3 is a fun speaker to listen to and is perfect as an ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker.

The Angle 3 allows for both Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX audio inputs. Even with its compact size, OontZ has allowed for a small control panel on the side of the Angle 3. Buttons include play/pause, volume control, and multi-function button for Bluetooth/call management. The Angle 3 features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling so you can still take calls while paired with the Bluetooth speaker. Call quality is good enough for answering a quick incoming call but you might battle holding a business call as your voice can sound somewhat distant to the other caller.

Not only is the Angle 3 powerful but it’s also built tough. The rubberized sides are designed to take a few drops here and there with an IPX5 waterproof rating to fend off any water or moisture. IPX5 only protects against splashes of water so you definitely don’t want to submerge the Angle 3 in any way.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker:

  • OontZ Angle 3
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • ⅛-Inch AUX cable

OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for an outdoor Bluetooth speaker to throw in a backpack and take anywhere, the OontZ Angle 3 is a great option. In fact, the speaker is even small enough to fit in your pocket. While the Angle 3 is loud, it’s not powerful enough to disturb neighbors or those around you. Great for dorm rooms, small apartments or even listening to music in a public park. At a little over $60, the Angle 3 delivers excellent value for the money.

3. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

At a Glance

Power Output:
Unspecified
Battery Life:
8 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth & ⅛ inch AUX
Bluetooth:
4.2 30ft
Dimensions:
5” x 5.2” x 2.2”
Weight:
1.2 lbs
Waterproof Rating:
IPX4

Looking for a rugged, palm-sized outdoor Bluetooth speaker? Then the Bose SoundLink Color II just might be what you’re looking for. This premium speaker is coated in a silicon rubber material which not only offers protection but also gives the speaker a premium look and feel. If you’re familiar with the original plastic SoundLink Color, you’ll know this silicon finish is a big improvement. Another improvement is that the SoundLink Color II is now waterproof. It’s only an IPX4 rating which protects against water splashes so not good for use in the pool or out on the water (river/lake).

As to be expected from a premium brand like Bose, the SoundLink Color II sounds really good. The low-end is nicely defined and punchy with excellent clarity in the mid-range and high frequencies. For a speaker just a little bigger than your hand, the SoundLink Color II performs surprisingly well. Granted, this isn’t audiophile quality, but for a personal speaker and a bit of fun, you won’t be disappointed. Due to the SoundLink Color II size, the speaker isn’t very powerful so don’t expect to full a room with sound. For a personal speaker or a bit of background music with a couple of friends, the SoundLink Color II performs just fine. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth party speaker, you might want to look at something bigger.

The SoundLink Color II allows for Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX audio inputs. For the purposes of waterproofing, most brands hide the ⅛-inch AUX input behind a watertight seal which means you’re unable to use this port around water. The SoundLink Color II AUX port is exposed which means you can use your AUX cable even if there is the change of getting the speaker wet. A small but much-appreciated convenience. The micro USB charging input is also exposed, however, charging the SoundLink Color II around water probably isn’t a great idea. Consult the user manual for all instructions.

On top of the SoundLink Color II is a small control panel. Buttons include power, Bluetooth, input source, volume up, multi-function and volume down. The multi-function button allows you to access many features on your paired Bluetooth device. These include play/pause, track skip, call management and activating voice prompts (Siri, Google Now, etc).

The SoundLink Color II also has voice prompts so you know when features or changes have been confirmed. Bose have translated these into 13 different languages so, if English isn’t your first language, you can always change the SoundLink Color II language to suit your preference. You can also turn off voice prompts completely if they are not needed.

Another improvement over its predecessor is the SoundLink Color II is NFC enabled. This means you can quick-pair using your NFC enabled device simply by tapping the top of the speaker. The on the SoundLink Color II allows you to store up to 8 Bluetooth devices so switching between your various Bluetooth devices is quick and easy. You can also clear the stored memory simply by pressing and holding the Bluetooth button for 10 seconds.

The SoundLink Color II features an 8-hour built-in battery which is more than enough for a full days use. When the battery reaches 10% or, hasn’t been used for three consecutive days, the speaker goes into “battery protection mode” which preserves the battery. Plugging the SoundLink Color II into a power source reverts back to normal operation. The speaker also powers off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II:

  • Bose SoundLink Color II
  • Micro USB charging cable

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II Conclusion

If you are Bose fan, then you’ll enjoy the SoundLink Color II. The speaker is simple to use with only the basic features you need from an outdoor Bluetooth speaker. The SoundLink Color II is built tough with a decent IPX4 rating designed to survive the everyday challenges of an outdoor speaker. At just under $130 the SoundLink Color II isn’t cheap but then neither is any part of the speaker’s features or sound quality.

4. Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
60W
Battery Life:
24 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth & ⅛ inch AUX
Bluetooth:
4.0 66ft
Dimensions:
13.2” x 26.5” x 2.2”
Weight:
36 lbs
Waterproof Rating:
None

If you’re looking for a true outdoor party speaker then the Sony GTK-XB90 is definitely the way to go. Not only does the XB90 have awesome sound but an LED lighting show to really get the party vibe going. What’s more, you can connect up to 10 of these Bluetooth speakers to create one big party PA system. You can also pair just two XB90 speakers for a stereo left/right system.

The first thing you’ll notice is the XB90 is big. Standing 26.5” high and weighing in at 36 lbs, the XB90 is certainly not your average portable Bluetooth speaker. Having said that, the XB90 is fitted with built-in handles making it easy to pick up and move around. The XB90 is pretty rugged so it can take most of what the outdoors has to throw at it. The only downside to this outdoor Bluetooth speaker is it doesn’t carry a waterproof rating. So you’ll want to keep the XB90 away from the pool and other water sources.

The XB90 features two 7” woofers with three 2.3” tweeters producing a pumping 60W of sound. The XB in XB90 stands for Sony’s EXTRA BASS and the XB90 certainly delivers here. The speaker produces some serious bass which is especially awesome for urban and dance music genres. The XB90 is not just a party sound. The speaker has surprisingly good intelligibility in the mid and high-frequency range making the XB90 great for all music genres and even a microphone. And yes, the XB90 has a ¼-inch microphone input with separate volume control so you can do some karaoke, mc or just yell at the neighbors.

Apart from an external microphone input, the XB90 also has a built-in microphone so you can use the Bluetooth speaker as a speakerphone. Now, I have to say, this is the most overkill speakerphone on the market but the XB90 does an excellent job with call quality and you won’t have any issues carrying a conversation.

With the XB90 you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to audio inputs. These include Bluetooth, RCA (in and out), USB, and ¼-inch jack. Unfortunately, no ⅛-inch AUX input but you can use an RCA to ⅛-inch AUX cable for non-Bluetooth devices.

On top of the Bluetooth speaker, you’ll find several buttons to control your XB90 and Bluetooth device. These include play/pause/call management, volume up, volume down, and Extra Bass for the bass boost. In addition, you have four buttons to control XB90 features.

The STAMINA button has two functions. You can press and hold for a voice prompt which tells you the remaining battery life or, you can press once to engage power saving mode.

The FUNCTION/PAIRING button switches between inputs and also activates pairing mode to pair a Bluetooth device.

The ADD button enables you to pair a second XB90 which you can then choose between mono or stereo mode. If you have more than two XB90 Bluetooth speakers, you can press the W.PARTY CHAIN button to link multiple XB90, XB60, XB40, XB30 or XB20 speakers. So you’re not limited to the same make and model Sony XB speaker. The W.PARTY CHAIN button also controls the built-in LED lights.

The XB90 comes complete with several LED lights including, strobes left and right, color LED strip around the speaker and LED strips around each speaker grille. While they’re not the brightest LED lights, in the dark, they certainly add to the mood by pulsing with the beat. The lights can be controlled via the W.PARTY CHAIN or using the Sony | Music Center app and Fiestable app.

Using the Sony | Music Center app and Fiestable app you can adjust controls on the XB90, change lighting effects, and engage DJ sound effects. You can also set up playlists to keep the party going all night.

The XB90 has a built-in battery which lasts up to 24 hours. The actual time depends on how loud you play the speaker, whether or not you have EXTRA BASS and LED lights engaged. The speaker will automatically shut down after 15 minutes of no activity saving the remaining battery life. The XB90 also has a USB charge output so you can charge your mobile device on the go.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker:

  • Sony GTK-XB90
  • Power cable

Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for an outdoor Bluetooth party speaker, then the Sony GTK-XB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the way to go. There are very few speakers on the market that match the XB90 for performance, design, and sound making this a truly unique speaker. Lights, EXTRA BASS, 24-hour battery, and rugged exterior make the XB90 a serious outdoor Bluetooth speaker system. The only thing missing is a waterproof feature.

If you love the Sony XB range and want something waterproof, the XB40 might be a better option for you. Unfortunately, the XB40 is about a quarter the size of the XB90 so you won’t have as much power.

5. Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

At a Glance

Power Output:
12W
Battery Life:
24 hours
Inputs:
Bluetooth & ⅛ inch AUX
Bluetooth:
4.2 66ft
Dimensions:
6.5” x 2.2” x 1.8”
Weight:
12.6 oz
Waterproof Rating:
IPX5

The Anker Soundcore 2 is the updated version of the hugely popular original Soundcore. While the original was an awesome Bluetooth speaker, there was room for improvement and it lacked a couple of features to make it capable of being one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers.

The first major improvement is the Soundcore 2 is now waterproof with an IPX5 rating. This means the speaker can handle sprays of water from all directions. Great for around the pool or even in the shower but not protected against submersion. Another big improvement in the Soundcore 2 is sound quality. The Soundcore 2 includes a bass radiator which means the speaker delivers a deeper bass response making the sound richer than the original. There have also been some slight changes to the styling but these are minor.

The Soundcore 2 features two full-range speaker drivers each producing 6W of sound for a combined 12W of power. The addition of a bass radiator gives the Soundcore 2 a nice punchy low-end sound. The mid-range and highs are a little muddy as a result of the bass radiator, however, this is barely noticeable for the average consumer. The Soundcore 2 is a compact Bluetooth speaker, so don’t expect big room-filling sound. Having said that, the Soundcore 2 is surprisingly loud for its size and will easily fill a small room or dorm.

The Soundcore 2 has five large buttons on top of the speaker which offer both form and function. Anker has done a good job of designing the buttons to look stylish and trendy adding to the Soundcore 2 minimalist aesthetic. Buttons include power, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down and a multi-function button for play/pause/skip forward. Unfortunately, the Soundcore 2 has no functionality to skip to the previous track.

The multi-function button also manages incoming calls and the built-in microphone even allows you to give voice commands to Siri, Google, etc.

One of the reasons the original Soundcore was so popular was because of its 24-hour battery life which also forms part of the Soundcore 2. The battery also charges up really quick in only 3 hours from completely flat.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker:

  • Anker Soundcore 2
  • Charging cable

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Conclusion

There is a reason the Soundcore Bluetooth speakers are so popular. They’re affordable, produce great sound, include premium features and 24-hour battery life. And now, the Soundcore 2 even has an IPX5 waterproof rating. Everything you need from a Bluetooth outdoor speaker. At under $40, there isn’t a product that can compete with the incredible Anker Soundcore 2.

Non-Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

If you’re looking for outdoor speakers to install outside your home or business, then you need something which can be installed. Our non-portable section features both active and passive speakers. Which is right for you, active or passive outdoor speakers?

Active versus Passive Outdoor Speakers

Active or powered speakers incorporate a built-in amplifier which means you don’t need an external amp or receiver to drive the speakers. The obvious advantage to this is less cabling and equipment which ultimately means less cost. We have included two powered speaker options and both with Bluetooth, so you can literally plug-and-play.

Passive speakers require an external amplifier or receiver to drive the speakers. For each of the outdoor speakers below, we have included recommendations for amplification and cabling so you know exactly what is needed to get your system up and running. The passive speakers we have chosen are more powerful than the active speaker options. So, if you’re looking to install some party speakers, go with the Polk Audio Atrium 6 or Yamaha NS-AW350 over the other three non-portable outdoor speakers.

Tools for Installing Outdoor Speakers

Installing outdoor speakers requires a few tools and accessories. We thought we would include a quick list of tools you’ll need so you can check if you are missing something and purchase these at the same time you purchase your speakers. These days outdoor speakers are relatively easy to install.

Drill

To mount your speaker brackets to the wall, you will need to drill holes for the screws and to run the speaker through the wall if necessary. An in-expensive cordless set comes with everything you’ll need. Keep in mind, for brick and mortar walls, you may need a more powerful electric drill and masonry drill bits.

Screw Driver

You will need to screw the bracket to the wall. For this, you will need a screwdriver. A multi-bit screwdriver set is inexpensive and comes with all the bits you’ll need for most standard sized screw heads.

Wire Stripper or Pliers

You will need to cut and strip speaker wire for installation. This can be done with a pair of strong scissors but it’s always best to use the right tool for the job. Side cutter pliers with a proper cutter and stripper with work best

Spirit Level

One thing people always forget is a spirit level. The result is you step back to admire your work only to find the speaker is ever so slightly off. You think it’ll go unnoticed but invariably there is always that one guest who points out the error. Make sure you check your speaker position is level before drilling holes for installation.

Paint

If you plan to paint your speakers to match your walls or decor, make sure to follow the product instruction manual. For speaker cabinets and grilles you must use spray paint. It’s always best to use a paint primer first to prevent against rust and ensure the paint bonds correctly. When applying the paint, hold the nozzle about a foot from the speaker grille. You want the paint to go on lightly without clogging the speaker grille holes.

1. Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers (Pair)

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers (Pair)

At a Glance

Frequency Response:
50Hz to 27kHz
Speaker Driver:
5¼” with 1” tweeter
Speaker Type:
Passive
Recommended Power Per Channel:
10W-100W
Speaker Impedance:
8 ohms
Sensitivity:
90dB
Bluetooth::
No

The Atrium series from Polk Audio is an affordable range of outdoor speakers. Polk’s Atrium 6 is the third model in the 5-speaker range. The Atrium 4 and 5 are smaller and more compact while the 7 and 8 are larger and significantly more powerful for filling larger outdoor spaces. The Polk Atrium 6 is an all-weather outdoor speaker built to withstand salt air, rain, and extreme hot and cold temperatures.

The Atrium 6 features a 5¼-inch low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter capable of producing up to 100W of power. Depending on the amplifier you choose to power the speakers. The Atrium 6 has a nice punchy low end with good clarity in the mids and highs. This outdoor speaker system is perfectly suited for medium to large outdoor areas.

Each Atrium 6 speaker comes with a bracket which can be mounted on the wall or from the ceiling. While the Atrium 6 are weatherproofed, it’s not recommended mounting the speakers where they will be directly exposed to the rain or sunlight. Rather mount the Atrium 6 speakers under the eves of your roof or on a covered patio.

The Atrium 6 has a power handling of 10W – 100W. To get the most out of your Atrium 6 speakers, use an amplifier or receiver with 100W per channel at 8 ohms. If you need to purchase a receiver, we recommend the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver which delivers 100W per channel at 8 ohms. A perfect match for the Polk Audio Atrium 6 outdoor speakers. These speakers will need an 18 or 16 gauge speaker cable, depending on the length of the run.

The Atrium 6 come in white and black. If you plan to paint your Atrium 6 speakers, it’s best to go for the white option. Both the cabinet and speaker grille are paintable. Full instructions for painting your speakers can be found in the Atrium 6 user manual.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Polk Audio Atrium 6
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Speaker brackets

Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

The Atrium 6 is a versatile outdoor speaker for a number of applications. It’s big enough to make a noise but small enough that you won’t bother the neighbors. The speakers are designed to withstand most outdoor environments including extreme hot, cold and even salt air. At just under $310 for a pair, the Atrium 6 deliver awesome sound at an affordable price.

2. Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers

 Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers

Frequency Response:
55Hz to 40kHz
Speaker Driver:
6½” with 1” tweeter
Speaker Type:
Passive
Recommended Power Per Channel:
40W-130W
Speaker Impedance:
6 ohms
Sensitivity:
87dB
Bluetooth::
No

The Yamaha NS-AW350 is a very popular outdoor speaker. The speakers are designed for both indoor and outdoor applications sold in 2, 4 or 6 speaker bundles. At under $100 for a pair, there aren’t many quality name brand speakers which can compete with the NS-AW350.

The NS-AW350 feature a 6½-inch low-frequency driver with a 1-inch tweeter capable of up to 130W peak power output. The speaker has a good, chunky bass response and performs well in the mid-range and high frequencies too. The NS-AW350 is also really powerful with a pair of speakers easily capable of filling most outdoor patio areas.

The NS-AW350 has a power handling of 40W to 130W at 6 ohms. To get the most out of your NS-AW350 you want to go for a receiver or amplifier with at least 100-130W power output at 6 ohms. The Onkyo TX-8220 2 Channel Stereo Receiver is an excellent choice for a stereo outdoor speaker system while the Sherwood RX5502 is going to be a better option for installing multiple NS-AW350 speakers. Make sure you use no smaller than 16-gauge speaker cable with 14-gauge recommended for runs longer than 20ft.

For installation, the NS-AW350 comes with a mounting bracket and safety cable. The NS-AW350 is weatherproofed, however, it is recommended you install these under a covered patio or under the eaves of your roof to protect against the elements.

The NS-AW350 is available in black or white.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers:

  • 2 x Yamaha NS-AW350
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 2 x Safety wire
  • 2 x L-bracket for safety wire
  • 2 x Speaker base

Yamaha NS-AW350 Outdoor 2-Way Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for an affordable outdoor speaker system, then the Yamaha NS-AW350 is definitely one to check out. These speakers perform exceptionally well for the price and you can rest assured you’re getting premium parts from a brand like Yamaha. You can pick up the NS-AW350 for under $100 for a pair or a little over $200 for 4 with speaker cable. Excellent value, great sound.

3. Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers

Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers

Frequency Response:
45Hz to 20kHz
Speaker Driver:
6½” with 1” tweeter
Speaker Type:
Active
Power Output
40W RMS
Speaker Impedance:
N/A
Sensitivity:
Unspecified
Bluetooth::
Yes 4.0

If you’re looking for an active outdoor Bluetooth wireless speakers then you should consider the Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers. Sold as a pair, the Sound Appeal 6.5” features a built-in Class D amplifier with Bluetooth in the primary speaker so you don’t need an external receiver or amplifier to power the speakers. If you’re looking for a plug-and-play outdoor speaker system, then the Sound Appeal 6.5” is ideal.

The Sound Appeal features a 6.5” low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter. The primary speaker houses the 80W RMS Class D amplifier which then feeds power and signal to the second speaker. A 25-foot power cable is supplied with the system to power the primary speaker. If you need a longer run, you’ll need to purchase a power cord extension. In addition, Sound Appeal supplies you with a 25-foot speaker cable to link the two 6.5” speakers. Consider using a 16-gauge speaker cable should you need to run further than 25-foot.

What’s nice about the Sound Appeal 6.5” is that it’s 100% wireless in terms of signal. The primary speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 with a range of 60ft. Perfect for most patio and backyard setups. Unfortunately, Bluetooth is the only input option. There is no cable input so, you’re limited to Bluetooth only. As most devices are Bluetooth nowadays, this isn’t a major issue.

While the Sound Appeal 6.5” is weatherproofed, you don’t want to install these speakers exposed to the elements. Especially given that they are powered with electricity running directly to the primary speaker. Mount these under a covered patio or under the eaves of your roof to ensure minimal exposure to the elements and product longevity.

When it comes to audio quality, the Sound Appeal 6.5”sounds great. At 40W each the Sound Appeal 6.5” aren’t the most powerful outdoor speakers but certainly good enough for most patios. For background music, the Sound Appeal 6.5” will work just fine. If you’re looking for a loud outdoor party speaker, the Sound Appeal 6.5” might not be the best choice.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Sound Appeal 6.5”
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 1 x Power cable (primary speaker)
  • 1 x Speaker cable (primary to second speaker link)

Sound Appeal 6.5” Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for a plug-and-play outdoor Bluetooth speaker system, then the Sound Appeal 6.5” is definitely the way to go. No need for external amps or receivers reducing the amount of equipment and wires for install. The Sound Appeal 6.5” are great for background music on the patio but I wouldn’t choose these outdoor speakers if you are looking for a party speaker, rather go with one of the passive outdoor speaker options in this article. At just under $200 for two speakers with built-in amplifier, power, and speaker cables, the Sound Appeal 6.5” is a good all-in-one buy.

4. Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System

Pyle 6.5'' Bluetooth IndoorOutdoor Speaker System

Frequency Response:
80Hz to 20kHz
Speaker Driver:
6½” with 1” tweeter
Speaker Type:
Active
Power Output
30W (Product description claims 300W but this is incorrect)
Speaker Impedance:
N/A
Sensitivity:
Unspecified
Bluetooth::
Yes 3.0

If you’re looking for something on the budget end, you can always rely on Pyle to deliver. The Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System (PDWR62BT) is an affordable pair of outdoor Bluetooth speakers. One thing to clarify, on all Pyle’s marketing material for these speakers, they’re rated at 300W. This is in fact incorrect. This might be the program power output of the speaker but the actual RMS is closer to 30W. So something to keep in mind when checking these speakers out online.

The PDWR62BT features a 6.5” low-frequency driver with a 1” tweeter. As mentioned, these speakers are around 30W RMS delivering a combined 60W power output for the pair. For their size, the PDWR62BT produce a significant amount of volume. Enough to fill most patio areas. They aren’t the most powerful outdoor speakers so, if you’re looking for something to throw across the backyard, the PDWR62BT might not be the right choice. These work best in patio areas where you need to cover a specific zone.

Both PDWR62BT speakers are powered by the primary speaker. A 20-foot power cable and 16-foot speaker cable are included with the PDWR62BT. 16-foot is a little short so you might want to consider purchasing a decent length of 18 or 16-gauge cable if needed.

The Bluetooth and ⅛-inch AUX inputs are located on the primary speaker. The PDWR62BT features Bluetooth 3.0 which is slightly out of date but since you’re only connecting to the speaker to play audio, this isn’t really an issue. The Bluetooth range is about 30-foot which is pretty standard and perfectly suited for use on a patio. The ⅛-inch AUX cable is located at the bottom of the primary speaker so it’s easy to access.

The PDWR62BT only carry an IP44 weatherproof rating which means you definitely don’t want to mount these speakers where they are exposed to the elements. Under a covered patio or under the eaves of a roof is just fine.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System:

  • 2 x Pyle 6.5” PDWR62BT
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets
  • 1 x Power cable (primary speaker)
  • 1 x Speaker cable (primary speaker to secondary link)

Pyle 6.5” Bluetooth Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System Conclusion

If you’re looking for a pair of cheap outdoor Bluetooth speakers for your patio or outdoor entertainment area, then the PDWR62BT is a great option. Having a built-in amplifier means you don’t need an external receiver or amplifier to drive these speakers. Keep in mind the PDWR62BT is not a very loud outdoor speaker system so if you need something with some power, consider one of the passive outdoor speaker options in this article. At under $130 for two speakers with cables, brackets and built-in amplifier, the PDWR62BT is our cheapest non-portable outdoor speaker option.

5. Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers

Frequency Response:
100Hz to 20kHz
Speaker Driver:
4” with 1” tweeter
Speaker Type:
Passive
Recommended Power Per Channel:
25W-80W
Speaker Impedance:
4-6 ohms
Sensitivity:
86dB
Bluetooth::
No

If you’re looking for an ultra-compact cheap pair of outdoor speakers, then the Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers are just what you’re after. At under $40 for a pair, there isn’t much competition for the LU43P. These are simply the best outdoor speakers you’ll find for under $50.

The LU43P is a 3-way speaker with a low-frequency driver (4”) a mid-range driver (1½”) and tweeter (¾”). Each speaker delivers 25W RMS power output with a 50W peak. Perfect for small indoor and outdoor areas. The LU43P doesn’t have much bass to speak of but the sound quality is crisp and clear. Perfect for background music. If you need something a little louder with better bass response, the Dual Electronics LU53P is a 5½” speaker delivering 125W Peak.

If you just need to run the LU43P in stereo, then the Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier is a great match for these outdoor speakers. The OriGain features two 50W outputs into 4 ohms which is a perfect match for a pair of LU43P speakers.

18-gauge speaker wire will work just fine for the LU43P but for runs longer than 30ft, go with 16-gauge wire.

The LU43P come with brackets and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The Dual badge can even be rotated so the name is facing the right way up. Unfortunately, the LU43P can’t be painted but, they are available in black or white so you can choose the color best suited for your space. The LU43P does have some weatherproofing but they are not designed to be installed exposed to the elements. Under the eaves of your roof or covered patio is fine. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of protection against salt air, so I wouldn’t recommend the LU43P for installation for sea facing properties.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Dual Electronics LU43P
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 2 x Mounting brackets

Dual Electronics LU43P Indoor/Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for a decent pair of cheap outdoor speakers, then the Dual Electronics LU43P is a great option. Even though these are cheap speakers, they certainly don’t have a cheap sound. The LU43P aren’t very loud and do lack bass but for under $40 you can’t expect big sound.

Outdoor Speaker FAQ

Purchasing and installing outdoor speakers requires some basic understanding and knowledge as it’s very possible to damage your speakers from incorrect installation. Here are some frequently asked questions which will help you avoid making costly mistakes when purchasing and installing your outdoor speakers.

What is Speaker Impedance?

Speaker impedance is the resistance the speaker applies to the amplifier’s current or voltage output. Impedance matching can get very technical so, for the purposes of this article, all need to know is mismatching your impedance can lead to blowing your speakers. So, you want to follow the manufacturers guidelines for matching your amplifier to your speakers. Impedance is measured in ohms with most speakers being 8 ohms while some are also 6 or even 4 ohms.

What is Power Handling?

The power handling of speaker is the lowest and highest power output (measured in watts) a speaker can take. For example, speaker with a rating of 20W to 100W requires an amplifier with a minimum of 20W output and a maximum of 100W to drive the speaker efficiently. Try to match as close to the peak as possible. So in the case of the aforementioned example, you would want an amplifier or receiver with a 100W output per channel.

But wattage is not the only thing to consider when matching the power handling of a speaker to an amplifier. You also need to match the impedance. So, if a speaker requires 20W to 100W at 8 ohms, make sure your amplifier output is also 20W to 100W at 8 ohms. For example, the Onkyo TX-8220 Receiver delivers 45W at 8 ohms and 100W at 6 ohms. That’s more than double the power output between 8 and 6 ohms. If your 6-ohm speaker can only handle 50 watts, you’ll likely blow the speaker with this receiver.

What is Speaker Sensitivity?

Speaker sensitivity is the specification of how loud a speaker can go to measured in decibels. To measure this, a microphone is placed 1m away and the speaker is turned up full using only 1 watt of power output.DETAIL

Outdoor Speakers Buyer’s Guide

If you still need help to decide on the right outdoor speaker then take a look at this buyer’s guide which narrows down the options based on your needs. We break each option into Portable and Non-Portable for you.

Cheapest Outdoor Speaker

If cost is your deciding factor and you’re looking for the cheapest option, then here are the two cheapest options.

 The Cheapest Portable Outdoor Speaker

The cheapest portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker we found (and would recommend) is the OontZ Angle 3. This ultra-compact yet powerful little speaker comes in at under $30 which is in most people’s price range. Not only is the speaker well priced but its really durable and comes with an IPX5 waterproof rating.

The Cheapest Non-Portable Outdoor Speaker

If you need a cheap outdoor speaker to install at your home or place of business, at a little over $30, you won’t find cheaper than the Dual Electronics LU43P. These speakers do need an amplifier or receiver to power them which could run you another $50-$100. If you want the cheapest plug-and-play system then the Pyle PDWR62BT is the cheapest option at just under $130.

The Best Outdoor Speakers for Bass

If you’re looking to throw a party, you need bass. Luckily we have an option from each category for you to choose from.

 The Best Portable Outdoor Speaker for Bass

If you need a portable party outdoor speaker then the best option available is the Sony GTK-XB90. The XB90 features the hugely popular Sony EXTRA BASS which is perfect for starting a party. Not only does the XB90 feature EXTRA BASS but also comes complete with color changing LEDs to add to the vibe.

The Best Non-Portable Outdoor Speaker for Bass

If you’re looking to install some outdoor speakers with a decent amount of bass, consider the Yamaha NS-AW350. These speakers produce a significant amount of bass and power so you’ll be sure to disturb the neighbors.

Another option is the Polk Audio Atrium 8. We listed the Atrium 6 in this article but the Atrium 8 is the largest in the Atrium range with a 6.5” low-frequency driver delivering 125W of sound.

Most Durable Outdoor Speakers

If you’re planning on putting your outdoor speakers through their paces or, you live near the ocean and need a speaker with good weatherproof protection, then here are a couple of options for you.

Most Durable Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to durability, the Bose SoundLink Color II is the best in the portable outdoor speaker category. The SoundLink Color II is built to survive being dropped and the IPX5 rating protects against water splashes. The SoundLink Color II is palm-sized and can fit in most backpacks, ready to take on any adventure with you.

Most Durable Non-Portable Outdoor Speaker

The most durable non-portable outdoor speaker we feature in this article is the Polk Audio Atrium 6. The Atrium 6 is designed for all weather conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures and even salt air.

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