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The 10 Best Patio Outdoor Speakers of 2019

Welcome, all you DIY enthusiasts to the 10 best patio outdoor speakers of 2019. We have an incredible list of outdoor speakers in various shapes, sizes, and price range. For you bargain hunters, we have even found a pair of outdoor speakers for under $20!

Included in this list we have recommendations on amplification and cabling required for each speaker. These recommendations are based on the specifications for each speaker as well as other consumer’s experiences. Be sure to check out the end of this article for our usual buyer’s guide.

What is an Outdoor Speaker?

Outdoor speakers are designed specifically for use outside. Manufacturers build these speakers with weatherproof features to withstand the challenges of being exposed to the elements. It’s important to note these speakers are not waterproof, they are water resistant. This means they can handle some splashing but direct downpours could damage the speaker. It’s always good to install outdoor speakers under the eaves of your roof or under a covered patio. The speakers will be protected from moisture such as dew and, in some cases, even sea spray and salt fog from the ocean. Check the restrictions from the manufacturer before you purchase outdoor speakers. Especially for installations near the ocean.

1. Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers

Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
10W – 100W @ 6 ohms
Dimensions:
4.5″ x 6.0″ x 12.4″
Weight:
8 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 5¼” low-frequency driver + 2 x 2½” tweeters

Bose always seem to produce the goods when it comes to consumer audio products. The brand does get some criticism from audiophiles because their products are not true or flat. Bose products might not sound flat but they’re always exciting to listening to. The Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers are not different in this regard. The speakers are powerful with a sound profile that makes them fun to listen to. The 251 Environmental can be used as an indoor or outdoor speaker which means you can have one speaker for installation throughout your home or indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces.

Speaker Design and Sound

The 251 Environmental is sold as a pair. Each speaker features a 5¼-inch low-frequency driver with two 2½” Bose Twiddler™. The Twiddler is essentially high/mid driver with a wider frequency range than your average tweeter. In addition, the Twiddlers are mounted in, what Bose calls, an Articulated Array®. This means each Twiddler driver fires in slightly different directions to the left and right, widening the speaker’s dispersion. An array of this kind is especially important for outdoors and entertainment areas where the listening position is not necessarily one focused area. For example, you will have guests on the patio, at the BBQ, out in the yard and possibly around the pool. The Bose Articulated Array is able to cover a wider area with just two speakers.

The low-end produced by the 251 Environmental is incredible. The 5¼-inch driver performs exceptionally well producing a bass response which sounds like it’s coming from a bigger speaker. The Twiddler’s also perform to a very high standard with a clear mid-range which makes vocals and instruments present. The 251 Environmental have a pleasant high-frequency response offering excellent detail and clarity without hurting the ears at high volumes. Overall, the 251 Environmental is a fun and exciting patio outdoor speaker which can be used for background music and parties.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The 251 Environmental has a power handling of 10W to 100W into 6 ohms per channel, however, the speakers are compatible with 4 – 8 ohm amplifiers and receivers. The best amplifier to pair your 251 Environmental is the Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier. The SoundTouch SA-5 is a stereo amplifier which allows for 2 x RCA, ⅛-inch AUX, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The SoundTouch SA-5 is also compatible with Alexa. Perfect for any modern home entertainment system. You can even purchase the 251 Environment and SoundTouch SA-5 with speaker wire as a complete bundle.

Bose recommends using a minimum of 18-gauge speaker wire for connecting the 251 Environmental. Here are the recommendations from Bose based on the length of your cable run:

  • 18-gauge – up to 30ft maximum
  • 16-gauge – up to 45ft maximum
  • 14-gauge – up to 70ft maximum

The 251 Environmental come with mounting brackets which are cleverly designed to allow for a one-man installation. Once the bracket is mounted in position, the speaker can be placed in the bracket which cradles the 251 Environmental while you adjust the angle before tightening the speaker in place.

Bose recommends placing the 251 Environmental a minimum of 7ft apart for optimum stereo imaging. For the 251 Environmental Articulated Array to work the speakers must be mounted in a vertical position. I wouldn’t recommend mounting these speakers horizontally, no matter what the reasoning is. Two points to keep in mind if you already have a speaker position in mind.

The speakers are designed to withstand snow, rain, salt, and temperatures as high as 140° F and as low as -22° F making the 251 Environmental the perfect pair of outdoor speakers. With that said, make sure you mount the 251 Environmental under the eaves of your roof or covered patio away from direct exposure to the elements.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Bose 251 Environmental
  • 2 x mounting brackets with fastening knobs
  • Mounting hardware (8 screws and 8 plastic anchors)
  • 6 x rubber feet

Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

The Bose 251 Environmental is one of the best outdoor speakers we have come across. Hence the reason they top our list for the best patio outdoor speakers of 2019. The 251 Environmental are durable, easy to install and deliver excellent sound quality. If paired with the right amplifier or receiver, the 251 Environmental can get really loud making them great for parties. The 251 Environmental is a premium outdoor speaker which unfortunately comes with the premium price of $400, however, the 251 Environmental is worth every penny.

2. JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker

JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
10W – 50W @ 8 ohms
Dimensions:
7.9″ x 5.6″ x 4.4″
Weight:
4 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 3” low-frequency driver + 1 x ½” tweeter

JBL is one of our favorite speaker brands. The company never disappoint from the superior parts which make up each speaker to the exceptional sound quality of every product. The JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker lives up to the JBL name with a great build producing excellent sound. The Control 23-1 is ultra-compact and offers some interesting features including a special mounting system which we cover later in this review.

Speaker Design and Sound

The JBL Control 23-1 is sold as a pair of speakers available in black or white, for installation both indoors and outdoors. Each speaker features a 3-inch low-frequency driver with a ½” tweeter. Although small, the ½” tweeter is horn loaded which enables the Control 23-1 to deliver a decent amount of throw. This is especially useful if you need to cover a backyard or a large patio area. The woofer is constructed with woven fiberglass which ensures maximum durability. An essential feature for outdoor speakers.

Although the Control 23-1 doesn’t have a particularly big bass sound, the speaker is warm with a rich low-end response. Where the Control 23-1 shines is in the midrange and high frequencies. The balance across the frequency is exceptional with vocals sounding upfront and present. The ½” tweeter performs well offering good intelligibility. If you are looking for a pair of speakers for your outdoor TV, then a pair of Control 23-1 speakers would be an excellent choice. I would only recommend the Control 23-1 for background audio applications. For loud music and parties, you might find you’ll have to drive the speakers too hard.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The Control 23-1 has a power handling of 10W to 50W at 8 ohms. For amplification, we recommend the Pioneer Bluetooth Audio Component Receiver. The Pioneer is a stereo amplifier delivering 45W per channel into 8 ohms. A perfect match for the Control 23-1. The Pioneer offers several inputs including 4 x RCA and Bluetooth. There is also an RCA line out and subwoofer out. In addition, the amplifier features a built-in AM/FM tuner.

JBL doesn’t recommend specific speaker wire, however, don’t use cable thinner than an 18-gauge. For excessively long cable runs (60ft plus), use a 12-gauge wire to install the Control 23-1.

One of the best features of the Control 23-1 is JBL’s trademarked InvisiBall™ wall-mounting system. Unlike most wall mount speakers where the bracket is located on the sides (either top/bottom or left/right), the Control 23-1 has a rear mounting bracket. This means the speaker appears as if it is floating on the wall for a cleaner aesthetic. This is especially appealing for commercial installations where aesthetics are as important as the sound.
The speaker can also be mounted using a standard U-bracket. Only the InvisiBall mounting system is supplied with the Control 23-1. The standard U-bracket and ceiling-mount InvisiBall adapter are available as extra purchase options.

The Control 23-1 is an all-weather speaker capable of handling extreme temperatures, wet and cold. Every part is weatherproofed including a rubberized surround protecting the low-frequency driver. While the speaker features excellent weatherproofing, you wouldn’t want to install the Control 23-1 in direct exposure to the elements.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker:

  • 2 x JBL Control 23-1
  • 2 x InvisiBall mounting brackets + hex key for tightening bracket screws

JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for an ultra-compact outdoor speaker, then the JBL Control 23-1 is a great option. The speaker isn’t particularly loud but will perform better than most 3” outdoor speakers. The sound quality is exceptional and you won’t find anything better at this price point. The Control 23-1 is sold as a pair and costs just over $220. Great value for a pair of high-end JBL outdoor speakers.

3. Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker

Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
85W – 340W @ 8 ohms
Dimensions:
15″ H x 9.5″ W x 11″ D
Weight:
9 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 6½” low-frequency driver + 1 x 1” tweeter

Klipsch is without a doubt one of the leading speaker manufacturers in the consumer audio market. Their speakers are always built with the finest parts and sound exceptional. The Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker is one of the best outdoor speakers on the market in 2019. The AW-650 comes in black or white with both options featuring paintable enclosures and grilles to customize the color of your speakers to match the color of your home.

Speaker Design and Sound

The AW-650 is sold as a pair of outdoor speakers suitable for installs inside and outside the home. Each speaker features a 6½” low-frequency driver with a 1” titanium dome tweeter. The AW-650 has a wide 90° x 90° dispersion which means the speaker will perform exactly the same whether mounted vertically or horizontally.

One thing you’re guaranteed with Klipsch is great sound. The AW-650 is no different in this regard. These outdoor speakers sound exceptional with a typical Klipsch sound profile. The bass is solid with a decent punch and definition in the response. The mid-range is balanced perfectly with vocals clear and pronounced. The tweeter produces a brilliantly crisp sound which adds to the overall clarity of the speaker. Even at high volumes, the AW-650 never distorts or becomes harsh. It can only be described as a smooth buttery sound.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The AW-650 has a power handling of 85W – 340W Peak which gives you a significant amount of power to play with. Sonos has recently released the Sonos Amp which features WiFi connectivity allowing you to integrate the amplifier with your existing home network.
The Sonos Amp delivers 125W per channel into 8 ohms which will work just fine for the AW-650. Some people are using the smaller Sonos Connect to power the AW-650 and seem happy with the results, however, at only 55W per channel into 8 ohms, I feel this is far too little power to drive these speakers efficiently.

Klipsch recommends using a minimum of 16-gauge speaker wire when installing the AW-650. For best results and superior sound quality, it’s best to go with a 12-gauge speaker cable, especially if you are planning long cable (30ft plus) runs for your AW-650 installation.

The AW-650 is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, salt air, direct sunlight, and even rain. The speaker enclosure has a drainage system to prevent against water build up. As always, we recommend you still install the AW-650 in a position that’s sheltered from the elements. This will prolong the life of the speakers.
The AW-650 come with C-brackets for mounting the speakers and all the components, including the speaker enclosures, are paintable.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speakers.

  • 2 x Klipsch AW-650
  • Mounting brackets
  • Speaker grilles

Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker Conclusion

If you consider yourself to be somewhat of an audiophile, then you’ll truly appreciate the Klipsch AW-650. These outdoor speakers sound incredible, delivering a natural, true sound profile. One thing you can rely on from Klipsch is quality parts which means these speakers will likely last longer than most competing outdoor speakers. The AW-650 is an absolute steal for a little over $280 for a pair of premium speakers.

4. Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers

Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
35W – 120W @ 6 ohms
Dimensions:
5.4″ x 10.1″ x 6.1″
Weight:
3.74 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 5” low-frequency driver + 1 x ½” tweeter

Yamaha is another well known, premium brand providing some high-quality, competitively priced consumer audio products. They have an extensive range of outdoor speakers in a variety of shapes and sizes. The NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers form part of the All-Weather range from Yamaha. The NS-AW150 is extremely popular online. The speakers are competitively priced, durable and provide good sound for outdoor installations.

Speaker Design and Sound

The NS-AW150 is sold as a pair but can also be purchased as bundles of four or six speakers complete with cabling. For a distributed home sound system, the NS-AW150 is definitely a smart option. Each speaker features a 5” low-frequency driver with a ½” PEI dome tweeter.

The 5” low-frequency driver performs surprisingly well delivering an excellent bass response. The mid-range and high-frequencies aren’t as detailed as the Klipsch or Bose but still perform exceptionally well. Especially consider the NS-AW150 cost under $100 for a pair! The NS-AW150 is a good speaker for background and party applications, however, if you want a speaker specifically for loud music, rather go with the 180W Yamaha NS-AW992. Another speaker from Yamaha’s All-Weather range.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The NS-AW150 has a power handling of 35W to 120W into 6 ohms. If you’re just looking to power the NS-AW150 for background music, then a 50W amplifier will be sufficient. For louder applications or, to get the most out of these outdoor speakers, you will need an amplifier or receiver with a little more power. The Yamaha R-N602 AV Receiver delivers 2 channels of 125W at 6 ohms. This is perfect to drive the NS-AW150 effectively and efficiently. The R-N602 features multiple inputs including Bluetooth and WiFi. The receiver is also compatible with Alexa.

Yamaha doesn’t specify speaker gauge recommendations, however, it wouldn’t be wise to go lower than an 18-gauge cable for the NS-AW150. Try to use a 16-gauge if possible with 12 gauge for wire runs further than 30ft.

The NS-AW150 can be mounted in a vertical or horizontal position and are designed to withstand light rain and are UV resistant. You definitely do not want to install the NS-AW150 where they will be fully exposed to the elements. Under the eaves of your roof or under a patio will be fine. For stereo imaging, the NS-AW150 should be placed a minimum of 6 foot and a maximum of 10 foot apart.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Yamaha NS-AW150
  • Mounting brackets with mounting accessories
  • Safety wire
  • Speaker bases

Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

At under $100 for a pair, the Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers are the most affordable premium speaker option we came across. It’s mind-blowing just how good these speakers sound for the money. This price point makes the NS-AW150 a great option if you have more than a stereo pair to install. These speakers are great for indoor and outdoor applications and can be paired with other speakers in Yamaha’s All-Weather range.

5. Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker

Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker

At a Glance

Sold as:
Single
Power Handling:
10W – 125W @ 8 ohms
Dimensions:
12.8″ x 8.5″ x 9.1″
Weight:
9.7 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 6½” low-frequency driver + 2 x 1” tweeter

If you’re looking for a speaker to make some noise and perhaps through a few parties out in the backyard, then the Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker might just be what you’re after. The Atrium 8 SDI is the flagship speaker from the Polk Audio Atrium outdoor speaker range. The entire range is built tough to withstand extreme temperatures, salt fog, UV and even heavy rain. The speaker even comes with a 5-year warranty on both the cabinet and speaker drivers. Be sure to read the user manual and warranty card before installation.

Speaker Design and Sound

The Atrium 8 SDI is sold as a single speaker and is designed to be used on its own or as part of a pair. A switch on the rear of the Atrium 8 SDI enables the speaker to be used as a single or in stereo mode. The Atrium 8 SDI features a single 6½-inch low-frequency driver with two 1” tweeters. The tweeters are mounted in an array to maximum vertical and horizontal dispersion. On the rear of the Atrium 8 SDI is a Polk Audio PowerPort which works with the low-frequency driver to maximize the bass response.

The result is the Atrium 8 SDI delivers a deep punchy bass sound that can easily fill most patios or indoor entertainment areas. The speaker performs well in the mid-range delivering excellent vocal clarity. The tweeter array gives the Atrium 8 SDI a nice sizzle in the high-frequencies and a decent amount of throw to project sound across your backyard. The Atrium 8 SDI is a powerful speaker. If you choose to install a pair of these outdoor speakers with paired with the right sized amplifier, you won’t have any issues annoying your neighbors with some big sound for outdoor parties.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The Atrium 8 SDI has a power handling of 10W to 125W at 8 ohms. You can go with a smaller amp between 10W to 50W to run these speakers but then you may as well purchase a speaker that’s smaller and cheaper. The Atrium 8 SDI come alive at 100W where they’re able to deliver their full power. You can go with the Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier which will work just fine, but it’s almost $500. If you’re looking for something cheaper, the Yamaha R-N303BL Stereo Receiver costs just $300 and will perform the same job. The R-N303BL features analog and digital inputs as well as Bluetooth and WiFi. The receiver is also compatible with Alexa.

Polk Audio doesn’t offer speaker wire specifications for the Atrium 8 SDI, however, I wouldn’t go thinner than 16-gauge for these outdoor speakers. For cable runs longer than 30 foot, use a 14-gauge and past 50 foot go with a 12-gauge cable.

The Atrium 8 SDI is available in black and white with both the speaker enclosure and grille being paintable to match the color of your home. The speaker comes with paint protectors to cover the speaker drivers and rear bass port while applying paint.

The Atrium 8 SDI can be mounted horizontally or vertically depending on the speaker position and area you want to cover. The trademarked Atrium Speed-Lock mounting bracket makes installation easy for a one-man DIY job. The unique C-bracket can even be mounted at a 45° angle in a vertical position between the wall and ceiling. Usually, mounting brackets only allow you to get a 45° angle on the horizontal so this is a small but added bonus the Atrium speaker range offers.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker.

  • 1 x Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI
  • Sspeaker grille
  • Mounting bracket
  • Speaker paint cover
  • PowerPort paint cover

Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker Conclusion

If you’re looking for a powerful outdoor party system, then the Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker is definitely the way to go. A pair of these outdoor speakers is capable of delivering up to 250W with excellent bass and clarity. If you’re looking to install a full home entertainment system with multiple speakers inside and outside, the Atrium series offers five different speaker sizes in both black and white. The Atrium 8 SDI costs just over $170 for a single speaker but this is larger and more powerful than your average outdoor speaker.

6. Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker

 

Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker

At a Glance

Sold as:
Single
Power Handling:
10W – 200W @ 8 ohms
Dimensions:
8.8″ x 14.4″ x 9.2″
Weight:
9.2 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 6½” low-frequency driver with 5” x 10” passive bass radiator + 1” tweeter

If you’re after some serious bass, then the Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker might just be what you’re after. With a large bass radiator, this outdoor speaker is optimized for low-end response. Definitive Technology is one of those lesser known brands but produces some of the best speakers for the consumer audio market. The AW or, All-Weather series, features just two speakers with the AW 6500 being the larger and more powerful of the two.

Speaker Design and Sound

The AW 6500 is sold as a single speaker offering great performance on its own, as a pair or even for a distributed multi-speaker home entertainment system. The AW 6500 features a 6½-inch low-frequency driver coupled to a 5-inch x 10-inch bass radiator in the rear. A 1-inch tweeter is mounted on the front of the speaker. The AW 6500 is triangular shaped with the front and rear of the speaker at 45° angles. This means when you mount the speaker near a ceiling, the bass radiator fires up at the ceiling which accentuates the bass response. You get the same effect when mounting the AW 6500 horizontally in the corner of a wall.

If mounted properly, the results can be impressive with the AW 6500 producing a serious amount of bass. The balance between the mid-range and high-frequencies is great with the AW 6500 delivering excellent vocal clarity. If you choose to install these as a pair, the AW 6500 will more than fill most patio areas. In fact, Definitive Technology state a pair of AW 6500 will cover a 200-400 square foot outdoor space at moderately loud levels (60% + volume depending on your amp). The AW 6500 also has a wide dispersion which enables the speaker to cover a wide listening area.
Keep in mind the AW 6500 has a “break-in” period of 20-40 hours at 50% volume. So don’t max the speakers straight out the box. Allow time for the drivers to loosen and settle. You will achieve optimum results once the speakers have broken in properly.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The AW 6500 has a power handling of 10W – 200W at 8 ohms. These speakers have 92db sensitivity which is a few decibels more than most of the speakers in this article. If paired with enough amplification, the AW 6500 can deliver a serious amount of power. To get the most out of the AW 6500 we recommend the all-new SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase.
This incredible compact stereo amplifier delivers 150W at 8 ohms per channel. You have digital and analog input options with Bluetooth and WiFi. The SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase is also compatible with Alexa.

While Definitive Technology doesn’t make any specific cable recommendations, it’s best not to use anything thinner than 16-gauge when installing the AW 6500. For runs longer than 30-foot use 14-gauge and beyond 50-foot you’ll want to use a 12-gauge cable.

To get the most out of the AW 6500 bass radiator, you’ll want to mount the speaker up near the ceiling or in the corner. You can get a similar effect lower down on your wall, however, the best sound will be from against the ceiling where the bass frequencies have less space to dissipate. Make sure you install the speakers correctly as the speaker design does lend to confusion with the front and rear looking very similar. Make sure to read the user manual before installation.
Both the speaker enclosure and grille are paintable should you wish to match the speakers to the color of your walls.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker:

  • 1 x Definitive Technology AW 6500
  • Speaker grille
  • Mounting bracket
  • Paint protector kit

Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker Conclusion

The Definitive Technology AW 6500 is a speaker which means business. The large bass radiator means this outdoor speaker is capable of producing a significant amount of bass. More than any other speaker we reviewed for this article. With the right amplification, the AW 6500 can get seriously loud enough for parties and large entertainment areas. At $250 per speaker the AW 6500 isn’t cheap, however, if you’re serious about bass and volume, then the best outdoor speakers come at a higher cost.

7. Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers

Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
Built-in amplifier
Power Output::
40W RMS (per speaker)
Dimensions:
11.8″ x 7.5″ x 8.5″
Weight:
8.3 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 6½” low-frequency driver with 1” tweeter

If you don’t want the hassle of passive speakers with external amplifiers and long speaker cable runs, then the Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro might be a better option for you. These outdoor Bluetooth speakers are simple to install, require no amplifier or receiver and are weatherproofed for installation outdoors.

Speaker Design and Sound

The BT Blast Pro is sold as a pair of powered delivering a combined 80W of power. Each speaker features a 6½-inch low-frequency driver with a 1-inch tweeter. At 40W RMS each, the BT Blast Pro isn’t as powerful as the other outdoor speakers we reviewed but, for smaller outdoor spaces, they perform exceptionally well.

The BT Blast Pro delivers an average bass response. It’s not as big as some of the more premium speakers on this list but certainly good enough for background music applications. The mid-range is a little muddy which doesn’t cause too much of an issue as vocals and instruments are still upfront and present. The treble is crisp and clear offering good clarity to the speaker. The BT Blast Pro is somewhat loud but the sound isn’t powerful enough to disturb the neighbors. Which is probably a good thing.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The BT Blast Pro features an active primary speaker which powers the second passive speaker. This means you don’t need an external amplifier to power either of the speakers. All you need to do is run power from a socket to the primary speaker and then link out to the second passive speaker using 18-gauge speaker wire. Sound Appeal even supplies you with 25ft of cable to connect the two outdoor speakers. Make sure you only use the exact length of cable you need. For example, for a 6-foot run, cut the cable appropriately, don’t bundle the excess up and stick it in the ceiling or behind the speaker. Reducing cable length maximizes audio quality while optimizing the amplifier’s efficiency.

The built-in amplifier features Bluetooth 4.0 with a 60-foot range so no external audio cables required. Connect your Bluetooth enabled device to the BT Blast Pro and play music. That simple!

The BT Blast Pro comes in both black and white so you can choose the color best suited to your home. Unfortunately, the BT Blast Pro is not a paintable speaker so you’re limited to either black or white.
Each speaker comes with a powder-coated bracket to mount the BT Blast Pro either vertically or horizontally on the wall or ceiling. While the BT Blast Pro does have weatherproof features, I would be particularly careful where these are installed. The speakers are protected against moisture but any direct rain would be dangerous since these speakers are connected directly to socket power. Ensure the BT Blast Pro  speakers are installed under a covered patio well clear of the elements.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers:

  • 2 x Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro speakers (1 x active, 1 x passive)
  • AC power cable and adapter
  • Mounting brackets
  • 25 ft of speaker wire

Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for an easy to install, plug-and-play outdoor speaker system, then the BT Blast Pro is definitely one to consider. The only downside to the BT Blast Pro is the limited power these speakers offer. The speakers will work just fine for background music but for parties and loud music, I wouldn’t recommend the BT Blast Pro. For $200 you get a complete outdoor speaker system with two speakers, built-in amplification, mounting brackets, and 25ft speaker wire ready to go. Excellent value for money!

8. Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers

Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
6W – 150W @ 8 ohms
Dimensions:
11.0″ x 8.2″ x 8.2″
Weight:
7.7 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 6½” low-frequency driver with 2” x 5” tweeter/midrange driver

Kicker well known for their range of speakers designed specifically for cars, marine, power sports, and motorcycles. These applications require tough, durable speakers which is why Kicker is an excellent choice for the best outdoor speakers. The Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers are designed for use indoors, outdoors and marine installations. The speakers are compact yet “kick” out some serious power.

Speaker Design and Sound

The KB6000 is sold as a pair of speakers housed in neat watertight enclosures. Each speaker features a 6½” low-frequency driver with a 2” x 5” compression-loaded horn tweeters. The KB6000 is designed specifically for long throw and power rather than exceptional audio quality. So, if you want a speaker to project sound across your backyard while still retaining decent quality, these are the KB6000 is the right choice.

The KB6000 sound really good. The low-end response is a little lacking. I definitely wouldn’t consider the KB6000 to be a bass speaker. The mid-range and treble, however, are amazing. These speakers deliver excellent clarity with good intelligibility, even over long distances across your backyard. If you’re looking for a loud outdoor speaker and you’re not too concerned with big bass, then the KB6000 is a good option to consider.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The KB6000 has a power handling of 6W to 150W at 8 ohms. These speakers just don’t perform unless you push some serious power into them. Expect to be disappointed if you power these speakers with anything less than 50W. The Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver is just right for this job. The R-S202BL is one of the most popular stereo receivers delivering 100W per channel into 8 ohms. Perfect for driving the KB6000 effectively and efficiently. The R-S202BL features multiple analog RCA inputs and Bluetooth. If you want digital inputs and WiFi, then go with the Yamaha R-N303BL which is also compatible with Alexa but more than double the price of the R-S202BL.

Kicker doesn’t specify which speaker wire to use with the KB6000 but I wouldn’t go thinner than 16-gauge. For lengths beyond 30 feet, choose a 14-gauge and beyond 50 feet, a 12-gauge cable.

Included with the KB6000 are brackets and even rubber feet should you wish to place the speakers on a shelf rather than mounting. Unfortunately, the KB6000 is not paintable but the speakers are available in black or white. For multiple speaker installations, you can purchase the KB6000 as a kit of 4 speakers saving you $100 if you had to buy each speaker individually.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers:

  • 2 x Kicker KB6000
  • Mounting brackets

Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers Conclusion

If you’re looking for big bass response, then the Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers might not be the best option. If you’re looking for a loud speaker with excellent clarity, then this is where the KB6000 shine. These are excellent speakers if you’re looking to project your sound across the backyard. They have good throw while retaining a decent amount of sound quality over the distance. Just make sure you choose an amplifier with a minimum of 100W to achieve this effectively. At under $80 for a pair, the KB6000 are an absolute steal!

9. Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers

Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
50W – 100W @ 6 ohms
Dimensions:
8.2″ x 5.2″ x 5.2″
Weight:
2.8 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 4” low-frequency driver, 1½” mid-range driver, ¾” tweeter

If you’re after ultra-compact, then the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers are just what you’re after. Even though these speakers are compact, they deliver some serious sound through great power handling. Dual Electronics design and manufacture speakers and amplifiers for marine and car installations which means they have some experience making audio products built to withstand the elements.

Speaker Design and Sound

The LU43PB is a 3-way speaker sold as a pair and are about two thirds the size of many of the speakers on this list. Each speaker features a 4-inch low-frequency driver with a ½-inch mid-range driver and a ¾-inch tweeter. The 3-way configuration works well for the LU43PB. The speaker delivers excellent separation and clarity for a speaker this size. Even though the LU43PB only has a 4-inch low-frequency driver, the bass response is excellent. Not as big a bass sound as a 5” or 6” but certainly impressive for its size and better than most 4-inch speakers on the market.
The mid-range and treble also perform really well which can only be attributed to the 3-way separation.

The LU43PB probably isn’t the speaker you want for loud music and parties, however, they can get somewhat loud. For background music or an outdoor TV on the patio, the LU43PB will be an excellent choice.

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

The LU43PB has a power handling of 50W to 100W at 6 ohms. The Fosi Audio BT20A Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier is an excellent choice to power a pair of LU43PB speakers. The BT20A is an ultra-compact stereo amplifier measuring 10.1 x 8.1 x 2.8 inches and weighing a mere 1.7 lbs which means you can install this amplifier just about anywhere. The unit allows for just two inputs Bluetooth and RCA. You have separate bass and treble control with a master volume. All you need for a compact outdoor speaker system.
Use a minimum of 18-gauge when connecting your LU43PB speakers to an amplifier. For runs longer than 40 feet, go with 16-gauge speaker wire.

The LU43PB come with a mounting bracket for each speaker. It is important to note the LU43PB are not waterproof in any way. The speakers can handle moisture from due and the like but no direct rain or water. On days where it’s particularly damp with due in the morning or evening, allow the speakers to dry completely before using them. If the woofer cone is at all damp it may perish. For this reason, it’s probably better not to install these speakers near the ocean or where your speakers may get wet. It’s best to install the LU43PB under a covered patio or the eaves of your roof and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers:

  • 2 x Dual Electronics LU43PB
  • Mounting brackets

Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers Conclusion

The Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers are truly impressive for their size. These speakers deliver excellent bass response for 4” speakers. The clarity in the mid-range and high frequencies is also very good. If you’re looking for a compact sound system for your patio, then the LU43PB is an excellent choice. Keep in mind these speakers aren’t as loud as some of the larger speakers on this list, however, they do a good job for a focused area such as a patio. The LU43PB cost just $33 for a pair of speakers which is simply incredible for what you get. If you include the Fosi Audio BT20A amplifier to power the LU43PB you’ll be just shy of $110 for a complete Bluetooth outdoor speaker system.

10. Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set

Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set

At a Glance

Sold as:
Pair
Power Handling:
100W – 200W @ 4 ohms
Dimensions:
3.75″ x 5.25″ x 3.75″
Weight:
1.6 lbs
Speaker Drivers:
1 x 3½” low-frequency driver, 1¾” mid-range driver, 1” tweeter

Pyle is synonymous with budget consumer audio equipment. If you’re ever looking for something cheap that does the job, then Pyle will always have a product for you. The Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set costs just less than $20 for a pair of marine grade speakers. These cheap outdoor speakers are perfect for installations where you just need a little background music and aren’t too concerned with sound quality.

Speaker Design and Sound

The PLMR24 is a compact 3-way speaker design with a 3½-inch low-frequency driver, 1¾-inch mid-range driver, and 1-inch dome tweeter. Pyle has done anything particularly exciting with the PLMR24 design other than assembling the basics for a 3-way speaker. The bass response is almost non-existent, the mid-range and treble are decent but obviously nowhere near the quality of some of the other brands in this list. So do we have the PLMR24 on a list of the best patio outdoor speakers of 2019? The price.

If you want a really cheap pair of outdoor speakers, then there’s no better option under $20. These are great for installs out in the garden or around the pool where you perhaps don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on speakers which will eventually succumb to the elements in much the same way as the PLMR24 would anyway. Why spend hundreds when you can spend just $20!

Amplification, Cabling, and Installation

Each PLMR24 has a power rating of 100W to 200W at 4 ohms. I’m a bit skeptical about these power ratings and would recommend you consider half this power. To power these speakers we recommend going with the Fosi Audio TPA3116 Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier. The TPA3116 delivers 50W into 4 ohms per channel which enough to power two PLMR24. The TPA3116 features an analog RCA input with Bluetooth 4.0 and single rotary volume control which is all you really need for a cheap outdoor speaker system.

As these are 4-ohm speakers, I would advise you to use nothing less than 16-gauge speaker wire. For runs longer than 50 feet, switch to 12-gauge cable. Pyle supplies you with a length of 16-gauge speaker wire to get you started which should be sufficient for most installations.

The PLMR24 is unfortunately not a paintable speaker, however, is available in black or white. Each speaker comes with a bracket for mounting. The speakers are really easy to install and you should be able to get these up and running in less than an hour.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set:

  • 2 x Pyle PLMR24
  • Mounting brackets
  • Speaker wire (length not specified)

Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set Conclusion

Sometimes you just need the cheapest option available. In such cases, it’s always good to look at something from Pyle. The PLMR24 gets a bad rap from a lot of consumers but you need to purchase these speakers with two things in mind. 1, these $20 speakers and 2, you aren’t looking for a loud outdoor speaker system. These are great for background music or positions where you know the speakers will be exposed to the elements and just need something cheap to make a bit of noise. For this, the PLMR24 does the job perfectly.

Outdoor Speakers Buyer’s Guide

If you’re still having trouble choosing which outdoor speakers are right for you, then take a quick read through our helpful buyer’s guide to narrow down your choice.

Cheapest Outdoor Speakers

If the price is your main reason for buying outdoor speakers then the Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set is going to be your cheapest option. The PLMR24 cost is just less than $20 for a pair. Having said that, these are really cheap, not very loud and only good for specific applications. If you want a cheap speaker that’s good enough to fill a small patio, then the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers come in at $33 and perform exceptionally well for the price.

Here are all the speakers in order of price with cheapest at the top. (prices for speakers sold as singles have been doubled to represent the price for a pair)

Under $20Pyle PLMR24
Under $50Dual Electronics LU43PB
Under $100Kicker KB6000
Yamaha NS-AW150
Under $200Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro
Under $300JBL Control 23-1
Klipsch AW-650
Under $400Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI
Bose 251 Environmental
Under $500Definitive Technology AW 6500

Best Outdoor Speaker for Parties

If you’re looking to throw some parties in the backyard, then the Bose 251 Environmental is going to be your best choice. These outdoor speakers are built tough to withstand even the harshest hot and cold temperatures. The speaker is well insulated to protect the 251 Environmental from the elements. Most importantly, the 251 Environmental delivers some big sound and good bass response for parties. The Bose Articulated Array gives the 251 Environmental a wide dispersion which means just two of these speakers can cover a large outdoor area.

Outdoor Speakers with the Best Bass

If big bass is what you’re after then the Definitive Technology AW 6500 is exactly the outdoor speaker you need. The AW 6500 was designed for big bass featuring a 6½” low-frequency driver coupled to a large rear-firing bass radiator. These speakers perform exceptionally well in the mid-range and high-frequencies too. A pair of these amazing bass speakers will, however, set you back $500 before amplification and cabling. If you want the best, unfortunately, you have to pay the most.

Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

If you’re looking for simple outdoor Bluetooth speakers then the best (and only one we featured) is the Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers. The BT Blast Pro features a built-in amplifier with Bluetooth connectivity eliminating the need for external amplification. Connect your Bluetooth enabled device to the primary speaker and you’re good to go. These speakers deliver 40W RMS each which is more than sufficient to fill most small to medium sized patio areas.

Outdoor Speaker FAQ

What is power handling?

Within the specs and description of a product, you’ll find the speaker’s power handling. This indicates the minimum and maximum power required to drive the speaker efficiently. Also included is the impedance output which is just as important. The output impedance must match the speaker’s impedance as the output wattage is different for each impedance rating.

To get the most out of your speakers, always try to match an amplifier or receiver as close to the speaker’s peak handling as possible. This will ensure the amplifier is able to provide enough power to the speaker at all times.

What’s the Difference Between a 2-Way and 3 Way Speaker?

Most speakers operate as 2-way systems with a woofer or low-frequency driver and tweeter. Within the speaker’s enclosure is a crossover which splits the audio signal sending low frequencies to the woofer and high frequencies to the tweeter.

In some cases, speaker manufacturers will design a 3-way driver configuration. These speakers hold three speaker drivers which are usually a woofer, mid-range driver and a tweeter. Here the crossover splits the audio in three with low frequencies going to the woofer, mid-range frequencies going to the mid-range driver and high-frequencies delivered to the tweeter. 3-way speakers are often cleaner sounding due to the separation of bass and mid-range frequencies.

 

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