Big wired outdoor speakers deliver powerful sound
KLIPSCH AW-650 OUTDOOR SMAKER: SPECS
Size 15x11x9.5 inches
Speakers: 6.5-inch driver, 1.0-inch tweeter
Weather resistance All-weather; UV-resistant and rustproof
The Klipsch AW650 Outdoor Speakers will rock your yard. These outdoor speakers are wired and have a louder sound than other outdoor speakers. These speakers are large enough to be a focal point for your outdoor decor. They also get loud enough to drown out any pool parties. You’ll have to pay a premium for the privilege of listening.
For our complete review of the Klipsch AW650 Outdoor Speaker, please read on.
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Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker: Price and Availability
- Klipsch (AW-650) on Amazon for US$349
The AW-650 has been around for a while (from 2005 according to Amazon), and they have been a hit with people ever since.
They are listed at $659 but can be purchased for as low as $349 on Amazon (most places sell them closer than the list price).
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker review: Design
The AW-650 speakers are large, in case you haven’t noticed, These speakers are 15x11x9.5 inches and can be concealed easily. The Polk Atrium4 measures 8.6 x 6.6.7 x 5.8 inches.
You can mount the speakers to a wall using the included C-clamp. You can also attach a separate mount to the speakers by connecting it with the threaded insert at the back.
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker review: Performance
The AW-650 is a good example of this. The AW-650 has a much deeper and more powerful sound than smaller outdoor speakers. They are also more detailed than other outdoor speakers.
Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” featured distorted guitars that had a pleasant crunch, but her vocals were still clear and easy to hear. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” had a strong bass, while the keys and snare sounded clear. Although his vocals were somewhat muffled by the bass, they were still clear. The Tom Petty song “Wildflowers”, featuring an acoustic guitar, sounded bright and sharp. The accent instruments also sounded clear.
The AW-650 is loud enough to not distort, as you’d expect, but at 94 decibels, the treble became too loud.
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker review: Ruggedness
Klipsch claims the AW650 is “all-weather,” but does not provide any IP rating. The grill and enclosure are both UV-resistant. The zinc clamp is protected by a powder coating that resists weather. We expect speakers to be durable due to the quality of the speaker and the time they have been on the market.
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker review: Setup
The AW-650 isn’t powered so you will need an amplifier to drive it. You can connect outdoor speakers such as the AW-650 to a home theater receiver that has a second zone. A separate amp can be used.
The speaker wires connect the amp to the speakers. It is easy to reach the terminals at the back of AW-650. They don’t accept banana plugs.
Mounting the speakers can be done with the included C-clamp. Attach the clamp to the wall, then attach the speaker using the knobs at the top and bottom. Both horizontal and vertical mounting options are available. To best project sound in your space, the mount lets you swivel it.
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker review: Verdict
The Klipsch AW650 outdoor speaker is wired and can be loud enough to bring out the bass. These outdoor speakers are durable and will fill your outdoor space with sound.
The Polk Atrium 4 is a great choice for those who don’t have a lot of outdoor space but still want to get a good value. However, they can’t match the AW-650’s bass output. The AW-650’s size is part of its appeal: Your friends will be able to see your priorities.