The best outdoor speakers will really turn around any type of sound system you have in the works, whether it’s for the front, backyard, business, venue or really, any type of environment that isn’t indoors. While technology continues to grow, as does wireless connectivity to almost all types of electronics. Combine the convenience of no wires with environmental-friendly speakers to withstand any type of temperature, weather conditions and more, and we’ve got the perfect solution for your outdoor sound system. Let’s check out the top 10 at the moment.
Choosing the best outdoor speakers
- Your budget – There’s definitely a bit of a range here in the outdoor speaker category. If you’re looking to save some money, there are quite a few budget-friendly models we’ve found. However, if you’re looking for some top-notch quality, going with the few higher-end models won’t do much harm, either. We found all price points to give you some options.
- Will they fit? Depending on where you’re planning on placing these speakers (if you haven’t decided yet, we recommend going outside and seeing what options you have prior to buying to make sure it’s doable). We listed the dimensions to help you out.
- How many speakers? Also keep in mind many are sold in pairs (a few individually as well) — we’ve heard of many audiophiles grabbing 4, 6, or even 8 outdoor speakers to get that complete surround-sound for your setting.
The top 10 best outdoor speakers
JBL Control 25
First, we look at the JBL Control 25, one of the best outdoor speakers on the market. The name JBL speaks for itself, as the brand is widely regarded as one of the trustier pieces of equipment. The Control 25 is apart of the JBL Professional’s Control Contractor Series, and is also considered one of the most versatile speakers in that it can be used for indoor or outdoor, as well as background or foreground music – making these perfect for restaurants, health clubs, and theme parks. The major components of this model feature a 5.25-inch polypropylene coated woofer and a .75-inch Titanium coated horn-loaded tweeter. Their unique InvisiBall mounting hardware is featured in each speaker, allowing for easy installation and solid rotation (37° vertical off-axis and 44° horizontal off-axis). The weather resistance of this model is maximized by the polypropylene coating on the woofer, as well as JBL’s signature WeatherEdge rubberized finish which provides protection to the more sensitive elements of the speaker. The JBL Control 25 also has a 90° x 90° high frequency horn which protects the speaker against damage from occasional overpowering via full range series lamps that limits powers to the network and transducers. The speakers are also readily paintable, making them immediately suitable for any attraction, restaurant, etc. With JBL, you know you are getting patented-quality products that are moderately-priced. Keep in mind they’re sold separately.
Dimensions: (9.3” x 7.4” x 5.8”)
Polk Atrium 4
Up next is the friendly-priced, all weather loudspeakers, the Atrium 4 pair by Polk. This pair of speakers feature a compact, durable and high fidelity sound quality which makes this option best for installations by the pool, around the kitchen, or just filling the backyard with sound. The Atrium 4 features a 4.5-inch mineral-filled polypropylene cone driver and a .75-inch anodized aluminum dome tweeter to maximize bass with a smoother response. The broad coverage baffle design allows the speaker to maximize critical mid- and high-frequency dispersion over a large area, without compromising sound quality – making this a good option if you want to fill a large open outdoor space with full-range sound. The Speed-Lock mounting system allows for easy and safe installation in even the most difficult places, inside or outside. Have concern about the speakers getting damaged outside? No worries, the Atrium 4 is Polk all-weather certified, which means Atriums speakers can withstand the worst Mother Nature conditions, cold or hot, rain or shine! The gold-plated 5-way binding posts on this model make for the most secure and dependable hookups. If you’re looking for something mobile and durable, then the Atrium 4’s serve as the one of the best outdoor speakers for you. They also made it into our best satellite speakers guide since they’re considered to be within that category as well.
Dimensions: (8 ” x 5.” x 6.”)
Now if you’re seeking something on the lower price point of this guide, then the Yamaha NS-AW390 are one of the best pairs of outdoor speakers out. The AW390 speakers are design to withstand outdoor elements while delivering rich, realistic outdoor sound – making these ideal for your deck or patio. This pair of speakers are equipped with a 1-inch tweeter that produces high frequencies, while a 6.5-inch woofer takes care of the lower frequencies to an impressive 55 Hz. The pair can power up to 40 Watts of voltage, with also having a solid sensitivity of 87 dB. They are also mobile and can be mounted almost anywhere, each pair coming with fully adjustable mounting brackets – allowing them to be aimed anywhere in your backyard. The Yamaha’s come in white, but also can be painted to your color of choice – make sure to not miss out on these if you’re looking to brighten up your family BBQs with some very solid sound.
Dimensions: (11” x 7” x 8”)
Definitive Technology AW 6500
Moving forward we have one of the best outdoor speakers which you should consider if you have a bigger budget. The all weather Definitive Tech AW 6500’s provide ultra-performance sound and feature the same technologies found in Definitive’s top-of-the-line indoor speakers that don’t compromise for sound quality. The speaker features a racetrack-shaped Planar Low Bass Radiator that has a total bass radiating area greater than a 10-inch woofer, which belts out powerful bass that can fill bigger outdoor areas with rich speaker sound – making these ideal for your theme parks, summer camps, or even concerts. With a fully sealed and rugged design, the AW 6500’s can be exposed to elements and still remain as reliable as their indoor speaker sound quality. These also come with integrated steel mounting brackets and have a 360° degree rotation, allowing them to be put in even the most difficult places. The speakers come in black or white, being easily paintable, and should be purchased if you need some big sound for a large area. Digital Trend’s also mentioned this model in their outdoor speakers 101 article.
Dimensions: (8 ” x 14” x 9”)
Here we introduce one of the best outdoor speakers, the OSD AP670. These have a sleek, modern design that is fitting for almost any setting, however are particular for patios. Sold in pairs, the OSD’s offer some rich sound and bass, handling voltage up to 120 Watts. These also feature a 1-inch silk dome tweeter and 6.5-inch waterproof cone woofer – making these a solid choice for your outdoor waterparks. The speakers check out across the board with quality sound at 8 ohms (impedance), 90 dB (sensitivity), and up to 44 Hz (frequency response). The swivel mounting bracket allows for placement flexibility, which is also ideal for your patio, deck or pool area. The gold-plated spring compression binding poises for optimum connectivity with your devices (and yes, you can connect your iPod to these speakers with just an RCA adapter). With the power-coated rust-resistant grill, OSD has a reputation for building durable outdoor speakers that will last for years. They also come in a white or black finish. Grab a pair of these bad boys if you’re trying to spice’n up your pool parties.
Dimensions: (14” x 8” x 7”)
If you are looking for a solid pair at a reasonable price, then the Klipsch AW-500 might be the best outdoor speakers for you. This model features an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure that allows for a dynamic outdoor sound. Each AW-500 features a patented Tractrix horn 1-inch polymer dome tweeter which produces high frequencies at a frequency response up to 95 Hz. They also come equipped with a 5-inch IMG woofer that takes care of the lower frequencies. The Klipsch AW-500’s don’t need a huge amplifier to give you solid coverage in an outdoor area (handling up to 65 Watts of voltage). The speakers come in white, but are easily paintable and have UV- resistant enclosure. Like most on this guide, this selection comes with mounting brackets and stainless steel hardware that is made to withstand any element. These come with a lifetime warranty, so make sure to grab this pair if you’re looking for something at a bargain price. We’re a fan of all of the Klipsch outdoor speakers.
Dimensions: (11” x 8” x 8”)
Dayton Audio IO655
Next, we look at the speakers with perhaps the most value out of this selection, the Dayton Audios IO655. These are budget-friendly, designed and tuned to provide robust, waterproof construction, solid sound quality, while also being on the lower price point on the market. Each speaker is equipped with a mineral-filled poly cone 6.5-inch woofer which is made with rubber surrounds that produce balanced and accurate bass/mid response (frequency response Up to 45 Hz). They are also equipped with a metalized Mylar 1-inch dome tweeter for clean HF output (max power of up to 85 Watts). This natural sounding speaker system is suitable for your patios and pools, as well as indoor for your dens or bedrooms. With their durable ABS construction and aluminum grills, this model will keep a great look for years. They also include a yoke-style mounting bracket, stainless steel hardware, and corrosion-resistant nickel plated terminals allowing for easy and quick wiring and installation. If you’re looking for some good value in your product, then don’t hesitate grab the Dayton Audios.
Dimensions: (11” x 8.25” x 8.75”)
Now we look at one of the most technologically-advanced Bluetooth speakers: the Braven XXL. The Braven offers one of the biggest, baddest, loudest, and best outdoor speakers on the market. Pushing music out of it’s 4 audio drivers and subwoofer, this bad boy offers shaking bass with features allowing you to control the treble and bass – making this a necessity for a party or tailgate. This model features a 15,600mAh battery, giving it a 14-hour playtime before needing a recharge. The durable design of this speaker also has IPX5 waterproof rating, keeping it safe from splashes and spills. It also comes with numerous connections (33ft wireless range, 3.5mm stereo input, 3.5 microphone input, and micro-USB-to-USB data ports). Coming with a AUX cable, tie down strap, and AC power adapters, the Braven will have you ready for your next house party. This is perfect for you college students, and should be on your next Christmas list.
Dimensions: (20.25” x 8.25” x 9.5”)
Tic GS3 Pro
If you want something that is specifically designed for outdoor use that is capable of providing good power, then the Tic GS3 Pro will be one the best outdoor speaker choices. 8-inches in diameter and supplying up to 200 Watts of voltage, this model has a weatherproof design that is made withstand all outdoor conditions. The TIC outdoor Omni speaker features a 2-inch aluminum cone tweeter for high quality frequencies, and a solid 8-inch subwoofer to enhance bass. It also features a true 360° omni-directional sound that can be mounted wherever you’d like, in-ground or above-ground. The green shrub finish on the speaker makes this model ideal for attractions at theme parks or planters in backyards. You will also be pleased to know that the GS3 Pro is also on the lower price point when comparing others in this guide. Grab a couple of these speakers if you’re looking to fill some space with reliable sound for a super cheap price.
Dimensions: (13.25” x 13.10” x 13.10”)
Bose Free Space 51
Last but not least, the Bose Free Space 51’s are one of the more known brands, in Bose, which offer great quality and reliability in their design. Also sold in pairs, the Bose bring the sensitive tones of your favorite sounds to the outdoor environments where wall mounting is not an option – making this model best for your outdoor garden, deck or patio. The Bose also feature a 360° sound coverage which are built to withstand the toughest outdoor elements. With the downward-wiring and full-range driver (4.5”), the centrally located port delivers rich, outdoor sound to lighten up your backyard setting – making these perfect for your home-away-from-home getaway. The green shrubbery finish on the speakers make these ideal for blending in with your gardens. They also come with 3 wire grooves on the base which prevent the speaker from rocking back and forth, maximizing sound quality and minimizing any noise annoyance. If you are a brand type of person (like myself) and have a larger budget, you should invest in this pair to get a more-known brand and quality for your backyard celebrations.
Dimensions: (14.2” x 12.6” x 12.6”)