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Definitive Technology - AW5500 All-Weather Single Speaker - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 149 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best outdoor speakers Best Buy offers

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    trs0722
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    I've been using these for about a month now on our backyard deck via zone 2 on my Denon AVR....mostly Pandora or my iTunes library via Apple TV/Airplay. Yes, it's compressed digital music (converted to analog as the AVR cannot output digital signals through zone 2-something I learned while researching adding outdoor speakers) but they sound great. I listened to several others in the store and these won out. They simply sounded better than everything else Best Buy had to offer. There are more expensive and potentially better speakers out there but naturally I wanted to hear what I was buying. I was a little reluctant to spend so much when I anticipated only using them a few times from April to October. However, they sound so good, I've made more time to sit outside and enjoy them. Plus, they were on sale that week so I pulled the trigger. I brought these Def Techs home and compared them to another great pair from Best Buy, the Klipsch KHO-7. While the Kilpsch sounded and looked great and were cheaper, they sounded, well, like outdoor speakers. Hard to explain since sound is so subjective. The Def Techs sounded more like quality indoor speakers in a weatherproof housing. Plus, they looked better installed. If you have the extra cash and are serious about good sound (even if only pumping compressed digital music through them), these are a great buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good so far...

    Posted
    Mental1
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    I enjoy these speakers. They have plenty of power for my small porch and create a nice sound image. I am still waiting for the full break in, but so far the sound has become increasingly warmer over time. It was a little tinny to begin with but it is rounding out nicely. One thing I will say is that the Definitive Tech customer service is top notch. One of the screen covers was rattling due to a poor fit. Since they were already installed, I didn't want to return them. I called Definitive Tech and they sent me out two new screens, no questions asked and very promptly as well. One of the replacement screen covers fits perfectly and no more rattle from the bass. After living with these for about two weeks now, I can say I am satisfied with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sensational outdoor speakers

    Posted
    Dullesflyer
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    Firs- the sale price of $159 is hard to beat- regardless, these speakers deliver impressive sound. These speakers are relatively large, which is not apparent when viewing online (who looks a size specs right?). I installed the pair under my deck, facing our pool, The sound is terrific, although the bass not as pronounced as I would like, but in reality I doubt any other speaker of this size, when used in an open air environment, would render a marked increase in bass response. Mid and high sounds are crystal clear, and the dispersion simply perfect. No regrets on this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Speakers!!!

    Posted
    BigKat70
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    When we purchased our house, the speakers we had on our deck were fine. When the subwoofer blew, I was angry that I had to replace them. But after replacing them with these Def Tech Outdoor speakers, I wish I would have replaced them sooner! These speakers are unreal. Great sound quality throughout the upper ranges, and great bass. I have a feeling my neighbors will be complaining if we ever have an outdoor get-together! I would put them anywhere I needed audio outdoors!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent outdoor speaker

    Posted
    MichaelP12
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    I don't write many reviews, but these deserved some attention. I had tried the $99 Yamaha outdoor pair initially, which were replacing an old pair of Bose 161. The Yamaha speakers were just ok, and did not sound as good as the Bose. I decided to spend the extra money and get the Def Tech AW5500, and it was well worth the money. These speakers are not only the best sounding outdoor speakers I've heard, but some of the best sounding speakers period. If you like spending time outside listening to music, these are exceptional.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outdoor Heaven

    Posted
    CM77
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    These speakers are the best outdoor investment I have purchased this year! The audio is so crisp and clear. I have them connected to a Yamaha receiver and play my CD's and MP3s. The range on the speakers is tremendous. I have a 100ft x 300ft back yard and I can hear the music clearly. The quality can't be beat for the price. The installation was really easy and took me about 2 hours to install. I would consider myself pretty handy. You will not regret this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jaw Dropping Sound Quality

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    djbatl1
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    This is a second pair for our new deck addition. The first pair is mounted over our existing deck. The sound quality is outstanding. They have been up for over a year now and we use them most times when we are on the deck. I would highly recommend these speakers. You can beat them for the price. Most outdoor speakers have very limited bass. These have a separate low bass radiator on the rear side which when mounted on the wall, reflects off the wall to the listening area further enhancing the sound quality. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound for Outdoors

    Posted
    Techguy
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    The passive woofer to offer better lows is a great idea. It sounds great! The passive design may limit your mounting options if you desire to maximize bass. Brackets and speakers are tough but good looking. Personally I would have made the mounting bracket square vs. having a designer curve. It's not necessary and slows installaion. Still this is a great sounding speaker with solid construction. The biggest drawback? You will want more to fill your backyard with sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I wanted

    Posted
    BLIndy1309
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    I did a lot of research on some outdoor speaker and based on the previous reviews i went with these and I love them. I have them hooked up to Zone 2 of my Yamaha receiver and i can be outside and change the song, input, and volume all from my iPhone. I had the speakers turned down and went to the end of my yard and you could still hear them which is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    HomeSkillet
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    I purchased a pair of these speakers for my son, he loves them. The sound is outstanding....crisp/clear. I purchased a pair of Klipsch speakers for myself last year, wish I had known about the Definitive Technology speakers. Although the Klipsch has a great sound, I find the Definitive Technology speakers sound sooo much better. Great speakers and yes I would recommend buying them, you won’t be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good sound at first....

    Posted
    ITGuy2018
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    Started out good but slowly over time these speakers got quiet until they stopped working completely. I decided to open them up and when I did water poured out. The inside padding was completely soaked and the speaker which is only on one side not two was rusted so that the cone could no longer move freely. We live in VA and do not get an enormous amount of rain.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Look good and sound better

    Posted
    Gambit
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    I love my new DT all-weather speakers. I made a change to my receiver and when I did, needed a pair of all-weather speakers. After reading multiple reviews from different sources I came to the conclusion that you get what you pay for. They were easy to install vertically and I love to listen to music now while grilling or just chilling outside. Fits perfectly with my YAMAHA Aventage 750A. Party mode kicks it up a notch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My backyard is fun again

    Posted
    KimmyD123

    These speakers sound great! We have a small backyard, so I'm sure the neighbors 3 houses away can hear our music now, but at least it sounds fantastic. No crackles with theater sound quality. The only complaint I have is that they are a little bigger than we originally wanted, but they sound a lot better than the smaller versions of outdoor speakers. I would purchase again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound, Great Reviews

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    backerly
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    When it became time to replace our almost 20 year old outdoor Bose speakers, I was at a loss as to what to purchase as I'd been out of the market so long. Review after review mentioned the Definitive speakers as the best sounding outdoor speakers available at a reasonable price. We installed them and love the sound they put out! Much better than our old Bose outdoor speakers. Very happy we purchased these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great outdoor speakers

    Posted
    Bill99999
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    I purchased a pair of these Definitive speakers for outdoor use, mounted to the exterior of my home. The home was pre-wired, so all that was required was to drill and mount to the home, and seal with silicone. Everyone is impressed with the sound quality, especially considering they are outside the home in a totally un-enclosed area. The passive radiators provide good bass. I chose the white speakers and they blend in nicely with my light-colored home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speakers

    Posted
    Ap14
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    I was buying a pair of open box klipsch kho7 speakers at a great price for the deck and was recommended Def Techs by a sales rep. I was a bit skeptical so I bought both. Hooked them both up to compare. The Klipsch sounded like a tin can and the Def techs were amazing. So I quickly boxed up the Klipsch and returned them for another pair of Def Techs for the pool. They are pricey but worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great outdoor speakers!

    Posted
    union894
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    I purchased these speakers over 6 years ago and have to say that they are great! They're outside 24/7 in hot humid heat, have survived hurricane Irma, and countless storms. Still sound and look like they did the day they were installed. Almost the best audio purchase I've ever made. You Definitively can't go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!!

    Posted
    SafeandSound
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    I was in the market for a set of outdoor speakers and went looking for quality sound well these are it! They sound better then most outdoor speakers I've even heard or seen on friends houses, these are crystal clean sound with bass and very nice mids and highs sounds, We Love them bought two pairs and now can't turn them off when we do outdoor events or BBQs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product.

    Posted
    EdwardIII
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    These speakers are excellent and have great Bass along with great midrange and highs. Bass on most outdoor speakers is rare but not on these speakers. I use on my outside deck and the sound is terrific. If you are interested in bass then this is your product. This company also makes a larger version of this speaker and I would bet the Bass would be even better.Glad I made this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding speakers

    Posted
    JayP
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    I bought two of these speakers for my backyard. We compared them to both less expensive and much more expensive speakers at Best buy before purchase. It is often hard to get good bass sound outside. When I put these up and faced the bass speaker side towards the house we got a full spectrum of sound - lows and highs. Really good quality bass outside for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend