The Top 5 Outdoor Weatherproof Speakers for your Home –
Choosing the best poolside and garden speakers can be a little challenging at times and we have written a guide here on how to do it. Here are the top 5 outdoor weatherproof speakers that meet our selection criteria in terms of the quality of sound, bass response, material construction and value for money.
#1 Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers
If you’re looking for great high fidelity sound and a weatherproof speaker you can locate even in the most exposed locations, the Atrium 4 is the one to choose. Its high quality components deliver impressively big sound from this small, unobtrusive loudspeaker, and its compact size makes it ideal for tight, out-of-way installations. It features easy mounting, four-season durability, and the award-winning Polk Audio sound. The compact Atrium® 4 Outdoor Loudspeaker meets or exceeds military specifications for environment endurance. Its small size makes it ideal for tight, out-of-way installations: by the pool, next to the deck or patio, around the kitchen, tucked away in the family den or filling the backyard with great sound. The easy to mount Atrium 4 will deliver high performance audio fall, winter, spring and summer, bringing years of outdoor enjoyment. It’s also available in durable, weatherproof black or white paintable finishes to blend in easily with your outdoor décor. Here are some details:
- Atrium Series Speakers exceed baseline industrial and military specifications for environmental endurance
- Anodized Aluminum Tweeter Domes with Rubber Surrounds are absolutely immune to the elements, provide the smooth
- Newly designed tweeter phase cap smoothes the frequency response from 12KHz up to 20kHz, the last audible octave.
- Broad Coverage Baffle Design adapted and applied from our current Atrium design but a more steeply-angled baffle design
- Speed-Lock Mounting System for easy, safe one-handed installations even in difficult locations.
- Atrium Series Speakers exceed baseline industrial and military specifications for environmental endurance.
- Anodized aluminum tweeter domes with rubber surrounds are absolutely immune to the elements, offer better power handling and smooth response.
- Tweeter phase cap smooths the frequency response from 12KHz up to 20kHz, the last audible octave.
- Broad coverage baffle design fills a large open outdoor space with big, full-range sound. A more steeply-angled baffle maximizes critical mid- and high-frequency dispersion over a large area, without sacrificing detail.
The Polk Audio Atrium 4 outdoor speakers are extremely value for money. The Polk Audio Atrium 4 sounds great and the quality of their construction appears outstanding and weather resistant. This set of speakers have no difficulty being exposed to the elements and have excellent “weatherproof” specifications to the fit and finish of these outdoor speakers. The chief reason why we featured these outdoor weatherproof speakers is because these speakers are highly durable, value for money and will definitely be a great addition to your outdoor home décor with its aesthetically pleasing modern design.
#2 The Definitive Technology AW 6500
Meet the new Definitive Technology AW 6500 outdoor speakers – we were initially surprised at how well sounding the AW 6500’s were, especially at this price range. These technology-packed speakers feature high excursion active drivers pressure-coupled to racetrack-shaped Low-Bass Radiators to give you more than double the bass output while maintaining a weather-tight seal for ultimate placement flexibility, reliability, and performance. It delivers legendary Definitive Performance-Outdoors with their fully sealed design, aluminum grilles and rugged PolyStone enclosures. The AWs can be fully exposed to the elements and still reliably deliver their indoor speaker sound quality for years of outdoor listening enjoyment. Their integrated galvanized steel brackets and unique shape allow a full 360 degrees of rotation allowing the listener to orient the active drivers toward the listening area. Pointing the active driver towards the listener while the Low-Bass Radiator side faces the wall or ground gives you the ideal balance of clear mids, extended highs, and thunderous bass even in outdoor conditions. It’s a simply must-have for the outdoor audiophile enthusiast. Some of the specs include:
- Single outdoor all-weather speaker with impressive sound
- Equipped with one 6.5-inch BDSS cast basket bass/mid driver
- Equipped with one 5.5×10-inch pressure-driven low-bass radiator
- Equipped with one 1-inch pure aluminum dome tweeter
- Frequency response: 40 Hz – 30 kHz
The AW 6500 outdoor speakers sound great and deliver powerful bass when mounted horizontally with the passive radiators pointed downwards. You should expect to be impressed at how powerful these outdoor weatherproof speakers can reproduce bass, and provide a great balance for outdoor sound. You do not need to purchase a subwoofer together with these speakers if you position these near a wall or a corner because the passive oval drivers really put out the lower frequencies. The AW 6500 can handle alot of power and last a very long time with their all-weather design. They’re perfect for the outdoor audiophile who wants to purchase great value speakers for the buck.
#3 Bose Free Space 51 Environmental Speakers
You may not be a fan of Bose, but we’ve featured these weatherproof speakers because the Bose Free Space 51 environmental speakers provide outstanding audio quality and stereo imaging that rivals that of premium indoor speakers. The rugged speakers feature an innovative circular design that radiates sound out in a 360° pattern. The weather has very little effect on these speakers over the years. It’s durable, flexible design also withstands temperatures from -40° to 150°F and passed a rigorous salt fog test 66% longer than required by the Marine Industry Standard. It mounts to your deck or can be put in ground and reproduces low frequency notes for an impactful bass response. The recommended power connection is 10-100 watts. It also includes base flange with mounting holes for easy installation and a textured green enclosure. The good thing about these speakers is that they play omni-directional sound, which means that you do not have to be in a specific location to hear great quality sound. If you’re looking for great sounding outdoor speakers, these are simply one of the best out there.
- Downward firing 4-1/4 full range driver
- Innovative radial design disperse sound in a 360 degree pattern
- Rugged, flexible design withstands temperatures from -40 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit, and passed the rigorous salt fog test 66% longer than required by the Marine Industry Standard
- Recommended power – 10 – 100 watts
- Base flange with mounting holes for easy installation
If you’re looking for a pair of in-ground speakers that will last you many years to come in all-weather conditions, the Bose Free Space 51 outdoor speakers will serve you well. You can place these speakers in the gardens for many years and they will still sound great. It also produces 360 degree sound so you neighbours and friends will be amazed when they find out where the sound is actually coming from. These outdoor weatherproof speakers also have an amazing sound range, and produce outstanding bass due to its structural design. They are highly recommended outdoor weatherproof speakers and although they cost slightly more than most speakers, are a worthy investment for an outstanding outdoor audio performance. You can read more about it here.
#4 OSD Audio RX 550
These are not rocks; these are the OSD Audio RX550. But they are about as rugged. The OSD Audio RX550 is designed to be able to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions known to this planet. It also boasts an excellent acoustic system – with polypropylene woofer and stamped aluminum tweeter that are acoustically tuned to produce some of the clearest and most resonant bass. Due to its highly realistic rock-like appearance, the OSD Audio RX550 can readily camouflage itself amongst the rocks in the garden, the pond, the spa, or in any other natural setting to produce the amazing magical effect of music in nature that seems to emanate from the environment. They are stunning outdoor weatherproof speakers to have in your garden that will last you for many years to come.
- Armed with Polypropylene woofer and stamped aluminum tweeter that are acoustically designed to deliver clear high-quality bass
- Highly realistic rock appearance which makes it easy to camouflage in any natural surrounding
- Multi-layer composite cabinetry that is aerospace-grade, making it extremely durable even under harsh outdoor conditions
The RX Series Rock Speakers were designed in OSD’s backyard in Southern California – this speaker is very natural-looking and has excellent acoustic sound. The landscape rock speakers are designed to simulate natural rocks within your landscape. Place these rock speakers anywhere a natural rock would be found and they will blend in perfectly. Typical locations for the rock speakers are rock formations for barriers around pools, ponds and spas, bordering a garden and even as an accent in flower gardens.If you want stunning outdoor speakers that are as indestructible and rugged as rocks, the OSD Audio RX550 is your answer – delivering unparalleled music with it’s powerful sound drivers.
#5 The Polk Audio Atrium Garden Outdoor Speakers
The first speaker on our list of top outdoor weatherproof speakers is the Polk Audio Atrium Garden outdoor speaker system. The system consists of two Atrium Sat30 Compact Staked Outdoor Loudspeakers (Pair – Chestnut Brown) and the Atrium Sub10 Outdoor Subwoofer with 10-inch Woofer. The innovative Sat30 satellite weatherproof speakers can be planted in your landscaping, hung from your ceiling or the eaves, or installed anywhere you want to mix great sound with the great outdoors. The Atrium Sat30 features acoustically-matched two-way design which delivers dynamic sound on its own, or blends seamlessly with the Sub10 subwoofer, even in difficult, wide-open outdoor spaces. It also has Dynamic Balance® driver technology: 3 1/2-inch long-throw midrange driver with 1-inch voice coil, vented pole-piece, rugged butyl rubber surround and a composite cone; 3/4-inch composite dome neodymium tweeter for great music reproduction. Furthermore, these outdoor weatherproof speakers are capable of handling up to 100 Watts of power to deliver superb clarity, detail and high efficiency with less distortion, at both moderate and higher volume levels in outdoor environments. The flying bridge-mounted tweeter never gets in the way of the woofer, for smooth, realistic sound in a compact housing. Put simply, this is probably one of the most efficient and technologically capable outdoor systems you can get for your buck. Here are some of the key specs:
- Acoustically-Matched Two-Way Design
- 3 1/2″ long-throw midrange driver with 1″ voice coil
- 200 Watt Downward-Firing Subwoofer
- Massive 10″ Long-Throw Dynamic Balance® Driver Technolog
If you’re looking for a high-end outdoor speaker system with a subwoofer unit, you can definitely expect good results based on the specifications of this Polk Audio Atrium garden speaker system. The subwoofer makes a huge difference when it comes to blasting bass heavy music – the 200 Watt subwoofer pumps out enough juice to make sure that you feel the beat even in outdoor environments. Furthermore, this outdoor speaker system comes with two satellite speakers that can be easily implanted into the soil and are thoroughly weather resistant. Position the subwoofer unit in between surfaces to maximize the bass reproduction and you’ll instantly have a lethal combination in your backyard.