The 7 Best Patio Outdoor Speakers 2017

Listening to your favoriteplaylist in the privacy of your own room is fine and dandy, but there comes a time where you need to share it with the neighbors. On a more serious note, though, if you want to have a half-decent BBQ nowadays, you’ll need some tunes, and the easiest and most obvious way is to hook up a speaker or two. You may be tempted to bust out any old pair of plastic boombox speakers and plug them in, but don’t. What you want is outdoor speakers, and what we got on this list are the very best.

There’s a little something for everyone here, from cheap… erm, budget-friendly pieces to some more pricey pieces of equipment. None of them will break the proverbial bank, though, but if you want the whole shebang, and want the best quality, you’ll have to shell out some serious money.

1. Dual LU53PW 125 Watt 3-way Outdoor Speakers in White

Dual 3-way Indoor Outdoor SpeakersThe Dual 3-way is (are?) one of those budget-friendly solutions that we mentioned earlier, so don’t expect them to do wonders. Still, they give a big bang for the buck, especially when you set them outdoors (you can always mount them indoors, but keep in mind that they won’t sound nearly as good). Just like every outdoor speaker, they have a weak bass (well, “weak” may be too strong of a word), but handle mids and highs beautifully. The sound is crisp and clear, with power a-plenty, enough to liven up your BBQ, at any rate.

As far as mounting goes, these can be placed almost anywhere. The enclosure is waterproof, so it could survive some light drizzle, and it does come with a pivoting bracket, so that you can mount them onto a wall. You’ll get the best results if they’re placed just about 6–8 feet high and spaced 10–15 apart. Fun thing – the logo is reversible, so whichever way you mount the speakers, it’ll still face up.

Available at: Amazon.com

2. Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 4 SpeakersFor a Benjamin, you can get an overall good set of speakers. The sound is well balanced, but it is somewhat lacking in bass, although this is something characteristic of outdoor speakers in general. On the other hand, the lower mid-range is not quite up to snuff, which is a minor gripe, at least for folks who prefer orchestral music. For other genres, such as rock or country music, it’s not as big an issue.

On the flipside, installing these puppies is a non-issue, thanks to the virtually idiot-proof mounting hardware Polk is famous for.The domes are made of anodized aluminum with rubber surrounds, and are impervious to the elements. Moreover, you get a 5-year warranty on parts and labor, which is certainly welcome. For best results, just set them 10 to 12 feet above and 20 to 25 feet apart, and you’re golden.

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3. Polk Audio Atrium 5 Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 5 Speakers BlackAny pool party is guaranteed to be a success with some good tunes blasting out from a solid set of speakers, and the Polk Audio Atrium 5 fit that description to the tee. The thing is, you don’t have to keep them by the pool. They are more than capable of throwing the sound up to 50ish feet, with crisp and clear highs, clear mids and surprisingly good bass(for an outdoor speaker, at least).

As far as mounting goes, you can put these just about anywhere and completely forget about them. Although, if you really want to their life expectancy, consider getting a pair of shower cups and place them on speakers while not in use (if they’re in the open; if you keep them somewhere under cover, you should be fine). Also, take them down in winter, for obvious reasons.

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4. Yamaha NS-AW 150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers

Yamaha NS-AW150W 2-Way Outdoor SpeakersThe Yamaha NS-AW150Wh is one of those rare products that deliver what they promise. With these, you get a fine, versatile set of indoor / outdoor speakers, with 120 Watts max power capacity and 6 Ohms of nominal impedance. Translated into plain English, this means lots of power and a strong sound with tremendous mids, lots of clarity in the highs, and a surprisingly powerful bass.

The speakers come with metal brackets for wall installation, so it takes a bit of finagling mounting them up, but the results are worth the trouble.Keep in mind, though, that Yamaha does not include screws in the package, for some reason,or a speaker cable so you’ll have to use your own (any old wood screws and a 14-gauge zip cord should do the trick). On the flipside, the brackets allow you to angle the speakers whichever way you like, no hassle. The casing is solidly built, and should survive a few winters outside, but it is recommended that you take them down during the period if you want them to survive longer.

This puppy is typically available for less than $100.

Available at: Amazon.com

5. Polk Audio Atrium 6 Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 6 SpeakersWelcome to the big league! Well, you couldn’t say judging by the price, but the Polk Audio Atrium 6 speakers are designed to exceed baseline industrial spec for what they call “environmental endurance”. Translation – they’re tough as nails! You can just mount them outside and completely forget about them, as they aretreated to withstand salt fog, water immersion,and corrosion,as well astemp extremes.

Moreover, these speakers exceed even the baseline features of the niche – unlike most outdoor speakers, these have powerful bass. Plus, the highs are crisp and clear, and the mids are up to game. In other words, whether it’s a pool party, BBQ, watching a game or a Halloween party, these puppies are up for it. Their Speed-Lock Mounting System allows for easy, one-handed positioning, making it virtually foolproof.

Available at: Amazon.com

6. Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker

Definitive Technology AW6500 Outdoor SpeakerIf there were a popular vote, this baby would be voted the single best outdoor speaker, Electoral College or not. For a more than affordable price, you get one of the best all-around outdoor speakers on the market. Unlike most outdoor speakers, these pack some serious punch in the lows, and you can enjoy all the bass you want. Moreover, the mids are full and creamy, and highs crystal clear and crisp, so you’re not limited to just one genre.

On a bit more serious note, the dome on this puppy is beyond durable, and can withstand temperature extremes, rain, wind, salt fog, you name it. Still, there are ways to prolong its lifeand get even more for your money, like taking it down during the worst of the year. Speaking of which, the speaker mounts any which way you want it using the brackets (come with the purchase). For best results, swivel it so that the tweeters (for mids and highs) face the outside and bass faces the wall. Bass is non-directional, so it won’t do anything to direct it, and the bounce-off from the wall will enhance it tremendously.

The speaker sells on Amazon and fits into the under $200 domain (plus shipping).

Available at: Amazon.com

7. Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker

Klipsch AW-650 6.5 SpeakerIf there ever was a better bang for the buck, it’d be nice to hear. Until then, we crown the Klipsch AW-650 speaker the king (or queen, whatever floats your boat).Granted, it’s still more than most are willing to spend, but rest assured you’ll hear where each and every cent went.The sound is well beyond what the price range promises, with crisp and clear highs, full and smooth mids, as well as a surprisingly impressive bass.

Granted, the speaker is somewhat bulky, but it more than makes up for itby being virtually impervious to the elements, from the searing Arizonan heat to the numbing Alaskan winter. Better yet, the dome is UV-resistant and paintable, which opens up some nice décor possibilities.In a nutshell, this is a top-of-the-line outdoor speaker, perfect for patios and backyards.

It started off a bit pricey, but now sells on Amazon for well under $500 for a pair.

Available at: Amazon.com

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