A renowned name among the audiophile crowd, Klipsch Audio Technologies was founded in 1946 by Paul W. Klipsch. Currently owned by Audiovox, the company always strived toward producing low-distortion speakers with high dynamic range, diligently sticking to their initial vision. Their top selling outdoor speakers model is the KHO-7 Speaker Pair.
When it comes to the outdoor speakers department, Klipsch excels in the high-power domain, offering a total of seven products in the official catalogue. We’ll focus on some of the specific products a bit later on, but first let’s check out some of the manufacturer’s overall positive and negative aspects. Read on for more info.
Klipsch Outdoor Speakers Pros
- Power – The company’s products definitely have the capability to deliver raw power. The amount of watts depends on the specific model, but whichever your pick might be – the power is guaranteed, as well as good value.
- Durability – These are some sturdy devices we have at our hands, so the possibility of breakage of malfunction isn’t very likely. They’re waterproof, able to withstand solid physical damage, as well as harsh weather conditions. The company also guarantees that its products are fully UV and dust resistant.
Klipsch Outdoor Speakers Cons
- Big Guns Only – If you’re looking for low-power portable speakers, you’ll have to look someplace else. When it comes to the Klipsch outdoor speakers range, Klipsch kept the focus around more massive devices, leaving the smaller products out of the equation. But if a massive set of speakers is what you’re after, then by all means proceed to the specific reviews.
As we’ve previously noted, Klipsch offers a total of seven outdoor speakers in its official Klipsch outdoor speakers catalogue. All of the devices deliver great power and high-quality audio. Since the models vary to different extent, we’ll focus on the three most prominent devices – AW-650, KHO-7 and the AWR-650-SM Outdoor Rock series.
Klipsch KHO-7 Outdoor Speakers
We’ll kick off the reviews with the highly-praised KHO-7 outdoor speakers pair. Delivering 300 watts of peak power, the set comes with a $250 to $300 price tag and arguably offers the best sound quality within the given power range.
The devices also feature a 65 – 20,000 Hz frequency response range and 92 dB sensitivity. When it comes to size, the speakers are quite portable, measuring at 8.2 x 12.2 x 6.8 inches and weighing a total of 6 pounds each. When it comes to the appearance, you could say that the overall KHO-7 look is plain, yet stylish. In general, if the 300-watt power is what you’re after, the KHO-7 ranks among those products you simply can’t go wrong with.
The speakers are only available in white color and come with a 1″ silk dome tweeter, a 5.25″ poly cone woofer, as well as signature Tractrix Horn technology. As for the issues some of the users have faced over the years, staining grill in marine weather conditions stands out as the only notable problem.
Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speakers
The AW-650 outdoor speaker series provides users with even greater strength, delivering a maximum power of 340 watts. The $400 to $550 price tag tends to be on the pricier side, but still enables customers to purchase a 300+ watts set of speakers for a fairly decent price.
As for the more technical details, the speakers feature a 70 – 20,000 Hz frequency response range, 95 dB sensitivity and 8-ohm impedance. Similarly to KHO-7, they’re plain looking, but far from boring and even slick and somewhat classy. When it comes to portability however, AW-650s are much bulkier and more difficult to transport with a 9.5 x 15 x 11 inches size and 9-pound weight per speaker.
Klipsch AWR-650-SM Outdoor Speakers
Finally, the company offers the AWR-650-SM outdoor rock speakers series for users that like their speakers camouflaged and blending in with the environment. Although similar “masked” speakers tend to charge the appearance a bit too much, Klipsch opted for a fair price and attached the AWR-650-SM series with a $300 price tag.
The device offers 200 watts of peak power and features 66 – 20,000 Hz frequency response range, as well as 3 dB sensitivity. When it comes to appearance, the speakers are a bit on the heavy side and drop with 11 x 15 x 17 inches size and 13-pound weight. However, since AWR-650-SM isn’t the type of speaker you’re likely to move a lot, the lack of portability shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
As a final note, we’ll point out that the Klipsch’s outdoor speakers come with a lifetime warranty, which is by all means an outstanding feat and a grand gesture from the company. Furthermore, the manufacturer is also willing to replace the broken speakers with newer models, showing the exact extent to which Klipsch stands behind its work.