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The Best Affordable Outdoor Speakers

posted by Elizabeth Harper on June 04, 2013 in Speakers, Music and Video, Home Audio, Guides & Reviews, Shopping :: 5 comments

Looking to bring your music outdoors while the weather is nice over the spring and summer? There are lots of options for speakers that will let you take big sound into the great outdoors—and some of them are even portable so they can accompany you to the park or on a picnic, too!

 

Portable speakers

If you want to take your music on the go—indoors or out—these speakers are our favorite options.

TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof SpeakerBest Speaker for Poolside: TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker

For poolside listening, it would be hard to do better than this rugged, weatherized design from TDK. This water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is quite portable—weighing just under three pounds—making it a great companion for your next pool party.

Just remember that it's water-resistant rather than water proof: so while it will stand up to splashes, don't toss it in the pool!

Price: $199.95 at TDK or $153.00 at Amazon

 

Logitech UE Mobile BoomboxBest Bluetooth Speaker: Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

Though it isn't specifically designed for the outdoors, this portable Bluetooth speaker—which will play music from your smartphone or any other Bluetooth-enabled source—offers very good sound for a reasonable price which makes it a best buy in our book.

It's a bit bigger than pocket-sized and weighs just over a pound, but is still small enough to easily drop in a purse or backpack—and it even comes in a variety of stylish colors.

Price: $99.99 at Logitech or $99.99 at Amazon

 

Backyard speakers

If you're mostly going to be doing your listening in one place—grilling on your own patio or enjoying your back yard—you may want to investigate the superior sound these installed speakers can provide.

Theater Solutions 2R4G Outdoor Garden Waterproof Granite Rock Patio Speaker Pair Best Hidden Speaker: Theater Solutions 2R4G Outdoor Garden Waterproof Granite Rock Patio Speaker Pair 

Can you find the speaker hidden in this photo? If you're looking for something that will blend into your garden, these speakers designed to look chunks of granite may be just the thing. 

They're waterproof and designed to stand up against any weather conditions—all you need to do is put them at a convenient spot outdoors and run cables to them. And, as the lowest priced speaker on this list, what's not to love?

Price: $59.99 at Amazon

 

Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor SpeakersBest Mounted Speaker: Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers

This simple set of speakers by Yamaha produces solid sound at a very reasonable price, which makes them a great addition to your deck or patio. They're water resistant and designed to endure light, wind, water and rain with a rugged, sealed speaker compartment.

Designed to be wall-mounted, these speakers come with mounting hardware for easy installation.

Price: $79.95 at Yamaha or $69.95 at Amazon

 

Sabrent Weather Resistant 900MHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 150 FT 2 Speaker System with Remote and Dual Power TransmitterBest Outdoor Wireless Speaker Without Bluetooth: Sabrent Weather Resistant 150 FT 2 Speaker System with Remote and Dual Power Transmitter

Not interested in running wires all over the yard but don't have a stereo that supports Bluetooth? These Sabrent speakers are just the thing. Just plug the transmitter into your stereo and then place the 900MHz wireless speakers anywhere within 150 feet.

With no cables and no mounting, this is definitely the easiest installation of any of the speakers on our list.

Price: $149.99 on Amazon

 

Bose Free Space 51 environmental speakersBest Outdoor Speaker with 360 Sound: Bose Free Space 51 environmental speakers

These high-quality speakers from Bose are designed to go in (or on) the ground and provide 360 degrees of sound coverage. They're a pricey option, but Bose is a brand known for its sound quality—and for that quality, you pay a premium price.

Like the other speakers on this list, these are designed to work well outdoors, are tested to withstand weather conditions and backed by a 5-year warranty.

Price: $404.95 at Bose or $404.00 at Amazon

So what's stopping you? Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

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Have you reviewed the Mighty Dwarf Bluetooth Speakers?

From JJ Matt on July 15, 2013 :: 9:40 am

Fodor’s Travel, get lost Travel Magazine Australia, iPhone Life, AndroidSpin, rate the Mighty Dwarf Bluetooth speaker as a top travel pick. They turn objects that they sit on INTO the speaker. This makes the speakers both convenient for use in your own backyard but equally useful when you are on vacation or on the road.

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Theater Solutions 2R4G

From Theo Davids on September 09, 2013 :: 9:01 am

For the price and size the the Theater Solutions 2R4G delivers decent sound and durability, but in that price range, for rock speakers, I would rather go for the OSD Audio RX550 2-Way, which delivers fuller sound and clearer highs.

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Higher End Outdoor Speaker Solutions

From Ben K on November 20, 2013 :: 2:52 am

The TDK A33 is a great choice, and is currently the highest powered wireless outdoor speaker on the market for under $200. Though, there are better rock speakers on the market - particularly the Klipsch AWR-650, or the Niles RS6. A set of either will give you a far greater nominal operating power to cover more ground, not to mention they both have a lifetime warranty.

Also, Klipsch arguably makes the best cabinet outdoor speakers on the market. The KHO-7’s and AW 650’s both have power metrics which no other products currently beat for the price.

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Bose all the way

From Steve on January 22, 2014 :: 2:04 am

My dad just got a set of the Bose 251 speakers for his deck. He said the sound quality is far superior to his previous set of Yamahas and would highly recommend. Well worth the price.

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Klipsch Outdoor Speakers

From Luke on March 02, 2014 :: 2:48 pm

Though Bose does create great speakers and you can hardly compete with their reputation, Klipsch is the way to go in my book.  Especially for outdoor speakers.  The build quality of the Klipsch is what sets this apart from other brands.  My Klipsch KHO-7 have been going strong for 2 years now!  Of course I wouldn’t consider them that affordable but you could pay a lot more for inferior speakers.

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