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12 Best Outdoor Speakers Reviewed & Compared

last updated Oct 27, 2018
At RunnerClick we love bringing you products that not only make your running easier and more effective, but also ones that simply make your life better, no matter what you're doing or where you're doing it. One of those products is outdoor speakers. Everybody loves music, and it makes just about any activity more fun. And with bluetooth technology in everybody's phone these days, it's easy to turn just about any activity into a music filled fun time with portable speakers.

Whether it's something you can take with you to the beach or park, or a more permanent set up at home, outdoor speakers help to bring the joy of music to wherever you are and whatever you're doing.

For our list we looked at both portable speakers and ones for permanent installation. The portable ones can go from a treadmill cupholder to the tennis court to your favorite swimming hole without missing a beat. Literally. The ones for permanant installation at home install easily and discreetely for your musical enjoyment whether you're grilling with friends or working out in your backyard.

One of the most important things to look at when choosing an outdoor speaker is whether or not it will stand up to the elements. It's no good spending a bunch of money on something that will rust and stop working the first time it catches glimpse of a raincloud, so we were sure to take this under consideration. We also looked at the sound quality and other important factors for you, so you can rest assured that the products on our list are the best of the best when it comes to outdoor speakers.
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In this update, we did an overhaul of the content, added a lot of information on price, sound, and connectivity, and how outdoor speakers can fit into the running and fitness lifestyle. Enjoy and check back again.

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$229.00
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$278.00
In Depth Review Top 10
  • AOMAIS Sport II
  • Dual Electronics LU43PB
  • Brookstone Big Blue Party Wireless
  • Sound Appeal
  • Pyle PLMR24B Mini
  • Vomach Speaker IPX6 Waterproof
  • Sound Appeal Rock
  • OSD Audio RX550 Rock
  • OSD Audio AP450
  • Kicker KB6000
  • Bose 151 SE
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Top 11 Picks

1. AOMAIS Sport II

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
   AOMAIS Sport II
Durability
98
Ease of Use
96
Sound Quality
98
Advanced Features
96
Size
88
best offer for today
$25.49
Pros:

Quick and easy to pair via Bluetooth

Simple operation

Durable, weather resistant construction

Great sound quality

Ability to make and receive phone calls with built-in microphone

Cons:

Power switch has an awkward location

Not weatherproof, should be placed in a covered location for enhanced lifespan

The AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Speakers won first place on our list thanks to an affordable price tag, superior portability, and super resistant construction. Available in two colors, the speaker connects via Bluetooth and won’t die if left outside in a storm.

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Durability

If you’re looking for an outdoor speaker that can stand up to almost anything, the AOMAIS model is a great choice. It’s entirely waterproof (IPX7). It’s also shockproof, dustproof, and nearly everything else proof. The exterior of the speaker is made of rubber, so it’s not easily scratched or damaged. Reviewers agreed that the AOMAIS speaker is extremely tough and is an excellent choice for campers, hikers, or even those who want to listen to music while participating in water-based activities.

Ease of Use

It’s easy to charge the unit’s rechargeable battery via a USB port. You can even use the speaker to answer calls. The speaker controls are easy to use with minimal buttons, so it’s super simple to start listening to music outside. Pairing via Bluetooth is quick and pain-free, and the sound is clear without having to fiddle with settings. Some did mention that the controls can be hard to press and aren’t always responsive, though.

Sound Quality

The 20 watt speaker is capable of producing high-quality sound even with a lot of ambient noise. To get a surround sound experience, you can purchase two speakers and set them up for left and right channels. Reviewers liked the loud, crisp sound of the speaker and found that it was easy to hear it from far away.

Extra Features

The battery of this unit is long-lasting. It’s also super portable thanks to its small size so you can easily pack it for travel or bring it anywhere around and outside the house where you want to listen to music. Although this feature was already mentioned, it should be noted that reviewers raved about the device’s waterproofing. There’s also a spot where the speaker can be mounted on a tripod.

2. Dual Electronics LU43PB

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
   Dual Electronics LU43PB
Durability
96
Ease of Use
90
Sound Quality
96
Advanced Features
90
Size
94
best offer for today
$26.51
Pros:

Excellent value

Comes with hardware

Good sound quality

Simple installation

Weather resistant

Cons:

Certain areas of the speakers are prone to rusting

Our second pick is the Dual Electronics LU43PB Outdoor Speakers. If you’re looking for something a little less portable but with plenty of sound, the Dual Electronics brand speakers are a great option. The speakers come in either black or white and are available in either a 100W or 125W configuration. They also happen to be priced just right. It’s a steal for a pair of really great, durable outdoor speakers.

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Durability

The exterior of the speakers will hold up if placed outdoors since they're made of a weather resistant substance. The coating ensures the speakers are protected from UV rays, and even if exposed to the elements, the speakers will continue to produce good-quality sound. The company backs their durability claims with a 1-Year Warranty. Reviewers were impressed with the quality construction of the speakers and found that they held up well even when mounted outdoors in unprotected areas.

Ease of Use

The speakers can be installed in multiple places, depending on your setup. You can choose to mount them on the wall or ceiling, and they can be placed horizontally or vertically. Reviewers found the speakers simple to install

Sound Quality

These speakers are sure to provide you (and perhaps your party guests) with good quality sound. The sound from these 100W (or 125W) speakers projects well and sounds clear. Many reviewers commented on the great sound quality stating the speakers performed better than expected and is more than good enough for outdoor use.

Extra Features

The speakers come packaged with mounting materials. When mounted with the supplied hardware, the speakers can be tilted.

3. Brookstone Big Blue Party Wireless

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.6
   Brookstone Big Blue Party Wireless
Durability
93
Ease of Use
90
Sound Quality
92
Advanced Features
95
Size
88
best offer for today
$79.99
Pros:

Powerful sound

Water resistant

Portable with carrying handle

360-degree sound

Durable

Quick to charge

Attractive design

Cons:

Expensive

Heavy

A sleek looking outdoor speaker that connects via Bluetooth for easy listening while relaxing in the backyard or entertaining guests on the back patio. This new version features wif-fi with Chromecast, giving you the ability to stream music and connect to the internet via the speaker. The unique construction ensures that sound travels evenly and the rechargeable battery ensures users can listen for a while before requiring charging.

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Durability

The device’s sound travels 360-degrees so it’s a great option to place at the center of the action. The speaker is also water resistant, so it can be used outside without worrying about exposure to rain. Reviewers were happy with the device’s sturdy construction. They were surprised by how well it held up to the elements and outdoor use. You probably wouldn’t want to leave it outside for extended periods of time, though.

Ease of Use

This little Bluetooth speaker is easy to bring along nearly anywhere. It has a comfortable handle for portability and is easy to connect. Pairing is as easy as touching a single button. Reviewers liked that the speaker was straightforward to use and requires very little tech-savviness.

Sound Quality

The 72-watt speaker provides plenty of sound for larger gatherings. Sound settings can be controlled via your smartphone. Reviewers appreciated the audio quality and were happy with how loud it was able to get.

Extra Features

The Bluetooth speaker has a nice range of 33 feet. Its battery is rechargeable and lasts more than 4 hours on a single charge. No need to plug it in a while using, so it’s super handy for outdoor use. Just charge it and place it on any stable surface. The speaker is also very attractive.

4. Sound Appeal

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.6
   Sound Appeal
Durability
93
Ease of Use
90
Sound Quality
90
Advanced Features
91
Size
89
best offer for today
$189.00
Pros:

Quick and easy to pair via Bluetooth

Simple installation

Durable, weather resistant construction

Good sound quality

Cons:

Power switch in an awkward location

Not weatherproof, should be placed in a covered location for enhanced lifespan

Another set of Bluetooth speakers for those who want to play music from their Smart device easily. These are weatherproof, can be used inside or out, and provide excellent sound. Great for outdoor parties or just for those who want to listen to their favorites tunes while enjoying a nice summer day on the deck.

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Durability

A weatherproof design ensures that these speakers can be used outside without getting damaged.

Ease of Use

A decent Bluetooth range ensures that it’s easy to connect and stay connected to the speaker with your Smartphone. One downside? One speaker requires an outlet, so it’s not a good option for those looking for something wireless. On the plus side, you don’t need to bother with recharging. Reviewers liked that the speakers were simple to use and install. Connection via Bluetooth is also a breeze.

Sound Quality

Provides good sound that’s loud and crisp enough even for outdoor use. Most reviewers found the sound quality more than acceptable.

Extra Features

Most of the extra features were not well-liked by users. They consist of a bright blue LED light that lets you know the devices are powered on. Some found the light to be too bright. Not a big deal overall, though, since they’re meant for the outdoors. Inside, it may be more of an issue. Others also noted that the power switch is awkwardly placed especially if you decide to mount the speakers up high.

5. Pyle PLMR24B Mini

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
    Pyle PLMR24B Mini
Durability
97
Ease of Use
87
Sound Quality
91
Advanced Features
79
Size
94
best offer for today
$27.09
Pros:

Budget price

Very durable

Well protected from the elements

Easy to set up and use

Decent sound quality for the price

Wired, no need to charge batteries

Cons:

Sound is not as good as other options

No bluetooth

An inexpensive set of weatherproof speakers that take up very little real estate. These speakers from Pyle are extremely durable and are a great choice for those looking for a budget outdoor speaker option. Last minute party? Only want something for the occasional get together outdoors? This speaker set is a perfect choice. They don't have the bells and whistles that other speakers on our list do, but their high-quality durable construction and comfortability around water made them next on our list.

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Durability

They are made with rustproof grills and feature a waterproof construction so you won’t need to worry about leaving these in the rain. They’re a great option for use around water. Have a boat and looking for a good set of speakers to listen to music? The Pyle speakers are a great choice. Reviewers agreed that the speakers were really durable.

Ease of Use

Reviewers liked that the small size of the speakers made them easy to put pretty much anywhere. Most also commented on the fact that mounting and setting them up was quite simple, too.

Sound Quality

The speakers are much cheaper than many of the alternatives on this list but you’ll still get great sound from them. Reviewers said that the speaker provided the sound they expected considering the price paid. Some did say they would have preferred a speaker with louder sound but for the price you’ll be paying for these, you essentially get what you pay for and it’s not bad at all.

Extra Features

The speakers are pretty basic so you won’t find too many extra bells and whistles. They’re wired, so no Bluetooth. But no need to worry about recharging all the time.

6. Vomach Speaker IPX6 Waterproof

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.2
   Vomach Speaker IPX6 Waterproof
Durability
92
Ease of Use
86
Sound Quality
90
Advanced Features
83
Size
90
best offer for today
$19.99
Pros:

All-weather portable speaker

Top-quality stereo sound

Voice or hand control

High capacity battery

Waterproof & Dustproof

Cons:

Would be nice to have a longer battery life

An all-weather portable speaker with Bluetooth capability that gives out top-quality stereo sound, powered by a rechargeable li-on battery that gives you about ten hours of quality playtime. This all-weather device can be used anyplace you take it and has a specially designed echo canceling speaker-phone for clear conference calls. This speaker can hear you talk and listen to your commands, telling it to turn the volume up or down, pause the song or play the next tune.

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Durability

Very protective waterproofing, perfect for using outside in any weather, fully dustproof and if you drop it the speaker will not break. Excellent for hikers, cycling, running, travel, camping and other outdoor sports and social activities.

Ease of Use

Touch sensitive buttons put you in control or use your voice to instruct volume levels, the next song, play, pause and turning on and off.

Sound Quality

Fantastic sound via the stereo speakers which have a top of the range output which gives powerful sounding music including bass effects.

Extra Features

Blue tooth profiles & Bluetooth version advanced 4.2 with a connection distance up to 33 feet and retains an auto connection after being paired. This audio Bluetooth player supports AVRCP, A2DP, and HFP. This will pair with any device which has Bluetooth functionality. The high capacity battery is rechargeable and will play for around 6-10 hours dependent on the level of volume. Will recharge in just 2 to 3 hours to a full boosted charge.

Cost

This product is very affordable, especially considering all of it's advanced features.

7. Sound Appeal Rock

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.4
   Sound Appeal Rock
Durability
96
Ease of Use
91
Sound Quality
87
Advanced Features
82
Size
76
best offer for today
$229.00
Pros:

Easy to connect via Bluetooth

Cool rock-like design

Weatherproof construction

Good Bluetooth range

Cons:

Pricey

Bluetooth wasn't quite as good as advertised

Tend to stop working in very cold weather

These are the second Sound Appeal brand speakers to appear on our list. We chose these particular speakers because of their consistently high user reviews but also due to their unique and inconspicuous rock-like design. They’re perfect for those who want to hide speakers in the background of their backyard oasis but still want good sound for outdoor events and gatherings.

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Durability

They don’t just look like rocks; they’re built like them, too! These speakers shouldn’t unexpectedly stop working even if left out in very hot or cold weather. The speaker components are placed in a weatherproof casing, so they are supposed to survive and function even if exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures. Speakers are backed by a 1-year warranty. Most reviewers initially liked that the speakers were very sturdy and durable but noticed that the speakers were unreliable in colder temperatures.

Ease of Use

Bluetooth technology makes it easy to pair and stream music from your Smart device. You can stream up to 100 feet away from the rock speakers, so don’t worry too much about placing them as part of your landscaping. Reviewers said that connecting via Bluetooth was simple and that using the speakers required zero learning curve.

Sound Quality

The sound is loud and provides good bass. Sound emanating from these rock speakers is clear and undistorted. They produce enough sound for larger patios or backyard areas. Most reviewers were happy with the quality of sound they got with these speakers.

Extra Features

A unique feature that these speakers have is their construction. They’re made to look like rocks and blend into your landscaping. They really do look convincing! They’re also supposed to work even when the temperature outside gets very cold, but some reviewers noted that this claim seems exaggerated.

8. OSD Audio RX550 Rock

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.8
   OSD Audio RX550 Rock
Durability
94
Ease of Use
90
Sound Quality
80
Advanced Features
75
Size
85
best offer for today
$64.55
Pros:

Well-priced

Many options for colors, styles, and sizes

Decent sound quality

Decent weatherproofing

Easy to install and connect

Cons:

Connectors not completely weatherproof

We have another set of rock speakers for you! These are available in several sizes so you can pick which works best for your outdoor area (available in 5.25-inch, 6.5-inch, and 8-inch designs). You can also choose from a number of different colors and styles so you can find the right faux-rock look that works for your outdoor decor.

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Durability

These rock speakers are meant to be placed in your backyard, so naturally they’re built to be weatherproof. The speakers are even resistant to chemicals that might be found in pool water. Reviewers did point out that the connectors are not weatherproof like the rest of the speakers, which seems like a critical oversight.

Ease of Use

Bluetooth connectivity means you can connect and stream music from your favorite smart device. Most found the speaker easy to install right out of the box with little need to check the instructions.

Sound Quality

The speakers have decent sound quality, but the sound isn’t suitable for covering and carrying over large areas. These are best used for providing music to a small area. These rock speakers are built to provide sound specifically in outdoor areas, so loud ambient noises won’t detract from your listening experience. Reviewers found the sound good for the price but noted that over time the sound quality seemed to dip a bit.

Extra Features

You can choose from a variety of sizes, styles, and colors to find the right fake-rock speaker for your yard.

9. OSD Audio AP450

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
   OSD Audio AP450
Durability
75
Ease of Use
88
Sound Quality
85
Advanced Features
82
Size
85
best offer for today
$59.95
Pros:

Great value

Surprisingly good sound quality

Easy to install

Can positioned horizontally or vertically

Cons:

Heavy and cumbersome

Durability issues

The OSD Audio brand speakers are available in a variety of size options (4-inch, 5.25-inch, 6.5-inch, and 8-inch) so you can pick a size that works for your space. There are various models to, and the speakers come in either black or white.

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Durability

The speakers are made with a rust-resistant covering and can handle a wide range of temperatures up to a high of 200-degrees Fahrenheit and below 20-degrees Fahrenheit. One user did find that when left outdoors, the speaker doesn’t hold up as advertised. It’s probably best to ensure these are kept in a covered area. Thankfully, they’re super affordable.

Ease of Use

Reviewers appreciated how simple it was to install the speakers with the included hardware. It’s also very easy to adjust the speaker position while mounting them.

Sound Quality

Most reviewers found the sound to be better than they had expected for such an affordable set of outdoor speakers. They’re not going to give you the best sound quality, but you get a good combo of sound and value with these speakers.

Extra Features

The speakers are packaged with mounting hardware and can be placed upright or on their “sides.” Other than that, these are basic outdoor speakers with decent sound quality. No Bluetooth with these so you’ll need to find an outlet for them.

10. Kicker KB6000

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.4
    Kicker KB6000
Durability
84
Ease of Use
82
Sound Quality
90
Advanced Features
70
Size
81
best offer for today
$78.95
Pros:

Great sound

Simple install

Good quality

Cons:

Not weatherproof

Not good for year-round use

A solid pair of outdoor speakers with a streamlined design. Users raved about the Kicker speakers and enjoyed their performance in outdoor conditions, so we chose them for our top ten list. If you want a quality set of outdoor speakers that produce good sound, these are an excellent choice.

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Durability

They’re not going to survive direct exposure to the elements and you shouldn’t leave them outside over the winter months but reviewers who placed them in covered outdoor areas found they performed well and stood the test of time.

Ease of Use

The wired speakers are a cinch to mount and install and can be swiveled to the position that you prefer. Once installed there’s really nothing to using these and they work like a charm.

Sound Quality

The majority of reviewers were incredibly impressed with the sound quality that came from these speakers. A few reviewers had issues with the sound, but they were in the minority.

Extra Features

These speakers are pretty basic; it’s just a matter of putting them up where you want and sitting back to enjoy the music.

11. Bose 151 SE

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
79.2
   Bose 151 SE
Durability
83
Ease of Use
75
Sound Quality
95
Advanced Features
65
Size
78
best offer for today
$278.00
Pros:

Excellent sound quality

Extremely durable

Installation is easy

Mounting hardware is weather resistant

Sleek attractive design

Cons:

Heavy

Chances are you’ve heard of Bose. They’re a well known audio brand that produces quality products. These Bose-brand speakers are no exception. Available in either black or white the speakers provide excellent outdoor sound and are extremely resistant to all kinds of weather phenomenon. If you’re looking for a high-quality outdoor speaker, these are an attractive option. Of course, the well-known brand and durable construction fetch a higher price than most outdoor speaker models.

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Durability

The speakers are made to handle all kinds of weather including snow and rain. They can handle temperatures as high as 158 degrees fahrenheit and well below freezing. Humidity, too, won’t damage the speakers. Even the mounting brackets are weather resistant. Reviewers found the durability of the speakers very impressive.

Ease of Use

They’re not wireless, so you won’t need to worry about any batteries running low. Reviewers said the speakers mounted easily and were just as easy to hook up.

Sound Quality

The majority of reviewers mentioned the great sound quality of the speakers and liked that they were able to provide loud volume when desired.

Extra Features

The Bose speakers come with mounting brackets that are highly adjustable and weather resistant. A sleek design rounds out an overall high-quality construction.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Durability

Most of the speakers on this list are extremely weather resistant. A few of the outdoor speakers can be left outside all year round without you needing to worry about bringing them in. Whether rain or shine, snow or sleet, they can handle it. Not all of the speakers are 4-season ready but at the very least they are water resistant. Some of the speakers require you to place them in a covered area like a gazebo or awning. Most feature sturdy casing and rustproof components so exposure to water won’t negatively affect the lifespan and sound of the speakers. If you reside in an area with extreme weather conditions, opt for models that feature sealed casings, rustproof grills, and are immune to very high and low temperatures.

Ease of Use

When choosing anything related to technology, ease-of-use is extremely important. The same goes for the outdoor speakers that you choose. We looked at user reviews and tested a few of the products ourselves to see whether or not they stood up to the hype. No one wants to buy a product that ends up being too complicated to install and use on a daily basis. Most of us have had that bad experience with Bluetooth where something we desperately need to connect to another device just won’t work for us. This can be a difficult problem to figure out, and one not can be off putting for those of us who aren’t particularly tech savvy. Every model on this list was chosen because the speaker or speakers were super simple to install and had the fewest complaints associated with quality and connection.

Sound Quality

An outdoor speaker is a different animal than a speaker that spends its life indoors. Outdoor speakers need to contend with a lot of ambient noise and are designed differently than speakers for indoors. Good quality outdoor speakers will produce a sound that’s not affected by outdoor noises, while still sounding clear and crisp. Sound won’t be distorted by exposure to inclement weather either.

Advanced Features

We also looked at extra features that any outdoor speakers had that proved useful to users. Things like carrying handles or unique designs for use in backyard landscaping. You’ll find a few speakers on this list that have interesting components you won’t find on any other models. Some products on our list can make and recieve phone calls or connect to the internet. Some are very basic and need to be hardwired to a stereo. Please take into account your personal needs and space and you'll find something great for you.

Size

Size shouldn’t matter too much but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. If you want your speakers to be hidden from view, opt for ones that are smaller, or maybe one of the speakers disguised as a rock. Size is particularly vital when it comes to speakers that are meant to be portable. If you’re going to be traveling with the speaker, make sure it’s comfortable to lug around and will fit easily in your bag.

Other Factors to Consider

Value

Sometimes price doesn’t necessarily dictate quality. It’s important to look for the features that you need in an outdoor speaker and not to be swayed by a lot of extras. Don’t pay more for something that you’re not going to use. Durability, waterproofing, sound quality, and connectivity should be the primary criteria when making your decision. All the models that we presented here offer a mix of features that should appeal to just about anyone.

Connectivity

Going with a wireless model is a good idea if you value portability and plan on using your speaker for a variety of different activities. You may want to take it with you to family get-togethers, office celebrations, or just to your day at the beach. With smart phones nowadays, almost everyone has an extensive library of music and access to things like Spotify. To take advantage you’ll need a Bluetooth enabled speaker, or one that can easily connect to Wi-Fi. If this is the case, you need to make sure that it’s compatible with whatever device you plan on using it with, and that connectivity won’t be an issue. You also need to plan for distance and battery life. Wireless speakers are almost always rechargeable and may only work for a few hours when used consistently on full blast. It’s always a good idea to see if the model comes with spare battery packs that can be switched out easily. This lets you keep the party going without worrying about a power source. If you plan on using your phone to connect with the speakers, check and see how far away you can get before the sound quality starts to go down. You don’t want to be tied to the speakers all night because your phone is the only source of music.

Portability

This is particularly important for smaller Bluetooth type models. If it’s marketed as portable, make sure that’s the case. Is there an easy to grip handle? Is it lightweight? Can it fit in a bag or backpack? If you’re planning on bringing your speaker along for outdoor activities or to the beach, you’ll also want to make sure the device will stand up to such conditions.

Style

The look of your speakers is likely not a top priority but a stylish design can make all the difference when attempting to create a relaxing and attractive outdoor area. Bulky speakers may cheapen the look of your outside oasis so there’s no reason not to opt for a modern looking set of outdoor speakers.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: I’m so excited to install super loud outdoor speakers! What should I consider when mounting them?
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Consider your neighbors and your neighborhood regulations concerning noise. Pointing your speakers away from your home is sure to irritate those living close to you. A high volume is nice when it’s time to party, but don’t forget those living around you. To avoid trouble, check your city’s guidelines to see if there are any rules about outdoor speaker placement and avoid playing music at night or early in the morning.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re not obstructing the speakers too much either. If you trying to hide them with foliage or to place them discreetly, it can ultimately interfere with the sound quality. It can help to place the speaker temporarily, turn it on, and then see how it sounds prior to making that placement permanent.

q: Can’t I just use the regular extra speakers I have in my garage?
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No. Outdoor speakers are built to handle life outside. A regular pair of speakers is bound to rust and get easily damaged by any kind of exposure to water.

q: Will outdoor speakers sound different from my indoor ones?
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Yes. Most outdoor speakers are unable to produce the kind of bass sound that indoor speakers can.

q: I’m not technically proficient. Can I install the wired outdoor speakers myself?
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Probably not. If you have no one to help you with installation for wired outdoor speakers, you may want to opt for a wireless speaker or speaker set.

q: I have a small budget. Can I still enjoy music on my patio?
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Sure, there are plenty of affordable speaker models available that are meant for outdoor use. Cheaper ones will likely be less durable but if you’re worried about whether they can survive the elements, just place them in a covered area or opt for a portable speaker than you can bring indoors when the weather gets bad.

q: How long will a portable Bluetooth outdoor speaker last on a single charge?
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Manufacturers may inundate you with claims of super impressive battery life but remember that those estimates aren’t usually for real-world use. At high volume, expect your device to last a maximum of 4 hours.

Sources

  1. Ian White , Outdoor Speakers 101: How to make your neighbors hate you all summer long, Technology Website, Jul 04, 2013
  2. Gary Altunian, Tips to Select, Install, and Connect Outdoor Speakers, Technology Website, Feb 08, 2017
  3. Jeff Miller, Outdoor speakers system planning guide, Audio Equipment Retailer,