The 7 Best Outdoor and Backyard Speakers to Buy in 2017

Relax on your deck and listen to some tunes with these outdoor speakers

So you're looking to up your outdoor entertainment game at home with a pair of speakers, but which ones are the best out there? You'll have to take some things into consideration (such a price, size, design, and, perhaps most importantly, how well they'll hold up against the weather). Read on to see which outdoor speakers made our best of the best list, so you can take your backyard barbecue party to a whole new level.

Best Overall: Monster BTW249 Wireless Speakers

Monster BTW249 Wireless Speakers
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The ideal outdoor speaker should be wireless, mountable, Bluetooth compatible, durable and loud. This Monster BTW249 speaker hits every mark on the checklist, making them a great option for backyards across America.

Behind a diamond hatched grill sits two three-inch, front-firing full range drivers that deliver 40 watts of power for a loud and dynamic audio performance. Their 360-degree design delivers music from every direction, bringing life to sprawling outdoor parties. Up to eight BTW249 speakers can be paired together within a range of 100 feet in between each other, meaning you can concentrate the sound in one area or expand it in multiple directions.

In addition to the sprawling sound and weatherproof design, these speakers can be controlled via most modern connectivity options. No more running inside every time you want to change the track. Just connect within 30 feet via EZ-Play, Bluetooth or NFC technology to change the track.  

Best Hidden: InstallerParts Rock Patio Speaker

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Many people treasure their backyard as a natural sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of our electronic world. If you want to listen to music, but don’t want a pair of large metallic boxes jutting out of your garden, consider this low-key rock patio speaker from InstallerParts.

This waterproof and environmentally-resistant 120W cone looks like a large speckled grey rock and can easily be tucked away in shrubbery. It has a frequency response of 60-20KHz and a sensitivity of 88dB.

Best for Audiophiles: Definitive Technology AW6500

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Audiophiles who are looking for high fidelity around their home should look no further than the Definitive Technology AW6500 all-weather speakers. Inside each 10-pound speaker, you’ll find one 6.5” driver, one 5.5x10” low-bass radiator and one 1” pure aluminum dome tweeter. Needless to say, the inclusion of the low-bass radiator offers almost double the bass output, and all this hardware is protected with a weather-tight seal for withstanding the elements.

Integrated galvanized steel brackets and a unique design allow these speakers to be mounted and still offer a full 360 degrees of rotation for finding the very best speaker placement. We’d recommend playing with different locations as you’ll want to maximize location to get the most out of your Definitive speaker purchase. If it’s an outdoor party for the entire neighborhood or just listening to smooth jazz watching the summer days go by, you’ll find the music sounds superb at any reasonable volume. Good bass can be hard to find outdoors but with the Definitive AW6500 speakers, you’ll hit those low-bass notes almost as readily as you would with a similar indoor speaker system.

Best Budget: VM Audio SR-WOD5 Porch Speakers

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This pair of indoor/outdoor speakers from VM Audio deliver high-quality sound in a small and water resistant package at a very affordable price. The stylish white speakers are constructed with a polymer-coated silver fused polypropylene cone and have titanium laminated drivers. They are bracket mountable and have a three-way wide spectrum frequency design for a quality audio performance with deep rich bass.

Best for Portability: Fugoo Style XL

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While many audiophiles or even those who just want to throw a party will love the convenience of on-demand outdoors speakers, sometimes you just want something a little more portable, and the Fugoo Style XL delivers in this department. While pricey, the unit is extra loud and, with 35 hours of battery time, you’ll find you can go the entire weekend without ever looking for the charger. Whether it’s the beach, the backyard or the trail, the Fugoo is ready to go with you wherever you're headed (it's just 11.33" x 4.52" x 3.81” and weighs less than four pounds). Rated IP67, the Fugoo is dustproof and waterproof in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes.

You’ll find eight acoustic drivers including dedicated tweeters, mid-woofers and a subwoofer radiator all packed inside the body. In fact, the eight acoustic drivers are mounted on all four sides offering 360 degrees of audio listening. Connecting to the Fugoo is easy over Bluetooth 4.0 with a friendly voice assistant that offers feedback on pairing, battery life and power. You’ll also have the standard option of playing music via a 3.5mm input if you’re still rocking old-school methods. Standard range is offered at 33 feet for indoor play and close to 120 feet outdoors, but testing showed the magical line was around 50 feet before risking a drop-off in audio quality.

The Fugoo “rocks” to two different sound modes, “normal” and the conveniently-named “outdoor”. Outdoor mode offers a “richer, fuller” sound according to Fugoo and there’s no question about it. Audio quality is excellent. The wide field of sound combined with the rugged form factor make for an incredibly easy buying recommendation.

Best High End: Atlantic Technology AW-5-P

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These indoor/outdoor speakers from Atlantic Technology contain a powerful 5 ¼-inch MLH woofer and a one-inch liquid-cooled titanium tweeter, making them a formidable addition to any sound system. They are constructed with all-weather environmentally-resistant materials and are designed not only withstand the elements, but to deliver world-class articulate sound.

The drivers are mounted in a black or white mineral-filled polypropylene enclosure that is higher quality and better suited for acoustics than traditional outdoor speakers, cutting down on the metallic ring that usually comes with outdoor material. So if you don’t want to compromise sound while listening outdoors, these speakers are an excellent option.

Best Design: Audio Experience AES0003

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While Audio Experience isn’t the first company to release an omni-directional submersible speaker, they can claim the best and most up-to-date unit with this completely redesigned model. The camouflaged unit can be buried up to ⅔" of the speaker grill and delivers true hi-fidelity sound in your backyard at a powerful 200 watts.

The upgraded eight-inch speaker driver uses proprietary technology to deliver a greater frequency for clear-balanced sound with deep bass and crystal highs. In addition to the powerful sound, this omni speaker is built with cabinetry that can resist extreme conditions. The speakers are guaranteed to last over 1,000 hours with high moisture, heat and UV resistance.


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