Klipsch AW-500

Outdoor speakers

  • Klipsch AW-500


Item #: 714AW500

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by Loren Barstow

Outdoor speakers let you move the party outside

Outdoor speakers are built tough -- they laugh at wind, rain and weather. Tuck a pair under your eaves and they'll pump out the tunes to keep everybody smiling and swaying at your next cookout or pool party. We also have some "rock" speakers that blend seamlessly into your landscaped lawn or garden.

Outfit your porch or deck with rich, dynamic Klipsch® sound. The AW-500s don't need a huge amplifier to give you great coverage in open outdoor areas. That's because they feature a high sensitivity rating, which measures how loud a speaker plays with a given amount of power.

Rugged, all-weather design
Mount these speakers in a corner or under roof eaves with the included brackets. All-weather enclosures and rust-proof aluminum grilles stand up to the elements, ensuring years of worry-free performance.

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Horn technology for powerful performance
Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them right toward your ears. Klipsch places their tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which disperses the highs evenly across your listening area. This design brings out details in everything you listen to, while reducing reflections that can color the sound. The horn also improves dynamics and efficiency, for powerful, "front row" sound that remains crystal-clear at all volume levels.

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  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" polymer dome tweeter
  • 5" IMG woofer
  • frequency response 95-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • handles up to 65 watts
  • paintable, UV-resistant enclosure
  • rust-proof aluminum speaker grilles
  • includes mounting brackets and stainless steel hardware
  • 8"W x 11-7/8"H x 8-15/16"D (including bracket)
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs
    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Tweeter Type Dome
    Midrange Size ---
    Woofer Size 5
    Woofer Composition IMG
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range (watts) 10-65
    Sensitivity 92 dB
    Impedance (ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 95-20k Hz
    Connector Type Post
    Height (inches) 11-7/8
    Width (inches) 8-1/16
    Depth (inches) 8-15/16
    Weight (pounds) 6
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Parts Warranty Lifetime
    Labor Warranty Lifetime
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    What's in the box?

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    • 2 White all-weather speakers
    • 2 Aluminum grilles
    • 2 Mounting brackets (installed)
    • 4 Bracket knobs (installed)
    • 4 Nylock nuts
    • Owner's Manual
    • Product Registration Card
    • Lock nut information

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    Tweeters: Each speaker has a 1" Tractrix Horn loaded dome tweeter for a natural, lifelike sound. The Tractrix Horns deliver a 90-degree by 90-degree dispersion pattern for a broader sound-stage.

    Woofers: Each speaker uses a 5" IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer.

    Enclosure Design

    Weather-Resistant Cabinet: Klipsch Reference All-Weather loudspeakers are constructed from UV-resistant, glass-reinforced polypropylene, designed to handle the outdoor elements. They can be painted to match any trim or siding color.


    Binding Posts: The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire up to 12 gauge, pin connectors, spade connectors, or single banana plugs

    Mounting Options

    Mounting Brackets: The included mounting brackets are corrosion resistant powder coated zinc and offer great placement flexibility. They allow you to rotate the speakers almost 180 degrees after they've been mounted, letting you direct the sound to different areas as needed. If the speakers are mounted vertically, the brackets allow them to swivel side to side. If the speakers are mounted horizontally, the brackets allow them to swivel up and down. The speakers' shape makes corner placement easy.

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    5 out of 5

    Klipsch AW-500

    Written By paul m, pa on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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    great speakers for my zone 2 application
    right size for my billiard room sond good
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for Outdoor Movies

    Written By PeterT, Windham, NH on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    These were paired with a Denon AVR-1613 to provide sound for an outdoor movie system. With over 80 guests in the most recent showing, I got very positive feedback on the clarity and volume of these speakers. I especially liked the ease in connecting the speakers; the brackets are made very well and the speaker construction overall is very solid. These were larger than I expected, but that was a welcome surprise
    Good value Great sound for movies, radio and iPod/Airplay Internet connectivity and wireless transmission provide access to infinite music options HDMI connections are plentiful and easy to switch from source to source using remote or the control panel
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    2 out of 5

    not worth money

    Written By mike2565mcd, granbury tx on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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    put these under porch then niles r6 by the pool and wow niles sound great klipsch are harsh nasty sounding
    2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great outdoor speaker

    Written By Mark, Hayes, VA on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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    Purchased a pair of the AW-500's during the summer promotion and couldn't be more pleased with the sound. Full, rich music now fills our outdoor environment - well worth the price. They survived Hurricane Irene with no issues and are sounding great.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Top Quality Product

    Written By Chuck, Shawnee, KS on Monday, August 15, 2011
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    Great product performance and price was outstanding during the promotion. The support group answered all questions and made the whole process an easy transformation.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound for my deck

    Written By Chris, Waynesboro, Pa on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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    I purchased these speakers to wall mount on my deck. I was torn between these and the AW525. The reviews on the 525's were better and if the price difference was not so large I probably would have spent the extra. That being said, I am very pleased with the sound quality of these speakers. Be advised that if you are mounting these on vinyl siding they will have to be mounted horizontally. Brackets are excellent, however you will need to buy the hardware depending on what surface you are mounting them too.
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    5 out of 5


    Written By Gil, Dorado,PR on Monday, August 17, 2009
    This speaker's sounds great and the built quality and looks are perfect. I was between this speakers and the Bose 251 and after test both at a retail store I finish with this Klipsch AW-500 speakers. I bought two pairs for a pool area and for the terrace and the sound effect hat I create is awesome. Highly recommended, good bass, and voice sound (nice high and low ). A+++++. Great sound , at affordable price.
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    2 out of 5

    You're at a crossroad here...

    Written By Ray J, Deltona, FL. on Wednesday, August 13, 2008
    Let's see, you're thinking about dropping this much money on these. Let me tell you why you should stay with Klipsch but buy their other models. Klipsch makes 4 dual outdoor speakers and there are some striking differences between them. The AW-400 and this AW-500 both use acoustic suspension design which means less volume and bass, plus they have polymer tweeters. The higher end AW-525 and AW-650 use bass reflex design and higher efficiency with titantium tweeters. $100 seperates the 4 Klipsch models, so if you are reading this on a severe budget, buy the AW-400 for a C-note less and enjoy rich Klipsch sound. But if you can muster up another C-note, graduate to the rockin' AW-525's that run circles around these. Not many people want to budget alot of money on outdoor speakers, if even an option, so I would say...step up or step down to the other excellent Klipsch's!
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    5 out of 5

    the best

    Written By michael, Aledo , Tx. on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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    The klipsch are definite improvement from my old speakers that bit the dust.Do not require a lot power and produce a very rich sound.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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