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Klipsch AW-525

Outdoor speakers (Black)

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Klipsch AW-525

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Do you want clear sound in your garden, on your patio, or by your pool? Check out the Klipsch® AW-525. These speakers 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.

Do you want clear sound in your garden, on your patio, or by your pool? Check out the Klipsch® AW-525. These speakers 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 outdoor 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.

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 titanium 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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I brought these speaker after my Definitive Technology speakers model# AW650 Lasted only two years to the day I brought them. These speakers sound Excellent with mid and highs. The bass is not as pronounced as the AW650 but I'm happy. May be these will last me longer.

Big Pete, Hamden, CT

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Black 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

Product Highlights:

  • bass reflex (ported) enclosure
  • Tractrix® horn with 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • 5-1/4" IMG woofer
  • frequency response 80-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 94 dB
  • handles up to 75 watts
  • paintable, UV-resistant enclosure
  • rust-proof aluminum speaker grilles
  • includes mounting brackets and stainless steel hardware
  • 8"W x 11-15/16"H x 8-15/16"D (including bracket)
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Klipsch AW-525 Reviews

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    18 Reviews

    Awsome

    Written by: Big Pete from Hamden, CT on June 20, 2016

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    I brought these speaker after my Definitive Technology speakers model# AW650 Lasted only two years to the day I brought them. These speakers sound Excellent with mid and highs. The bass is not as pronounced as the AW650 but I'm happy. May be these will last me longer.

    Pros: Great sound with mid and highs.

    Cons: could use a little more bass.

    Klipsch AW-525

    Written by: Brent C from Ashland, KY on June 20, 2016

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    Needed a replacement for 15 year old outdoor speakers. Read all the reviews and decided on the Klipsch AW-525. I own a pair of Heresy III's, so I am familar with Klipsch speakers outstanding sound and quality. Hooked them up and they are awesome. could not be happier.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: None

    Klipsch AW-525

    Written by: James from Monroe, LA on May 26, 2016

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    Great speakers

    Pros: Work well in outdoors

    Cons: Non

    Klipsch outdoor speakers

    Written by: Mike A from Grand Blanc, MI on May 1, 2016

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    Great sounding speakers....

    Pros: Great sound at any wattage....neighbors might not agree as these will rock....

    Cons: None

    Great detail in my music

    Written by: Frank G from Saratoga, NY on March 31, 2016

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    Purchased the AW-525 recently to replace an older pair of Boston's that I loved.I'm amazed at the detail and bass that these speakers produce and the efficiency of the Klipsch gives the music an "effortless" quality. Clean, clear and the size isn't "too" big (I was worried)

    Pros: Great detail,bass,installed easily, not overly large

    Cons: Brackets need a bit more room between them and the speaker

    Klipsch outside speaker AW 525

    Written by: RJM from Jackson, NH on February 19, 2016

    The AW 525 were installed in a hot tube room that has hard surfaces and large sections of glass. Acoustically the room is very live! Using the supplied hardware, the speakers were securely fasted to a free standing wall made up of 3/4 sheetrock supported by 2x6 framing. Audio content to drive the speakers is a 90 watt Russound power amp, 12 gauge wire connects the power amp to the AW 525's . During initial test, I noticed the high end octaves over powering the room due to the room acoustics, using the Itune equalizer I was able to tune the speaker to the room, resolving the sound issues. Now the fun starts! Pumping in 70% of the power amp filled the room with incredible sound pressure producing modest bass, good mid and high end. This was demonstrated with, heavy metal, electronic, jazz and classical musical selections.

    Pros: Quality workmanship, good mounting brackets and secure binding post. Good looking speaker, that fills the air with kick and sound quality free of distortion.

    Cons: Made in China, reduce your profits and pull mfg into Hope AK!

    Gret Product

    Written by: Bill P from Virginia on August 13, 2015

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    This is my second pair of Klipsch speakers and I love them. Easy to install - great sound.

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    Great speakers

    Written by: GJ from Texas on August 10, 2015

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    These AW-525 all weather speakers simply just fit the bill for our application. Sound was very good compared to what we were replacing them with. Klipsch are and always have been a great sounding speaker in my opinion so very pleased with this purchase.

    Pros: Nice design aqnd cost effective

    Cons: none

    Outdoor speakers

    Written by: Markm from Montgomery,tx on August 6, 2015

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    These speakers sound great. I had them installed within 20 minutes after receiving them. I already had the wires ran. The bass is impressive for outdoor speakers.

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    Awesome Sound from Klipsch

    Written by: Bad Belly Blues from California on December 5, 2014

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    These speakers were ordered for an outdoor patio area needed to cover music for a party. The speakers were very easy to install with only a few screws needed, speaker size was a bit big but not a con. I was using a rather outdated receiver to drive them-Onkyo 5.1, I don't think the receiver was doing a very good job at providing the speakers with good power. The sound was definitely lacking bass, the speakers did crank on through the night and did become a bit distorted when the sound was turned to high (probably due to being under powered.) I accidently left them out in a rainstorm and took them down the day after. I plugged them into my indoor surround sound system with a subwoofer and they sounded amazing, they are true outdoor speakers that can handle the elements. I would definitely use them with a subwoofer, very much worth the price, and Crutchfield's free shipping makes it a great deal.

    Pros: nice looking, great clean sound, Klipsch Brand name and quality. Superb outdoor capabilities

    Cons: lacking bass, subwoofer needed.

    4 Years and they died

    Written by: Kenny from Houston, Tx on June 8, 2014

    Have had these for 4 years outside all summer in Houston, Tx. After 4 years the horn has cracked in both of the speakers. The sound was awesome very clear and excellent just would have expected maybe more then 4 years use.

    Pros: Sound Easy to mount and move around

    Cons: Not long lasting got about 1/2 the life of what I would have expected for the money I spent.

    Nice

    Written by: Magnum PI from Hilo, HI on September 19, 2013

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    Great tonal quality from a small size. I used these for background speakers in a large adjacent dining and living room with hardwood floors. They replaced an older set of Mirage speakers. I considered Bose and Polk but ultimately chose these because of the horn aspect of the tweeter would disperse the highs better, and of course the larger woofer might eliminate the need for a subwoofer. Sounds great!

    Pros: Easy to mount to a wall.

    Cons: Plastic housing may not sound as good as if it were wood based but this is designed to withstand the elements which includes high humidity that we experience here in Hawaii.

    Very good outdoor sound

    Written by: Jaro D from Denver, CO on May 13, 2013

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    I've owned Klipsch speakers in the past and liked them, but not as much as I like this model (525). I always lower my expectations when listening outdoors, but I'm impressed with the 525s. The sound quality is very good and it is a good value for this price point, I think. They're also well built and seem sturdy, able to hold up to the elements. I'm happy with them. One detail to mention: The speakers come with mounting brackets but mine did not include mounting screws. This was not a problem at all, it just takes a short trip to home depot to get screws that work well, so I mention this only so future buyers know to plan for that little trip to the hardware store.

    Pros: good sound solid construction, good quality

    Cons: can't think of any

    Outdoor Deck Speakers

    Written by: GaryL from Harbor Beach, MI on June 21, 2012

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    I am extremely satisified with the Klipsch-AW525 speakers. I listen primarily to Folk music and the sound is crisp and clean without any distortion. I also purchased the wire cable which was high quality and easy to work with since I had to run it under my crawl space from amplifier to the speakers. Crutchfield delivery was incredibly quick and all intems were received well packaged without any damage. Although I have had no issues, the Cruthcfield folks appear to be available for support with any problem that may arrise.

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    Unbelieveable Sound

    Written by: Paul from Brewster NY on April 7, 2011

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    Awesome sound I put these speakers in my garage and my friend can hear them 80 yards away and I didn't even have them cranked up. Good quality speakers you won't be dissappointed. It has good bass to them I had the boston acquostics voyager 4 swapped them for these much better.

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    Unbelievable!

    Written by: Santi from Bossier City, LA on September 14, 2009

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    I was having trouble deciding between the AW-650 and the AW-525. At the last second, I decided I wanted a smaller speaker and purchased the AW-525. When they arrived, I pulled them out and they were quite a bit larger than I imagined them to be (even after I pulled out the tape measure before ordering). I hooked these badboys up (which, with the mounting bracket enclosed was pretty easy) to my yamaha receiver and HOLY COW! These things are awesome. Unless you are trying to play music for the entire neighborhood (seriously), these are great! I am 100% positive that that from at least 75 yards away you can hear these speakers very clearly. They fill up my entire back yard when not turned up very loud. My neighbors are going to hate me. Again, these speakers are unbelievable! I'd buy them again.

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    True Klipsch efficiency and sound.

    Written by: Ray J from Deltona, FL. on August 2, 2008

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    Few people know just how important the speaker efficiency rating is. Klipsch historically made and stills makes the most efficient speakers going, as this was founder Paul Klipsch's vision (Remember the awesome 104 db Klipschorns?). These outdoor speakers boast a 94 db rating, a full 5 db higher than most other offerings from Polk, Boston Acoustics, etc. Trust me, if you have a big back yard and want commanding sound, only Klipsch will do. These are very sweet sounding too and the bass is impressive but won't rattle ribcages. You definitely want to aim these babies at your primary listening area too. The swivel brackets allow 180 degree rotation which gives me two sets of speakers for the price of one. I mounted them horizontally on my screened in porch up high. When relaxing on the porch, I rotate them inward/downward for a great imaging effect. When I am hanging on my outdoor deck about 25 feet away from the porch, I rotate the speakers outward to face the deck. This is the real test of speaker's muscle and sound quality and the Klipsch's really deliver. Out of the 4 models Klipsch offers, this second best is the way to go. The smaller cheaper two models are acoustic suspension design and lower efficiency. This model and the AW-650 have bass reflex design that really enhances badly needed bass outdoors. If you have an extra C-note to burn, get the 650's, but you won't get much difference. Pay the price for the AW-525's and you will never regret it.

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    Klipsch AW-525

    Written by: Justin from Peoria, AZ on April 28, 2008

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    A bit on the pricey side, but they sound awesome!

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Klipsch AW-525 manual

    • 2 Black 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
    Connections
    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 5-1/4" IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer. The dual ports are front-firing.

    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.

    Connections

    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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    Why did you buy this?

    Outdoor, good bass, sound very good at low and high volume. [ Gerard  Jun 29, 2016 ]
    I like the brand; size was right; price very good; trust Crutchfield [ WILLIAM D  May 21, 2016 ]
    I'm upgrading from a 12 year old pair of Boston voyager 2 outdoor speakers,that have served me well. Klipsch sound and speaker sensitivity were determining factors but they have a lot to live up to,I really liked the Boston brand and have them throughout my house.....stay tuned [ F  Mar 11, 2016 ]
    great speakers [ Scott  Apr 05, 2016 ]
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