Klipsch AW-800-SW

Passive outdoor subwoofer

  • Klipsch AW-800-SW


  • Klipsch AW-800-SW


  • Klipsch AW-800-SW

    Grille off

Item #: 714AW800

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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.

Add more bass to your outdoor speaker system with the Klipsch® AW-800-SW. This all-weather subwoofer features an 8" driver for fuller sound with your favorite tunes. Its high efficiency design delivers punchy lows with just about any receiver or amp, and its pass-through connections mean you can use it with any full-range outdoor speakers. The '800-SW's UV-resistant enclosure guarantees you'll enjoy rich sound at cookouts and pool parties for years to come.

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  • works with any full-range outdoor speakers
  • bass reflex (ported) enclosure
  • 8" IMG woofer
  • frequency response 51-135Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 94 dB
  • handles up to 75 watts
  • speaker-level inputs and outputs
  • built-in low-pass and high-pass crossovers
  • paintable, UV-resistant enclosure
  • rust-proof aluminum speaker grille
  • includes mounting bracket and stainless steel hardware
  • 11-1/16"W x 16-5/16"H x 12-11/16"D (including bracket)
  • lifetime warranty
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    Features and Specs
    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Tweeter Type N/A
    Midrange Size None
    Woofer Size 8
    Woofer Composition IMG
    Woofer Surround Rubber
    Power Range (watts) 10-75
    Sensitivity 94 dB
    Impedance (ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 51-135 Hz
    Connector Type Posts
    Height (inches) ---
    Width (inches) ---
    Depth (inches) ---
    Weight (pounds) ---
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Parts Warranty Lifetime
    Labor Warranty Lifetime
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    What's in the box?

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    • 1 White all-weather subwoofer
    • 1 Aluminum grille
    • 1 Mounting bracket (installed)
    • 2 Bracket knobs (installed)
    • 2 Nylock nuts
    • Owner's Manual
    • Product Registration Card
    • Lock nut information

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    Overview: 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.

    Woofers: The AW-800-SW uses an 8" IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) woofer. The dual ports are front-firing.

    Crossover: In addition to the built-in low-pass crossover for this speaker, there is also a high-pass crossover and a set of stereo speaker level outputs to connect a set of full range speakers. The crossover point is fixed at 150 Hz.

    Mono/Stereo: There is a mono/stereo switch on the back of the speaker. If powered by a mono amp, set to mono and connect the amp to either speaker input. If powered by a stereo amp, set to stereo and connect the amp to both speaker inputs.

    Mounting Brackets: The included mounting bracket is corrosion resistant powder coated zinc and offers great placement flexibility. You can rotate the speaker almost 180 degrees after they've been mounted, letting you direct the sound as needed. If the speaker is mounted vertically, the bracket allows it to swivel side to side. If the speaker is mounted horizontally, the bracket allows it to swivel up and down. The speaker's shape makes corner placement easy.

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

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    Written By Ray J, Deltona, FL. on Saturday, August 09, 2008
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    I gave this 4 stars because of the high cost, but the sound is 5 stars! This efficient thumper digs down to 51 hz which means deep commanding bass. Is it worth almost 5 C-notes though? After all, you could instead buy a pair of AW-525's for the same price, which put out some darn good bass (I tried these speakers first and reviewed them). Subwoofers have huge popularity for two good reasons: Their large woofer size approaches absolute bottom in the frequency range. The other HUGE benefit is the crossover! I have the AW-650's which would satisfy 99% of the people's outdoor needs. I wondered how much difference this would add to it. The AW-800 has a crossover point at 150 hz. The lower you go in the frequency range, the more power it takes, as big bass is mostly about moving large quantities of air. The beauty is now my AW-650's are freed up from having to reproduce power-hungry low bass notes. They now put out remarkable midrange and treble quality that will rival your indoor system. If you have the money or just have to have that final push over the cliff, this subwoofer will make any outdoor speakers sound/perform better. Your next cookout/pool party will have your friends blown away by life-like Black Sabbath to Beethoven!
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