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Definitive Technology AW6500

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Definitive Technology AW6500 outdoor speaker

Liven up outdoor gatherings with Definitive Technology's popular AW6500.

Outdoor sound that's superbly dialed in

Rich, dynamic Definitive Technology sound meets rugged all-weather construction in the AW6500 outdoor speaker. It features some of the same advanced technologies as Definitive's highly acclaimed indoor speakers, but it's ready to stand up to the hardships of outdoor living. Install a pair near the pool, on your deck, or even in a sauna — their non-resonant PolyStone enclosures are fully sealed and built for direct exposure to the elements. And the included bracket lets you rotate the speaker up to 360° for maximum flexibility.

Crystal-clear highs, distinct mids, and deep bass

Definitive pairs a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter with a 6-1/2" woofer for accurate reproduction of the voices and instruments in your music. The woofer uses Definitive's BDSS (Balanced Double Surround System) design for accurate response across a wide frequency range. A pressure-coupled, racetrack-shaped radiator reinforces the output of the woofer, for overall bass that's equivalent to that of a 10" woofer. (Pretty cool for an outdoor speaker that's sized to fit under roof eaves.) You'll get deep lows to round out the sound of your favorite tunes.

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Did you know?

Your new speakers will probably sound better after several weeks of use than they do right out of the box. That's because the material surrounding the woofers will loosen up, allowing the drivers to move more fully. Definitive Technology estimates a break-in period of 24 to 48 hours of playback before the speakers will deliver optimum sound quality. For more information and helpful tips, check out this article from Definitive's website about conditioning your speakers.

Product Highlights:

  • 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" BDSS cast basket bass/mid driver
  • 5-1/2" x 10" racetrack-shaped Planar Low-Bass Radiator (produces bass equivalent to that of a 10" woofer)
  • frequency response 40-30,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • 5-way binding posts
  • fully sealed, rugged PolyStone enclosure
  • aluminum speaker grilles
  • includes galvanized steel mounting brackets that allow 360° rotation for maximum placement flexibility
  • 8-7/8"W x 14-3/8"H x 9-3/16"D (including bracket)
  • weight: 10 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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Can you Say BOOM???

Written By Jason, South Dakota on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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I have been looking for some good out door speakers for my sports court. I decided to go with AW6500's. I mounted these speakers under my covered deck over looking my sports court and can I say BOOM baby. These speakers are very good sounding with great bass which my kids love while out on the court with friends. I am pushing the speakers with a Crown XLS 2002. Sound is great VERY loud and deep bass. I am very pleased so far.

Pros: Bass, Bass, and more bass

Cons: Nothing I can think of. You get what you pay for.

Great Sound

Written By Thadd, Texas on Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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First time to buy any outdoor speakers. So I purchased Definitive Technology AW6500s based on previous Crutchfield reviews for my patio. Mounted under the eave as recommended. Amazing sound right out of the box. Sound quality is crisp at all sound levels.

Pros: Sharp design and very easy to install

Cons: None

Good product

Written By GregT, Michigan on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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I was looking for an outdoor speaker system to provide better bass response compared with my old Bose 151SE units. I have been very pleased with their performance to date in delivering full, accurate sound to our outdoor environment.

Pros: Rich, full sound

Cons: None

def tech aw6500- awesome

Written By wendad, Washington on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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I just got these about a week ago and got them hooked up outside around the pool area. They sound crystal clear and great.

Nice sound, good quality

Written By Novaguy, Virginia on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Love the sound quality on these speakers, nice housing and hardware, very easy to adjust and install. Bass while very good not what I expected after reading other reviews but not shabby, overall they sound fantastic. 6.5" drivers can only do so much, and my location could be better in some respects for bass response. Love the fact that these are made in Baltimore and not overseas, a true quality American product! Yah!

Pros: Nice clean sound, very spacious, no distortion with quality amp. Nice hardware, easy to mount and adjust.

Cons: Rather large, bass less than expected but without a sub to be expected. Price is up there but you get what you pay for.

definitive tech aw 6500

Written By dennis m, California on Saturday, August 01, 2015

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excellent bass and highs

Pros: fills the void for bass in an outdoor setting

Cons: none- very pleased

Awesome outdoor speaker

Written By N.Pirate, Ct on Friday, July 17, 2015

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Amazing full sou ding speaker. Delivers full range of sound, highs and base. I had the big Klipsch speakers outside,also great but more directional, and they didn't fill the space on the deck. These do a great job with the by p ointment the mid and high toward the listening area, and letting the base bounce of the walls and fill the space. Great choice, produces a full rich sound.

Pros: All weather, reflective, easy install, sounds great

Cons: If you have the room for them there are no cons, if space is a limited these might not work for you

Excellent speakers Deftech 6500

Written By Milind, Tampa fl on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Sounds really as described in reviews and by Crutchfield support team. Haven't compared with any other speaker. I need to install in the patio that's when I can really comment.

Cons: Slightly bigger than expected but I was told that's why they sound so good.

outdoor enjoyment

Written By GED, Wisconsin on Monday, June 29, 2015

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As usual Crutchfield did NOT let me down. I made a purchase back in 2008 and when the tec support helped guide me to the equipment I purchased based off of my living room layout, what I was planning on doing and what I expected with success I had to see them again for what kind of outdoor speakers to get. Again based off of my backyard layout and what I was looking to hear I was suggested to purchase these speakers. I mounted mine under the eve and to the house itself. Beautiful sound and good base. Thanks again Crutchfield

Pros: Plenty satisfied with the volume not even halfway. crisp and clear - so clear it just gives me chills - very nice sound and will help drive me to get more outside work accomplished

Cons: This might lead me to drink more often

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By Anonymous, North Carolina on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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So far the product is meeting expectations. Haven't had much time to use as of yet. Thanks

heavy duty outdoor speaker

Written By Art, West Seneca,NY on Monday, June 22, 2015

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Great speaker,very rugged

Nice clear, crisp sound for an outdoor speaker!

Written By DarinK, Kirkland, WA on Monday, June 22, 2015

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I bought these same speakers for my back yard several years ago and just love the clear and crisp sound that they deliver, so I decided to buy a second pair for my garage. Because outdoor speakers tend to be made of more durable materials (e.g. some speakers use Kevlar cones and drivers) I also expect that means some compromise on sound quality, but not so with these speakers. Aside from their clarity, they also have an excellent range from lows to highs and everything in between.

Pros: *Clear, crisp sound *Speakers themselves seem highly durable

Cons: *On my older speakers (same model) I have noticed that the grills are now loose on both, just hanging off of the speaker a bit

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By Bill, Massachusetts on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Only had them for a short time, so far they sound great.

Great Outdoor Speaker

Written By Bsrgn, Laveen, AZ on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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Great set of speakers! After hooking them up bass was good but after the break in period they ended up sounding much fuller and the bass was great! Highly recommend these!

Pros: Great bass output (after break in)

Cons: None

AW6500 White

Written By Clayton, Annapolis, MD on Friday, May 29, 2015

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Purchased to replace old Dual outdoor speakers at our community pool. It's a large area to fill and these do it very well. Pretty good bass and very nice mid. Very easy to install with the included bracket.

Very good, but pricey

Written By JimS, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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I purchased four AW6500's to replace my aging Infinity Outrigger (large ones) speakers on my deck. As the Infinity's were still kicking after 10 years, they were getting a bit tired from being exposed to the elements 365 days a year (snow, rain, etc.). Everyone raves about the bass response of the AW6500's ... I honestly don't think the bass response is any better than my Infinity's were at normal listening volumes. You really have to put some power into the AW's to make them sing ... once you do, they sound awesome, but, are lacking at lower volumes, in my opinion. Now, DT claims to have a 20-40 hour' break-in' period for the sound to be at it's best. To summarize, these are very expensive, but, are worth it if you are going to push them. If you are looking for low-volume only speakers, these may not be a good choice for the cost. Thank goodness, I am going to push these on occasion. Hope that helps!

Pros: Sound fantastic at loud volumes.

Cons: Pricey Lack of bass response at low volumes.


Written By steel, Oklahoma on Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Purchased these to replace a pair of NXG AW-6's that were installed when my home was built. Powered by a Yamaha receiver with 7.2 surround, using zone 2 for outside, the speakers are located on the ceiling of a large covered patio and are configured to take advantage of the radiators bouncing sound off the walls. The speakers are slightly bigger and heavier than the NXG's, but they're built almost identically (solid build). After just a couple of hours of use, the speakers sound clean and have plenty of volume for the area. That said, I expected more filling bass from the radiator design. While listening to music, it's still a huge disappointment walking from inside the house to the patio. Any returning guests that visit this summer will not notice that I replaced the speakers. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased a separate receiver for the patio to move out there for weekends and left the old speakers in place for casual use.

Pros: Solidly built

Cons: Very marginal improvement over cheaper speakers

Good choice for high quality outdoor sound

Written By tcassette, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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After a bit of online research I settled on these speakers for my screened porch. I wanted the best bass response possible for a reasonable cost. Based on lots of online reviews and my experience with some Def Tech bookshelf speakers in my living room, I decided on the AW6500s. They were a bit more than I wanted to spend, but so far I am happy with my choice. I have about 15 hours on them and they keep sounding better, so I am really anticipating their being fully broken in.

Pros: Sound quality: very clear and detailed with very good bass for their size Ease of installation Quality construction and warranty

Cons: Cost

Everything as mentioned

Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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As mentioned by most reviews these are excellent speakers. As mentioned by most reviews, these are high quality speakers. They are some of the best speakers at this price level.

Pros: Sounds great, easy install

Cons: Cost, cost, cost


Written By EdwardP, Michigan on Saturday, May 02, 2015

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It took me a long time to decide on what outdoor speakers to purchase. I'm glad I chose the AW 6500 instead of a less expensive pair. The sound is incredible. The best part is the bass that comes thru the speakers without a sub woofer. The instructions for installation were clear and any questions were answered by one of the techs. Also ordered the preferred speaker wire so it was a complete package.

Pros: Bass sound, assistance from the techs.

deep sound

Written By ward, New Jersey on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of sound that spreads through my backyard. the speakers look good and were simple to install. spring is here so let the party begin!


Written By NY411, New York on Saturday, April 04, 2015

These speakers do not sound too bad. They have great highs and mids. They are very efficient so a smaller amp. will make them sound good,unlike what the sales adviser told me. (ie 50W x 50W or higher) They have pretty good bass, however push the bass hard and you will get pops, like the cone slamming into the magnet. Not too impressed with that for the price. Also they have 5 and 3/8" driver, not 6 and 1/2" as advertised.They are superior to the cheap KLH and Advent models. I sent mine back and I'm happy with the PSB's I bought here. My system is powered by... Carver : CT-17 Preamp. Adcom: GFA-555 power amp. Pioneer PDR-W739 CD Player/Recorder. Polk Audio: SR-H1000 Sirius Tuner. Keep in mind they have awesome mids. and Highs, bass is descent.

Pros: Good Mids. and Highs.

Cons: Woofer pops when bass is pushed hard.

Items received in good condition

Written By Daniel, Lansing, MI on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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Items received on time and in good condition

Great Outdoor Speakers

Written By 25SLW, Virginia on Monday, November 10, 2014

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I am a novice at stereos but I bought these speakers for my son for his birthday. He wanted outdoor speakers that matched a Yamaha receiver. He installed them under the eaves of a outdoor workshop and ran the wiring to a receiver that is in the workshop. Installation was simple and we had Crutchfield experts available if we ran into trouble (That is why we order from Crutchfield--expert advice and expert help.)

Pros: very nice looking. Deliver great sound.

Cons: Heavy - if you are mounting under the eaves so you must have adequate support.

Just bought additional pair

Written By Craig E, New Franklin, OH on Sunday, August 31, 2014

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I bought a pair of Definitive Technology AW6500's 18 months ago. I mounted them under the eaves of the house directed at the fire-pit in the back yard about 50 feet away. These speakers are tremendous at any sound level! Whether at the end of the night with the embers dying and the levels low, or midday with the music cranked and conversation lively, they cut through with clarity and musicality that I haven't heard from any other brand. They are never tinny, they handle the lows and mids very well, and they have a wide sound field that fills the backyard. I run them through a Denon Ceol Piccolo networked receiver. There is nothing better than sitting outside by the fire, using your smartphone to control the Denon, and having near living-room quality audio at your command. I've owned Bose and Polk Audio, and I am very familiar with Klipcsh, and I am extremely happy with my decision to buy the Definitive Technology speakers. So happy that I just ordered an additional pair to face the deck off the side of the house!

Pros: Wide sound field Smooth across the sound spectrum Great sound at all sound levels Quality of construction

Sound great, but the enclosure and bracket are eh...

Written By Eric, Livermore, CA on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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I bought these based on the many sales and good reviews that I had read about them. I'm doing an outdoor-backyard theater for an area that's about 25' x 25'. When I first pulled the speakers out of the box, I was a little skeptical. I love Polk speakers and I was torn between the AW6500 and the comparable Polk Atrium 8 for my front Left and Right. I thought that the Definitive enclosure felt kinda cheap and the brackets were a little too flexible. In comparison, I also purchased the Polk Atrium 7's as my rear surrounds and I felt that the enclosures and mounting method were WAY better. I was really concerned that I was going to have to return the speakers, thinking they were going to sound cheap, but instead I really enjoyed them. I thought the volume and clarity were really good, but there was a definite sweet spot in sound direction. I ran them earlier in the day to play the radio while I set up the movie and worked in the backyard. You can really hear the sound change as you walk by. I still think they were great as L&R speakers in the movie, but if I had to do it again, I would have bought the Polk Atrium 8's.

Pros: Good clean sound

Cons: Cheap enclosure/bracket. Sweet spot listening to music.

D/T A/W 6500

Written By Roger, Middle River , Md. on Monday, July 21, 2014

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Great sound and great Price !!!

Great Speaker

Written By Chris, Long Island, NY on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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I had heard the 5500 in a sound room of a store and bought the 6500's. The sound is really nice from these speakers. Crisp highs, the speakers were doing well with the lowes as well. Still in the break in period but so far very happy with them. They are perfect for a party if you want to crank them up. Sound nice and clear even With them at a lower level. I would recommend these speakers.

Pros: Great sound, got them in white they look good on the house.

Cons: None so far, if you want that deeper bass you will need a sub.

Great Improvement!!!

Written By Lady B, Hilton Head, SC on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Replaced 16 year old outdoor speakers on pool deck with the Definitive Technology AW-6500. The sound improvement is awesome! You can really crank up the sound when needed with pure music sound. Our pool deck is now rocking to Summer Oldies.

Pros: Easy to install and pleasing appearance

Cons: So far, none!

Sharp, clean, warm

Written By JPB, CT on Friday, July 11, 2014

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Great sound qualities, well made. I'm very happy with the clarity and balance produced.

Pros: Great sound and looks.

Cons: 1) Banana plugs will limit the movement of the speaker within the hanging bracket - no problems without the banana plugs. 2) Expensive price. 3) Light weight - I expected them to weigh more.

Way Better Than Expected!!!

Written By HeathD, Jackson, MO. on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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I had loved what I read about them. But as usual, a little skeptical as to the final judgement. My Crutchfield Advisor told me they were spot on!! He was spot on as well!! They are AWESOME!! Could not have chosen a better set for the pool area outside!! The rest of my outdoor speakers are Bose regular outdoor speakers. These sound GREAT!!!! Blows the others away. Great Sound, Rich Bass, good indoor speaker quality for outside. Perfect for what I needed around the pool!!

Pros: Sound as good as good indoor speakers. Rich base, overall GREAT SOUND!!

Cons: None really.

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By jeffrey, Albuquerque, NM on Monday, July 07, 2014

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The best outdoor speakers I have ever purchased. I replaced a outdated set of Bose. The Definitive Technology speakers outshine the older bose in everything aspect. The ability to adjust for maximum base is outstanding. The bass is deep and rich. They are a must for any outdoor space.

Pros: Sound bass adjustments

Cons: None

outdoor speckers AW6500

Written By Bill, Peoria, AZ. on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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My wife and I were delighted by the sound coming from these speakers. The highs are brilliant the midrange and bass come across with authority. Mounting them on stucco siding dose take some extra work but is very do able.

Pros: sound, appearance

Cons: none

Great Sound

Written By Pete, Hamden, CT on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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The best outdoor speakers I'vre heard. Clear sound and great Bass..

Pros: Excellent sound great Bass

Cons: none.

Definitive Technology AW 6500

Written By Derek N, Shreveport, LA on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Love these new Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speakers. I was thinking I would have to spend more money on a powered subwoofer to get good bass outside, but these speakers blew me away. Full rich bass sound and great mid and high range also. Our 20'x40' covered deck is enveloped in great sound now thanks to these speakers.

Pros: Easy install, sounds great, looks great too! With a little positioning, you can change the bass reflection to suit your area.

Cons: That I did not have these years ago!

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By, Wentzville, Mo. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Have had cheaper speakers in the past and have not been happy with the sound quality. Decided to go with a better quality speaker on my new 16'X18' covered porch. Sound quality is amazing. Am very happy with them. The installation instructions were good and the install was easy. Look forward to many years of good sound.

Great Speakers

Written By Andy, Montana on Thursday, May 29, 2014

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These speakers sound great. 75 feet out in the yard they still sound great and provide good bass. I would recommend these speakers over others I've heard.

Pros: Great sound without distortion at all volumes.

Cons: not really a con, but be aware of the size of these guys. They are not small speakers.

Excellent outdoor speakers

Written By Bill B, Mechanicsville, VA on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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These speakers were easy to install in my new screened porch. They are attractive. The instructions were easy to understand, especially that the base side of the speaker needs to be near a wall or ceiling for appropriate bounce into the listening area. I have not had them up to full volume yet (again following instructions; they need to be broken in) but at low and medium volume they are magnificent. I am very happy with them and would recommend them.

Pros: easy installation

Cons: expense--but I guess high quality doesn't come free!

Sounds great

Written By J Hud, Collierville TN on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Speakers look and sound amazing

Pros: Great sound

Cons: None

Great outdoor speakers

Written By Capt_Quirk, Kemblesville, PA on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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These replaced Boston Voyager 7's which cost more, have less frequency response, & handle less power !!

Pros: Power handling, frequency response, & great sound.

Cons: None

AWESOME !!! Definitive Technology AW 6500

Written By Jimmy K., Wytheville , VA on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Want an outstanding sound outdoors ? This is what you need . I replaced my Bose 151's with these Definitive Technology AW 6500's and was blown away , with the killer sound I am receiving from these speakers . I am driving them with my Yamaha RX - A1020 . Geez !!!! Enough said .

Pros: Super Great Bass . Very easy to install . Don't need to turn up the volume , to get a great sound but , you can crank these babies up , and they will fill your ears full of sounds that you have never heard before . I RECOMMEND THESE SPEAKERS FOR ANYONE THAT HAS A PASSION FOR GREAT SOUND , AS I DO . YES.....

Cons: None at all .

Excellent quality outdoor speaker

Written By -Chris from NC, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Exactly what you expect from DT. Great quality speakers. These have a good bass response and sound travels well around my pool. They are easy to mount and hold up well in several storms we've had thus far.

Pros: Excellent sound, easy to mount, good over all bass without a sub.

Cons: They are pricey but worth it.


Written By Tyler, San Antonio on Monday, March 03, 2014

incredible speakers. worth every penny. the louder you turn them up, the better they sound. powering them with a Yamaha RX-A1020. exceeded my expectations. could not be more pleased with the sound they produce.

Pros: sound produced at high volume is still crystal clear.

Cons: none

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By Anonymous, puerto rici on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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Good looking design and easy to install. Sound is very good and clear for balconies.


Written By Luis, Fort Worth, Tx on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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I installed these outside in my covered patio. The sound is fantastic. The bass response is excellent, even at low volume. My covered patio is 10'x30' and the sound is evenly distributed. I can play these speakers at low level and hear crisp music with great bass response, and still be able to carry a conversation. They are a bit pricey, but well worth the money if you enjoy entertaining outside and enjoy carrying a conversation without raising your voice above the speakers.

Pros: Easy installation, great sound.

Cons: A little on the high end cost-wise, but well worth it !!

Party Time

Written By Copperhead, Lake Jacksonville, Tx on Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Stunning sound ! I placed 4 of these 6500's across my 40 ft porch 12 ft high an powered them with a yamaha rxa 2020. Staggered the inputs starting on left , right, left, right. powered by 2 zones. Anywhere on the porch you get a stereo sound from this. Move out to the end of the pier and using Yamhas AV App, crank up the amps with your phone an shut your eyes for a outdoor concert. Sounds very nice at all levels. Nicer louder. Even nicer LOUDER. Having neighbors 500 ft away sucks. You will not waste your money buying these. Catch them on sale at Crutchfield an buy all you can. I've had mine 12 months they are as sharp as can be. I also used 4 anchors apiece because they can shake the wall. P.S. talk with their rep. He gave some fine points about these that i liked.

Pros: No work gets done after the sun goes down anymore.

Cons: Work is stacking up.

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By Anonymous, Macon,ga on Monday, November 04, 2013

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Awesome speakers. I installed them at the pool and they rock.

Great sound

Written By NJ, Colorado on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Love, love, love the sound.

Pros: I wanted good speakers and these definitely are.

Cons: Expensive, but worth it.

No Niles

Written By Mike, Clearwater Fl on Sunday, October 27, 2013

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Replaced older pair of Niles with these recommended by a Crutchfield rep. I ordered them before I finished a porch project and set on them awhile before putting them up. They sound ok, but the boxes rattle at high volume and they are a lot hollower sound than the Niles. I am sure if I would have called Crutchfield they would have let me send them back and get the Niles, but I never did. I put my old 11 year old Niles up in the Pergola in the backyard, so I will end up getting the 7" Niles for my porch and put the DT's up in the Pergola. (Running them off Yamaha RX-V2600)

Pros: They sound good at low volume.

Cons: Look cheap and rattle like cheap speakers at high volume.

Great sound

Written By Just a dad, Idaho on Friday, October 18, 2013

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I installed these on my house over my patio. The speakers are just a little bigger than I expected but were easy to install. I drive them with a Crown XLS-1000 Class D amp, which is probably a bit more power than they need and not super refined. Music source is a mini headphone jack for my kids to plug their smart phones into. The speakers go plenty loud with clarity, and sound great. Bass is superb at low to reasonable volume levels, but begins to struggle if you try to make your patio sound like a club. I have no idea how durable they will be - mine are quite exposed to the Idaho elements, but have only been installed for a couple of weeks. Time will tell.

Pros: Great sound, easy to install. Generally perform per expectations, which were high based upon my experience with Def Tech..

Cons: On the large side.

Great sound

Written By Eric S., Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, September 30, 2013

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I have a large outside space (1.5 acres) and these speaker provide clear sound to all parts of it. Even at high volumes there is no distortion.

Pros: Great sound, nice look (paintable), and good value.

Cons: Installing requires the anchors to be exactly 9" apart. I installed into the mortar between bricks and found it difficult to get the separation to be that exact.

Definitive Technology AW6500

Written By Anonymous, Beth;lehem Pa. on Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Phil Lesh's base on good old Grateful Dead sounded great right out of the box. I didn't even mount them yet. Very satisfied. So clean and crisp. Fun to do yard work with superior sounds. I have to pause the music when I mow because I don't want to miss a thing.

Pros: Sound and base response.

Cons: none

House shaking base

Written By Anthony, Huntington ct on Saturday, September 07, 2013

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These speakers have great sound and extremely great base the rear firing base is great brings big sound to the out doors

Pros: Easy install great sound

DT AW6500

Written By Arnold, New York, NY on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Better sounding that the bose 251 and klipsch kho7 that it replaced.

Pros: I am hearing instruments very clear and bass it better than expected. Can take a lot of power although pretty loud at only 100 watts of a HK stereo receiver.

Cons: None yet.

Definitive Tech. AW6500 - Great Sound Small Speaker

Written By Danny R, Chester,Va on Monday, July 22, 2013

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I always thought of outdoor speakers as having a cheap sound. These brought an instant smile to my face after laboring over half a day running wire from amp - under house to screened porch at end of house and mounting them to the wall. Very nice bass and clear highs. Pleased.

Pros: Great sound. Small size.

Cons: None.

beyond awesome

Written By M, CT on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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These speakers replaced my Bose 151's - those were good - but not great. They lacked depth and sharpness. I was hesitant to spend any money whatsoever but absolutely am in love with these speakers. First day they were installed, I spent 4 hours just sitting out there listening. Buy them - you won't be disappointed!

Pros: sound quality and range for outdoor speakers

Cons: a tad pricey, but you get what you pay for

6500 def tech speakers

Written By Anonymous, Nashville, TN on Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Did a lot of homework, if you want to do it right the first time outside? Then combine the Sony 1040 receiver and the 6500 Def Tech speakers. No need for subwoofer at all! AWESOME!!!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: NONE

Excellent Speakers!

Written By GerryA, Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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After reading the glowing reviews here and elsewhere, I bought a pair of these speakers to replace my trusty Niles Audio OS-20's that had given 13 years of faithful service - and provided great sound - out on our lanai.

Break-in of audio components can be important, and I was surprised to find that the owner's manual actually addressed this topic. Impressive! Though these speakers were destined for outdoor use, I initially connected them to my main 2-channel system for initial break-in and evaluation. At first they sounded a bit flat and congested, but they opened up noticeably after only a few hours of playing time. By the time I had logged the recommended 40 hours, I had spent several very long and enjoyable evenings sitting in front of these speakers, marveling at how well they acquitted themselves in a mega-bucks audiophile system! They have a nice, even tonal balance, and are clear and detailed. And they actually do a few audiophile tricks surprisingly well; I was particularly impressed with their imaging, soundstaging, and their dynamics. Unbelievable for a relatively inexpensive pair of outdoor speakers!

In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with these speakers for outdoor use. And you may just find that you'll want to use them indoors, too!

Pros: Nice build quality Even tonal balance Clear and detailed sounding Great imaging and soundstaging for an outdoor speaker Mid-range is unusually realistic for a speaker in this price range

Cons: Positioning for best sound outdoors can be tricky. You'll want to experiment with placement in order to maximize bass response and minimize boominess / boxiness.

Excellent Outdoor Speaker with Wide Soundstage and Deep Bass Response

Written By Anonymous, Washington, DC on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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One of the best outdoor speakers on the market today. I love the passive "sub" feature which helps with applications without subs. Imaging is fantastic and the build quality is solid.

Pros: Reasonable price, unobtrusive appearance, fantastic sound quality for any speaker (indoor or out), passive "sub"


Written By W. R. Odom, Fayetteville, Ga on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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These speakers are absolutely phenomenal. We bought these to replace our worn out outdoor speakers around our pool and patio area. I researched for two months before deciding on these. The price seemed reasonable after reading the other positive reviews on blogs. I must say these speakers sound better than others out there that cost a lot more. The reproduction of the music (highs, mids and lows) is more than I expected. To put it plain and simple our neighbor called the cops on us the first night that I installed them. Well worth the money!!

Pros: Great sound. Easy to install.

Cons: None

Definitive Technology AW 6500

Written By Chris M, Flourtown, PA on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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I have heard several different sets of Definitive Technology tower speakers over the years and have consistently liked their full range sound and neutrality. That is what got me interested in the AW 6500. I figured they would have the same "house sound" that I like in their other models, but obviously with less low end frequency response because of their size.

I have the pair of these connected to the second zone of my Denon AVR-2808CI (110W, 8ohm), they play louder than I will ever need and their sound is reasonably full for their size. Maybe my expectations were unreasonably high, but for the price and an afternoon up and down a ladder trying out different locations under my eave, I am just not impressed. Regardless of where you place them, they have an inherent "boxiness" to them, like the cabinet is not rigid enough and resonates along with the drivers. I even played them inside set atop stands to see if I just had bad acoustics outside, but I heard the same "boxy" sound. To my ear, a decent table radio like the Sonos is more pleasant to listen to (but obviously can't be left outside).

I enjoy having music outdoors too much to send these back, so I will keep them until I find something I like better. However, once I do, I will sell these or give them to a friend. They are not bad speakers, but for the price I was really hoping to like them more. I do not recommend these without listening to them first.

Pros: Can play loud, full sound Unobtrusive appearance when mounted horizontally

Cons: Boxy sounding Placement sensitive bass For the price I would be sure to shop around because I don't think that these are worth it.


Written By DaveS, MN on Friday, June 14, 2013

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These speakers are awesome! It's hard to believe such great sound comes in a small package. I recently finished my deck and was looking for a pair of speakers that would give me some good sound at a good price. I've had them for a month now and had two parties since then. Received many compliments on the speakers...was asked for their details so they could purchase them too.

Pros: Easy to mount and position. Amazing bass and sound. Don't waste your time looking buy these.

Great Speakers with impressive bass response

Written By DougB, San Jose, CA on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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I just completed renovating my backyard with a 1400 sf deck, half of which is covered by a roof extension and a 12' x 12' gazebo. I installed two of these speakers inside the gazebo area (pointed inward) and two on the roof extension pointed outward. I connected them to a Yamaha RX-A720 and use AirPlay to play music thru them. Mostly light rock, easy listening type of music. I was skeptical whether or not I would need a subwoofer to get decent bass response from outdoor speakers such as these, but as it turned out my worries were unfounded. These speakers have really great bass response and are crystal clear, no subwoofer required! I am extremely happy with the quality and amplitude of the sound. Overall fantastic speakers.

Pros: Great volume from such a small speaker Great bass response Crystal clear highs and midrange

Cons: None noted.

Far Exceeded My Expectations

Written By annonymous, Fairfax, VA on Monday, June 10, 2013

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Absolutely amazing sound. Mounted horizontally against the siding on the wall above the sliding doors behind my deck. I hooked them up to an 80s vintage high end Tanberg 100 wpc amp. I auditioned them with a soundboard recording of the 5/1/81 Hampton VA Dead show and was completely floored! The soundstage is spectacular. Sounded like Jerry was coming from my neighbor's yard! Despite being outdoors, the bass response from the passive radiator is not lacking and even needs to be toned down at times. These speakers would still be worth the money if they cost more:-)

Pros: amazing soundstage, great response across the spectrum including the low end

Cons: none

Outdoor Pergola Sound

Written By JimH, Camino, CA on Friday, June 07, 2013

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Very pleased with the Definitive Technology AW 6500s. I attached two AW 6500s under my new patio pergola. They provide very dynamic sound in my outdoor area and we're very pleased with the sound quality. We looked at many other speakers, but ultimately settled on the 6500s because they provide the best bass response for the dollar.

Pros: Superb overall sound quality

Cons: None

Amazing speakers

Written By Anonymous, Palatine, IL on Friday, May 24, 2013

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As all def-tch speakers, these are the best in $200 price range you can buy. I hooked them up with Maranz 7007 receiver and the sound is just amazing. The whole spectrum from highs to lows is there. My backyard is 300' deep and you can clearly hear the music all the way in the back. Playing loud music with lots of bases easily reorganizes glassware in my kitchen cabinets hanging back to back with my speakers. Highly recommended, you're not gonna regret it.

Pros: Base is so good, you think there is subwoofer

Cons: None

Great outside speakers

Written By Steve, Long Island, NY on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Great outside speakers. I have Definitive speakers inside, but was amazed that their outside speakers sound so clear and the bass tones do not vibrate the speakers when I am playing dance music.

Pros: Sound quality is amazing.

Cons: None so far.

Extremely Happy

Written By Tim, Whiteford, MD on Monday, May 20, 2013

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Mounted to a pretty open back wall of my home. Nothing above or around them for sound to bounce off of. They sound amazing. Running with a Sonance 260x3 MKII using pre outs from my Denon Receiver. Their bass is impressive. Much fuller sound than the Yamaha's they replaced. Paired them up with 2 Polk Atrium Sub10s and it sounds excellent. Very pleased and would buy again!

Pros: Amazing sound quality, Bass response

Cons: None

Blown Away by DT AW6500

Written By Dan B, Essex County, NJ on Sunday, May 19, 2013

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The idea: Find a solution to deliver music to the deck and backyard. Big clear sound was a must.

The choices: I was trying to decide between a Soundcast Outcast portable music system and static, wired outdoor speakers.

Ultimately I decided to go with wired speakers and I couldn't be happier. I selected the DT AW6500 after considering other outdoor speaker options and decided that spending a few more extra dollars for a better pair of speakers would be money well spent. Boy, was I right!

One of my main concerns was having sufficient bass response without the use of a subwoofer. I really didn't want to have to spend extra money on a subwoofer just to get adequate base outside. I mounted the AW6500's under the eave on the back of the house with the racetrack radiator aimed at the wall. My expectations were low on just how good bass could be coming from two outdoor speakers with 6-1/2" woofers and I was blown away. I found myself having to turn down the bass quite a bit as it was thumping quite loud.

What pleased me the most is the sound coming from these despite being hooked up to a cheap 20 year old Sony STR-SE391 receiver. I wired them using 14AWG at a run of about 35 feet from receiver to speakers. I'm happy to say that there is no need for a subwoofer. There is nothing more satisfying than spending perhaps a little more than expected on a piece of equipment only to have it exceed your expectations and day in and day out prove that it was money well spent.

Pros: Build quality, sound clarity, bass response when installed with radiator reflecting off a wall