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Definitive Technology AW6500

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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. Buy a pair to place near the pool or on your deck — 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.

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. Buy a pair to place near the pool or on your deck — 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.

These are excellent speakers for our screened-in back porch -- well made and the sound they produce is better than expected. I would but them again.

Scott, Bluffton, SC

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What's in the Box:

  • One black all-weather outdoor loudspeaker
  • Mounting bracket (installed)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online Product Registration card

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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
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Overview: The Definitive Technology AW series all-weather outdoor speaker allows you to enjoy your music outdoors in domestic or commercial applications. The AW series all-weather outdoor speaker utilizes specially developed materials and components to achieve a high level of durability, dependability, and sound quality.

Note: This speaker is sold individually.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Pressure Coupled Radiator Design: The AW series outdoor speaker provides clear, high-definition sound by pressure-coupling a BDSS technology driver to a racetrack-shaped mid/bass radiator cleverly placed on the opposite side of the enclosure. This technique offers a total bass radiating area greater than an 8-inch woofer to belt out powerful bass that fills outdoor areas.

BDSS Technology: Definitive Technology's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) driver offers a wide-bandwidth accurate frequency response, broad dispersion, low distortion, and detail retrieval; so you hear more the music with greater accuracy and enjoyment. BDSS drivers incorporate the following design features.

  • Balanced Double Surrounds: The speaker's balanced double surrounds support the cone at two points to provide better mechanical stability for longer, more linear excursion, and improved damping to suppress parasitic cone resonance.
  • Mineral-Filled Polymer Cone: The speaker features a deeply drawn mineral-filled polymer cone engineered using sophisticated 3D modeling techniques for wide range performance.
  • Waveguide: The cone's integrated waveguide smoothes off-axis response for broad, even dispersion and better imaging.
  • High Temperature Voice Coil: The driver's high temperature, oversized, lightweight vented voice coil offers improved power handling and quick transient response. The voice coil is also lengthened to increase linearity and lower distortion.
  • Magnet Structure: The driver's magnetic system is optimized by finite element analysis to maximize magnetic flux in the gap for high efficiency and linear excursion.
  • Die-Cast Alloy Basket: The die-cast alloy basket minimizes ringing and vibration while the open area minimizes back wave reflection.

Drivers: The Definitive Technology AW6500 features a 6-1/2" BDSS driver coupled to a 5-1/2" x 10" (racetrack) pressure-driven low-bass radiator, and a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter.

Break-In Period: The AW series outdoor loudspeakers will sound good right out of the box; however, an extended break-in period of 20-40 hours or more of playing is required to reach full performance capability. The break-in period allows the suspensions to work in and results in full bass, a more open midrange, and smoother high frequency reproduction.

Enclosure Design

Polystone Non-Resonant All-Weather Enclosure: The Definitive Technology AW6500 features a fully sealed (air and water tight) design, aluminum grilles, and rugged PolyStone enclosure, which allow it to be fully exposed to the elements and still reliably deliver their indoor speaker sound quality for years of outdoor listening enjoyment.

Note: The AW series speakers utilize special components and material for outdoor use. However, you will achieve the longest life of the speaker by positioning it to minimize direct exposure to the elements as much as possible.

Available Colors: The Definitive Technology AW6500 comes in either a Black or White (paintable) finish.

Connections

Binding Posts: The AW6500 is equipped with a pair of gold-plated, 5-way binding posts to attach your receiver's speaker wire.

Mounting Options

Mounting Bracket: The AW6500 outdoor speaker features an integrated galvanized steel mounting bracket and unique enclosure shape which allow a full 360-degrees of rotation for maximum placement flexibility. The AW outdoor speaker, using the integrated mounting bracket, can be oriented horizontally or vertically. The mounting bracket allows you to mount the speaker to an outdoor wall or under the eve of your home. The integrated mounting bracket can also be used as horizontal stand, if you want to simply place the speaker on a table or shelf. The mounting bracket is also removable, if you one to place the outdoor speaker in a vertical position on a shelf or table.

Note: The AW speaker can be mounted vertically or horizontally, but remember to always point the speaker in such a way as to allow water to roll off the driver cone and/or low bass radiator.

Placement: Position the AW series loudspeaker as close as possible to the area where you will be listening to it. Pointing the active driver baffle towards the listener while the low-bass radiator side faces the wall or ground gives you the ideal balance of clear mids, extended highs, and low-end bass even in the tough acoustic conditions of the outdoors. The AW speaker has a very wide dispersion patter; however, if you are trying to cover a very large area, you will be better off using multiple pairs of AW speakers in order to achieve and even distribution of sound. With multiple pairs you will avoid having areas where the sound is tool loud and others where the sound is not loud enough. One pair of AW series loudspeakers will cover approximately 200-400 square feet of listening area at moderately loud levels. Try to point the speaker directly at the listening area.

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had great reviews of the product [ H  May 08, 2017 ]
They Rock! [ Lewis  Apr 24, 2017 ]
I've found more power, bass response lets me listen to a more even & balanced sound at lower volumes, which is how I generally listen (I have neighbors). Weaker systems tend to drop instrument sounds unevenly. [ Richard  Apr 07, 2017 ]
Best speakers in or outdoors for the money. [ mitch  Apr 05, 2017 ]
video and previous experience with brand. price was my budget.no tax. no shipping. [ B  Mar 22, 2017 ]
Looking for best bass response in outdoor speaker [ Mark  Mar 06, 2017 ]
Great sound, great reviews. [ Joe  Jan 29, 2017 ]
Excellent bang for the buck, good reviews, great brand image [ Marcelo  Dec 20, 2016 ]
Reviews mostly positive [ Frederick  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Sale [ Jerry  Oct 15, 2016 ]
I needed an outdoor rated speaker for my deck space that would provide high quality sound. [ John  Sep 01, 2016 ]
sounds awesome!!!! [ STEVEN  Aug 03, 2016 ]
Best rated speaker and it didn't hurt to get the $250 off the amp to power them. [ Chad  Jul 01, 2016 ]
Have other Def Tech products, and they never disappoint. [ Bernard  Jul 01, 2016 ]
Already have 4 of these, but it is a large area to surround, so adding 2 more. Love the sound quality. [ rory  Jun 27, 2016 ]
Excellent rating for a good price.This item have a higher RMS power rating than the other speakers. [ SAIED  Jun 24, 2016 ]
Kirk (Crutchfield advisor) was extremely knowledgable and recommended these for my boathouse. After reviewing, I agreed that this was an excellent recommendation. Kirk's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=198 [ Kimberly  Jun 12, 2016 ]
Good reviews. Def. Technology makes amazing speakers and I love their sound, quality, and their warranty. Big fan of this company. Can't wait to set up in my backyard [ James E.  May 29, 2016 ]
Want a great speaker [ Paul  May 24, 2016 ]
Best quality [ Jeffrey Alexand  May 08, 2016 ]
the reviews were best on it. The specs were much better than all the other products. [ william  May 03, 2016 ]
I thought this is best sound quality in my price range. [ R  May 02, 2016 ]
Lots of online research narrowed it down to these and Polk Atrium 8 for the best bang for the back. Waited for sale on Crutchfield. I went with DefTech since I already use them in my home theater room. [ Dan  May 01, 2016 ]
Excellent speakers [ WAYNE  Apr 02, 2016 ]
These are amazing Speakers. I have 2 pairs under patio areas & 2 pairs in the back yard itself. They sound amazing. I am the kind of person who researches everything before making a purchase & weighs out all options. I have owned many types of speakers in the past including the in-ground speakers (omni). I can re-assure anyone that these Definitive Technology speakers are AWESOME!!! The bass is outstanding. They also have clear mids and highs as well. These sound far better than the others. [ Brian  Mar 29, 2016 ]
I have the klipsch and sound great i heard these and they too sound great and the range was wider so i wanted both sets. [ DaddyE  Mar 26, 2016 ]
The Tech was helpful make a good decision on which speakers fit my need. [ emile  Mar 19, 2016 ]
This is my second set DT AW6500. Best outdoor speakers I have ever had. My house ROCKS! [ SHAWN  Mar 14, 2016 ]
Reviews, Reputation, Frequency Response, Sale Price [ Luke  Mar 07, 2016 ]
I did a bit of research and these seemed like a good speaker. It turns out they are a good speaker. [ Randy  Dec 14, 2015 ]
Excellent speaker. I have purchased these before and the sound is fantastic. [ Charles  May 25, 2017 ]
I always do my research prior to purchasing any audio component. My go-to place has always been Crutchfield. They stand behind everything they sell and have been an institution forever. Buy from Crutchfield and sleep well at night. It's that simple. [ Scott  May 18, 2017 ]
You can not beat these speakers for the price, I own a Marina and blast music across the compound, people walk past and stop to look where the sound is coming from and can't believe the quality of sound from these speakers, Bikers drive by with their stereo blasting and even they look to see where the sound is coming from, people from half a mile away call to say they like my music. Girls dance in my parking lot in bikinis need I say more, you will love these speakers, your neighbors may not. [ David  May 07, 2017 ]
Def Tech has a great reputation for quality and sound, and Crutchfield has great support and prices. Plus, they were a perfect fit for our new sun room! [ S  May 04, 2017 ]
Definitive Technology makes awesome speakers and they really sound great on my back deck [ GARRETT J  Apr 10, 2017 ]
Recommend [ A  Apr 09, 2017 ]
Wanted a pair of serious speakers. [ Jimmy Lee  Apr 04, 2017 ]
I chose AW6500 because in side by side spec comparison with KEFs, Yamaha, and Polk it looks much better. [ Abhishek  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Reputation, quality, sound and exceptional bass for an outdoor speaker [ Russell  Feb 24, 2017 ]
To play music from my indoor theater system to my outdoor lanai [ Byron  Feb 09, 2017 ]
Needed a reliable indoor / outdoor speaker and these are incredible. Deep, rich sound produced. We have bought several of these already and will purchase more when the need arises. [ Kevin  Jan 14, 2017 ]
Excellent outdoor speakers, this was my second pair. [ Jeffrey  Nov 14, 2016 ]
Have had their towers and a set of the 6500's and been very pleased with the sound quality. [ CHRISTOPHER  Sep 24, 2016 ]
Great reviews [ Brett  Sep 06, 2016 ]
These sound really great! Extremely easy to install. My 13 year old son installed these on the pool deck, and sound wonderful. [ MIKE  Jul 08, 2016 ]
Best outdoor speaker available and Crutchfield had it at a good price! [ Thomas  Jul 06, 2016 ]
reviews [ John  Jul 06, 2016 ]
we owe it already and love [ JAY A  Jul 04, 2016 ]
Have purchased Definitive Technology products before and appreciate their performance and quality. [ Michael  Jun 29, 2016 ]
Reviews [ Victor  Jun 28, 2016 ]
Great Reviews [ Buzzard  Jun 20, 2016 ]
To connect to my Denon's Zone 2 for outdoor listening [ Feyzi  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Installed these speakers at my cousin's house. Really impressed with the sound quality & how clear the sound is at low & high volumes. [ Edward  May 24, 2016 ]
Advisor helped! thx [ CHRISTIAN  May 18, 2016 ]
Expect to get great bass sound. [ Harold  May 05, 2016 ]
Have large outdoor space, these appear to give a nice range of sound and can handle a high amount of power. [ Edward  Apr 26, 2016 ]
good reviews [ CHAD  Apr 08, 2016 ]
Excellent speakers [ WAYNE  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Have great experience with this brand [ RALPH  Apr 02, 2016 ]
specifications and reviews [ Eric  Mar 31, 2016 ]
Excellent reputation for an outdoor speaker. Seemingly very good build quality and dynamic range. Plan to pair it with Sonos Connect:Amp and extend my streaming outdoors :) [ ALEX  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Love these outside speakers! Full range of sound. Lasting quality in the harsh Colorado environment! [ KEN  Jan 21, 2016 ]
The sound quality is amazing and has more lows than other comparables. Best bang for my buck! [ Chad  Dec 16, 2015 ]
High quality outdoor speakers. Sound great. Purchase influenced by Definitive Technology brand name. [ Thomas  Dec 04, 2015 ]

6 questions already asked

No, it's wired only. [ Andrew  Mar 09, 2017 ]
These are not a powered speaker with bluetooth ability. I have these hooked up to a stereo receiver that has wired speaker connections. One thing I can tell you is that these speakers sound awesome. I would purchase them again in a heartbeat. I have recommended them to a couple of friends who have bought them also. [ TODD  Mar 02, 2017 ]
No, hard wired [ Christopher  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Not bluetooth, you need wires. [ SUSIE  Mar 01, 2017 ]
No Bluetooth on this one. I can be connected to an amplifier with Play-Fi which would allow you with the application downloaded and connected to your wifi to play music from pandora, Spotify , phone, servers etc all controlled from your phone. They are well built and sound great but are not Bluetooth. There are Bluetooth patio speakers like the Sound Appeal Wireless Bluetooth Weatherproof Speakers ( 6.50 Inch) that cost $199.00 but are not as loud as these connected to an amplifier. [ NESTOR M  Mar 01, 2017 ]
No, this is not a Bluetooth speaker. You would connect standard speaker wires from a receiver to make them work. [ EDDY  Mar 01, 2017 ]
No, hard wired great speakers [ ROBERT  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Yes [ DARNELL G  Apr 17, 2015 ]
Yes. Mine are mounted horizontally and work quite well. [ MICHAEL  Mar 27, 2015 ]
Yes. Vertical or Horizontal mounting. [ CRAIG  Mar 27, 2015 ]
Can't see why not [ THOMAS M  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Yes these speakers can be mounted horizontally. That is how i have them mounted on my pool house. [ BRIAN C  Mar 26, 2015 ]
I mounted mine horizontally on pvc stands for portability. I faced the bass down at about a 45 deg angle but can be easily adjusted or rotated in the mounting brackets that are included. We love ours. [ JAMES  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Absolutely - Mine were initially set that way and I ended up moving it to vertical position - but it can be. [ MARC  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Absolutely... Just have the subwoofer side facing a wall/ceiling for optimum effect.. [ AJEET  Mar 26, 2015 ]
absolutely. That is how I have mine installed. [ JON  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Yes, I have them mounted horizontally. [ Jay  Mar 26, 2015 ]
I'd say yes but you should take into consideration that the bass cone is in the back and is better reflecting off a wall. [ PATRICK  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Yes they can. My speakers are mounted horizontally to my house. [ DOUGLAS A  Mar 26, 2015 ]
Yes they can. They sound the best if you can get the base speaker facing a solid surface. Ie under your ages. [ Corey  Mar 26, 2015 ]
No, they must be connected to a receiver using speaker wire. They are very clear sounding and great for all weather. [ DAVID W  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I have my speakers connected to a Denon receiver. I plug my iPhone into my receiver and listen to my music without any problem. [ MICHAEL  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Although very efficient these speakers are going to require some amplification to truly perform to the level that they are capable of delivering. If you have an amplifier/receiver and connect your iPad to the receiver than yes, otherwise I think you may be disappointed with the sound quality. If you don't want to run an amp/receiver I would recommend a self-powered option. Good luck! [ CHRIS  Dec 01, 2014 ]
I have mine connected to an iPad through the Sonos connect amp. There may be other ways to connect but this works very well for me. [ Corey  Dec 01, 2014 ]
They need to first be connected to an amplifier. [ CRAIG  Nov 30, 2014 ]
Hi Peter, They are not self powered so must be connected to a receiver first. I bought a $300 receiver that includes "AirPlay". The speakers are connected to the receiver and I can connect my iphone to the receiver wirelessly using AirPlay. The receiver is also connected to my wifi network so I can play music on my computer to that rig instead of my computer speakers. [ PATRICK  Nov 30, 2014 ]
Not directly. I Hard wired the outdoor speakers to a receiver inside my house, running the wires around the dryer vent. I attached an Airport Extreme to the receiver so I can control everything from my iPhone, iPad, or Powerbook from outside. [ THOMAS M  Nov 30, 2014 ]
Yes. But you would still need something to power them as they are not self powered. So the ipad would connect to Aux of amp or receiver and then that connects to speakers. [ ARNOLD  Nov 30, 2014 ]
You can use one but for a more balanced sound it's better to have Two. [ ERVIN  May 02, 2017 ]
You need 2 for stereo, you only get mono or 1 channel with one. [ CARY L  May 01, 2017 ]
I have 2. Most a/v recievers will "need" at least 2. I think it is technically possible to just connect one, but i don't hink you'd want to do that - that's just no stereo. [ LEANDRO  May 01, 2017 ]
Hi, I guess it depends on how loud you want to have it. You can use one speaker if your looking for background music maybe a little more than that. I have 2 of them and the sound is impressive( I prefer louder music plus it would depend on what type of music you are listening too). I like more bass also so 2 was my choice. I guess one could work well. Hope this helps. [ Christopher  May 01, 2017 ]
Depends on your set up. I use sets of two, however if only one is needed it should work well. [ Engilberto Javi  May 01, 2017 ]
Depends on your audio source. One signal, one speaker. If you have a stereo source with left and right channels, you might want two speakers, one for the left channel and one for the right. If you have a monaural source, you'd only need one speaker. Fancy Dolby surround systems would require even more speakers. I have a traditional stereo system so I'll bought two. Hope your hat helps. [ Charles  May 01, 2017 ]
Two [ ANTONIO  May 01, 2017 ]
I purchased two and placed them on our deck. Based on the location of both however it's really like using just one in two different areas and they work great. [ Brent  May 01, 2017 ]
George I live in Michigan and I always take these down around the end of October and store them for the winter [ JERRY  Mar 10, 2015 ]
to be on the save side bring them in I do and I live in Texas Mike [ MIKE W  Mar 10, 2015 ]
George, I live in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Foothills in California and we get cold weather and snow every year, so I always take my Definitive Technology 6500s down in November and keep them inside and put them back out in late March. It only takes a few minutes and I'm sure preserves the speaker components. I'm sure you could leave them out; however, I'm sure it would shorten any speakers life. [ JAMES R  Mar 10, 2015 ]
I would recommend taking them down during the off season when not in use. I live in North Carolina, winters nowhere near as harsh as Michigan. Take mine down 1st of November & put them back up in May for pool season. [ JOHNNY  Mar 10, 2015 ]
I live near Chicago. I bring them in for the winter. They are very easy to detach from the brackets (no tools required). My last speakers were outside for 10 years though and were not nearly as good as these. [ WILLIAM  Mar 10, 2015 ]
I live in nebraska so we have the same climate..I leave mine outside all year and they still sound great..but mine are underneath my house eave on my deck, which also has a roof on it, so they dont get sunlight, wet, sun exposure etc. [ NICK  Mar 10, 2015 ]
They are wired speakers and if you are using them outside you should use ground rated speaker wire. Wired still is the way to go for the best sound quality, and these speakers are a great choice for outdoors. [ MATTHEW  Sep 06, 2014 ]
These speakers need to be wired. [ WILLIAM  Sep 05, 2014 ]
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