Definitive Technology AW5500
Outdoor speaker (White)
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Definitive Technology AW outdoor speakers
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Definitive Technology's AW5500 speakers will liven up your next outdoor party.
High-performance sound for wide-open spaces
Rock your next pool party with outdoor speakers from Definitive Technology. The AW5500 features the same high-quality speaker components as their indoor models, 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 solid bass
The AW5500 combines a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter with a 5-1/2" woofer for clear, accurate reproduction of voices and instruments. 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 an 8" woofer. (Pretty cool for a compact outdoor speaker that's sized to fit under a roof eave.) Some outdoor speakers are anemic at the low end — not this one.
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.
- 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
- 5-1/2" BDSS mid/bass woofer
- 5" x 8" racetrack-shaped pressure-coupled radiator (produces bass equivalent to that of an 8" woofer)
- frequency response 45-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity 91 dB
- handles up to 175 watts
- 5-way binding posts
- rugged, fully sealed PolyStone enclosure
- aluminum speaker grilles
- includes galvanized steel mounting bracket that allows 360° rotation for maximum placement flexibility
- 7-13/16"W x 12-5/8"H x 8-1/16"D
- weight: 8.33 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- White all-weather outdoor loudspeaker
- Mounting bracket (installed)
- Owner's Manual
- Online Product Registration card
Very good sound, second one I had to buy in 6 years. So holds up well in the outdoor elements, past the 5yr limited warranty.
Anonymous, Washington, PA
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Features and Specs
|Power Range (watts)||10-175|
|Frequency Response||45-30k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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.
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 AW5500 features a 5-1/2" BDSS driver coupled to a 5" x 8" (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.
Polystone Non-Resonant All-Weather Enclosure: The Definitive Technology AW5500 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 AW5500 comes in either a Black or White (paintable) finish.
Binding Posts: The AW5500 is equipped with a pair of gold-plated, 5-way binding posts to attach your receiver's speaker wire.
Mounting Bracket: The AW5500 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 want 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 pattern; 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 an 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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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
Definitive's AW 5500 and AW 6500 outdoor speakers provide dynamic, full-bodied sound. Their ultra-rugged build means they can be fully exposed to the elements.
Why did you buy this?
Def Tech have been great speakers and this will be awesome for my rooftop deck in the city. [ GLEN W Jun 28, 2018 ]
I know from experience that Definitive Technology speakers are first-rate equipment, so when I learned they also make outdoor speakers I knew they'd be good in my new home. From the manufacturer I ascertained that they can tolerate temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit, though they should not be used for active listening at temperatures below freezing. I can work within these constraints. This information from the manufacturer should be added to your web page description of the product. [ John Jun 16, 2018 ]
recommended by Crutchfield advisor [ Sheila Jun 13, 2018 ]
Reviews [ Ryan Apr 17, 2018 ]
on sale [ Doug Mar 17, 2018 ]
Looked like a premium speaker that I could mount outside [ Ian Nov 16, 2017 ]
Price and looks like what I need to complete my system [ THOMAS Aug 01, 2017 ]
Recommended by Adam and after researching options this speakers appears to best fit my application. I likely will purchase one more of these as soon as I try this one out [ Guy May 14, 2017 ]
Great reviews and hit my price point for an outdoor speaker. Very satisfied with the performance over a number of seasons of usage. [ Art Dec 07, 2016 ]
Great product and on sale [ MATTHEW W May 21, 2016 ]
Great bass response with a solid company name to back there product. Two of these baby's can really pump an outdoor pool area with ease. I never feel like I'm missing highs or lows in the music. [ J Mar 31, 2016 ]
The speakers had a good rating and price. This showed the value to me. [ Corrine Mar 01, 2016 ]
Good Reviews. [ Michael Dec 15, 2015 ]
Did a lot of research. Wanted more bass and higher efficiency than my current outdoor speakers could produce. And from my research and reading reviews felt DT AW-5500 is what I needed for my smaller outdoor space rather than going with the AW-6500. Can't wait to hook them up. [ VICTOR J May 18, 2018 ]
Good name brand! [ Walter May 08, 2018 ]
Great reviews and great brand. [ BRETT Apr 27, 2018 ]
Good review and bass response [ Chris Jun 22, 2017 ]
Def Tech reputation for quality, good reviews [ WALTER E May 20, 2017 ]
Wade was awesome. He guided me towards these puppies because of the sound quality, the bass it would provide, and the all weather features to utilize on my back porch. [ Robert Apr 25, 2017 ]
Recommended by Tyler [ Keith Apr 19, 2017 ]
Good Reviews and good price [ Darrell Apr 06, 2017 ]
Replacing one that was not working. [ Thomas Feb 22, 2017 ]
These speakers had great ratings and fit the bill on what I was trying to use if for. They perform extremely well and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. [ MICHAEL C Feb 01, 2017 ]
I was looking for quality patio speakers. These did not dissapoint. [ BRIAN Jan 24, 2017 ]
They're great outdoor speakers...they sound awesome! [ Andrew Jul 20, 2016 ]
they look sweet [ paul Jun 23, 2016 ]
Wanted a quality outdoor speaker that can withstand the elements, provide great sound and last, all for a reasonable price, the DT-AW5500 appear to offer that. I read reviews on most products before I buy, Crutchfield customers seem to tell it like it is, and with the Service from Crutchfiled, you just cannot go wrong! [ MICHAEL Jun 20, 2016 ]
I felt these speakers would give me a full range of sound when used outside. Mounted them on a fence post and much better than rock speakers. [ Jeff Jun 19, 2016 ]
Product received good reviews. [ Anthony Jun 07, 2016 ]
I did a little research and read others comments and chose these speakers. The design is what I was looking for. My brother in law is an audiophile and he said Definitive Technology has a good reputation and make a quality product. [ Thomas May 26, 2016 ]
The advisor "Lucy" helped make the selection. She helped me in November selecting my home sound system. She now helped me to add the entertainment to our patio. [ Ronald Apr 07, 2016 ]
Already a Big Fan on Def Tech. as they are my Home Audio Speakers. Looking forward to the outside addition. [ Ryan Apr 03, 2016 ]
Housewarming gift for son & daughter in law. [ Margaret Apr 02, 2016 ]
4 questions already asked
No. Only input is speaker wire [ SHANE Apr 04, 2017 ]
No But they are great speakers [ David Apr 04, 2017 ]
No, these are wired speakers only. [ James Apr 04, 2017 ]
I purchased these speakers and connected up inside to see what they sounded like and man was I surprised.Buy em , you won't regret it. They also have a 5 year warranty. How can you go wrong. I use these at my outdoor wedding venue and they never let me down ! Mike A [ mikey Aug 11, 2015 ]
I'm not sure how they would be when used it that format;I use mine on a sun porch and they sound great. I'm a big fan of def tech speakers. You may be better off with a dedicated surround speaker from def tech. [ PHILIP C. C Mar 26, 2015 ]
4 answers I am trying to put together an audio system for a houseboat that will be run off of a 12v battery bank. I need a set of speakers for the (covered) deck, but there is no simple means of installing marine grade speaker cones due to mounting options. Can I use a car stereo receiver and amplifier to power these Definitive Tech AW5500 speakers?? [ Chris Apr 14, 2015 ]
That arrangement should be fine as long as the amp has options for wiring 8ohm speakers. Most car systems are 4ohm however some give 4 or 8 ohm capability. [ MILLARD J Apr 15, 2015 ]
Should work fine i would guess, i think my receiver only sends 90 watts to each speaker and they crank if you want them to. Not sure how your battery charging system works but draining the batteries might be a concern. [ JOSEPH Apr 15, 2015 ]
Never tried that... However if the amp has enough power, I do not see why not. To be sure, though, you should check with the tech. guys at Crutchfield ... Why I can tell you is that I am very happy with these speakers in my terrace. They are very clear and have great weight and low bass for their size ... Jose [ AGNES Apr 14, 2015 ]
Can you, yes...will it sound the best, not without a little planning. House current is 120V, car is 12V but both get translated into a powered signal to feed the speakers, the concern is the resistance. These are 8 ohm, and most car speakers are 4 ohm or so, some are 2 ohm. Be careful of what your power ratings are, as this will need more wattage at 8 ohms than a set of speakers at 4 ohms to get the same volume. You might want to look at the 6500's for a little more low end and projection on the boat. I got the 5500's because they fit perfectly between a door frame and a window frame...the 6500's were about an inch too wide. Make sure there is a roof over the speakers as it amplifies the low end with the passive radiator. Hope that helps. [ T WESLEY Apr 14, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The 16 gauge wire works great with the AW5500's. It will even work well with the AW6500 if you want to go to the larger driver. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 31, 2014 ] Staff
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