What are the best Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers and 2020 buying guide.
Updated: Apr 13
What Are surface mount outdoor speakers? these outdoor speakers are completely enclosed with a mounting bracket to attach to a flat surface. Surface mount outdoor speakers are great for mounting to the house, shed or other flat surface. Most surface mount speakers are passive and will need to receive an amplified signal. This is achieved by running a speaker wire from your receiver or amplifier to the outdoor speaker. Make sure the polarity of the wires (positive to positive and negative to negative) are connected properly for the best experience. Reversing these will cause lack of bass with poor overall sound quality and possible distortion.
How to choose and care for surface mount outdoor speakers? Very similar to indoor bookshelf speakers but with the added benefit of being weatherproof. Because they are completely enclosed the mid driver and tweeter are properly tuned to the enclosure for maximum performance. These speakers are design to be left outside all year round, but we recommend bringing them in during the harsher months. It is extremely easy to remove the speaker from the surface mount bracket to store indoors, just make sure you label the speaker wires before disconnecting. You can also cap the outdoor speaker wires (separately) if they will be exposed to the elements. Although these speakers are weatherproof you will still want to protect them as much as possible. Pointing the speakers down will keep direct sunlight off the speaker surface and rubber surround. The sun can dry these components out over time depending on how long they are exposed. Water can also enter or collect on different parts of the speaker which can also be avoided when aimed down during installation. You should also do some research and make sure the brand you are purchasing come from a reputable manufacturer. Some of the less expensive models do not have a rust proof grill and will disappoint after a season or two. This is especially important if you live near the ocean where salty air is an issue.
Surface mount outdoor speakers come in many different sizes and can usually be painted to match the exterior of your home. Larger speakers with an 8” driver will deliver lower frequencies giving your outdoor sound much more depth and emotion. You will not have the same rich experience with 4”, 5” or 6” speakers. When planning on outdoor speaker location you will want to place them evenly to obtain a uniform sound field. We have all been somewhere, where the speakers were to loud in one location and too low in another. To have optimal sound around an area you should space the spears 1 foot apart for every inch of the speaker. So if you have a 6” speaker they will approximately cover a 6 foot area, so your next speaker should be mounted approximately 12 feet away (6 feet around each speaker). Because outdoor speakers are completely enclosed, they are a directional speaker. Directional meaning whichever way point them will be the direction the sound travels. You may want to consider and outdoor subwoofer if your using smaller speakers. You can read more about outdoor subwoofers here.
Surface mount outdoor speakers are great for patio areas, pool areas and balconies. If you need more help understanding surface mount speakers or would like assistance in a proper design plan please call 732-530-5511. Or email Tony@HiDEFNJ.com. For other outdoor speaker options please click here.
Some of the best outdoor speakers we would recommend according to your budget below.
1. $28 For A Pair Of Cheap Outdoor Speakers by Dual Electronics LU43PW.
3-Way High Performance Outdoor Indoor Speakers with Powerful Bass | Effortless Mounting Swivel Brackets | All Weather Resistance | Expansive Stereo Sound Coverage | Sold in Pairs
|DESIGNED TO LIVE INDOORS & OUTDOORS| – your studio quality speakers can be mounted/placed in any open space, by the pool, under your patio, in the garage, on a bookshelf; regardless of placement they will deliver Extraordinary Sound
|DIGITALLY OPTIMIZED FOR EXPANSIVE DISPERSION & POWERFUL BASS| – the synchronized harmony of your 3-Way Component Speakers & 4-inch Woofer create a state of accurate acoustic dispersion with deep rich sounding bass for a truly full range of sound
|EFFORTLESS MOUNTING SWIVEL BRACKETS| – versatility is in its design; your speakers can be mounted in a matter of seconds in any open space and provide you with a 120 degree range of High Fidelity Sound
|ALL WEATHER RESISTANT COATING| – these speakers are made for Every Season; they are coated with a UV resistant resin and placed inside an ABS enclosure protecting it from the elements and preserving sound integrity
|DUAL DBTMA100 BLUETOOTH AMPLIFIER| – don’t forget to add the top selling Dual Electronics DBTMA100 Bluetooth Amplifier with your LU43PW Speakers for the best outdoor/indoor acoustic experience
|1 YEAR WARRANTY| – guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty including excellent customer service
|DIMENSIONS| – 8.25” H x 5.25” W x 5.25” D
2. Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers with Powerful Bass (Pair, White) | All-Weather Durability | Broad Sound Coverage | Speed-Lock Mounting System.
CREATED TO LIVE AND PLAY OUTDOORS your Atrium Speakers can be installed in any open space—by a pool in the patio or a sunroom or tucked away somewhere in the backyard They will deliver EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT SOUND
WIDER SOUND DISPERSION & SURPRISINGLY POWERFUL BASS driven by a 4 1/2" mineral filled Dynamic Balance polymer cone and a 3/4" anodized aluminum dome tweeter with rubber surround 80W power CUTS THROUGH LOUD JARRING BACKGROUND NOISES
Recognized as ONE OF THE BEST-LOOKING OUTDOOR SPEAKERS Polk Atrium 4 speakers come with a steeply-angled baffle design filling open spaces with big full-range sound! The outer profile EASILY BLENDS INTO THE CORNERS OF THE OUTDOOR WALLS
ONE-CLICK SPEED-LOCK MOUNTING BRACKET offers EASY ANTI-SLIP ONE-HANDED INSTALLATION allowing you to mount these speakers vertically or horizontally to deliver the best possible sound in a variety of situations Simply mount the swiveling C-bracket
THE SPEAKER FOR ALL SEASONS – it’s rugged durability high environmental endurance and superior quality has helped Polk Outdoor Speakers earn the all-weather Certification EFFORTLESSLY WITHSTANDS EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND HEAVY RAIN year after year.
3. Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor All-Weather Speakers with Bass Reflex Enclosure (Pair, White) | Broad Sound Coverage | Speed-Lock Mounting System
Install your Atrium 6 Speakers in any large or open space—by a pool in the patio the sunroom halls or office areas They will deliver EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT SOUND OUTDOORS OR INDOORS no matter where you set them up
Equipped with 5 1/4" Dynamic Balance driver 1" dome tweeter provides WIDER SOUND DISPERSION & SURPRISINGLY POWERFUL BASS At 100W frequency response is as low as 60KHz and PowerPort bass venting CUTS THROUGH LOUD JARRING BACKGROUND NOISES
These loudspeakers come with a steeply-angled baffle design that fills expansive spaces with full-range sound that is sure to impress! GREAT AESTHETICS COMBINED & BEAUTIFUL LIVELY SOUND makes these speakers a preferred choice among music lovers worldwide
Atrium's one-click SPEED-LOCK MOUNTING BRACKET offers EASY ANTI-SLIP ONE-HANDED INSTALLATION - mount speakers vertically or horizontally to deliver the best sound in a variety of situations Simply mount the swiveling C-bracket adjust the angle and fasten the speaker with a click
THE SPEAKER FOR ALL SEASONS – it’s rugged durability high environmental endurance & superior quality has helped Polk Outdoor Speakers win the all-weather Certification They EFFORTLESSLY WITHSTAND EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND HEAVY RAIN year after year
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4. Klipsch AW-650 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - White (Pair)
Paintable UV-resistant ABS enclosure with rustproof aluminum grille
High sensitivity and power handling. Sensitivity: 95dB @ 1 watt/1 meter
90º x 90º Tractrix Horn tweeter for clean clear highs
Supplied with C-style mounting bracket and stainless steel hardware
3/8"-16 threaded insert for optional mounts
15 x 9.5 x 11 inches (H x W x D)
Sonos Outdoor Speakers- Pair of Architectural Speakers by Sonance for Outdoor Listening.
The architectural speakers by Sonance for outdoor listening. Get detailed sound in your backyard or on your patio with Sonos Outdoor by Sonance. Power these wired speakers with Amp to enjoy the full Sonos experience.
These speakers are engineered to withstand humidity, water, salt spray, heat, UV rays, and freezing temperatures.
With a shared commitment to superior sound and great design, Sonos and Sonance have partnered on a collection of passive architectural speakers optimized for Sonos Amp.