If you are going to have a party in the garden, a Klipsch speaker is the obvious choice. Few speakers play as loud and tough as a Klipsch, and the AW-525 outdoor speaker is no exception.
It’s made mostly for fun, and hi-fi purists might want to choose something else. The Klipsch AW-525 is not a great speaker, but still one of the most potent in this test. It is available in black and white, and the ABS-molded and waterproof case can actually be painted if desired.
A C-shaped steel bracket holds the speaker firmly, and it can be easily angled so that it points towards the sofa or garden furniture. Here you get screw terminals instead of terminal terminals, and the quality is generally very good in all joints. There is a smaller version, and a larger version in the Klipsch AW series, and the AW-525 is the middle of the three. Behind the rust-resistant grille is a 5.25-inch bass and Klipsch Tractrix horn tweeter.
The horn has a 90 x 90 degree spread of the sound, which makes the speaker very efficient, but also offers a challenge.
The sound of Klipsch AW-525
Although the Klipsch speakers are among the smaller ones in the test, they play powerful and loud enough galore. The small bass element plays far above its weight class, and the speaker does not require a monster amplifier for it to be fun.
They sound a little too woolly in our opinion, and you have to angle the speakers straight for the Tractrix horn scattering pattern to have any effect. Stand slightly on the side of the speakers, and you will not hear a treble from the farthest speaker. Something to be aware of. Bass is sufficient here, it is also well defined, but the midrange sounds flat in our opinion, and the midrange is perceived as unfocused and withdrawn. The Klipsch speakers are the best at rhythmic music and Ariana Grande sounds really bouncy and fresh, but these are not the speakers for chamber music.
The Klipsch AW-525 is a real feast of an outdoor speaker. But the taste in music will probably be decisive for whether to choose this or any of the other speakers in the test. There is better sound elsewhere, but few speakers in this size are able to play as fat and tough as these. If you have little space for speakers, but a large garden, the Klipsch AW-525 is a good choice.