Review: Klipsch AW-525

High party factor

Don't let size fool you. The Klipsch AW-525 speakers love to play loud.

Klipsch AW-525
Klipsch AW-525

Our verdict

Super efficient and easy to operate, potent bass for the size, and sparkling dynamics.
A little too woolly and grained sound for our taste.
  • Type: Two-way closed cabinet
  • Max power: 300 w
  • Sensitivity / impedance: 94 dB / 8 ohms
  • Dimensions: 20.9 x 29.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Weight: 3 kg
  • Colors: Black. el. white
  • Waterproof: Not specified
  • Other: Rotatable wall bracket
  • Web: mono.no
Show more
Show less

Price: £ 319

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.

Klipsch AW-525
Klipsch AW-525 is available in white, but if you ask us, Klipsch should be black! Photo: Klipsch.

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it is also well defined, but the midrange sounds flat in our opinion, and the midrange is perceived as unfocused and withdrawn.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.

Conclusion

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.

Thanks for reading Tech Reviews.

Create your free account or to continue reading.

Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive mail with link to set new password.

.

Alternatives to Klipsch AW-525

JBL L82 Classic

Let The Good Times Roll

The compact JBL L82 Classic offers so much fun for the money, that we call them the best in class.

DALI Oberon On-Wall C

Integrates with the surroundings

Dali has made its wireless technology available at a price that most people can relate to. And in a size everyone can accomodate.

SRS-XB33 & SRS-XB43

Party on the go

Sony's new generation of wireless speakers with extra bass sounds even better than before.

Belkin Soundform Elite

Belkin breaks the sound barrier

A network specialist and a high-end audio company have joined forces to create a smart speaker with hi-fi quality.

Harman Kardon Citation One MKII

Greatly improved Citation

Harman Kardon Citation One MKII sounds like a much larger speaker. Far more harmonious sound than in the first edition.

Sonus faber Lumina III

Hand-built sound quality

Sonus faber Lumina III is the obvious choice of speakers for smaller rooms

Sony HT-G700

Impressive sound

Few soundbars can simulate surround sound like the Sony HT-G700.

JERN W8000

Columbus egg in cast iron

Audioform has made a speaker that is so cheap and good that everyone can join.

Sigberg Audio Inkognito 12 onwall

Bass beast on the wall

Finally, an interior friendly subwoofer that delivers real physical bass! Sure, it will cost you but the returns include gorgeously musical bass notes and hefty low-frequency effects i movies. And best of all: you can hang it on your wall.

Samsung HW-Q66T lifestyle

The most balanced sound

If you are willing to give up Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, there is hardly any better soundbar for the price, than the Samsung HW-Q66T.