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
Karakter
Klipsch AW-525
We think
Super efficient and easy to operate, potent bass for the size, and sparkling dynamics.
A little too woolly and grained sound for our taste.
Specifications
  • 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
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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it is also well defined, but the midrange sounds flat in our opinion, and the midrange is perceived as unfocused and withdrawn.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.

Also in this test

Monitor Audio Climate 60

The joy of playing weighs up

Monitor Audio Climate 60 has an energetic playing style that works for the most part.

Clear sound, good with life and rhythm.
Slightly dark tone on strings, the midrange sounds colored.

Focal 100 OD 8

Speakers for outdoor parties

The Focal speaker is the best choice if you need a speaker with impact.

Bouncy dynamics and plenty of bass. High party factor.
The size can be a drawback and the sound lacks sophistication.

Canton Pro XL.3

Anonymous and unengaging

Canton follows an old speaker recipe with the Canton Pro XL.3, but here there is something gurgling.

Fuller sound than the size suggests. Compact dimensions blend nicely with the facade.
Trapped sound, twists in the bass when you turn up the volume. Flat dynamics.

Sonos Outdoor

Too expensive

Sonos Outdoor works for the most part, and does little harm. Unfortunately, it sounds boring, and the price tag is a bit steep.

Pleasant midrange on vocals, and the sound is rich enough. It is also clear enough at the top for it to work well.
It sounds pretty flat and tame. It's especially dynamics that are missing, it simply sounds too boring. The price tag is also galimatias.

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

The best outdoor speaker

The Bowers & Wilkins outdoor speaker is very elaborate, and so is the sound.

Beautifully balanced, refined and resolved soundscape, plenty of bass and sound pressure.
Requires a potent amplifier to perform at its best.

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