Best Outdoor Speakers | Classical music


For classical music lovers, outdoor speakers are definitely worth the investment if you enjoy listening to music outdoors. Although you can take your indoor speakers outside, this is not advised as they are easily damaged and not weatherproof should the weather deteriorate.

What to Consider When Buying Outdoor Speakers

Battery life is one of the first things to consider when buying outdoor speakers. Battery technology has improved so much that I wouldn’t recommend a speaker with less than 10 hours of battery life. Larger portable models can handle more than 24 hours, and some even have USB ports for charging your phone on the go.

Another thing to consider is connectivity. The Sonos Roam can connect to Wi-Fi for home use and Bluetooth when out of range. Most speakers just have Bluetooth, with a 3.5mm port for wired connections to music players. The latest Bluetooth 5.0 has a range of 120 meters, compared to a 4.2 version which only manages 30 meters.

You should also make sure that the speakers are suitable for use in the garden and outdoors. If a speaker is IPX4 rated, it is splash proof and ideal for use in the garden.

Be aware that speakers designed for outdoor use are rigorously tested against humidity, dirt and temperature fluctuations, but for occasional garden speakers, check the IP (Ingress Protection) rating. These two numbers indicate the speaker’s ability to keep out dust (first number) and water (second number), so an IPX4 speaker has not been rated for dust but is splash resistant, IPX7 can survive a shower, IP66 is completely dustproof and hose resistant and IP68 can be submerged for 30 minutes.

What if you don’t stream music?

The days of the portable CD player are over, but with a little planning you can put your existing stereo in the sun. Outdoor wall-mounted speakers – try Polk Audio’s Atrium range and Bowers & Wilkins’ sublime AM-1 speaker – require wiring, but are weatherproof and have been tuned to work in large spaces, so the detail of your music isn’t just lost to the environment. If you have a large yard and distant or understanding neighbors, you can extend your sound system to every corner using in-ground, stake-mounted, or rock-disguised speakers, both of which are available from Klipsch (see left ) and Sevenoaks Sound and Vision. The installation is not difficult and the results can be wonderful, but the cables must be buried well to prevent the mower from being accidentally dug up.

How much do outdoor speakers cost?

Quality outdoor speakers start at £200 each, but up your budget for better sound and longevity.

The best outdoor speakers

Audio Pro A15

A delicious and sleek dark gray design from the ever-impressive Audio Pro, the A15 can extend your home’s multi-room audio into the garden using Airplay 2, Google Cast and Audio Pro’s own software, while the battery will last up to 11 hours too. Its IP rating is IPX2, meaning it can withstand light rain – so when in doubt, bring the speakers inside.

Features include 10W and 30W Class-D digital amplifiers, 6 WiFi presets and Bluetooth 4.2, making it easy to quickly pair a device if you need to.

P6-BT Escape

Escape P6-BT speaker

A refined 55cm tall Bluetooth speaker designed for outdoor enjoyment, with two three-inch full-range speakers, a six-inch subwoofer and a 60W amp, all powered by a battery that will last all night. Two speakers can even be paired for the best stereo barbecues.

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Sonos Roaming

The best outdoor speakers for music

A welcome addition to the Sonos family, the Roam is small (17cm x 6cm x 6cm; 430g), sleek, fits nicely into an existing Wi-Fi multi-room network, and uses Bluetooth if you step out of the house. Wi-Fi range. If you don’t already have Sonos, I’d choose the JBL (below) for audio performance, but the combination of features, including wireless charging and the ability to switch audio playback to the nearest Sonos speaker at the touch of a button. , makes it a solid buy.

JBL 5 load

JBL Charge 5 outdoor speakers

Don’t let the teenage aesthetic style fool you – this might be the best battery-powered Bluetooth speaker for the price. It’s built to withstand bumps, drops, and downpours, has a 20-hour battery life, and can even charge your phone’s battery through a USB port. It’s not super portable, but great for the garden, and the larger enclosure leaves room for 90mm woofers and 20mm tweeters, each with their own amplification.

Klipsch PRO-500T

Klipsch PRO-500T speaker

Think of it as surround sound for your shrub. This premium wired landscape speaker delivers top-notch sound from a five-inch woofer and one-inch aluminum dome tweeter, and can even be paired with a subwoofer you literally bury underground.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explorer

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explorer

When many of us think of Bang & Olufsen, we tend to imagine luxury interiors and chic hotel suites. With Explore, however, the company has created a portable Bluetooth speaker specifically designed to sound its best outdoors.

Constructed from perfectly finished anodized aluminum – color choice is black, green or gray – the speaker is dust and rain proof and feels incredibly solid. At just over 600g, it’s not light as a feather, but great-sounding speakers rarely are, especially those with 27-hour batteries built-in. After spending a few days camping with it, I’m determined to make it a permanent addition to my list of kits.

Listen to nature-inspired music by Richard Strauss An Alpine Symphony, I’m immediately impressed with the speaker’s ability to produce a composed and cohesive sound, even in the middle of a field. Behind the aluminum enclosure, two 1.8-inch speakers do a fantastic job with low frequencies that sound full-bodied without blowing out like a ‘party’ speaker. The other impressive aspect is the fact that it pushes sound 360 degrees, so no matter where you’re positioned, you’re always in the right place.


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