10. MartinLogan ML-65R
The MartinLogan ML-65R (about $350) comes from a good brand in the audio industry, and this model will certainly live up to its name. The only problem is that you have to pay a pretty penny to get your hands on it, and that price is just for a single speaker.
- Dual titanium dome tweeters
- Setup is incredibly simple
- Frequency response lacks low end
9. NIles GSS10
The big, powerful NIles GSS10 (about $349) asks you to dig a hole, toss it in, and cover up all but its port tube, which you can easily paint in any color to accent your current outdoor decor or to blend in with whatever foliage surrounds it.
- Looks like a mushroom in the ground
- Great under a short patio
- Assembly is a bit of a pain
8. OSD LS2 Outdoor
The OSD LS2 Outdoor (about $29) are definitely on the smaller side, so they’re probably best suited for spaces where any music is meant to provide ambiance beneath lively conversation, instead of a situation where they’d be relied on to carry the party.
- Wires are built-in
- Stakes are pretty sturdy
- No tweeters to speak of
7. Niles Audio GS4 Discreet Garden Pair
At first glance, you might not think you’ll get much out of the Niles Audio GS4 Discreet Garden Pair (around $196), but their high-fidelity audio output will surprise anyone within earshot. With their particular shape, they may also double as dummy cameras and fool unwitting crooks.
- Come with wall mounts
- Well-articulated mids
- Top-heavy design uproots easily
6. Alpine Corporation Revolutionary Rock
The Alpine Corporation Revolutionary Rock (appx. $83) can help you minimize your carbon footprint by drawing power from its built-in solar panel, so if your outdoor space is important to you because you harbor a genuine love for nature, this might be extra appealing.
- Battery lasts 12 hours
- Also charges via usb
- Not the most attractive option
5. OSD Audio RS850
The eight-inch woofers inside the OSD Audio RS850 (around $149) is among the biggest in its class, making this a selection that’s more likely to deliver on bass than a lot of the competition. The tweeter shares a similar bragging point, as it’s over five centimeters across.
- Aerospace grade enclosure
- 8-ohm impedance
- Heavy to move around the yard
4. Sound Appeal Outdoor Rock
With the Sound Appeal Outdoor Rock (about $229) you don’t need a receiver of any kind to enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, as these babies have it built right in. Of course, you still require a wire to pair the receiving satellite to its stereo partner, as well as a power cord.
- Integrated class d amp
- Work up to 100 feet away
- Grilles rattle a bit when pushed
3. Klipsch AWR-650-SM
The faux stone face of the Klipsch AWR-650-SM (appx. $189) features a pair of openings for sound to come though. One of those is dedicated to the woofer, and the other is exclusively for the tweeter, providing you with a nice, clean frequency range.
- Comes in granite or sandstone
- Exterior won’t fade in the sun
- High maximum volume
2. Theater Solutions 4R4G
The Theater Solutions 4R4G (around $106) make an excellent addition to an backyard projector space, giving you and your family an immersive movie watching experience out under the stars. They perform especially well when combined with a good subwoofer.
- Come as a set of four
- Silicone composite cabinets
- Rust-resistant components
1. Bose Free Space 51 Outdoor
The large bases on the Bose Free Space 51 Outdoor (appx. $449) are designed to be buried underground, thoroughly anchoring them in place, so intense storms or a wayward soccer ball won’t uproot them and potentially cause some unwanted damage.
- Work in a wide temperature range
- Stand up to 350 pounds of pressure
- 360-degree sound