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Acoustic Research Mission Style Wireless Outdoor Speaker (AW825) - Bronze

4 out of 5 stars 418 customer reviews
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  • Three selectable broadcast frequencies; stereo audio input; compatible with iPhone/iPod
  • Two-way speaker design with high-performance weather-resistant drivers
  • 2-inch tweeter, 3-inch woofer, 5-watt RMS; frequency response: 40 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Auto-lock PLL tuning ensures crystal-clear reception up to 150 feet
  • Dual power mode; AC adapters included, batteries optional (six AA batteries not included)
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Product Specifications

Brand NameAcoustic Research
Speaker TypeWireless, Outdoor, Indoor
Color NameBrown
Frequency Response Curve40HZ-15KHZ
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers5 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Acoustic Research
  • Model Number: AW825
  • Color: Brown
  • Speaker Type: Wireless, Outdoor, Indoor
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wireless
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Product Description

Product Description

Combining high quality performance with mission-style design, this speaker delivers crisp audio with amazing clarity. It's compatible with most electronic devices, and allows you to seamlessly transfer audio content from your stereo, computer, and more. Add multiple speakers to expand your sound. Now you can enjoy the great outdoors that much more!

From the Manufacturer

Acoustic Research Wireless Speakers

AW825

AW825

AW850

AW850

AW826

AW826

AW827

AW827

AW851

AW851

AW828

AW828

AW880

AW880

Speaker/Receiver

2" tweeter, 3" woofer

2" tweeter, 3" woofer

2" tweeter, 3" woofer

3" woofer

2" tweeter, 3" woofer

5" down-firing driver

1.5" tweeter, 3" woofer

Wattage

5 watt RMS

5 watt RMS

5 watt RMS

3 watt RMS

5 watt RMS

5 watt RMS

10 watt RMS

Transmission

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Omni-directional 900MHz broadcast

Power

Uses included AC adapter or 6 AA batteries (not included)

Operates using existing AC wall box (requires installation) - replaces Existing Outdoor Lighting Fixture

Uses included AC adapter or 6 AA batteries (not included)

Uses 2 AA batteries (not included) - 25hr battery life

Operates using existing AC wall box (requires installation) - replaces Existing Outdoor Lighting Fixture

Uses included AC adapter or 6 AA batteries (not included)

Uses included AC adapters

Maximum Range

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Up to 150 ft.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod and iPad?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weathering

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Weather Resistant for Outdoor Use

Indoor Use Only

Frequency Response

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

40Hz-15kHz

Broadcast Frequencies

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

3 Selectable

Emits Light

No

Yes - 40W bulb not included

No

No

Yes - 40W bulb not included

No

No

Can Stand

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Can Hang

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Wall Mountable

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

Can Post Mount

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Has a Planter

No

No

No

No

No

Yes with integrated drain holes, separates from speaker base

No

Stereo Audio Input

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Yes - Mini Jack to Stereo Lead Adapter Included

Automatic Level Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push-button, Auto-locking Tuning

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Multiple Speakers/Expandable?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No


Product Details

User Manual [882kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 14 x 9.5 inches ; 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002AQ30T0
  • Item model number: AW825
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 418 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,972 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I bought this speaker from Walmart for streaming Pandora from my laptop outside to my terrace. I was attracted to this speaker because I didn't want to spend a lot of money and these are really cheap (only $70). Also, I found a lot of positive reviews on Amazon.

After trying them out I think that the sound quality was OK if you don't have huge expectations. You really cannot expect this one to beat a $200 speaker. Note: This month my wife and I decided that we wanted a bit higher quality sound and purchased a set of iFinity Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - Black which until now we are very happy with.

PROS:
- Inexpensive: I got this speaker for $70.00

- Very simple to set up

- Sound quality OK: This speaker seriously lacks in bass but the sound quality is probably OK for many people especially if you are streaming from a low-quality source such as an FM radio.

CONS:
- Not very loud: The specs state 5 Watts power. If you have some car noise or your kids running around then the background noise may drown out the sound from this speaker. You can get it to be a bit louder when you plug them into an outlet.

- Transmission very susceptible to interference: I often get crackling and popping from the speaker. I have been unable to pinpoint what is intefering with this speaker. I do not have any 900 MHz gadgets around.

- Low battery life: When using rechargeable batteries, I can use this speaker for around 1 hour per charge at medium volume. This time is too short for having an outdoor party. You can get a longer battery life if you use alkaline batteries but then you end up spending serious money on batteries.

- Only Mono Sound: This speaker only plays in mono.
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You've seen at least one other 1 star reviewer who have had the same problem as we did. We used it for a few days and loved it. Then turned it on and it sounded horrible. Tried everything to get it back to normal but nothing worked. Will be calling the manufacturer next.
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Opened up and installed. I wanted the old AW-811 by the same manufacturer. Have had it for three or four years and it works fine. This one became tinney and unbearable to listen to in one day. Didn't overload, abuse or use in bad weather. It even feels cheap. Save your money.....
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I really wanted to love these speakers. I ordered two and quickly configured them for stereo. The painless configuration was the only good point.

The design looks nice in the pictures, but is sadly very plasticy. Oh well, I was just planning on hanging them not gazing at them in extended admiration.

The battery life was terrible. A few hours of listening and they were dead. Mounting them with power seems possible, but with a short cable and a typical ugly L shaped wall wart I find it hard to imagine as a solution for most people.

However the real problem was the sound quality. Overall the sound was muted and lacking clarity or punch. Periodically we'd suffer through a random short burst of static no matter which channel we tried. This was just unacceptable.

I was looking for an easy way to get decent sound outside. This was not it.
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I bought this speaker for portability in my small apartment. Unfortunately, the sound from the bass speaker was very fuzzy. I returned it for a replacement and the second one had similar issues. So I returned it as well for a refund. I am not sure what the problem was but it did not work for me.

This may be the first time I have had to return an Amazon item and the return process was the easiest, least painful for an online purchase I have ever experienced. Thank you Amazon for developing such a simple return process. I regret that for me this item did not work out.
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Sort of works at times. You constantly have to fiddle with it. I use it for my balcony - all that separates the receiver and transmitter is a piece of glass. If I move the speaker more than ten inches from the transmitter it stops working. Anytime your music stops playing - if you haven't shut the speaker off , it emits shrill static. When it is working - the sound is acceptable. I would not recommend it though.
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I was searching for wireless speakers for an outdoor event, and I'm certain these will do nicely. While it's true that the transmitter needs to be plugged into the music source (via a standard headphone jack that will fit all devices I would need it to) and into a wall outlet, I expected that. For a test run I plugged into my laptop sitting in the middle of the first floor then slotted 6 AA batteries into the speaker and turned it on. It automatically picked up the signal. I took a walk around the house and got about 100' away and still got good signal. I also like the feature to select L,R,or Mono on the speaker itself. Bass boost helps the sound a lot. Also, I was able to run 4 speakers from 1 transmitter. Don't know yet about interference or battery life for the speaker. I love the aesthetics of it.
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I wouldn't waste my time or money on this speaker. The static is so bad I couldn't hear any music when plugged into my receiver. I am returning this item.
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