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Audiovox Acoustic Research AW850 Mission Style Wireless Speaker and Light (Bronze) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • 2-way speaker design with high-performance weather resistant drivers
  • 2-inch tweeter, 3-inch woofer, 5 Watt RMS; frequency response: 40Hz-15kHz
  • Auto-lock PLL tuning ensures crystal clear reception up to 150-feet
  • Operates from existing AC outlet box (requires installation)
  • Three selectable broadcast frequencies; stereo audio input; compatible with iPhone®/iPod®
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Acoustic Research
  • Model Number: AW850
  • Color: Brown
  • Speaker Type: Wireless
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 5 Watts
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Product Description

Product Description

Audiovox Acoustic Research AW850 Mission Style Wireless Speaker and Light (Bronze)

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 Information

Product Dimensions 11.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 inches
Item Weight 8 pounds
Shipping Weight 9.9 pounds
Manufacturer Audiovox Accessories Corporation
ASIN B002AQDCUM
Item model number AW850
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,551 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Cables & Interconnects > Audio Cables
#11,588 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
#34,885 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Home Audio Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com May 21, 2009

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By Chris Clearman on May 17, 2010
Verified Purchase
Very nice looking and sturdy fixture. Easy install into existing J-box, good instructions, everything included. Sound is fine for what it is. Wireless connection is very good even with tons of other wireless things in operation in the house.

Two Negatives: the rubber seal on the bottom that protects the controls is not very snug. It won't last long at all. Takes Type B light bulbs, 40W max. Pretty useless for a light, but ok for just ambiance.
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Nice sound for its size & and it is a very attractive fixture (built-in 40-watt candelabra-base bulb <not included>).
With controls on bottom and mounting bracket on back, this works best when mounted on a wall light electrical box (preferably a metal one). With hardware and great instructions provided, I was able to permanently mount it where there was a wall light fixture on my back porch. It took less than an hour.
Inside the house, my music source is the commercial-free Sirius channels on the TV.
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i purchased this for a convenient way to have sound on my deck, without drilling holes through my walls and running speaker wire through my house.... that being said, when the speaker worked, it worked well. Getting the unit to acknowledge that it was a speaker, however, is a greater challenge. Rarely would the little blue light illuminate, indicating it was ready to receive a signal, and more rarely would it actually connect and produce sounds.

I have yet to determine how the unit decides to connect to the antenna and function as intended... in addition, the limitation on the lightbulb makes it doubly ineffective as a light source, so it doesn't live up to both its claims. I would therefore recommend any shopper move on to the next item in the hope that a truly wireless outdoor speaker exists.
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I was a bit concerned after reading these reviews, but I took a chance and bought it. It installed very easily, just as easy as installing a light fixture. Once installed, I just plugged in my Ipod to the Transmitter and plugged the transmitter into the wall outlet, and that was it. I had no hiss, no dropped sound, or other issues. The sound quality is very good. And the ability to change the volume on both the speaker and on the Ipod (or other audio device), makes it convenient to change volume from the source too. The only minor complaint would be that the controls are located on the bottom of the speaker where you have to bend down to see them.
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A lot of speakers designed for outdoor use, well, look like speakers. They're rectangular, rigid and too box-like. If you're like me, then you don't want to clutter your beautiful backyard with ugly wires and more importantly an ugly sound system. That's why I love the AW850 outdoor speaker. This speaker set-up is very elegant and stylish and fits in with most any decor. The speaker itself is small enough to be light-wight and portable, but big enough to produce enough sound. The construction of the speaker is beautiful, as the speaker casing is all metal, making it look very classy and well-built. I love that fact that you can hang it up or have it set somewhere. As far as the sound quality goes, it has a very good sound for a less-expensive speaker system, and the quality is quite clear and crisp. Of course it's not the same as Bose, or another more expensive system, but the sound is still very good. This speaker (I only have one set on the "mono" setting) gets plenty loud even with other background noise. The wireless range is excellent reaching about 125 ft. at my house, even through walls and other obstacles.

Now as far as the durability in bad weather goes, this speaker does work perfectly fine in light rain and other poor conditions, just don't leave it outside in poor weather overnight or for extended periods. It's not completely weather resistant but still holds up well. Other notable aspects of this system include the fact that you can hook up another one of these speakers to have a left and right speaker system for fuller, louder sound. I just have one and it works perfectly for me and I have a decent sized 1.5 acre yard.
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I just installed a pair of these today outside above my deck. Took about an hour for 2 of them but that includes removing the existing fixture that was there.

-Instructions are simple
-Installation went smoothly no "Gotcha's"
-Fixture is nice looking and solid and feels of good quality.
-Sound quality is excellent so far, I am using an ipod touch out to 2 wireless units. I am only 20 ft away.
-Volume is OK, I would like to be able to go up higher but for my purposes, on an 800 sq ft deck it is plenty
-I purchased a CFL bulb for it which works fine but does produce a slight buzzing sound in the speaker, I may swap them out for a regular bulb or look for an LCD that is brighter than a 40 watt.

For me these are perfect they solve the speaker wire and power source for exterios sound, combined with attractive lights. They will not be the only light source so if not terribly brite that will be fine.
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