Bookshelf Speakers

Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speakers

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Design of the Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speakers

The AW 6500 all-weather speakers feature the latest advances from Definitive Technology. The woofer is a 6-1/2" Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) driver. The bass from this driver is augmented by a 5-1/2" x 10" race track Planar Low Bass Radiator while the tweeter is the same 1" pure aluminum dome found in Definitive Technology's award-winning indoor speakers.

The BDSS drivers in the AW 6500's include Definitive Technology's newest voice coil/magnet structure, the dual surrounds and the advanced waveguide. The BDSS drivers' cones and surrounds are polymers that shed moisture while their cast aluminum baskets are naturally corrosion-resistant.

The AW 6500 signal input is via a pair of stout, gold-plated 5-way binding posts. Since the input cup sits on top of the cabinet for most horizontal installations, it is designed so water that may want to collect in the area of the binding posts will drain away through small channels that are formed in the cabinet.

Since the driver and binding post materials are water and corrosion resistant, Definitive Technology simply created a sealed enclosure to make the speakers suitable for outdoor applications. This cabinet is a lightweight Poly Stone available in black or paintable white. The cabinet is certainly light and I was afraid that it might be a bit on the resonant side. But no worries here as the speakers sounded and tested fantastic.

The speakers come with a typical mounting system as far as outdoor speakers are concerned. It is via a U-shaped bracket that attaches to the top and bottom of the speaker with locking knobs. This means the AW 6500's can be mounted vertically or horizontally and they swivel in a single plane. The locking knobs are machined so they bind properly and the speaker is unlikely to sag over time.