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Def Tech AW Series Outdoor/Commercial Speakers

AW Series Outdoor/Commercial Speakers

AW Series Outdoor/Commercial Speakers


  • Product Name: AW Series Outdoor/Commercial Speakers
  • Manufacturer: Definitive Technology
  • Review Date: January 07, 2008 00:05
  • MSRP: $399.95-$499.99
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Dimensions (with wall bracket): 14-7/16" L x 8-7/8" W x 9-1/4" D

Driver Complement:

  • One 6-1/2" BDSS cast basket bass/mid driver
  • One 5-1/2" x 10" pressure-driven Low-Bass Radiator
  • One 1" Pure Aluminum dome tweeter

Inputs: Gold-plated 5-way binding posts

Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 30 kHz

Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 4 – 8 ohm outputs

Recommended Amplification: 10 – 200 Watts/channel

Sensitivity: 92 dB

Executive Overview

The new AW5500 and AW6500 all-weather outdoor/commercial speakers use racetrack shaped pressure low-bass radiators to extend bass response without compromising their water tight seal. The AW models use high excursion active drivers pressurecoupled to racetrack-shaped passive radiators to produce more than double the bass output while maintaining a weather-tight seal for ultimate placement flexibility, reliability, and performance.

With their fully sealed design, Aluminum grilles and rugged PolyStone enclosures the AWs can be fully exposed to the elements and still reliably deliver their indoor speaker sound quality for years of outdoor listening enjoyment. Their integrated galvanized steel brackets and unique shape allow a full 360 degrees of rotation allowing the listener to orient the active drivers toward the listening area. Pointing the active driver baffle towards the listener while the Low Bass radiator side faces the wall gives listeners the ideal balance of clear mids, extended highs, and thunderous bass even in tough outdoor acoustic conditions. Their rugged construction, high output, robust bass response and high definition clarity also make the AW Series perfect for commercial applications such as restaurants and bars, indoors or out.

The AW5500 features a 5-1/4-inch active driver pressure coupled to a 5-inch by 8-inch Low Bass Radiator for a total bass radiating area greater than that of an 8-inch conventional woofer, while the AW6500’s 6-1/2-inch driver and 5-1/2-inch by 10-inch Low Bass Radiator exceeds the radiating area of a 10-inch woofer. Both AW models use Definitive’s trademark Aluminum dome tweeter.

The AW5500 and AW6500 will be available in February 2008 at suggested retail prices of $399.95 per pair for the AW5500 and $499.95 per pair for the AW6500. For more information please visit www.definitivetech.com.

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