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AP525 Outdoor Patio Speaker High Definition 5.25" Pair Composite Resin Low Resonator Cabinet 70V Optional

Product code: OSD-AP525

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Features & Specifications

OSD Audio AP525 Outdoor Patio Speakers are extremely popular, made of Composite Resin Low Resonator Cabinet, they're a great value because they provide remarkable sound. These speakers have a clean, modern look, so they make a great addition to mid-sized decks and patios. With 120 watts of power, a built-in sound port for excellent bass and a weather-resistant design, the AP525 gives you great sound without the price tag of other brands. They're available in black and white, and if you'd like, you can get the 70-volt switchable version. The 70-volt switchable models lets installers switch to the right wattage tap without soldering, tapping or disassembly (you usually don't need this feature for typical home installations).


· Mounting bracket is designed to mount either vertically or horizontally
· Available with 70V switch for commercial installations
· Gold-plated spring compression binding posts for optimum connectivity
· Sturdy fiberglass reinforced plastic frame
· Power-coated rust-resistant grille

Specifications

Other Product Info

Audiophile sound. Guaranteed to sound better than Bose, Yamaha, Polk and Infinite speakers or your money back. The AP525 patio speaker provides clear, dynamic sound with rich bass for small to medium areas. Feature Weatherproof against all weather conditions including salt, water, pool chemicals, & more.
120W power handling for small to medium areas
Built in SoundPort for better bass response
A great alternative to higher priced JBL, Polk or Bose speakers. It has the same performance with a 5yr warranty.
Our outdoor speakers are designed to withstand the worst weather conditions. From rain to snow, or saltwater and the sun’s harmful UV rays,
With the gold-plated binding posts, solid brass and stainless steel hardware and rust-proof aluminum grille, the resonance-free, mineral filled composite cabinet can withstand extreme temperature fluctuations from –20F to 200F.

What do you mean by 70V switchable?
Some speakers, like the AP525s, are equipped with an "on the fly" 70v switch assembly. This allows an installer to rapidly switch to the correct 70v wattage tap each installation may require without soldering, tapping or disassembly and reassembly, which normally complicates installations. You usually don't need use this feature for your typical home application.

What gauge speaker wire should I use?
For runs up to 100ft, standard 16-2 wire will be fine for this speaker. For runs, 100-150 ft 14 gauge. Beyond 150ft, we recommend a 12 gauge speaker cable. We also offer a four conductor 16 and 14 gauge wire to add an in-line volume control to your outdoor location.

Are there any special precautions I should take to protect my outside speakers in winter?
Not necessarily, however, if you live in an area prone to extreme weather such as sub-zero temperatures, you may want to cover the speakers with a plastic bag or bring them inside to help prevent components from absolute freezing during the long winter months.

For 70V Versions, please choose from the color drop down options

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

By Bill from Boston on March 17, 2012
Can you recommend an amp that would pair nicely with these speakers? I'm not exactly sure how to match the watts, ohms and all that other stuff. Just want to make sure I get the most out of these speakers. Thanks...
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 17, 2012

Answer:
Hi Bill:

If you are just looking for the best match for powering a single pair of theses speakers within a budget than our AMP120 is your best bet. This is an amplifier referred to as an 8 ohm amp. It features 50 watts of continous output (RMS) with 75 to 100 watts peak power. It has an A and B speaker output so you can connect two pair of 8 ohm speakers but does not recommend playing both speakers at the same time for extended periods. When you connect two 8 ohm speakers (one pair to A and a second pair to B) it cuts the impedance down to 4 ohms and demands more current from the amplifier. This amp will tend to shut off when you drive the two 8 ohm speakers at the same time at high volumes. It actually goes into protection. The better choice is to look at the OSD AMP200 which is considered a high current amplifier which has no problem powering two or even three pair of 8 ohm speakers at the same time at whatever volume. It also features fully discrete components for true audiphile sound quality. This is great building block for a stereo system that can be expanded in the future and the best match if your budget allows it. Thank you for considering OSD, also checkout our full line of speaker selectors and volume controls for additonal options.

TL

By Patrick from Minnetrista, MN on July 11, 2012
I'm planning to install one speaker inside a screen porch and the other outside on the side of my house (vinyl siding) for my deck that will be exposed to Minnesota elements. Should I not go with the AP525 since it's ported and get the AP520's? Or what's the best speaker for my situation?
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 12, 2012

Answer:
Hi Patrick:

Yes the AP520 would be a better choice because of the Sealed design.

TL

By Jeff from San Francisco on November 9, 2012
I'm in the process of hooking 525s up to a OVC-300 and an AMP-120. So far so good. My question is, how do I try to find the correct volume output from the amplifier so that I get full rotation out of the ovc300? I'm getting distortion at the first click when I set the amplifier's volume too loud. It seems that I can only turn the amplifier's control up to about 40% before I get distortion from the volume controller at it's lowest settings. When I turn ovc300 up to about the 5th click, the distortion seems to disappear, and I can begin to give it some more power from the amp. Should I have purchased a different outdoor volume control (the non-adjustable one?)
By Customer Service - Q&A on November 9, 2012

Answer:
Hi Jeff,
Make sure the OVC300 is set to 1/2x internally. It should come this way by default but it's a good idea to double check. To set the volume, turn the OVC300 all the way up. Then from the AMP120 turn the volume up to the maximum level you'll desire for the AP525's. Then turn the volume down to a comfortable level at the OVC300. This way, you have the ability to turn the volume up when you are in the zone.
CL/MA 1369

By Russell Tomaszewski from Corona, CA on January 25, 2012
Whats the proper speaker wire? 16 gauge 24 gauge ?
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 25, 2012

Answer:
Russell,
For runs up to 100ft you can use the standard 16-2 for this speaker. 100-150 ft you should use a 14 gauge, after 150ft I would recommend a 12 gauge speaker cable
CL

We also offer a four conductor 16 and 14 gauge if you were to add an in-line volume control to your outdoor location. The four conductor would be from the Amplifier/Receiver to the Volume control then the 2 conductor to the indivdual speaker. The length to gauge ratio will be the same.
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 25, 2012

Answer:
Russell,
For runs up to 100ft you can use the standard 16-2 for this speaker. 100-150 ft you should use a 14 gauge, after 150ft I would recommend a 12 gauge speaker cable
CL

By hamish from san Francisco CA on January 28, 2012
The web description says they're weatherproof but the instructions in the box says they're not waterproof so hide them from the weather under the eaves?! I have attached them to an outside wall exposed to the rain - is the weather going to damage them? If so the online description is misleading.
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 29, 2012

Answer:
HI Hamish:

These speakers are sealed unlike some of our Patio speakers that feature a tuning port that has tendency to fill the speaker cabinet up with water when exposed to direct rain or snow. The AP525 feature stainless steel componets and rust-proof aluminum grills. You should be fine... some people bring their speakers inside when they know they're not going to listen to them for an extended period.

TL

By David Jacobs from Boynton Beac h, Fl on February 2, 2012
I understand that the sender must be plugged in to an a/c outlet. What are the requirements of the outdoor speakers as to wireing or power?
By Customer Service - Q&A on February 2, 2012

Answer:
Hi David:

These Patio speakers are not wireless. They need a hard wired signal from the music source either the Amplifier or Receiver connected by speaker wire. We recommend 16 gauge two conductor for both the left and right speaker up to 100 foot from the source (14 Gauge for longer runs). The speakers receives the powered signal from the source through the speaker wires. We stock the recommended speaker wire which features a CL3 rating approved for in-wall and outdoor installation. Check out the in-wall speaker wire, CL-3 in 50, 100 and 250 foot lengths under the audio/video cables tab.

TL

By Matt Benes from Lincoln, NE on August 3, 2012
I am looking at buying these for my covered patio. What volume controller would you recommend to use with these - the 100W or 300W? I can't remember what my Sony receiver puts out, is it bad to upsize to the 300W when my receiver is only pushing out lets say 50W each? Thanks for you help!
By Customer Service - Q&A on August 3, 2012

Answer:
Hi Matt,
The AP525 are 120 w peak, the volume control is 100 w peak. It would be safe to say this will be fine for your application. But if you ever added a larger speaker you might end up needing the 300W plus the 300W volume control ships free so It might be worth it to just go with the 300 in my opinion.
CL
By Customer Service - Q&A on August 8, 2012

Answer:
Hi Matt:

You can use either, but it is always better to have the larger Transformers. It is all about when you actually turn the volume down you are redirecting the signal into the Transformers. If you were to have too much rated power than the rating of the Volume Control you would saturate the coils and create distortion and possibly damage the connections of the Volume Control. The safe bet is to always go with the largest choice for it to be most effective when you are attenuating the signal counterclockwise. Most people think they are turning the volume up but this is a passive device. When you set it up you want to adjust your source volume (Receiver or Amplifier) to the highest level, then you have to control to turn the volume down. As CL said the the OVC300 or SVC300 are your best choices depending on your application (outside or inside).

TL

By Seth Potash from Westchester, New York on February 17, 2012
Can the swivel bracket me mounted on the ceiling and if so, can the bracket be tightened where it attaches to the speaker to keep the speaker in position once mounted?
By Customer Service - Q&A on February 17, 2012

Answer:
Hi Seth:

The bracket is designed to mount either vertically or horizontially so the set screws were designed to tighten the speaker in place. You just need to make sure the brackets are secured to the ceiling.

TL

By Thor Johnson from Newport, Rhode Island on June 16, 2012
How do I compare the AP525 and AP520 speakers? My area is under of the roof of an open porch in coastal New England. I'm powering the porch and small yard, and am replacing 5.25" speakers which have aged with time.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of these two models, please?
By Customer Service - Q&A on June 16, 2012

Answer:
Hi Thor:

Both feature excellent sound for the buck,but the Sealed AP520 would be a better choice especially considering your environment (coastal New England). The AP525 is a ported design that you have to consider when finding the proper placement. With the port you need to make sure it does not have direct exposure to the elements where it might fill up with water. i hope that helps.

TL

By Tom from Columbus, OH on April 23, 2012
Would AP525 speakers work well for a ski boat? I'm considering because they can be moved about the boat and hung on the windshield while docked or beached (these would be wired as the rear pair with a fixed pair of Sony 5" x 4ohm speakers wired as front along with an Infinity self powered sub-woofer connected to line level jacks). The receiver/amp is a Jensen JMS2212 with specs as follows:

Operating Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DC 12 Volts
Grounding System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Negative Ground
Speaker Impedance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8 ohms per channel
Tone Controls:
Bass (at 100 Hz) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : ±10 dB
Treble (at 10 kHz). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : ±10 dB
Power Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50W x 4
Current Drain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Ampere (max.)

Also, could these Sony 5" speakers be swapped for a pair of your ceiling speakers or some other OSD product?
By Customer Service - Q&A on April 24, 2012

Answer:
HI Tom,

The AP525 will work fine for your application. I would recommend looking for a true Marine audio speaker to replace your Sony speaker. There are a lot of speakers designed for flush-mount application for the Marine industry that work for direct replacement for the Sony with no additional modification.

TL/MA

Product Reviews

AP525 Outdoor Patio Speaker High Definition 5.25" Pair Composite Resin Low Resonator Cabinet 70V Optional
$69.95
5 Stars based on 75 Review(s)
Tim
Indiana
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great speakers!
March 17, 2017
Used as rear speakers along with AP650's for front channels in my garage. I added a sub and the system sounds amazing! Great customer service, fast shipping, and quality products! Definitely recommend these speakers!
Pros:
Great quality, well built, easy to mount, and sound great!

william
Daleville, AL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Service, and exceptinal quality
October 4, 2016
The items are great, received in good condition and in a timely manner. Great sound after installation. Will order more in the near future.

JE
CT
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

As advertised
August 1, 2016
Sound is as expected for popularly priced speakers but well made and just fine for the job at the price. Happy.

Richard Gieseck
Ohio
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Speakers!
June 22, 2016
This is my third purchase from OSD and every one has been on time with great products. These speakers have great sound and were easy to mount under the eve of my patio roof. They were a little bigger than what I pictured but they look great.

John S
Skokie, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Super value!
February 29, 2016
Excellent sound from such a small speaker was quite a pleasant surprise.

Larry Fontana
Rochester, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Completely Satisfied!
June 29, 2015
I was looking for a set of outdoor speakers for my newly built 300 sqft deck. I am a big Klipsch fan and use them exclusivly inside my home. Regardless, I just couldnt justify spending $450 for a set of Klipsch outdoor speakers. I searched the internet and stumbled upon OSD. I am so glad I did. These speakers sound fantastic and they are LOUD. Decent bass for a pair of 5.25" drivers, but what really made them come alive was hooking up an old 8" 100watt sub I had sitting around in the basement. I am so happy with this purchase. We just bought the house last August. I hope my neighbors share my taste in music. They're gonna hear it! Great job OSD!

Tom
Central, NH
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good value speakers
April 8, 2015
Theses speakers actually look good and have a very full sound. I typically use the Polk atrium line but these have a bit better sound and a better price. We will have to see how these hold up over time. I am a A/V contractor, I'm Happy with the purchase and will use again.
Pros:
Good looks, good sound and good price.
Cons:
No friction pad for between the speaker and the bracket so you must hand tighten very snuggly to keep speaker in position
Best Uses:
Book shelf, Porch and outdoor tight under eve to keep direct water from getting into the speaker.

stormin norman
Huntington Beach
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

speakers for the bar b que area
September 8, 2013
speaker sound great .
Pros:
easy , quick install love the free shipping

Shane
San Diego, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Work great as expected
July 24, 2013
I installed 2 pairs of these in a restaurant patio and they work great. Good sound quality, easy to hook up.

Jack Dunne
Madison, NJ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great value/price
July 19, 2013
Purchased these speakers a few weeks ago. Great quality, both sound and appearance. Have speakers I paid 3x's the price for. I have a hard time telling the difference!

Tarzan
Tulsa, Oklahoma
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent Speakers
June 17, 2013
So far the speakers have performed great. Very easy to install. Had some old KLH speakers that lasted 10+ years outside ans was time for some new ones. I can not believe the difference! These speakers have excellent clarity and really good bass as well. Hope they last 10 years as well.
Pros:
Easy to install Grear sound Look good
Cons:
None so far
Best Uses:
Outdoor patio.

Mitch
Houston
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Pair
April 29, 2013
Easy install, excellent and clear sound, very crisp!
Pros:
Direct water contact Small and lightweight Awesome sound quality
Cons:
NA
Best Uses:
Areas without eave overhang or without an eave

steves
middleburg, VA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

As good as expected
January 18, 2013
so far ok, but mounting bracket is flimsy but should be ok as these are light; we are using this in our horse barn; There is a lot of dust and some moisture; so far so good, but it will take time to see how well they will hold up over time under these difficult conditions
Pros:
Easy To Set Up
Best Uses:
Barn

BP
NH
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Perfect for smaller spaces
December 9, 2012
I have both the AP525 and AP650. I tested both using a Yamaha RX-V665 on the main left and right channels. The AP525 sound fine, but maybe just a little light on the bass on certain songs. In comparison, I find the AP650 to have very full bass across all types of music (not surprisingly). Just for fun, I also toggled this off and on against my Polk RTi A3. Unfortunately, that made the AP525/AP650s sound pretty sad. Buuuuut, when they're out on the patio, they sound great. Cliff notes: AP525 is fine for smaller patios. Step up to the AP650 if you want more support on the low end.
Pros:
Decent Bass, Well-built, Binding Posts, Clear Mid And High
Cons:
Not Enough Bass For Some
Best Uses:
Smaller Patios

Frisco Kid
Frisco Texas
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Perfect for my outdoor entertainment nee
September 26, 2012
Plan on enjoying the nice apperance and sound for many years ahead. I am glad I bought these outdoor speakers
Pros:
Easy to Mount, Attractive Design, Great Sound Quality
Cons:
Heavy / Bulky
Best Uses:
Outdoors

stelet58
Findlay, OH
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

I would recommend this product
September 10, 2012
For the price, these speakers have a nice sound and are easy to install. I liked the sound they produce at a low volume. I used a sub to fill in the lows. OSD sells affordable speakers that sound good. Highly recommend
Pros:
Attractive Design, Good Power Output, Easy To Set Up, Easy to Mount
Best Uses:
Outdoors

Invader
Machesney Park, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

So far so good!
September 1, 2012
Delivery was prompt and well packaged. Quality construction and unlimited mounting angles. Ours are now located under outdoor shelves near a hot tub. The sound quality is outstanding. Assuming these stand the test of time (weather) in our semi-protected mounting location, we will be very pleased with this purchase.
Pros:
Great Sound Quality, Attractive Design

Mountain Mike
Tijeras, NM
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Patio Speakers
August 29, 2012
Awewsome sound fo rthe price
Pros:
Easy to Mount, Great Sound Quality, Good Power Output
Best Uses:
Outdoors

Blizzman
Lindenhurst ,NY
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

"I would buy this product"
August 4, 2012
fast shipping,good outdoor speakers for the money. I've had no problem with them. I would use this company again.
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Great Sound Quality, Good Power Output
Best Uses:
Outdoors

T-Rex
Oxnard Ca
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Hidden Treasure
July 24, 2012
Superb quality at a Superb price. Super fast delivery. If you want to impress your clients with great sound quality without breaking the bank then this is were you want to buy your materials. For all your installations from residential to commercial this is were to buy your equipment!!!!
Pros:
Easy to Mount, Super fast delivery, Best Buy, Great Products, Great Sound Quality, Easy To Set Up
Best Uses:
Home Theater, Smaller Rooms, DJ / Mixing, Larger Rooms, Outdoors, Home, Multiple Rooms / Whole House, Basic Systems

Bass_Playa
North Suburban Chicago
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Outstanding Speakers - Great Value!
July 22, 2012
I purchased 2 pairs of these speakers to replace older Bose speakers mounted under the roof eaves over a very large paver patio that wraps around the back side of my home. I have one pair covering the east and the other pair covering the north. In a word, the sound quality is REMARKABLE. These speakers sound absolutely fantastic! The bass response is deep, warm and tight. The mids are incredibly well articulated and the highs are sharp and brilliant without being brash or shrill. The stereo imaging is also downright magical - incredible definition - almost similar to high-end headphones that I use in my music recording studio! I'm completely shocked and certainly wasn't expecting anywhere near this kind of sound quality from small outdoor patio speakers. I'm beyond pleased with my purchase and thrilled to get such outstanding speakers for such a great price! Thanks OSD!!
Pros:
Great Sound Quality, Attractive Design, Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Great price, Easy to Mount
Cons:
NONE
Best Uses:
Very Large Outdoor Patio

handsome mike LOL!!!
Brick N.J.
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great speakers
July 22, 2012
I use them outside and they sound awsom. The white really blends in with house trim, they blend rite in. They are the perfect size and they sound crisp. I'm going to buy a second pair because I'm so pleased.No complaints from product, company or delivery. Thanks for making my purchase headache free. Mike

Jon
Waukesha, WI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great outdoor sound
July 20, 2012
Used on an outdoor patio. These speakers sound great at any volume. Great value!
Pros:
Easy to Mount, Great Sound Quality, Attractive Design, Good Power Output, Easy To Set Up
Best Uses:
Outdoors

Sam
Janesville, WI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Better than Bose!
June 29, 2012
I recently added these to a large outdoor patio area. I already have a set of Bose freespace speakers in the general area and these sound better.
Pros:
Easy to Mount, Great Sound Quality
Best Uses:
Outdoors

Chazzmann
Austin, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

High definition 5.25" patio speakers
May 29, 2012
Speakers arrived quickly. Easy to mount and set up. Awesome sound!
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Attractive Design, Easy to Mount
Best Uses:
Outdoors