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AP850 Outdoor Patio Speaker High Definition 8" 2-Way Pair Black White

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Designed for both residential and commercial applications, the AP850 outdoor patio speaker is a customer and installer favorite due to its high-quality design on the inside and its tough exterior outside. Supplying high-end sound quality sound without the high-end price tag, this outdoor speaker can be mounted under patio eaves in homes or can be used in commercial applications such as ball parks, hotels, theme parks and other outdoor spaces where PA and clear background sound is required. What makes the AP850 different from pricey conventional 2-way outdoor is the componentry. We don’t skimp on what we know is important, such as the 8” polypropylene woofer that has the power and flexibility to cover all the low and mid-range frequencies. The AP850 also steps it up in the high end with a 1” ferrofluid-cooled tweeter that produces tight and highly distinguishable high notes and vocals. This durable outdoor patio speaker is rated at 180W with plenty of power to spare to crank up the tunes without distortion at high volumes. Designed for outdoor conditions with weather-resistant components, the sturdy ABS polymer enclosure and rust-resistant grille is ideal for patios, decks and overhangs covering areas up to 800 square feet. The AP850 speakers come with matching mounting brackets that allow for 180-degree swivel and 60 degree tilt, mounted either horizontally or vertically. For the best protection, we recommend installing these speakers in a covered area such as beneath eaves and overhangs.

Better Cone Materials Equal Better Sound
In addition to a weather-resistant enclosure, the AP850 includes an 8” polypropylene woofer. Polypropylene is a popular speaker material due to the added stiffness and durability PP offers over paper cones. Polypropylene cone woofers produce rich and detailed low- and mid-range and very balanced sound overall. For high end, we include a 1” ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeter. This specialty tweeter material is well suited for outdoor applications because it is made from microscopic iron particles suspended in a non-conducting viscous oil which helps dissipate heat and promotes longevity.


Other Product Info

OSD Audio’s AP850 outdoor patio speaker is a customer and installer favorite due to its high-quality design on the inside and its tough exterior outside. Supplying high-end sound quality sound without the high-end price tag, this outdoor speaker can be mounted under patio eaves in homes or can be used in commercial applications such as ball parks, hotels and and other outdoor spaces where PA and clear background sound is required.



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31 Questions & 32 Answers
from Baltimore, MD asked:
May 17, 2019
How much do these speakers weigh?
1 Answer
Hi Tom:

These packaged pair are 18.5 pounds.


Submitted by: Tim Leahy on May 17, 2019

from Louisiana asked:
May 7, 2019
Help please ! I have a 5000 sq. ft. boat house to fill with music. Basically , this is a large covered deck over the water. I am using a Denon AVR 1802 as my source , with which I mostly use my ipod or radio. I used the Denon for 4 Klipsch AW 400, 50 watts at 8 ohms . I am upgrading to 4 Klipsch AW 650, 85 watts at 8 ohms. The 4 aw 650 will be in the main seating area and the aw 400 will be moved to other areas , in pairs. I was also thinking of adding an svs 2000 subwoofer, or Klipsch equal. Do you think I will need the sub ? What would you recommend to drive all these speakers and sub ? Keep in mind I will probably be adding more speakers , 2-3 more pairs of the smaller ones. I would also like to have the zones on different volume controls, 6-8 zones in stereo , if possible, and near source. If you could include diagram of the items needed and wiring diagrams to units and speakers and sub , would really help. I can view and print from pfd . Thank you in advance for any recommendations on sources wiring diagrams needed. 
1 Answer
Hi Harry:

I have a complete proposal for your project headed to you by your email. It is a PDF with two wiring diagram options. I have also included a recommendation for Amplifier (AMP300), Speaker Selectors (either SSVC6 or DSM6), Patio Speakers (AP850) and a dedicated Subwoofer Amplifier and our new Outdoor patio/deck Subwoofer (SMP-500 DSP and the FORZA10 Sub). There also a recommendation for our NERO Link as an additional option to your iPod and Radio through your DENON receiver. Please review and let me what you think?


Submitted by: Tim Leahy on May 8, 2019

from Ohio asked:
January 6, 2019
Is the 180w power rating for each speaker or for the pair wired together. Because in the description it says 90x2 on the listed power handling?
1 Answer
HI Robert: The 180 Watts is the peak rating meaning it can run up to 180 watts for short bursts and rated at 90 Watts RMS continuous power that it can handle. Our Award-winning AP650; 150 Watts Peak power and 75 Watts RMS. Note the AP850 has a sensitivity of 90 dB at 1 Watt measured at 1 Meter which is very efficient and takes less than half the power of a speaker rated at 87dB. A good choice TL/5357
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on January 8, 2019

Bryan Talley
from Berryville, Arkansas asked:
January 6, 2019
Hello, I have a Sonos Connect:Amp and I am looking for outdoor speakers to use it with. The Sonos spec sheet says 55w x2 at 8 ohms and 110w x2 at 4 ohms.... I’m sorry but ohms and powers ratings calculations confuse me. Will this amp have enough power for these AP850’s or will it be lacking? Thank you
1 Answer
Hi Bryan: A pair of AP850 will work just fine with the SONOS Connect Amplifier. That would be an 8-ohm load which SONOS is designed to work. The speaker also has a high sensitivity; 90dB, 1 Watt at 1 Meter. So they are very efficient so take less power to drive them. Good match TL/5356
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on January 11, 2019

from Denver asked:
October 12, 2018
AP850 1. What volume control is recommended to run a pair of these from an amp200? And at what setting 2. Can one 850 cover a 500sf zone by itself? Or do they need to be paired?
1 Answer
HI Haley: I am assuming you have a 20 ft x 25 ft room. I would recommend a single pair to start mounting them around 10 to 12 foot apart. If you connect the single pair or even add a second pair of AP850 (to Speaker B), you do not need Impedance matching Volume Controls with the AMP200. The VKR120 Resistor based Volume Control has a Broader Frequency Response with no high or low-end roll-off, so would be a better choice for your application. There is also a new slider style as well, the SKR120. The Outdoor version is the OVC305R. You should also consider adding our New Pre-1 Preamplifier (with 1.5V output gain) to the AMP200. The High Current AMP200 is built to run all day long at 4 ohms (2 pairs of 8-ohm speakers in parallel). TL/5242
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on October 12, 2018

from Buffalo, NY asked:
June 21, 2018
Hi Interested in 6 of these speakers (AP840) for an outdoor restaurant patio (hall like setting approx 60’ long). If I connected 6 of these @ 25W a speaker plus 20% for line loss I should need about a 250W 70v amp. Is that correct and what you recommend? If so what amp on your site do you recommend? Thank you, Damian.
1 Answer
Hi Damian: We recommend our PAM245 Amplifier/Mixer combo with 240 watts. The AP850 set to 25W would equal 150 watts. 80% of 240 is 192 Watts. You could add one or even 2 more AP850 and still be in the ballpark at 200Watts. Great choice of speakers, but check out the features on the PAM245 with 5 switchable zones 3 mic inputs (mic one has priority override), 3 Aux inputs plus pre-amp outs for expansion. Plus it includes RS232 and IR control (includes IR Remote). Good luck TL/5066
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on June 21, 2018

from Mexico asked:
April 10, 2018
the specifitacion says that the sensitivity is 90dB, can I suppose is 90dB @ 1w 1m ?? thank you
1 Answer
Hi Alberto: Yes, sensitivity is 90dB 1 watt at 1 meter. Very efficient! TL/4901
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on April 17, 2018

from Wabasha, MN asked:
March 14, 2018
I have a pair of AP840s on a deck powered with an Onkyo receiver that also powers another set of AP850s inside the house. Another connected deck needs sound. I am thinking of getting your new outdoor bluetooth wireless subwoofer and powering a new set of AP850s using that. I may also want to hook up the other pair of AP840s to the subwoofer so that all decks will use the same source. Hopefully there will be no latency. Do you think that will work?
1 Answer
Hi Jamie: This Outdoor Bluetooth Subwoofer should work perfectly for your application. There should be no latency issues. There is a Internal 4.1 power amplifier built into the Sub Chamber . One channel dedicated to the Sub woofer and two stereo outputs, one for your existing AP840 and the other for the new pair of AP850. You will have a single source input, the Bluetooth for both locations. You could even add a volume control for each stereo pair if you want more control, Check out the OVC100. Good luck TL/4845
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on March 31, 2018

from New York asked:
February 27, 2018
Can you add some more photos of different angles, like the AP840 has?
1 Answer
Hi Billy: Good suggestion, I be able to do something on that next week when I will be in our California warehouse. I try and have additional photos posted and also send some directly to you. What is you application?
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 3, 2018

from New Orleans, LA asked:
January 5, 2018
I currently have the AMP200 powering a set of 8ohm speakers on both the A and B switches with 2 SVC100 in line of both the A and B speakers. If i were to replace one set of speakers with the AP850, would the AMP200 be able to power both sets and what should the impedance be set to on the SVC100's.
1 Answer
HI Burn: You will have no problem subbing a pair of AP850 with whatever pair of 8 ohm speakers you currently have. The impedance setting should be 1/2X for both SVC100. Technically you can connect three pair of 8 ohm speakers in parallel with the AMP300, all on speaker A if you wanted or 2 on speaker A and a single speaker on B. I might have also selected the SVC300 with this Amp. It is not a bad thing to run this amp consistently at a 4 ohm load. I compare running this AMP200 at 8 ohm to owning a Corvette and driving it at 35 mph on the highway. TL/4730
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 7, 2018

Carlos Valenzuela
from Guatemala City, Guatemala asked:
October 26, 2017
I ordered By Amazon 2 pairs of AP850, but I received AP850 with the Tap of 70V I think, they have a selector of watts. What is the diference, the speakers do not sound well. Please contact me to Regards Carlos Valenzuela
1 Answer
Hi Carlos: Just make sure you set the selector switch to 8 Ohm, this will bi-pass the internal 70V Transformer. The speaker is identical to the 8 ohm only version and should sound the same. What are you using them with, what is your source? TL/4610
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 27, 2017

from asked:
October 25, 2017
I’m opening a bar with 4 different zones. I’m looking at 4 pairs of these after reading awesome reviews. I’m thinking 2 amps to control the zones and maybe ad a powered sub with 2 extra speakers in one area to make people dance. What do you recommend?
1 Answer
HI Didier: We would love to help you with your bar setup. Where are you located? If you can supply me with additional information on your project including the layout of the building with dimensions and images of all the rooms and bar area. Checkout our AMP300 and the SSVC4 Speaker Selector with Dual Source switchable per zone between two amps. We have done many restaurants where the SSVC4 would be behind the bar and controlled by the bartender. Each zone features an internal volume control, On/Off switch and a choice of Source A or Source B. What are you planning for your sources? One could be for your TV's. Please let me know more. We just returned from a recent convention where we featured a wall of Bass including 8 each SL800 Passive subs powered by a single sub amp. It would work perfect with four speakers in two locations.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 27, 2017

from Austin TX asked:
April 1, 2016
What is the best amplifier to drive a single pair of these speakers? Also, what do you recommend to use for an in-wall volume control - Knob/Rotary control (not slide)?
1 Answer
Hi David: The best amplifier to drive these would be our AMP200. And if you are looking for a single volume control where you are not concerned with Impedance matching then you would want to use the resistor based volume control which comes in an indoor VSK-120 or in an outdoor version OVC-305; note, both are rotary style. The resistor based volume controls have a broader frequency response with no high or low end roll-off. You could even add a second pair of AP-850 to speaker B of the AMP200 and run through another Resistor based volume control with no problems. The AMP-200 is a High current amplifier featuring, large Toroidal Power Supply, High Capacitance, all discrete components in the Triple Darling-ton Audio Section and Ample Internal Heat sinks. A true audiophile Power Amplifier. You will want to run a minimum 14 gauge CL3/FT4 rated speaker wire. Good choices TL/3791
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 1, 2016

from Horseshoe Bend, AR asked:
March 8, 2018
The specs for the AP850 say 1" tweeter. The owners manual spec. Says 2". Why are they different and which one is right?
1 Answer
Hi Parrot: Thank you for bringing to our attention. The Spec listed on the web page (1") is most current. TL/4839
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on March 10, 2018

from St. Louis asked:
June 8, 2017
What is the difference between the AP840 and the AP850?
1 Answer
HI Mike: The AP 850 is a more expensive speaker since it costs more due to better components and cabinet construction. Pure and simple we sell more AP 850 and virtually have no returns because someone does not like the sound quality. We had people return that AP 840 after complaining about the sound quality. Yes it looks comparable on paper but the AP 850 does not come back so it's the speaker we recommend between the two. TL/4412
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 10, 2017

suzann hensley
from sparta, tn asked:
March 10, 2017
I have a pair of AP850's being installed by the pool. I want a good receiver/amp that will get the most out of these speakers. Receiver will be on a screen porch subject to heat and high humidity at times. Any suggestions regarding what receiver I should consider?
1 Answer
Hi Suzann: The best match for your AP-850 is our AMP200. This is High Current Power Amplifier with plenty of headroom with great audiophile sound quality. It also features Automatic Priority Dual Source Switching so you have options for adding sources. There are some very good wireless sources available or you can add wired options like your iPod/Smartphone, Tablet, CD/DVD. And as long as your not exposed directly to the elements like rain there should be no problem mounted in a cabinet on your porch. You can also add an additional pair of AP-850 on Speaker B output. TL/4246
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 10, 2017

from St. Louis, Missouri asked:
February 21, 2017
I am looking to replace my current "rock" speakers that have not weathered well. I'm planning on installing some 4" x 4" treated posts to mount these at about 4' to 4.5' high. I'll be removing these in the fall to keep in the garage during the cold months, and remounting in the spring. So they'll not be exposed to ice, snow, or freezing rain. They'll likely be mounted vertically, and the ports will be very close to level. Do I need to worry about rain water getting into the enclosure, and if so, are there steps I can take to mitigate this? Also, can you confirm that these have true crossovers, and not just a filter on the tweeter? Also, if you can share the crossover points, just out of curiosity?
1 Answer
HI Rodney: I am always concerned about recommending any of our Outdoor patio speakers that are a ported design for an application where you have direct exposure to the elements. Unless they are mounted under an eve or or some sort of enclosure. And it is a good idea to take any outdoor speaker in during the off season. Maybe a better choice would be the AP650 which is a sealed design and has the highest certification for direct exposure. And like the AP 850 does have a actual crossover not just a cap to protect the tweeter. TL/4227
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on February 28, 2017

from Baton Rouge, La asked:
June 5, 2016
I was thinking about powering these with a JL audio Bluetooth audio controller and JBL marine amplifier (12V system mounted in an outdoor kitchen). I know these are 8 ohm speakers. Do you see a problem with compatibility using these speakers with car stereo electronics? Russ
1 Answer
Hi Russ: Assuming you have a JBL MA-6002 four channel Marine Power Amplifier that you could bridge and double the output of the Amplifier you would have no problem getting the most out a pair of AP-850. If you are using a JBL-MA-6002 two channel amplifier it will work but at 8 ohms will not draw as much current or will limit your output power. You might consider powering two pair of our AP-670 Patio speakers in parallel so that your amplifier is driving a 4 ohm load and pushing more current and more audio output. Note that 2 pair of AP-670 will cost a little more than a single pair of AP-850. Specs are very close with the AP-850 rated for higher power. Both are 44 to 45 Hz on the low end side and sensitivity for both runs 90 db so they are efficient. Either would work TL/3914
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 6, 2016

from Minneapolis, MN asked:
March 12, 2016
I have a control$ 8 zone amp. 120 Wattts @ 8ohm per channel. Will this be sufficient to drive the AP850 speakers?
2 Answers
Hi Jeff: These will work fine for your application. The key specification is the Sensitivity rating. The higher the number the more efficient the speaker and less power hungry they are. Anything above 88 dB is good indicator. The 200 watts are more for peak power with a RMS continuous power rating of 100 to 150 watts. So no problem using these in your setup. Good Luck TL/3751
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 14, 2016
Hi Jeff: These will work fine for your application. The key specification is the Sensitivity rating. The higher the number the more efficient the speaker and less power hungry they are. Anything above 88 dB is good indicator. The 200 watts are more for peak power with a RMS continuous power rating of 100 to 150 watts. So no problem using these in your setup. Good Luck TL/3751
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 14, 2016

Connor Long
from Alabama asked:
February 14, 2016
What are the main differences between the AP840 & AP850 other than the Optional 70 volt Tap & the 2" & 1" Tweeters, also can you tell a major difference in sound quality/Total Output between the 2" & 1" Tweeters . I'm looking to replace a pair of old QSC AD-S82, on a baseball field however won't be using the 70 volt Option.
1 Answer
Hi Conner: Both he AP-850 and AP-840 will work for your application. Specs as you can see our similar including both have 1 inch supernal Tweeters (that is a soft dome weatherproof tweeter. I do think the Cabinet of the AP-850 is a better design especially the front baffle indented around the tweeter for a better dispersion pattern for reproducing vocals (like making announcements). They also maybe a better match to the Speakers you are replacing. The AP-850 is also available with out the 70-Volt taps for $10.00 less. We have both speakers in stock available in black or white finish Good Luck TL/3709
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on February 17, 2016

from Austin, Tx asked:
May 30, 2015
I am looking for a speaker that can be mounted in a tree. Can these be mounted out in the open like that? rock speakers won't work in my application.
1 Answer
Hi Harold, They can be mounted to a tree, however they do have a port hole that opens into the speaker. Can you mount them horizontally and aim them down?
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 2, 2015

from Chicago, IL asked:
May 26, 2015
Do you have a recommendation on an amplifier to run 6 of these together? I don't need separate zones or any special controls. Thanks for your time.
1 Answer
Hi Tony, Check out our AMP300. It's a high-current amp that is built to run multiple pairs of speakers simultaneously.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 2, 2015

shae leblanc
from lafayette louisiana asked:
January 5, 2015
I am looking at these for my back patio and yard area. I was thinking 4 of the 6.5 in speakers but i would like to have some bass without running a sub. How would 2 of these or 4 of these do in a 36x14 covered area and a large uncovered area of 36x24.
1 Answer
Hi Shae, These are our most powerful outdoor patio speakers and they have a ton of bass. This would suit you well.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 14, 2015

Michael Martinez
from Brea, CA asked:
July 22, 2014
How do these compare to the Polk Atrium 8s?
1 Answer
Hello MIchael, The Atrium 8's are 6.5" speakers, so our AP850 is going to provide a lot more power and bass response while delivering a smooth and clear sound for all types of music.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 22, 2014

from Southwest asked:
June 19, 2014
Do these have a bass port? I would like to mount them outside where they would be exposed to occasional rain.
1 Answer
Hi Tom, Yes - they do have a bass port so it would be best to have them mounted under an eave, but if you are limited, you can mount them horizontally and aim the speakers downwards. It would be nearly impossible for the rain to get in at that angle. Thanks! BM 2764
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 19, 2014

Dave louch
from Denver asked:
July 25, 2013
Do you have a chart for the area covered for the particular speaker? I.E 850 speaker = 50 sq ft
1 Answer
HI Dave: We do not have an official chart. I believe the key is you want the pair of stereo speakers placed 8 to 12 feet apart. 8" 2 way speakers can be placed farther apart than 6.5" 2 way speakers versus a 5.25" 2 way. You also want the speakers angled in slightly. If your area is wider you should think about adding a second pair of speakers. Unlike speakers inside which have walls and floors to help reinforce the sound the outside is usually wide open and you may need more speakers to cover an area. TL - 2101
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on August 21, 2013

from Tacoma, WA asked:
November 17, 2012
Hello, Does the AP850 sound any better than the AP840? I don't want to spend more for the AP850 if both sound the same. I don't need to use these in a commercial application, just want them for hot tub.
1 Answer
Hi Scott, I personally think the AP850's are worth the price difference. They are going to produce better quality sound. Before you purchase take a look at the AP650's They are the equivalent of the AP850's but in a smaller size. We show an image with a dollar bill that will help you judge the size of the speakers better. I think the AP650's are the perfect size, and they sound great! Top notch sound quality. This is relative to the area you are trying to cover though- If you would consider your area large- go with the AP850's CL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on November 19, 2012

Bryan Espy
from Raleigh, NC asked:
July 9, 2012
Guys, I noticed on one of the pictures that this speaker cabinet appears to have a pair of 3/8" threaded mounting holes... can someone confirm? I planning on building a custom ceiling speaker mount, so I need to know the hold sizes, threading, width, etc. Thanks! bradesp
1 Answer
Hi Bryan, On the back of the AP850 there are four mounting screws that are 1/4". They are set 4¼" x 2" apart so that is vertically 4¼" apart and horizontally 2" apart. There are also two side mounting holes that are 4" apart. CL/MA
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 10, 2012

from NORTH HILLS CA asked:
May 27, 2012
1 Answer
Hi Marco: Both the AP850 and AP840 are 2 way speakers featuring a 8" Mid-bass Driver and 1" Tweeter. Both feature dual tuning ports. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 29, 2012

from new haven, in asked:
April 14, 2012
i want to be able to run radio and ipod on these speakers. what equipment is recommended?
1 Answer
Hi Jeff, You can connect your iPod to our AMP200 with a simple RCA to mini cable (product code OSD-MS-3ft). This cable connects into the back of the amp with RCAs (red and white) and into the headphone jack of your iPod. Radio would be done the same way, with an RCA or and RCA to mini. CL/MA
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 16, 2012

from Ancaster, Ontario asked:
October 26, 2011
Why are the 850's rated at 47hz bass cut off and the 840's at 30hz ?
1 Answer
Both speakers are 90dB (very efficient) and are rated up to 200 watts. The rule of thumb is that the lower frequency response the more power the speakers will take to produce the lower frequencies. The AP850 costs more for several reasons. The AP850 features a 70 Volt tap that gives you the option to use it in a standard two channel system or 70 Volt commercial setup. It also features a two-inch soft dome tweeter for a more defined top end, which is more appealing in commercial applications where they are utilized more for background music. Either speaker is an excellent choice; it just comes down to your individual application TL/MA
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 27, 2011

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