Boston Acoustics SoundWare Outdoor Speaker Review

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  • nominal power: not specified
  • peak power: 100 watts
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 87 dB/W/m
  • frequency response range: 90 – 20,000 Hz (+/- 3dB)
  • unit weight: 4.9 lbs
  • unit dimensions: 6.5 x 6.15 x 6.15 inches
  • warranty: 5 years (applies to purchase from Amazon.com)
  • user manual: click here
  • wireless: no
  • battery life: n/a
  • signal range: n/a

The SoundWare outdoor speaker is a great and inexpensive choice for small, ambient sound best suited for individuals or lower key gatherings. Its unique design allows for countless ways of integrating the speaker into almost any location, and Boston Acoustics builds their outdoor speakers with robust design to withstand the elements over the long run.

This Speaker incorporates a coaxial driver, which allows you to rotate & position the speakers at any angle without sacrificing sound dispersion. A coaxial driver is a two way system with a mid-bass unit and the tweeter placed on the same center axis with the woofer. The main advantage of this unique design is that high frequencies radiate from the same point as mid frequencies and bass frequencies giving a sense of sound integrity and smooth dispersion, which is particularly advantageous for a single unit speaker in the outdoors. The secondary advantage of this design is that it saves up a lot of space on the speaker baffle allowing for a compact enclosure & overall design. Keep reading on for a full Boston Acoustics SoundWare Review. You can learn more about our rating system here.

Power: 6/10 – With a peak power of 100 watts and sensitivity rating of 87, this speaker is best suited for low key ambiance type music, but will probably fall short for larger areas. Also, the low end of the frequency response range (90 hz) is on the high side, meaning this speaker might have a somewhat shy bass response.

Aesthetics & Style: 4/5 – The SoundWare comes in both black and white and features a pretty slick, compact design as was discussed earlier.

Portability & Convenience: 4.5/5 – The unique design and ball pivot mounting hardware allows this speaker to be positioned in virtually any place or position, and it won’t be tough to move around at only 5 pounds.

Durability: 4/5 – This company grades these speakers as fully weather resistant, and it is designed to permanently reside outside.

Warranty: 4.5/5 – All Boston Acoustics outdoor speakers are covered by a 5 year warranty, so you can rest assured the company believes in the long term quality of it’s products.

Price: 9/10 – For the power and design this speaker brings to the table it is a great deal at under $100, and has the added advantage of being sufficient as a standalone speaker.

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Bottom Line: 8.2/10

This is a solid choice for a standalone speaker if you’re looking for more inexpensive options, particularly if you don’t need a system that can blast your socks off. The company that produces this is a reputable brand, so you can’t really go wrong with any of their outdoor speakers.

NOTE: These require separately sold speaker wire. Need some? Check out our outdoor speaker wire guide here.