Yamaha's outdoor speakers will outperform your portable Bluetooths—and they're on sale
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Already planning a lot of socially-distant hangouts this summer? If you're inviting people over to hang out 6-feet apart in your backyard, chances are, you'll be looking for ways to make the space feel inviting in other ways. A good set of outdoor speakers can help you set the right tone, and right now, you can get two popular options from Yamaha for a great low price.
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Through July 12, you can save a ton of money on two of the bran'ds best-selling models: the Yamaha NS-AW194 and NS-AW294. Instead of paying $99.95 for the former, you'll only have to shell out $89.95. With the NS-AW294s, you stand to save even more: This exceptional speaker is $129.95 on Amazon—a $70 price drop from its usual $199.95.
While we haven't tested these speakers out just yet, our Managing Editor of Electronics, Ryan Waniata, thinks either one is a great value for the price. "You can think of these like a pair of bookshelf speakers, but designed for outdoor use," he says. Essentially, they've been designed to have even better sound quality than your trusty portable Bluetooth speakers, which are typically mono, self-powered and stream wirelessly.
Each Yamaha set, by contrast, comes with a powerful woofer, which can deliver low- to mid-frequency responses, plus installation guidelines to help you set them up. With a 4.3-star rating on Amazon, the NS-AW294s are the more elegant and powerful of the two, and reviewers say they deliver great audio. "Great tone, sound and excellent bass throughout the volume range and can handle a great deal of volume without distortion," wrote one happy shopper. "Would definitely recommend these for anyone looking for great sound outdoors."
The cheaper NS-AW194s, however, are nothing to sneeze at. Like the NS-AW294s, they're made with built-in weatherproof cabinets, making this set waterproof and resistant to ultraviolet ray damage. This entry-level option comes with a balanced dome tweeter, a two-way bass reflex design and can be installed either vertically or horizontally to fit your outdoor space.
These discounts won't last for too long, but if you buy either one of them now, you could have them in time for July 4th weekend (depending on which place you shop from), so there's never been a been time to consider upgrading your stereo game.
Get the Yamaha NS-AW194 Outdoor Speakers at B&H Photo for $89.95 (Save $10)
Get the Yamaha NS-AW294 Outdoor Speakers on Amazon for $129.95 (Save $70)
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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.