The Definitive Technology AW6500 is one of the most amazing outdoor speakers that you can go for especially for outdoor events or pool parties. The AW6500 sound quality is exceptional for an outdoor speaker and is durable as well. Furthermore, it is affordably priced but they still need matching amps though. Without a suitable amplifier, the Definitive Technology AW6500 loudspeakers would not be able to sound their best.
If you are planning to get a new amp for your AW6500 speakers, then please continue to read on. To find the right amp for your outdoor speakers, we must first learn more about the sonic characteristics of the Definitive Technology AW6500. Find out more about their strengths and weaknesses, only then we will be able to get the best partnering amps. We will be sharing with you the list of matching amps later on in the article.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Definitive Technology AW6500
The Definitive Technology AW6500 is built to withstand harsh weather, thanks to its fully sealed PolyStone exterior, giving them resistance to moisture and also wear-resistant. It looks modern and stylish, not to mention, the black finish is highly fade-resistant. The white finish is both paintable and fade-resistant too, giving you plenty of color options to choose from so that the AW6500 speakers will fit in nicely with your Patio, backyard, etc. Since is an outdoor speaker, whether it will aesthetically match your chosen amplifiers is not an issue. The Definitive Technology AW6500 is quite a big speaker, consisting of a 1″ (25mm) Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeter, 6.5″ (165mm) BDSS Bass Mid/Woofer, and a large Bass Radiator. For the size, it is still mountable though, using its built-in galvanized steel mounting brackets.
The total frequency response is really impressive, it is from 40Hz to 30kHz. The speaker sensitivity of 92dB is equally impressive as well. Along with the nominal impedance of only 8 Ohms, the Definitive Technology AW6500 seems to be quite easy to drive. The peak power handling is 200 Watts so we shouldn’t be too stingy by getting a low-powered amplifier for them. Going the HiFi separates route will not be recommended, as the cost would go way beyond the AW6500 price range.
The Definitive Technology AW6500 can really pump out the bass, it is full-bodied and has weight but is quite affected by the surroundings. Especially when there are plenty of reflective surfaces which can be easily solved by adjusting the bass settings. This is a good thing as you can turn it up when you are having a backyard or poolside party. There’s really no need for an additional subwoofer, as we find these outdoor speakers are more than enough on their own. The low frequency is delivered cleanly and is quite rich in details as well.
The vocals sounded clear and natural, as you start pushing up the volume, the voices have more clarity and do not sound cringe. The instruments are been played out with clarity as well, every strum and shred of the guitar can be heard clearly. The clean music presentations are accompanied by well-balanced tonality. Due to the outdoor environment and depending on how noisy the surroundings are, there is no real focus and subtle music nuances aren’t as audible. Still, for an outdoor speaker, the sound quality of the Definitive Technology AW6500 can be considered one of the very best at their price range. They can go really loud, covering quite a large outdoor area, and produce clean sounding music, furthermore, it is a well-balanced speaker without boosted bass.
They may work well as indoor mounted speakers too since the Definitive Technology AW6500 is rather transparent and neutral sounding. Most music genres will do well with this pair of outdoor speakers as they are talented all-rounders. The overall sound reproduction can be a tad bright and also depended on the outdoor environment, bright sounding system may do well in certain scenarios. We have all the details we need, it is time for us to share with you the best amps to match your Definitive Technology AW6500 outdoor loudspeakers.
Definitive Technology AW6500 Specifications
- Speaker Type: All-Weather Loudspeaker (Fully Sealed PolyStone Exterior)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeter, 6.5″ (165mm) BDSS Bass Mid/Woofer, 5.5″ (H) x 10″ (W) Oval-shaped Pressure Driven Bass Radiator
- Total Frequency Response: 40Hz-30kHz
- Speaker Sensitivity (1 watt @ 1 meter): 92dB
- Peak Power Handling: 200 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 226mm x 367mm x 235mm, 8.9″ x 14.4″ x 9.3″
- Weight: 4.2kg (9.2lbs)
Best Amps to pair with Definitive Technology AW6500
The Sony STRDH190 is probably the best budget amp to go with your Definitive Technology AW6500. This is a very affordable and highly rated stereo receiver that also allows you to connect up to 4 speakers via A/B switching. There is Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to easily play your favorite music via your mobile phone/tablet. The Bluetooth Standby feature is pretty neat too as you can use your paired mobile device to turn the Sony STRDH190 on. The stereo receiver also has more than enough power to drive your Definitive Technology AW6500 to a high level of volume. It is recommended to hear them out first.
If you are planning to set up an outdoor home theater system, the Denon AVR-X3700H is the ideal AV receiver for you. The power amplification is certainly more than enough to really drive the Definitive Technology AW6500 speakers. You can also connect up to 2 outdoor active subwoofers for even more powerful bass performance. The Denon AVR-X3700H is an 8K Ultra HD receiver and this will deliver superb cinematic visuals onto your outdoor projection screen. The sonic characteristics of both the AVR and AW6500 speakers are quite similar, delivering a well-balanced sound reproduction, which works great for both outdoor music and movie experience.
The Sonos Amp is one of the best amps to go with your Definitive Technology AW6500, as firstly the power output is high enough to make your AW6500 speakers sing and drive them at high volumes. It is also a wireless streaming amplifier, giving you the capability to easily stream your music wirelessly via the Sonos S2 App. There is also a subwoofer output as well, giving you that extra low-end oomph when you connect to a powered sub. Apple users will also be delighted that the Sonos Amp has Apple AirPlay 2. The compact size and low-profile design of the Sonos Amp make it an ideal outdoor amplifier.
Talking about low-profile design and compact-sized amps, the NAD D 3045 is another such amplifier that you might want to check out. They have an incredibly small footprint as you can place them in an upright position. The D 3045 is also packed with features such as a high-quality DAC, 2-way Bluetooth powered by Qualcomm aptX, HDMI Arc, and many more. The well-balanced sound reproduction of this digital amplifier suits the Definitive Technology AW6500 really well. The power output may not be as high as the others, but fortunately, the AW6500 are efficient speakers.
The Yamaha A-S501 will be a fantastic entry-level integrated amplifier for your Definitive Technology AW6500. It is an insightful and transparent amp with enough muscles to drive your outdoor speakers with ease. The A-S501 is also very well balanced which makes this amp really suitable to match with the AW6500. The Speakers A/B feature also makes it convenient to power 2 different sets of speakers, for instance, 1 set for indoor and the other for outdoor. The subwoofer output will come in handy as well. You should audition them and see if you like what you hear.
If you are just planning to get only power amplifiers then we will suggest checking out Emotiva. They are popular among audiophiles in making affordable and yet high-quality power amplifiers with excellent sound quality to boot. Take a look at Emotiva BasX A2 Stereo Amplifier, it has 160 watts RMS per channel into 8 Ohms and it is sanely priced as well. For outdoor subwoofers, you will need one which is weather-resistant such as the OSD FORZA 10, a 10″ outdoor passive subwoofer. You will need a matching amp to drive the OSD FORZA 10, such as the OSD SMP300 which is highly recommended.
The Definitive Technology AW6500 bass performance are self-sufficient for outdoor use so getting a subwoofer into the mix is not really crucial. The amplifiers listed here are not weather resistant like the AW6500 speakers but they are some of the best matching amps to go for. It is recommended to hear them out first before making a decision. You can also use this list as a reference when searching for other amp models or brands.