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Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker

B&H # ACAW826 Mfr # AW826
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Product Highlights
  • Up to 150' Wireless Range
  • Automatic Locking Tuning
  • 2-Way Speaker Design
  • 5W RMS Amplifier
  • Battery or AC Power
  • Stereo RCA Input on Transmitter

The AW826 from Acoustic Research is a lantern-style wireless speaker that is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. The 2-tone black speaker can be hung or placed on a flat surface to add an elegant touch to your surroundings while providing high-quality audio playback. The speaker receives audio from the included wireless transmitter and has automatic locking tuning for an interference-free performance. The speaker can receive audio at ranges of up to 150' away from the transmitter, providing you with total wireless freedom. Rubber feet protect against vibration and slippage.

The speaker has a 2-way design, featuring a 3" woofer and a 2" tweeter to provide crisp, natural audio. The drivers are powered by an internal 5W RMS amplifier for a strong performance. Additional speakers (sold separately) can be added and used with the same transmitter. The speaker has a left/right/mono switch, letting you choose mono or stereo operation. Rubberized keypad controls make it easy to adjust volume and turn on the Bass Boost mode. The speaker can operate on a set of 6 AA batteries or via AC power for terrific flexibility.

The transmitter operates in the 900MHz transmission range and has 3 selectable broadcast frequencies. It has a standard stereo RCA audio input, and an RCA-to-3.5mm adapter cable is included for connecting devices such as MP3 players to the transmitter. The transmitter operates on standard AC power.

Stylish lantern-style design with carrying handle and 2-tone black finish, ideal for indoor or outdoor use
Rubber feet protect against vibration and slippage when placed on a flat surface
Wireless range of up to 150'
Automatic locking tuning for an interference-free performance
3" woofer and 2" tweeter are powered by an internal 5W RMS amplifier to deliver crisp, natural audio
Left/right/mono switch lets you choose mono or stereo operation
Additional speakers (sold separately) can be added and used with the same transmitter
Rubberized keypad controls make it easy to adjust volume and turn on the Bass Boost mode
Operates on a set of 6 AA batteries or via AC power for terrific flexibility
Transmitter operates in the 900MHz transmission range and has 3 selectable broadcast frequencies
Standard stereo RCA audio input. Included RCA-to-3.5mm adapter cable lets you connect devices such as MP3 players to the transmitter
Transmitter operates on standard AC power
Woofer 3" (76mm)
Tweeter 2" (51mm)
Amplifier 5W RMS
Wireless Range Up to 150' (45.5 m)
Frequency Response 40Hz - 15kHz
Connectors Speaker:
1 x AC Power Input
Transmitter:
1 x AC Power Input
1 x Stereo RCA Input
Power Speaker:
AC Power or 6 AA Batteries
Transmitter:
AC Power
Dimensions (WxHxD) Speaker:
9.75 x 16.5 x 10" (248 x 419 x 254mm)
Transmitter:
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Speaker:
5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
Transmitter:
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker
  • Transmitter
  • 2 x AC Adapters
  • RCA-to-3.5mm Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Acoustic ResearchAW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (9)
    • Easy to set up (8)
    • Great sound quality (6)
    • Easy to mount (5)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors (8)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (6), Technically challenged (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Well worth the money

      Had an old AR wireless speaker and it had very bad reception with poor sound quality. This updated version is great. Easier to set up. Had it working in just a few minutes. ...Read complete review

      Had an old AR wireless speaker and it had very bad reception with poor sound quality. This updated version is great. Easier to set up. Had it working in just a few minutes. Bass boost must be used to get the better sound.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      You get what you pay for... maybe

      Bought this for the backyard patio. It looks really nice, and it's easy to set up. We have it plugged in, so I don't know about the battery life. The sound quality...Read complete review

      Bought this for the backyard patio. It looks really nice, and it's easy to set up. We have it plugged in, so I don't know about the battery life. The sound quality pretty much is terrible. You can't turn it up loud without a lot of static feedback. We never turn on the bass boost because of this. Also the wireless connection isn't great, it goes in and out sometimes, or this loud jarring scratch every now and then even though it's only about 15 feet from the wireless hub. Cheap computer speakers sound much better than this thing. I guess I'm just surprised they can charge this much for such terrible sound, but then this is basically one of the cheapest outdoor speakers you can buy. It gets 3 stars since it looks nice and it's so easy to set up.

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      4.0

      Awesome!

      By Hammer

      from Selinsgrove, PA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

        Very pleased!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        One Great Speaker!

        By EdsRedhead

        from Washington, MI

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Larger Rooms
          • Outdoors
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

          My daughter purchased this speaker last year. We ordered one from B&H for our son's birthday. Then I ordered another one for us! As I type this I am listening to it for the first time. It is out on our patio and I am upstairs in my office. The sound clarity and volume is perfect. Everything is great about this speaker...the value, the sound, the ease of set-up, the portability...everything. Buy one...better yet...buy more than one!

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          5.0

          Performs as advertised.

          By Bayou Bob

          from Destin, Fl.

          About Me Practical, Sound Hound, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to Mount
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

              Easy to use just plug in and turn on. Great sound.
              It's so easy even a "Cave Man" can do it.

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              • No

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              3.0

              You get what you pay for... maybe

              By Outdoor Brewer

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to Mount
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Low Volume Use
              • Outdoors

              Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

              Bought this for the backyard patio. It looks really nice, and it's easy to set up. We have it plugged in, so I don't know about the battery life. The sound quality pretty much is terrible. You can't turn it up loud without a lot of static feedback. We never turn on the bass boost because of this. Also the wireless connection isn't great, it goes in and out sometimes, or this loud jarring scratch every now and then even though it's only about 15 feet from the wireless hub. Cheap computer speakers sound much better than this thing. I guess I'm just surprised they can charge this much for such terrible sound, but then this is basically one of the cheapest outdoor speakers you can buy. It gets 3 stars since it looks nice and it's so easy to set up.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great speaker by the pool

              By Mgb

              from Springboro Ohio

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Outdoors

              Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

              Excellent sound. Bass can distort if too loud. Simple to set up and use with iPhone.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AW826 Wireless SPeaker - Awesome!

              By Tonester

              from Nashville, TN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                We purchased this speaker to complement the AW826 we already have. Now we can listen to our favorite tunes in stereo. My wife and I hardly go an evening without taking our pair of AW826 speakers outdoors with us on the patio and kick back to relax. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the product construction and the sound as well. The only thing I wish was a little better is having a little longer AC adapter cord length. Other than that, they are Awesome!

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                5.0

                I would buy this product agin

                By Bill

                from Powell PA

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy to Mount
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                  Out side by the pool.
                  Every thing was in the box to hook it up, Needed nothing else.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Perfect for the patio

                  By T.J,

                  from Denver, Co

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                      This was exactly what we were looking for. It's not the top of the line, but it provides us exactly what we were looking for on our patio. We will probably be buying at least one more to separate the sound.

                      Would recommend this to anyone that asked about it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Awesome purchase

                      By Deb

                      from Montgomery, MN

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                        This was a great purchase. [...] Everything I expected. Works great & the sound is way better then I thought it would be. A must have for the summer months on the deck or by the fire.

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                        4.0

                        Nice look, ok sound.

                        By E. Curtis

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy to Mount
                        • Sound quality OK

                        Cons

                        • Lack Of Power

                        Best Uses

                        • Ambient quieter music

                        Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                        These speakers were purchased for an outside patio but I also use them in my gym for workout music. For the workouts they are put to the test for volume and base. The do ok, with some distortion if you go too loud. At the level where the distortion goes away, they are only at mid level volume.

                        Recommended for lighter use.
                        I like the look and mainly got these for a patio setting where the tunes wouldn't be too loud. The stero function is nice if you buy two, can run stero from one transmitter. Haven't tried batteries yet, so can't speak for that performance.

                        Your source must be constant level or say from an IPod, max volume, less means weaker signal. But still I do get some interference some times. Channel switch doesn't make a difference for this. Not a big deal, these are not performance speakers, just conveient and easy to place and use.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Well worth the money

                        By CW

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about Acoustic Research AW826 Wireless Lantern-Style Indoor/Outdoor Speaker:

                          Had an old AR wireless speaker and it had very bad reception with poor sound quality. This updated version is great. Easier to set up. Had it working in just a few minutes. Bass boost must be used to get the better sound.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

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