IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. READ these instructions.
2. KEEP these instructions.
3. HEED all warnings.
4. FOLLOW all instructions.
5. DO NOT use this apparatus near water.
6. CLEAN ONLY with dry cloth.
7. DO NOT block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer's
8. DO NOT install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. DO NOT defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding type plug. A polarized plug
has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a
third grounding prong. The wider blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If
the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
10. PROTECT the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. ONLY USE attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. USE only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold
with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13. UNPLUG this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. REFER all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus
has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has
been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
This symbol indicates that there are important operating and maintenance instructions
in the literature accompanying this unit.
This symbol indicates that dangerous voltage constituting a risk of electric shock is
present within this unit.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or
WARNING: Voltages in this equipment are hazardous to life. No user-serviceable parts inside.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the
user’s authority to operate this device.
ABOUT YOUR KLIPSCH PURCHASE
Thank you for your purchase of Klipsch outdoor loudspeakers. After reading this manual and
connecting your system, you will hear the result of over 55 years of stringent engineering and
class-leading research and development. Like all Klipsch products, your outdoor loudspeakers
feature Klipsch Tractrix
Horn-loaded Technology—the guiding design for the first Klipschorn
developed in 1946 and for every product that has followed. Horn-loading allows your speakers
to deliver high sensitivity, low distortion, flat frequency response and wide dispersion, which
translates to unequaled power, detail and dynamics, the hallmarks of “The Klipsch Sound.”
Please be sure to fill out the warranty card at the back of this manual or online at
www.klipsch.com so we are better able to serve you. Again, thank you for choosing Klipsch
and we hope that your speakers bring life to your music for many years.
KLIPSCH REFERENCE ALL-WEATHER LOUDSPEAKERS
(AW-400, AW-500, AW-525, AW-650, AW-500-SM models)
The Klipsch Reference All-Weather loudspeakers are two-way designs using a high
performance bass driver for the low frequencies. A Tractrix Horn with a 90˚ x 90˚ coverage
pattern attached to a 1” diameter compression driver for clean and efficient reproduction of
the high and midrange frequencies.
The AW-800-SW is an innovative approach that delivers low frequency sound in outdoor
applications. This subwoofer has been designed to complement any of the Reference All-
Weather two-way speakers and deliver strong bass response in a variety of applications. It
incorporates both a low-pass crossover as well as a high-pass crossover. This ensures a
seamless blend between the subwoofer and the models used for high-frequency reproduc-
tion and allows for simple wiring configurations.
Klipsch Reference All-Weather loudspeakers are constructed from UV-resistant, glass-rein-
forced polypropylene and are remarkably durable against the elements. They can be paint-
ed to match any trim or siding color.
The Reference All-Weather models are perfect for patios, decks, swimming pools, porches
or any other place where exposure to the elements makes conventional loudspeaker usage
(AW-400, AW-500, AW-525, AW-650, AW-500-SM models)
To achieve the best performance from your speakers, place the pair on the same wall
facing the listening area and space them six to fifteen feet apart. In the case of the
AW-500-SM, only one of these may be used in some installations. It is best to center the
speaker on the listening area in these cases. When two are used, follow the same place-
ment guidelines for the other models. For a higher quality stereo image, angle down, or toe
in, the speakers toward the primary listening area. This is especially important in
installations that place the speakers well above ear level. Some additional bass will result if
you place the speakers in a corner or near a wall. This provides greater bass coupling due
to the additional reflected energy from the walls.
The AW-800-SW can be installed in a large variety of locations due to bass frequencies
being less directional than high frequencies. You will achieve better results if it is installed
in a corner or near a wall where additional energy can be reflected from the walls.
Included with your speakers are "C" style mounting brackets constructed of weather-
resistant, powder-coated zinc. These brackets attach to the speaker with the supplied low
profile knobs that thread onto the top and bottom studs protruding from the cabinet. This
allows the speaker to be angled to the left or right when mounted vertically, or up and
down when mounted horizontally.
After determining the desired location and orientation of your speakers, remove the bracket
from the loudspeaker and use it as a template to mark the location of the mounting holes.
Check the alignment of the holes with a torpedo level before drilling the pilot hole. Use
#10-12 2.5” –3” long pan head screws to attach the bracket into a wall stud. Affix the
speaker to the bracket with the supplied knobs. Be sure to leave enough clearance
between the end of the bracket and any adjacent wall or ceiling for installation of
If a wall stud is not available, use the appropriate type of drywall or masonry anchor to
support the weight of the speaker, allowing for a generous safety margin. Please consult
your dealer, custom installer or building contractor in these situations.