AE Extreme; hi-fi for British weather

Acoustic Energy — 26 Jul 2013

Acoustic Energy’s latest Extreme loudspeakers bring audiophile sound to alfresco entertainment whatever the weather.

The Extreme 5 and the mighty Extreme 8 now benefit from a range of voicing improvements that brings all the drive, energy and articulation of AE’s Hi-Fi loudspeakers to the garden, patio or poolside. While competitor outdoor loudspeakers offer bass drivers up to 6inch and weak, single-point fixing brackets, AE’s Extreme range offers drivers up to a mighty 8inch for serious bass and come supplied with rock-solid wall mount hardware. The result is the UK’s best sounding range of outdoor loudspeakers.

Both Extreme models marry a high efficiency horn-loaded soft dome tweeter with a mid-bass driver featuring AE’s signature aluminium cone. The sealed cabinet design demanded exceptional power handling and long-throw motors specially created for the Extreme range. Extensive outdoor testing at the AE’s Gloucester factory lead to a high-order crossover packed with audiophile components including polypropylene capacitors and air-cored inductors. The weatherproof cabinets are made from an advanced reinforced and mineral-loaded polymer, selected from an array of possible materials for its acoustic properties by AE Chief Designer Mat Spandl.

Comments Mat: “The challenge with the latest Extreme loudspeakers was further improving the sound quality while maintaining the high efficiency, high power handling and wide dispersion pattern required for outdoor use. Working on voicing in a true open environment and using crossover components normally reserved for some of our leading domestic loudspeakers has resulted in a true audiophile loudspeaker for the garden.”

The Extreme 5 uses a 110mm aluminium cone mid/bass driver and is ideal for smaller gardens and more discrete installations. The flagship Extreme 8 utilises a 160mm version of AE’s signature high-power alloy cone driver to deliver deeper bass and very high SPLs. The exclusive use of Neutrik Speakon connectors (supplied) further improves durability and makes the Extreme range ideal for use both outdoors and in challenging interior environments such as kitchens, bathrooms, spas, pubs, clubs and pool rooms.

The Extreme 8 and Extreme 5 are available in UV-stable black or white. They come complete with matching paintable grilles and an innovative, easy-to-fit wall bracket. Extreme models are packaged and priced individually to offer the most flexibility when designing an outdoor sound system.

AE Extreme 8 – SRP £229.90 each

AE Extreme 5 – SRP £99.90 each

A very happy alfresco audiophile:

Audiophile Brian Gardner was one of the first to purchase AE’s latest Extreme 5 loudspeakers from Harrow Audio. So impressed was he with the sound he sent a thank you email to the store manager:

Hi. Just thought I would provide a bit of feedback on the Acoustic Energy Extreme 5 outdoor speakers. I wired them up inside and gave them a test, they sounded OK. Then installed them outside and tested them, and they sound excellent! I’m very pleased so are my two children who have been dancing all evening outside to the music. A great outside speaker for such a great price. A very happy customer.

Kind regards

Brian Gardner

For more information, images or review samples please contact:

Richard Stevenson


Rogers Wood, Whitebread Lane, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6UA


Phone: 01797 260 882

Mobile: 07974 926 157

Fax: 01797 260 853

Jasmine Endersby

General Manager

Acoustic Energy

16 Bridge Road, Cirencester, GL7 1NJ


Phone: 01285 654 432