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Theory sb25aw Premium All-Weather Speaker Introduced at CEDIA Expo 2023

The flexible and compact loudspeaker brings next-level performance to any installation environment – residential or commercial, indoors or out.

Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 – September 7-9, 2023 – Premium audio brand, Theory Audio Design, introduces the sb25aw – a 4-ohm or 70V/100V version of the company’s remarkable sb25 surface mount loudspeaker. The all-aluminum and stainless steel sb25aw is fully weatherized and offers mounting options to meet every possible installation need, including porches, patios, pool decks, backyards, restaurants, bars, hotels, houses of worship, marine, and anywhere high-resolution, high-fidelity background or foreground sound is needed.

The sb25aw incorporates a durable perforated stainless-steel grille, water-tight loudspeaker wire entry point, and selectable hi-z or low-z operating modes. Its slender enclosure, premium finish, and gentle sculpted curves allow it to virtually disappear into the architectural background while looking surprisingly handsome in environments where it’s easily seen – stealth and pretty at the same time.

The sb25aw ships with z-clips for flat-to-wall mounting and the back panel has integral mount hole patterns for several high-quality third-party speaker mounts. An optional robust surface and pole-mountable yoke mounting bracket is also available. A tabletop stand accessory allows the sb25aw to stand up on flat surfaces such as speaker stands, mixing desks, consoles, tabletops, and bookshelves both horizontally and vertically. With available optional Universal Mount Adapter, the sb25aw can go anywhere and look sleek and unobtrusive doing it: pole from ceiling, pole from ground, onto any 75mm or 100mm VESA mount, and a number of pan-and-tilt wall and ceiling mounts from Adaptive Technologies.

“There has never been a more compact and capable loudspeaker in the integrator system design toolbox,” said Paul Hales, CEO for Theory Audio Design. “Capable of astonishing range and output, and at less than 4-inches in depth, the sb25aw is a virtual acoustic Swiss army knife and will have system designers rethinking how they incorporate sound into their high-value projects. We expect that they will quickly learn to use this highly capable little speaker everywhere.”

Theory’s product ecosystem is unique in that offers many of the performance qualities of professional audio products – effortless dynamics, high efficiency, and rugged durability – but with the sonic delicacy, detail, and resolution of the best high-end high-fidelity products. Add Theory’s intelligent full-system design approach, with automatically tailored loudspeaker DSP, and you get startling performance at tremendous value.


  • Extruded and Machined Aluminum Construction with Perforated Stainless Steel Grille Designed for Indoor and Outdoor Use
  • 2 x 5″ Theory Carbon Fiber LF Drivers
  • 1 x 1.4″ Theory AdvancedPolyTM High Frequency Com­pression Driver on 125° Axisymmetric Waveguide
  • Multiple Mounts: Z-Clip Surface (incl.), yoke mount bracket, pole, Vesa 75/100mm mount holes, ceiling and wall pan-and-tilt third-party mounts, tabletop stand.
  • Maximum 117dB/1m from Enclosure Only 3.8″ Deep
  • Ultra-Wide 125° Conical Coverage (160°@10kHz, -12dB)
  • 4-ohm or 70V/100V Operation
  • Weather Resistant 
    Theory Audio Design Debuts sb25aw Premium and Compact All-Weather Loudspeaker

CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo attendees can see the sb25aw in Theory’s booth #1543 and hear it in High Performance Audio Room 204. The sb25aw is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in Q4 2023.

For more details, specifications, drawings, and measurements of the sb25aw, click here.

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