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Outdoor Speaker Buying Guide | What's Right for My Backyard?
With warm summer temperatures approaching, it’s time to start thinking of ways to take the party outside. And what better way to do that than with outdoor speakers? With an outdoor sound system completely integrated with your home audio systems, you can make your backyard an extension of your home and amplify the way you entertain guests. But how should you go about this? There are a lot of factors to take into account when installing your own outdoor speaker system. The size of your yard will have a major impact on the type of equipment you decide to use. If you plan on installing speakers into areas that see a lot of water (swimming pools, flower beds, and areas with high rain exposure), you’ll need to look for waterproof speakers and water-resistant volume controls. To help you decide which options would be best for you, here is a basic breakdown.
Permanently Installed Stereo Speakers
If your outdoor activities don’t extend much further than your patio, this may be the best choice for you. Permanent stereo speakers are powerful with rich, detailed sound and are the perfect fit for your porch, deck, or smaller yards. Their considerable power comes from your home receiver, which allows them to be fully integrated with your normal home audio systems. The outdoor speakers are often very like indoor speakers except that they are weather-resistant. Their exteriors can also be painted to match walls and other surfaces for a more uniform look.
Patio and garden speakers
For spaces without much cover or further away, you’ll want to consider permanent, weatherproof speakers that don't have the need for exterior protection. These speakers are more neighbor-friendly than playing your music from your house across your own (and your neighbor's) yard. There are also options available with more natural shapes such as rocks to avoid detracting from the scenery. Other options exist that even allow you to bury the speakers for maximum concealment so they don't interfere with the landscape at all!
Few things are more distracting than only being able to hear half of the song you’re listening to! This sometimes happens with stereo speakers if they are too far apart. This issue has a higher chance of happening if there’s a lot of action going on between two separate speakers like a fun game of catch or a cannonball competition in the pool. The simple solution to this problem is installing a few stereo-input speakers. These speakers come with dual inputs for both left and right channels. They can even switch between stereo mode or traditional left or right playback. Problem solved!
Portable Wireless Speakers
Most people's first introduction to outdoor speakers is through portable wireless speakers. There are a huge number of wireless speaker options available in today’s market. They’re easy to use with only a simple Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection using your tablet, smartphone, or networked computer. From there it’s smooth sailing! The only downside is that they’re not typically designed to be left outside, so you’ll need to bring them back in after using them.
If you’re in the market for an outdoor speaker system but aren’t sure about which is the right option for you, Safe & Sound is here to help you decide! Whether your yard is big or small, we can help you figure out the perfect plan for your own outdoor entertainment.