Outdoor speakers can add a whole new enjoyment to your audio system. There is nothing like being able to listen to your favorite music when you are relaxing on the patio, in the pool or working in the yard. Choosing the right out loud speakers and placing them in the best places is the key to creating an optimal listening experience outside your home.
Most likely, your outdoor area is an open space, which means there is background noise to overcome, and you must consider the elements. These factors create a unique challenge, but fortunately, these obstacles are all manageable with some information.
First, you want to evaluate the space you work for to determine how many speakers you need. You do not want to blow the volume, possibly annoying guests in an area of your farm, just so the splashes in the pool can hear the music. You will better add more speakers so you do not have to compensate for distance with the volume.
When you decide how many speakers you need, you want to evaluate the location of each speaker. Under an eave or near the wall of the house or garage it is ideal because it can help protect the speaker from the weather and help push the sound outwards. If you work with a square space, you probably will have four speakers. If you work with elongated space, you may want to have four or more depending on the size of the area.
Aesthetics are also a factor in determining the location. It may be that you just can not get around placing a speaker in the open, in which case you might want to consider a model with a cabinet made to look like a rock or a planting. The mounting speakers directly on aluminum or cedar cutting work generally do not work well because these surfaces may not be strong enough. If you have any of these materials on the outside of your house and there are no skylights or a veranda ceiling, you may need to consider using speakers that can sit on the ground.
In any case, you want to choose speakers that are made to resist the elements. How exposed your speakers are to the elements will inform how weatherproof they need to be. Exposure level also affects how to mount or place the speaker; If it is very exposed, you want to tilt the speaker down for drainage.
You can create the best sound by mounting the speakers about 8-10 meters from the ground, about 12 meters from your listening area and 8-10 meters apart. Alternate right and left channels help create the best stereo image generation. If possible, find a way to temporarily mount your speakers in their positions and test the sound with a variety of music while moving around the different areas in your outdoor space before installing your outdoor speaker. You may like to move a speaker six inches up and down can make a big difference.
A common complaint about outdoor sound systems is that the music sounds flat or diluted. To combat this effect, caused by outdoor natures open nature, look for outdoor speakers that have a good low-frequency response of about 60 Hz or lower. You may also want to consider adding a subwoofer to warm up and round out the sound.
Once you have determined the location of your speakers and subwoofer, you need to decide how to run your speaker wire. There are two simple rules to follow here:
1) The less loudspeaker wire outside your house, the better; and
2) Do not drive your cord through the door or window frames.
Both of these rules work to ensure long life for your outdoor speakers and minimal maintenance, such as exposed speaker wire and any possible kinking and shrinkage that may damage your cord and affect sound quality as a result.
If youre using rock or plant outdoor speakers, you might want to consider collecting a few meters of extra thread in a protected place inside or below the device if you need to move it in the future.
What kind of cable you use depends on where you mount your outdoor speakers. There are specific types of wire for burial and wall mounting, so be sure to identify how much of each type you need, then add 10-15% or so to allow for any unforeseen complications.
You will also want to note the type of speaker cable connections your outdoor speakers use, such as binding posts that accept spade contacts, pins, or banana plugs. These are generally recommended via free outdoor speaker connections.
Finally, consider adding separate volume controls for your various pair of outdoor speakers. This allows you to control the volume in a certain area without having to adjust the volume for your entire outdoor space and without having to run inside each time you need to turn the volume up or down.