If you’re spending decent time and money researching and purchasing a great set of outdoor speakers, you also want to spend some time beforehand thinking about how they are going to be installed. This article will cover important topics you should consider when installing outdoor speakers to make sure that you get the most out of the outdoor speakers you decide to get. Firstly, there are some installation related things you should consider even before buying a set of outdoor speakers.
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Do they need separately sold parts to be set up?
Unfortunately it is pretty common for speakers to not include all of the necessary components to set them up. For example, some speakers require speaker wire to be connected and don’t include it. Other speakers might require special hardware to mount or batteries if they are wireless. If you decide on a product, make sure that you get any additionally required components to set it up if you need to. Outdoorspeakers.net will specify for each product it discusses whether or not separately sold components are required, but you should double check yourself.
What kind of environment are they going to be in?
If your investing in a higher end system that you wish to remain permanently in place outdoors, be sure to check that they are all weather speakers that are designed to handle large temperature fluctuations, sunlight, and potential moisture/rain. Most outdoor speakers will explicitly specify these traits, but some may not, as they may be designed to move in and outside easily rather than remain in permanent place. The last thing you want to do is buy a great set of speakers that can’t handle the elements and break.
Next, it’s important to understand that sound behaves very differently outdoors than indoors. Indoors, the walls will typically naturally amplify speaker sound while keeping out background noise, and thus require less volume and power to sound good. Outdoors, however, there may be no walls to contain sound, and it also has to overcome any outdoor background noise.
It’s important that an outdoor sound system has a strong bass, because it’s harder to carry low frequency sound outdoors than inside. In fact, sometimes an extra subwoofer may be a great addition to your outdoor speakers to ensure a full, round, quality sound.
Think about placement
A decent set of speakers should be at least 8 or so feet apart and 10 or so feet away from the listening area. If you buy more than two speakers, make sure the left and right speakers alternate to ensure a stereo quality sound. Also, depending on the logistics of the set up, you may want to consider installing a separate volume control for each speaker. for example, a speaker far away in the yard may need to be louder than a speaker right next to the deck, or something like that.
Do you want to mount them?
Outdoor speakers will typically sound better and carry the sound more easily if they are slightly elevated rather than sitting on the ground. If you do want to mount them, be sure that you have planned mount locations in advance, and that they can support the weight of the speaker.
Make sure the speaker wire is properly set up
Ideally, you want to run your speaker wire through the wall to get outside, and make sure the hole is properly resealed. It’s not a good idea to run wire through a doorway or window, because it can cause a short if the wire gets accidentally crimped. Determine the path beforehand and measure the necessary length of wire you need. Also, you want to be sure that the speaker wire you purchase is designed to run outdoors and/or underground. Be mindful of running wire in such a way that it avoids the possibility of getting kicked, hit, or whatever accidentally.
Conclusion – Do your research!
outdoor speakers can be expensive, especially higher end stuff. If you make sure to plan out exactly what you want them to do, all of the systems we recommend will be very well worth the financial investment. However, certain set ups will require different products to be the optimal choice. So, be sure to read the articles on the specific products here at outdoorspeakersreview.net to ensure that installing outdoor speakers goes without a hitch.
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