Outdoor stereo speakers are becoming increasingly popular for those who spend a lot of time outdoors in their yard, and especially for those who entertain. Many companies are now producing weatherproof speakers for the more permanent alternative. This is an overview on how outdoor speakers work, why they’re ideal, and where to purchase them, as well as installing them.
Usually outdoor speakers are connected through a wire to a stereo receiver. In most cases, you will need to purchase or have a pre-existing stereo system to hook your outdoor speakers to. The wires from the speakers are usually color coated and fit right into slots in the back of any regular stereo receiver (these are generally universal). Most speaker manufacturers have lists of units that their speakers are compatible with.
As with any other electronic these days, there are a lot of companies that manufacture outdoor speakers and a lot of places to purchase them. The TIC-Terra Form outdoor speakers are among the most popular. TIC manufactures their outdoor speakers to look like rocks so they blend in with their surroundings, and their unique design prove the speakers to be weatherproof. These speakers come with 40 feet of burial wire so that you can place them strategically through your yard, bury the wires like you would with accent lighting, and hook the ends up to a stereo receiver. These types of speakers are the most ideal if you want them to blend in, and if you want top of the line quality, at about $100 per pair.
You can also purchase top mounting outdoor speakers to mount close to the roof of your home. OnQ Gold Line Series Outdoor speakers are some of the best on the market right now, and can be interchanged with third-party brackets. All components of these speakers are weatherproof and can be used in a large or smaller area, depending on your needs. Easy to install, all you need to do is mount and run the wires to a stereo receiver, these speakers retail at about $170 a pair.
My favorite type of outdoor speakers are wireless speakers! They’re incredibly versatile and very easy to install. Most versions are weatherproof, so you can leave them outside all the time, and the speaker units run off of batteries. Most versions you just place the speakers out in the yard and you hook a receiver up to your stereo system or boom box through the headphone jack. The wireless receiver sends the signal to the speakers and many of the higher end brands produce a brilliant and loud sound. These are perfect if you want to move the speakers or take them elsewhere, as the wired ones aren’t really portable. One of the best brands out there right now are the Element EWOS speaker systems, and they run about $50 per speaker.
You can purchase speakers online at places like http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com, home stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and The Home Depot. Shopping around will help you get the best prices for the best quality products. For a more in depth guide to the technical matters of installing outdoor speakers, view what about.com has to say!