Outdoor audio is becoming more and more popular, but it is definitely not the same as indoor audio design! It presents unique challenges that are not typically found indoors. Keep reading to find tips to get you started:
Determine your objective
It all starts with deciding what you want. Do you want to cover your entire backyard or just a small area? Understanding your goals will enable you to design a system that provides you what you need (without annoying your neighbors) and that takes everything into account. Knowing how many speakers you will need and where to place them is a key foundational step.
- Understand Speaker Placement
Simply placing speakers facing out into the yard rarely yields good results. You generally end up with dead spots, or music that bleeds into the neighbors’ yard. Remember, there generally aren’t walls or ceilings to help contain and control the sound. Typically, the best results are obtained by facing speakers toward the house to bounce the sound, and evenly spacing them in the area. But there are exceptions.
- Choose the Proper Speakers
It should go without saying that you need speakers designed for the outdoors. Choose quality speakers with an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of at least 65, to keep out water and debris. Junk just won’t last, so make sure your speakers can withstand sun, rain, chlorine, salt, etc. Choose bollards, bullets or rocks, (and don’t forget the subwoofers!), depending on your aesthetic and auditory needs.
- Automate and enjoy!
Use an app on your phone, or remotes to turn your system on, change volume, turn individual speakers on and off, and to get the sound customized to fit the occasion.
Still intimidated? Call us!
At Southern Lights and Audio, we are trained to know what equipment you need, where it’s needed, and how to install it so that it will last. We also know what you don’t need, and won’t oversell you. At Southern Lights and Audio, we use quality products and back our work so that you can just kick back and enjoy the music for a long time.