Shopping Outdoor Speakers
Outdoor speakers are loudspeakers that let you enjoy your favorite audio anywhere, such as the backyard, deck, yard, or pool. You can find small outdoor speakers for homes, as well as larger models for alfresco bars, restaurants, and tents.
While you can use most types of wireless home speakers outdoors for a short period, consider investing in specially designed outdoor speakers for long-term use.
Types of Outdoor Speakers
Outdoor speakers vary greatly in design and usage. Choose based on your needs and the features you require.
Permanent or environmental speakers
These speakers are waterproof IPX4, 'all weather' units. They're available in a range of forms, including in-wall speakers that fit into the exterior wall of your home, deck or patio.
Wireless outdoor rock speakers
Rock speakers blend seamlessly into your garden. Some models come fitted with lights. This makes them easy to locate and helps create a lovely atmosphere.
These aren't waterproof, so you need to locate them in sheltered spots such as in walls or under eaves. If your porch or terrace is enclosed, you may be able to use in-ceiling speakers.
Outdoor Speaker Installation
Outdoor speakers can be wired or wireless. For permanently wired speakers, you'll need to route the wire from the home out into your outdoor space. For gardens, the wires can be buried, but it would be a good idea to run them through plastic pipes for protection.
Wireless outdoor speakers are far more convenient, as they connect to audio systems via Bluetooth. These handy units can receive audio streamed from devices located up to 100 feet away. For total portability, they're powered by batteries, often charged by solar panels or an AC adapter.
Outdoor Speaker Specifications
In terms of wattage, you can find outdoor speakers that can handle up to 300 watts, enough to fill a space of over 1,000 square feet. Some units come in pairs for stereo sound, while others are used singly for mono output. You can also find mono units that link up wirelessly with other speakers to deliver stereo sound. High-end models can offer outstanding sound. Bose outdoor speakers, for example, deliver the dynamic range that satisfies true audiophiles.
How to Hide Outdoor Speakers
Hiding your outdoor speakers preserves the natural look of your garden, and can add a touch of magic to any setting, as music seems to flow from nowhere. You can achieve this in many ways. One is by using outdoor rock speakers, which mimic the look of small boulders. Another option is to choose speakers finished in green, so they blend in with bushes and other plants. In addition, many speakers are paintable, allowing you to change their color and add a touch of camouflage. If you have an enclosed deck, you may also be able to make use of in-ceiling or bookshelf speakers.
Whatever kind of indoor/outdoor speakers you're looking for, you're sure to find your dream model among B&H Photo and Video's extensive selection.