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5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Sound System

Listen to Your Favorite Music When Sitting by the Pool or Hosting Friends

5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Sound System

Now that the weather’s begun to cool down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy evenings by the pool with the family or invite friends over for a cookout. Every one of your outdoor activities can be improved with the right music in place. Stream your favorite jazz station on the patio after a long day at work or listen to a special playlist when hosting a party. To enjoy your favorite music, simply bringing out a wireless speaker or hooking up a few speakers outside your Frisco, Texas home is not enough. You need to invest in an outdoor sound system that will get high-fidelity audio throughout your space.

  1. Decide How You Want to Use Your System
    Having efficient outdoor audio takes a lot of planning. Everything starts with figuring out what you want. Do you just want to listen to music by the grill or do you want to cover your entire backyard? Creating the right wiring infrastructure is the first step, so it’s important that every single speaker, and where it will be placed, is taken into account.
  2. Prepare the Proper Speaker Design
    A common mistake we see is that many people simply install a few speakers mounted on exterior walls towards their outdoor spaces. Layouts like this can work if you’re only trying to get music in a small area, otherwise, they result in uneven sound and constant complaints from your neighbors. So what is the best option? You want to have speakers evenly spread out throughout your space and have them facing towards your home.You can strengthen your audio by having it bounce off your exterior walls while helping to contain it within your property. Small caveat, if you only want audio in a small outdoor patio connected to your home, you can go with a more traditional indoor design (angling sound at walls will just result in muffled audio).
  3. Invest in the Right Outdoor Speakers
    Listening to music outdoors shouldn’t require investing in unreliable Bluetooth speakers or bulky equipment. There are many audio manufacturers, like Sonance, that have developed extensive lines designed to brave the elements. Need some speakers lining your backyard? Use their Sonarray series that mimics landscape lighting fixtures. In your patio, you can install Mariner speakers on your wall.
  4. Link Your Sound System to Your Sources
    So you've invested in the right speakers and worked with an AV professional to find the best layout for them. Now, what are you going to do with them? Your brand new sound system won't do much good without something to listen to. We link your outdoor audio to your home AV system so you have easy access to your streaming services, media library, or even a turntable without having to take them outside.
  5. Create an Intuitive Control Solution
    You can then access those sources from the control device of your choice. Don’t trust your kids to keep the remotes safe? Invest in waterproof remotes that can survive a quick dip in the pool. If you’re scared that remotes may be lost, you can pull up your smartphone to choose the source you want to listen to and which speaker you want it to play on.

Create an unforgettable outdoor experience for your friends and family this fall with a brand new sound system. Call us at (972) 757-4002 or fill out or online contact form and we can guide you through the process to make sure you have the best system in place.