February 15, 2021
The set up process for an outdoor speaker system is a little more involved than an indoor sound system. There are a few extra factors that need to be considered in addition to sound quality and placement. However, it’s still a fairly simple task to accomplish for experts and novices alike. Just remember to take your time and don’t rush the process.
As with any stereo system setup, factors like sound, coverage, and control are important things to take into consideration. So before getting started, think about where you’re planning on putting the audio equipment and where you want the sound to be directed. The way you set up your system is going to be different for a small patio or deck than it would for a large yard.
Also, think about how you want your speakers to be presented. If you don’t want them to be visible, the right system can be disguised or buried in the ground. It’s important to strategize so you can avoid the possibility of realizing you made a mistake halfway through.
Common outdoor speaker setup options include:
Don’t forget that the surround sound system you’re going to be using is going to be outside. That means they are going to be exposed to the weather. While it may be tempting to use the old indoor speakers you’re not using anymore, this should be avoided.
What you need is an outdoor home theater system that is durable and can withstand the elements. For example, Klipsch offers the compact and durable AW-400. This is a WiSA-certified loudspeaker that’s UV-resistant and can perform under any type of weather.
Subwoofers are what deliver that low-end frequency punch to your music and movies. However, subwoofers are limited in what they can do when they’re placed outside. Without the help of surrounding walls, those low bass waves aren’t going to have much to interact with. As a result, you won’t be able to reproduce the powerful sounds you’d get from sitting inside.
However, not all is lost. Mounting your loudspeakers to the exterior of the house can provide some help. Just don’t expect to be blown back into your chair. If you really miss the kick from your bass, there are high quality weather-proof subwoofers you can purchase.
Once you have a strategy and all the equipment you need, it’s time to test out the system. There’s no point in setting up a system if you don’t think it sounds good. You also want a solution that can easily connect your outdoor speakers to your home theater.
Place the speakers in the areas you want them to be. Keep in mind that location and height matter in terms of overall balance, fidelity, and projection. Also make sure that the surfaces the speakers are installed on won’t present a problem in the future. Drywall, siding, and worn down surfaces can cause problems for mounted speakers.
Get the best outdoor wireless surround sound experience with a WiSA-certified system. The WiSA Association works with a large number of manufacturers to create audio solutions that push the boundaries of wireless audio quality.
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