The most basic outdoor entertainment option can be one or more pairs of weather-resistant outdoor speakers. Since most outdoor spaces are far larger than an inside area, we have found you will have a much better experience and better coverage by using several sets of outdoor speakers. This way you can play them all at a moderate level rather than trying to have one pair blasting to cover your whole back yard.
Sonance Landscape speaker series provides one of our most popular outdoor speaker solutions. These speakers resemble small outdoor landscape lights. The basic Landscape package has eight speakers,
and one subwoofer buried in the ground! The sound you get from these is amazing. The small satellites can be discreetly placed to provide the best coverage, while the subwoofer gives you incredible outdoor bass. In front of the Audio Advice showroom we have a Sonance landscape system set up. There are several options available starting as low as $2500 for the SR1 system. The new high performance SLS system has to be heard to be believed. Read more here in our outdoor blog on the Sonance models.
Other options in landscape speakers include speakers in the shape of small boulders and planters. And of course conventional outdoor speakers can easily be hidden behind shrubbery.
An Outdoor Concert
A new addition to Audio Advice is the outdoor professional series of JBL speakers. While physically large in size, if you want it to sound like you have a real concert in your back yard, these are the ticket!
Outdoor Audio Control
Once you have great sound outdoors, how do you control it? All of our music systems from Crestron, Control 4, Niles, Universal and Sonos have great options. Each system has wireless control options for complete management of your outdoor entertainment choices. Imagine sitting outside with your friends, listening to music from high school or college days. One of them asks if you can play something more recent, so you hand them your iPad or iPhone and say choose the next music selection!
Outdoor video continues to gain in popularity. With LCD TV prices dropping under $1000 for a good-sized picture, many people are putting these on covered porches. (The plan is to replace the LCD in a few years if the weather gets to it.) LCDs have an operating temperature range from about 4 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, so for our region of the country they are great. Catching a fall football game on your back porch with friends is just a great experience. Don’t forget the audio either. Many of our clients tell us once they get a full surround system on their screened in porch they actually use it more than their family room tv!
As outdoor entertaining has become more popular than ever, there are even ways to do an outdoor home theater system with a 10 ft movie screen! Let Audio Advice experts help you create the perfect outdoor entertainment solution for your home and family.