Every good party needs music. Unfortunately, if your party is outside, getting music to play outdoors can be difficult. We've all had the batteries run out in our portable stereo or had an extension cord that is too short. And we all know that turning up the volume on the stereo system in your home and opening a window doesn't sound that good either. Installing outdoor speakers may sound intimidating, but it can save you a lot of stress when it's time for your next backyard get-together.
At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™ Here are six tips to make sure you get the most out of your outdoor speaker setup:
1. Get high-quality speakers – The first thing you should do is get speakers that are made for the outdoors. Quality speakers, like the Yamaha NS-AW570 will fill the air with sound and give you the clear audio and the volume that you need. Outdoor speakers are also specially designed to be resistant to wind, water and sun. A cheap speaker won't do you much good no matter how you position it.
2. Find a sturdy location – No matter how lightweight an outdoor speaker is, flimsy aluminum siding, a gutter or thin wooden slats won't hold it for very long. Your speakers will sag after time and may even fall. Find a solid piece of wood or stone to mount your speakers on to ensure they stay up and stay steady. Solid mounting always provides better sonic performance from your speakers, no matter the quality.
3. Hang 'em high – Generally speaking, the higher you mount your speakers, the better sound distribution you'll get. However, the breaking point is at around 10 feet. If your speakers are more than 10 feet off the ground, the sound will start to dissipate into the air.
4. Point the speakers downward – When installing outdoor speakers, make sure to tilt them slightly downward to ensure proper drainage. The product may be resistant to water, but having a pool of rain in the driver is not good for any speaker. You'll want to aim the units down anyway, because they'll be around 10 feet off the ground.
5. Position them correctly – In general, you should place the speakers about 10 feet apart from each other. This will help maximize the stereo effect of the audio. Also try to keep the speakers as close to the audio source as possible, so you don't have to run a lot of wire to the receiver. Make precise measurements from the amplifier to the speaker and then give yourself a few inches for wiggle room.
6. Minimize their exposure – Just because they are able to withstand the elements doesn't mean you should test their limits. Certain speakers handle rain and sun better than others. Placing the speakers under an awning or overhang will help prolong their life.
Along with these general guidelines, make sure to follow the specific installation directions of the product you purchase in order to get the most out of your external audio system. We hope these tips helped you realize that installing outdoor speakers isn't that scary. Follow our advice and pretty soon your pool party will be the coolest on the block.