People are putting more money than ever before into their outdoor entertainment areas. And, as these areas grow in size, filling the entire space with music becomes a challenge. That’s because, when you have a large outdoor entertaining area with more than one seating area, there is not much for the sound to reflect off of. There are no walls or ceilings to place speakers in, and there is nothing to contain the sound, so there is nothing stopping it from being dissipated over the size of the area.
So, if you want to achieve powerful sound in all areas of the backyard, there are only two choices, add a pair of large speakers that you play really loud, or choose an option that provides an even level of sound across your outdoor living space. Although the first option may peek the interest of some, keep in mind that your neighbors will hate you, and your friends sitting closest to the speakers will not be able to hold a conversation, while the ones furthest away will barely hear them.
The Outdoor Dilemma
This extreme example is the large outdoor area dilemma. Obviously, the better choice is to provide an even level of sound across your outdoor space, especially if you want those you are entertaining to actually have a good time. The question most homeowners have at this point, is how can we do this without having a bunch of speakers all over our backyard?
The answer, by placing satellite speakers and subwoofers strategically, music is contained, because it directs sound towards the listening areas rather than all over. This outdoor audio solution is called a landscape speaker system.