San Diego’s weather is getting warmer, which means its time to spend less time indoors and more time kicking back in your yard or patio, relaxing by the pool, and having friends over for an all day BBQ. And, nothing brings an outdoor party together like a great outdoor speaker, which is both loud enough to hear and durable enough to brave the elements of San Diego’s ocean air. Just imagine, you’re outside on a beautiful evening under the stars listening to you favorite music as you relax and unwind from a hard day.
So, what’s the best way to bring your favorite music outside? An outdoor speaker, but not just any outdoor speaker, it has to be the right outdoor speaker for your outdoor living space. That’s because depending on your outdoor environment, whether large or small, open or closed there is no one size fits all solution. That is, if you want to ensure even coverage and clear sound no matter where you are in your backyard.
Whether under eaves, around patios, near the swimming pool, or buried within the garden, making a seamless audio transition from the indoors to your outdoor space, starts with selecting the right outdoor speaker. With this in mind, we offer some insight on some things you need to consider.
Space + Use: Understanding Your Outdoor Living Space
Speaker type and placement is just as important outdoors as it is indoors. In fact, it is even more so outdoors. Just like outdoor speakers, backyards come in all shapes and sizes. Which is why the first thing you’ll want to consider is how you will be using the space. Think about where on the property will people be gathering. This step is crucial for determining optimal speaker placement as well as quantity needed. To figure this out, consider how much area needs to be covered (is it a small patio or deck, or do you have a large outdoor area with a pool and spa)? Important to make note of, you’ll also want to consider how close your property is to your neighbors, is there any concern about volume projection?
Do you have fountains, features, concrete pathways, trees, etc. that might be in the way of running speaker wire? Finally, you’ll want to consider whether you want your speakers in plain sight, or blended within the environment. Once you can answer these questions, it is easier to narrow down your outdoor speaker choices. Remember, the acoustic realities of an outdoor environment are drastically different than they are indoors. So, you will need enough oomph to overcome natural obstacles found outdoors, as well as an amplifier with sufficient wattage to power your outdoor speakers. That said here are the best outdoor speakers.
Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers
Most commonly seen mounted under the eaves, these durable Episode outdoor speakers use quality components like a high-temperature voice coil and aluminum dome tweeter to deliver great sound no matter the circumstance. From rain to wind, this speaker can handle it all. A true all-weather product, it features aluminum grills and brackets, a UV-treated, mineral-filled polypropylene cabinet, and stainless steel bolts. Beyond an ability to withstand the elements, this speaker can safely operate in temperatures between -4 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Designed for optimal audio quality in wide dispersion audio systems like a porch or patio, this all-weather speaker features top-notch components, including a polypropylene cone with Nomex spider, a high-temperature voice coil, and titanium dome tweeter. Plus, improved speaker sensitivity allows it to play louder at a lower power for increased system efficiency.
Available in sandstone and granite finishes, rock speakers are designed to disappear in your landscape. Episode rock speakers are constructed with a Polypropylene cone and dual Titanium tweeters for a premium sound. And, because it’s all-weather, you can use it anywhere. Designed and built with materials to withstand the harsh environments, these all weather Rock speakers are perfect for any outdoor environment.
In-Ceiling Outdoor Speakers
This type architectural speaker is installed in a covered patio ceiling. Impeccable clarity meets astounding design, for a, outdoor speaker that’s bound to impress every time. Weather resistant materials like stainless steel screws pass a hundred-hour salt spray test for quality, ensuring your system can withstand the elements. Forward-set polypropylene woofer for wide dispersion and punchy bass. Stereo signals are reproduced with good separation thanks to the orientation of the twin tweeter array.
Consisting of multiple small satellites that get distributed around your landscaping, an in-ground subwoofer, and an amplifier specially designed to drive the speakers, this type of outdoor speaker is great for distributing sound no matter where you are in your backyard. This type of speaker is a great option for those who want to listen in an area that’s farther away from your house like the pool area.
Your perfect outdoor speaker has arrived. Tested to withstand temperatures between -20 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit, Episode Landscape Series Outdoor Speakers can handle the elements and still deliver a crisp, natural sound. A hidden tap switch allows this speaker to be configured for 70V or 8-ohm systems, while its shape and color blend seamlessly into any environment.
Designing Your Outdoor Entertainment System
With years of experience, our team of outdoor audiovisual experts can help your ideas come to life. We can take your outdoor entertaining plans and come up with the best design to meet both your needs and budget. We’ll even provide an outdoor audio demo so that you can hear the sweet sounds of music in your own backyard. So, what are you waiting for? Let us help you recreate that concert feel under the stars in your own backyard! Contact us today at (760) 505-7461 to book a demo or a complimentary at home assessment.