Discreet outdoor speakers circled in white.

Discreet outdoor speakers circled in white. Click to see full image.

As any realtor or home remodeler will tell you, the backyard (or deck, patio, roof…) is the new favorite place for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying friends and family. Just look at the growth of the landscaping and outdoor kitchen business as proof. But what happens when you bring all your party guests over for some grilling, swimming and chillin’, but the music system & TV’s are all in the house? Outdoor entertainment systems are popular, and very practical. They bring a lot of ROI in terms of enjoyment.

Getting the Best Sound

Let’s start with speakers. Fill your outdoor space with quality outdoor speakers. There’s a variety of styles available, from in-wall/in-ceiling models (good for lanais and covered patios) , wall- mountable models (popular for hanging under a home’s eaves) to rock-shaped speakers and even in-ground speakers. Speaker placement in a backyard or outdoor space can be trickier than in a living room or home theater. Outside sound travels and can either travel far, into the yard next door, or not far enough so you may only get sound in localized spots. Placement really needs to be thought out carefully. Even sound dispersion is critical. Multiple audio zones can also be very helpful, even in outdoor spaces that aren’t very big. There could be separate areas like a cooking/BBQ area, Pool, and maybe a pergola (which includes an outdoor TV). Now this entire yard could easily be filled with sound all at once, but what happens when not everyone wants to hear the music at the same level. Kids in the pool might want to turn up the volume to play over their own screaming, while the people at the BBQ or pergola want to tone it down to conversational levels.

All Weather TV

Today’s outdoor TV’s are designed to withstand the rigors of the outside. These TVs are weather resistant, which means you don’t need to worry about rain and snow. Even if your patio if covered, it only takes a little rain blown in by wind or a squirt of a hose by the gardener to ruin a standard TV. Even high humidity can damage a regular TV that’s not built to withstand the elements. Aside from getting the right TVs, placement is an important factor. When you’re outside you have the sun to deal with, and the sun’s position changes throughout the day. We almost always put outdoor TVs on articulating mounts. Just like in home theaters, screen size is a factor. With an outdoor TV, viewers are often further away from the screen than they would be indoors. Anything smaller than a 46-inch TVs is probably too small unless you’re certain that the viewers will always be close to the screen. Most outdoor TVs come with built-in speakers, just like regular TVs, but incorporating the sound system is is more popular choice. First, external speakers will sound better, and they can be part of a zoned audio system. If you’re having a party during a baseball game you can play the TV’s volume on speakers all around the yard.

For more information or to get started today, call us at (914) 921-0099.