10 Things You Should Know about Outdoor Sound
Before you pony up big bucks for outdoor speakers, consult this list to make sure you're getting exactly what you need.
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They may not wake the dead, but speakers like this Rockustics Planter can push up the daisies ... and marigolds and pansies and more.
August 01, 2005 by EH Staff

Whether it’s raking leaves or relaxing on the deck, music makes it better. Here are a few tips to help you bring your music outside.

1. Don’t be wet behind the ears. Opt for weatherproof or weather-resistant speakers that can withstand the elements.

2. Rock out. Want to hide your speakers? Some outdoor units have covers that look like rocks.

3. Plant it. Buy speakers that double as planters. You can even water them!

4. More is better. Several speakers strategically placed are better than one or two

5. Outdoor tools need power. Wattage that works fine for background music inside won’t be audible outdoors. Match the space and the speakers with the right amplifier.

6. Put them on ice. If you live in a cooler climate, consider installing sealed jacks with speaker terminals outside your house and bringing speakers inside during the winter months.

7. Be a good neighbor. Place outdoor speakers around your listening area, and point them toward your own house.

8. Be a Beach Boy. If you live on the coast, make sure your speaker connections are protected from corrosion and oxidation.

9. Go deep. If you need to run speaker wire through the yard, make sure it is placed deep enough in the ground and inside a conduit pipe so you don’t accidentally dig it up or cut it.

10. Hide a key, too. Keep one hidden outside for when you lock yourself out of the house after skinny-dipping. (Rock speaker covers can be clever hiding spaces—as long as they aren’t located among prickly things.)

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