Summer doesn’t officially start for another month but it sure feels like summer here in the Bay Area. Warmer weather means we are spending more time outside and especially in our backyards. Barbecues. Swimming. Relaxing. Could not get any better than that right?
Well, yeah it could. Music makes everything better!
There are some great solutions for adding music to your backyard. Here we highlight some of our favorite.
There are lots of weatherproof speakers on the market made specifically for outdoor use. The most common type is the under eave speaker which goes exactly where it sounds like it goes- under the eave at your roof-line. But, what if you’d like speakers by the pool or you have a big backyard that needs some coverage. There are great speakers for that too and what is cool about these speakers is that they were designed to blend into your landscaping.
Available in various sizes, colors and shapes. Below is an example from Rockustics.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SPEAKERS.
These are the Sonance landscape speakers. They look like landscape lights don’t they? Available in 70 volt and wired in series makes them fairly easy to install.
There are many portable speakers on the market too but because they are portable they also tend to be small and lacking in performance. But there is one that is excellent for backyard usage, the Soundcast Outcast. It’s a little bigger and actually has a built in subwoofer. Charge it up overnight in the garage, take it out to the backyard and it has a charge that will last 10 hours. You can stream music from your main home entertainment system or from your phone which is nice. It’s also weatherproof! This line comes in a couple of sizes too, just in case you want one to take to the beach or camping.
Adding a little (or a lot) of Bass
There are not a lot of outdoor subwoofers on the market, but subwoofers are so important in an outdoor space and unfortunately often overlooked. So for a full-range audio experience, we highly recommend the Speakercraft boombtomb. The subwoofer is meant to be buried in the ground with just the little vent poking through, which makes it easy to hide.
Limitless source of music
The final component to a rockin’ backyard is an endless supply of music. We have found that with Sonos. Sonos allows you to listen to music stored on your computer, your iTunes, your phone, from your CD player but in our minds, what is probably the best thing about it is all the music available from Pandora, Spotify and similar internet streaming music services. Add the Connect and a bridge to any audio system, download the free app and you’ll be rocking out in no time.
To learn about the whole wireless distributed audio line available from Sonos, check out this video: http://www.sonos.com/system
To get more information on any of the products mentioned, visit us or give us a call. Many of these products are on display and available for you to demo in our 10,000 square foot showroom. Open daily.