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How To Choose Outdoor Speakers | Crutchfield Video


Outdoor speakers let you enjoy your favorite
music on your patio or on your pool deck or pretty much anywhere. They’re designed to
stand up to weather, as well as the acoustical challenges of playing music outside. They
provide much better sound than you’ll get from a boom box, or from cranking up your
main system and opening the windows. In this video, we’ll cover the key things you need
to know about choosing the right speakers for your backyard. What makes these speakers outdoor-ready is
their rugged construction. Outdoor speakers are made of tougher materials than the ones
in your house, so they can stand up to everything from freezing rain on a cold winter morning,
to the beating sun on a summer afternoon. There are two main kinds of outdoor speakers.
Weather-proof outdoor speakers can be placed pretty much anywhere. They can be fully exposed
to the elements. Weather-resistant speakers, on the other hand, need a little protection
— under the eaves of your house, for example. We actually recommend placing both types in
a protected location when you can. They’ll both last longer that way. Wall-mountable outdoor speakers, like the
ones shown here, are the most popular type. They’re typically sold in pairs and provide
stereo sound. Most include adjustable brackets, so you can aim them towards your listening
area. If space is an issue you might opt for an
outdoor speaker that plays both channels of a stereo signal at the same time. They’re
called “stereo-input” speakers because they offer inputs for both the left and right channels
of stereo music, and they’re great when you’re working with a small or awkward space. You
can find stereo-input speakers that mount to the side of your house, or planter or rock
speakers that are designed to blend in with the outdoor environment. If you choose stereo-input
speakers, you may still want to use more than one speaker to provide enough sound coverage
throughout your yard. One of the biggest challenges for outdoor
speakers is maintaining good bass response in wide open spaces. So you’ll want to choose
speakers with plenty of low-end oomph, ones that can get down to 60Hz or lower. If you
choose speakers that can’t go that low, you may want to consider adding an outdoor subwoofer
to get good full-range sound. For information on planning your system, watch
our video at crutchfield.com/outdoorplacement. And to see the basic steps of outdoor speaker
installation, visit crutchfield.com/outdoorinstall. You can also call our A/V design group for
help planning your system at 1-800-555-9407.