Speakers in the window or outdoor speakers? A look at the pro’s and con’s.

We have pretty much all done this, right.  Cold drinks are in the cooler on the patio or deck, every lawn chair you own has been pulled out from their hiding places.  You have brought out your best set of plastic cups, bowls, plates and serving trays loaded with your favorite snack foods and cold beverages.  The lawn games have been dusted off and set up in the yard and the kiddie pool has just been topped off.  Now you need to get the finishing touch running, the tunes!  You go to your living room and take your tower speakers to the window and prop them up to blast your favorite tunes out to your yard.  Wow, your party is set now!Here we will discuss the options available to make your life easier and less expensive in the long run!

First of all, I am not saying there is anything wrong with putting your speakers in the window.Don't think I haven't done this before!Let me tell you the better way to do this.So now, you are ready to hear it?

Putting your home speakers in the window to get music to your yard is effective, to a point…  The amount of power that it takes to get music to cut though the outside air to the far reaches of your yard is mind boggling, to say the least.Home stereo's do not have the proper electronics required to handle the amount of power to do this.  The distance from your speakers in the windows to your listening area can be much reduced by placing speakers in your yard or landscape closest to your listening area.  This will require much less power from the amp to get the sound to your ears.By doing this you save your amplifiers life and extend it! 

Setting your home speakers up on the patio can be done, but this can lead to trouble?  (wow, that was a long sentence!)  If you don't mind letting the moisture from the ground or the night air eat away at the cabinets on your speakers.  Or if you don’t mind the creepy bugs crawling into them and then letting themselves loose in your house after you bring them back in.  And if the idea of having a drink spilled on them, a football through the woofer or kids knocking them over doesn't bother you, then go ahead!  Take your home stereo speakers outside and see just how long they last!If you damage your speakers or amplifier, don't say I didn't warn you! 

Outdoor speakers have many advantages in this respect.These speakers are made for the harsh elements and can be left outdoors.Placement of these speakers can be vital, so put them where you will be listening most.  And as I explained before, this helps save your amplifier and extend its life by not having to be cranked up just to hear the music.  They are smaller in size and can be hidden or camouflaged to blend into you landscape, gardens or patio.  And last but not least, once you set up your outdoor speakers, you never have to tear them down or reset them up again for the next party.  And that leaves you more time to find that old lawn darts set you have hiding in the attic!

The Outdoor Speaker Guy

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