College basketball's crowned a champion, Major League Baseball's opening day weekend has come and gone, and both the NBA and NHL seasons are winding down - which can only mean one thing: Spring has finally sprung. As the weather gets warmer, music lovers have more opportunities to listen to their favorite albums while lounging out back on their patio or porch.
Whether you're hosting a party with all of your friends or just relaxing after a long day at work, an outdoor wireless music system is the perfect way to enjoy great tunes outside the house. To get the most out of your setup, consider these three tips when configuring your outdoor music speaker system.
1. Choose the right equipment for the great outdoors
Not all home audio systems or wireless speakers were designed for outdoor use. Exposing electronics to the elements can be a huge gamble if you don't have the right hardware. Obviously, it's a bad idea to leave speakers out in the rain, but there are other environmental factors that can be just as damaging.
High humidity, for instance, can create condensation in the unit, potentially damaging electronic components. It's important that you choose a wireless speaker built with these kinds of environmental threats in mind. The Polk Atrium6
is all-weather certified, preventing condensation from building up inside the speaker and making it ideal for listening to music outside.
The Atrium6 is also water-resistant, so you can place it poolside without worrying about water damaging the components.
2. Consider permanent speaker setups
Some people decide to install permanent audio fixtures for all of their outdoor music listening needs. These may include speakers installed on the back of the house, around the patio or hidden in the yard. This hardware is ideally weather-proofed to stand up to thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail and whatever else Mother Nature can throw their way.
There are some considerations you need to make if you choose to go this route. From an aesthetic point of view, permanent speakers can stand out from the rest of your outdoor decor, so you want to be sure to pick speakers that are easy on the eyes and can seamlessly fit right into your patio, garden or backyard.
Audio equipment like the Polk Atrium Sub10 deftly disguise themselves as pottery, disappearing into your home garden and perfectly complementing you pastoral outdoor decor. And both the Atrium Sub10 and even the Definitive Technology AW6500 — which is also built for permanent outdoor use and withstands the elements — feature paintable exteriors, so you can apply any color you want to have them seamlessly blend into your surroundings.
3. Fill that open space
Acoustics are everything, and unfortunately, the great outdoors feature a lot of variables that can impact sound quality. There may be competing noises from other homes, road traffic or even nature that your wireless music system needs to overcome.
The Definitive Technology AW6500 outdoor component loudspeaker features a fully sealed design, providing indoor sound quality
for outdoor environments. With a 6.5" mid/woofer, 5.5" x 10" bass radiator and 1" tweeter, the AW6500 has the audio muscle to overcome external noise and fill all of that open space.
Creating an outdoor speaker setup is only half the battle, though. You'll need a high-quality AV receiver to power it all. A
HEOS-enabled AV receiver pairs nicely with Polk and Definitive Technology outdoor speakers over your home Wi-Fi connection, and provides access to several audio streaming services — all controlled directly through the HEOS app. While your receiver is safely tucked away inside or outside, you can stream your favorite music and relax out back.
Be sure to take a look at the full line of HEOS products to deck your home out for the warm months.