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Take Your Playlist to the Patio: A Guide to Outdoor Speakers

Rock Outdoor Speakers

It’s getting to be that time of year again when your days and evenings are spent relaxing outside in the warm summer weather.  Being able to enjoy the fresh air, talking with friends and family, and listening to your favorite music can be the recipe for a prefect time.  Getting your music outside can be challenging, but you will be amazed at how many options there are to make it happen.  Whether you want powered outdoor speakers to fill up your whole yard with music or a portable Bluetooth speaker to take with you anywhere you go, you won’t find yourself short of options.

Powered outdoor speakers allow you to always have access to music in your yard that you don’t have to carry in during the rain and snow.  They are weatherproof, durable, and come in many shapes and sizes.  They can look like flower pots, rocks, or just regular speakers allowing you disguise them in your yard if you don’t want them to stand out.  They do need a power source from an amplifier so you will need to run wires from them to that power source.

Bose makes some outstanding outdoor speakers that you can mount such as the Bose 151 or set on the ground like the Bose Free Space 151.  When mounting a speaker remember that they are designed to project sound in the direction they are pointed, whereas some freestanding ones like the Bose Free Space can project sound in all directions.  Knowing this will help you decide what speaker type you want and where to put it.

If you would prefer a more discreet speaker, you can consider a Klipsch Rock Speaker   or a Martin Logan Rock Speaker.  These are designed to blend in with your landscaping, leaving your guests in awe when you turn on the music and they have no idea where it is coming from. If your yard wont hide a rock speaker or you just have a green thumb, you can consider the Niles Planter Speaker.  Not only does this speaker look like a planter, it is designed to have live plants in it so nobody would ever expect music to come out of it.

Rock Outdoor Speakers

As mentioned earlier, these speakers do need to be powered, which will involve running speaker wire from the amplifier to them.  You can use a traditional receiver like the Onkyo 7.2 Channel Receiver which has built-in Bluetooth for wireless streaming to your phone.  You can also consider a Sonos Connect AMP which is smaller and easier to hide in the house.  The Sonos Connect AMP connects to your wireless network and allows any device with the Sonos App that’s connected to the network to stream music or access thousands of radio stations directly to the speakers.

Outdoor speakers are a great option for outdoor enjoyment.  They are weatherproof, allowing you to keep them outside all year long.  They offer a wide variety of design options to fit into your desired outdoor space the way you want them to, and can be accessed from a phone or mobile device.  They do need to be wired, but that extra power allows you to broadcast amazing sound over a large area and not have to worry about batteries.  But what if you love the idea of great outdoor sound but want something you can take to the pool?  If that describes you, a Bluetooth speaker is just right for you.

Just like outdoor speakers, Bluetooth speakers can bring music outside for you to enjoy.  However, a Bluetooth speaker can go just about anywhere, allowing you to always have access to sharing your music.  They come in many different sizes to fit your needs, and many speaker options and water resistant or water proof.  Remember water resistant means they are designed to withstand water, but can still be damaged from too much water.  Waterproof means they can get wet and even be submerged without fear of water damage.

Bose offers a wonderful water resistant Bluetooth speaker called Soundlink Color II.  It comes in a variety of color options, is powered though a rechargeable built-in battery, and offers high quality sound.  It is water resistant so you can take it to the beach or to the pool without worrying about it getting a little wet.   If you want something that also shows off your bright personality you can consider the JBL Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker.  Along with a built in rechargeable battery it offers a variety of light shows from the built-in lights.

If you are looking for a speaker that is not afraid of water, then the JBL Charge 3 is for you because it is waterproof.  That means this speaker can be submerged in water allowing you to take this speaking in the shower, the pool, or out on the lake without ever worrying about water.  These options offer long lasting batteries to get you through your day without the need of a power outlet so your only worry is what song will you play next.

Whether you want to fill your yard with music or have it with you at the pool or the beach, you have many options available to you.  You don’t have to be tied down to a power cable, or be worried about a little water hitting your speaker to prevent you from enjoying and sharing your music.  The only problem you will have now is choosing what color you want your speaker in.




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