Summertime brings two things that most of us really enjoy: warmer days and great outdoor concerts. There is nothing better than being outside on a beautiful evening and listening to your favorite band under the stars! Some of us are even lucky enough to be able to enjoy outdoor evenings most of the year.
Pairing wonderful music with your outdoor entertainment during the warmer months takes the entertainment experience to another level.
Finding the right speakers for you
So, what is the best way to bring your favorite music outside? Well, of course, you will need some speakers, and there are lots of options out there. Let’s go over the possibilities. Hopefully, we can help you determine the best for your outdoor living space.
The first thing to consider about outdoor sound is the harsh environment. It does not make sense to take your nice indoor tower speaker made out of wood and put it outdoors. You would have a mess after the first downpour!
Covered or Open Patio Areas
The most flexible space for outdoor music is a covered or screen porch. In-ceiling speakers now come in marine versions, so if you are building or remodeling, this might be something to consider for your porch. Another great option is outdoor speakers that mount to the wall, the floor, or parts of your decking.
Outdoor speakers look similar to an indoor speaker but are made out of plastic and are usually rounded to allow water to run off. If your porch has walls on three of its sides and is under about 20 ft in length, you will probably be fine with one pair of in-ceiling or outdoor speakers. If your porch is longer and open on each end, sound is going to escape more easily easier and you may need two pairs to get good coverage.
Larger Outdoor Area’s
This is where things get trickier. If you have a large outdoor entertaining area with more than one seating area, you have probably worked hard on hardscape and landscaping getting it to look great. Here’s a couple of options to consider…
A few years ago, the only option was to use speakers disguised as rocks, and this still remains an option that many use. There are several brands making these, and they that come in a variety of sizes. While we have never seen anyone mistake one of these speakers for an actual rock, they can blend better into your exterior space than a conventional looking outdoor speaker.
Your backyard has no walls or ceiling, so sound has nothing to reflect off of. If you have ever been to an outdoor concert, you have probably noticed that the scale of the speaker system was far larger than the system for an indoor venue. You have two choices outside. You could get a pair of speakers that can play really loud to let everyone hear your favorite tunes. However, the people sitting close to them are not going to be able to carry on a conversation, and the people sitting far away will barely hear them. We feel the better choice is to provide an even level of sound across your area.
How can you do this without having a bunch of speakers all over your yard? Well, a few years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of making speakers that resemble a landscape light. One problem presented itself. This type of design had great midrange and treble, but no bass. Fortunately, this problem was addressed with the brilliant solution to combine a big subwoofer that could be buried in the ground to provide the deep bass we all want.
Martin Logan Outdoor Living Series
Martin Logan is a leader in this new type of outdoor sound technology. When you think about the concept, it just makes so much more sense. It is very easy to hide a small object that looks like a landscape light in your natural areas. By spreading them evenly around the perimeter, you can cover your entire space with sound. No one will be blasted, and everyone will get the same volume of great sound no matter where they are sitting or standing to enjoy your party!
When using this type of speaker technology, there is no limit on the size of your outdoor area that can be covered with great, even sound. These types of systems provide sound quality that will amaze you and your guests. Martin Logan comes from a heritage of making outstanding speakers of all types. They applied their acoustic knowledge to their line of landscape speakers. The deep bass you get out of their in-ground subwoofers is just simply amazing. Couple this with multiple pairs of small speakers and you have a system that can rival concert sound when you want to really crank it up, and alternatively, can provide a nice background level of sound that will be consistent all over your outdoor area.