When the sun is beating down on us Brits, we like nothing more then to head outside with some mates, and grab a cold beverage. BBQs, garden parties and even pool parties (for the lucky few) are about to become the main events within every social calendar. And hey, as the great landlord/lady you are you may want to host the current talk of the town event like the footy outside- maybe with a beer.
But what do you do about music or commentary at such things? Do you leave the doors and windows open? Maybe grab an extension lead and push your speakers to the window sill? Sure, that’s one way of doing it. But it’s by no means a good way. Not when you have some pretty nifty outdoor speakers available to you.
Outdoor speakers are purposefully designed to be suitable for the outdoors. Sealed from the elements, subtle (sometimes even camouflaged, like these rock inspired wannabe!) and nice, big and loud for the open air. We have models available ranging in size, colour and passive or active (built in amplification) options!
Or why not explore our huge range of On Wall Speakers for your Pub, Restuarant, Garden bar or favourite BBQ Patio?!
Okay, so now you know such a thing is possible, it’s time to tell you how this will work in a practical sense. Yes, they’re geared up for outdoor use, but you’ll still have to do *some* of the leg work yourself.
First and foremost: these are all passive speakers, which means you will need an amplifier (indoors) to get them to work
Here are some likely scenarios:
a) You have an amp that’s already in use
You can connect these to “zone B” or second speaker output (if you have one)
b) You have a spare amp
Set it up and use it for these and these alone, while connecting a source at the back
c) You have a Sonos system
Connect the outdoor speakers to the Sonos Connect Amp indoors and you can then control the outdoor speakers as an additional “zone” on your Sonos system. Pretty cool. Absolutely future proof.
No matter which one of the above applies to you, you will need an outdoor speaker cable of suitable length to finish the job.
… that’s about as complicated as it gets! As a system it’s very simple to set up and use. Simply: choose your speakers, buy your speakers, find a nice place to put them and the run an outdoor speaker cable safely to an indoor amp and you’re ready to go. Follow the guidelines provided for safely hiding/burying the cable if you want to make it a more permanent fixture.
Remember, the speakers are waterproof… but the amp is not. So don’t be tempted to bring your amp outside under any circumstances, no matter how annoying going inside is! If you’re using your new speakers them with a Sonos system it doesn’t matter where you that doesnt matter where you are in conjunction with the amp as you can sit outside with your iPad and control the zone over your home network.
However, a cool hack for the (non Sonos) amp indoors is to use a Bluetooth streamer like the Arcam Miniblink to create a Bluetooth enabled speaker system you can also control from your tablet or phone… in your garden! I don’t need to tell you the benefits of this, they’re rather apparent.
You may be asking, why not just get a portable speaker? Sure, that’s one way of doing it, but outdoor speakers guarantee a much better quality of sound. Plus, it’s a permanent set-up (less messing around) and far more impressive to enjoy and yes, show off to your guests. You’ll be know as the best Land lord/Lady with the best beer garden in Town.