There’s something special about the outdoors that just makes people feel good. Maybe it’s the fresh air or the sound of nature that surrounds us. Whatever it is, we know that being outside is good for our health and well-being. But what if you could take that feeling one step further? By adding landscape audio to your home’s outdoor space, you can transform it into a true oasis where you can relax and rejuvenate.
Common Types of Outdoor Speakers
Everybody’s tastes and aesthetics vary, so there are many types of outdoor speakers to fit your style. Here are some of the most common types of landscape speakers:
- In-ground speakers: These types of speakers are designed to be buried in the ground, making them ideal for large outdoor spaces. In-ground speakers offer excellent sound quality and can be used in various settings, from backyards to golf courses.
- Rock speakers: As the name suggests, a rock speaker is designed to look like just another rock in your landscaping. Rock speakers are a great way to add audio to your outdoor space without compromising aesthetics. These speakers come in various sizes and shapes, so you can easily find one that fits your landscaping design.
- Satellite speakers: Satellite speakers are a great option if you’re looking for an easy-to-install solution. The speakers are mounted to a pivoting ground stake, allowing you to “plant” them in the ground and aim them in the appropriate direction giving a uniform sound field.
- Outdoor sound bars: If you’re looking for a simple sound solution, look no further than an outdoor sound bar. Sound bars are typically long and thin so they can be easily mounted on a wall or placed on a table.
Each outdoor sound system option has benefits, so it’s essential to consider what will work best for your space.
DIY Audio Vs Professional Design & Installation
While trying and installing your own landscape audio system may be tempting, we highly recommend working with a professional. The biggest differences between DIY and professionally installed outdoor audio technology are the system’s quality, look, and sound.
There are many benefits to having a professional design and install your landscape sound system, including:
- Sound quality — A professionally installed system will sound better than a DIY system because the experts know how to position the speakers and calibrate the system properly.
- Experienced installers — A professional installation will be less likely to experience issues down the road because the wiring will be done correctly, and any potential problems will be caught before they become major issues.
- Better equipment — Professionally installed systems generally have a longer lifespan than DIY systems because they’re made with higher quality components.
Frequent disadvantages that we see with DIY outdoor audio systems are:
- Visible wires – One of the benefits of having an outdoor speaker system is that it’s usually hidden from view. However, if you DIY your system without a proper understanding of how to hide your wires, it can take away from the aesthetics of your landscaping.
- Speakers not weatherproofed – If your speakers are not weatherproofed, they will not last as long as they should. This is especially true if you live in an area with harsh winters or high humidity.
- Sound quality – without proper calibration, most DIY systems will not sound as good as a professionally installed system.
- Lower quality equipment – the difference in speakers, amps, ports, and audio input sources can be drastic, leading to a big difference in sound quality.
- Poor design and speaker placement – crooked speakers, loose speakers, and speakers too close together, too far apart, or pointed in the wrong direction all lead to subpar sound. Your audio may be too quiet, too loud, or echoing.
- Potential damage to your property – inexperienced DIYers may accidentally damage your landscaping or home during installation.