Summer is coming, so now’s the time to install your outdoor sound system

Men and women enjoying themselves in front of an outdoor table at a house party.

What a year! The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone as we’ve had to adjust to the new normal and the words ‘pivot’ and ‘social distancing’ have become part of New Zealander’s vocabulary. Summer is coming, so too is the entertaining and BBQing season. So why not embrace Level 1 and entertain the pants off your friends and family (not literally) this summer with a new outdoor sound system in your backyard, patio, or pool area.

Music has been shown to enhance your mood in times of stress, and the impact from lockdown and COVID-19 has been and continues to be stressful for many. So, how does music help? Kim Waterman, author of blog post The Power of Music to Help Cope with COVID-19 says “music listening in itself releases endorphins in your system. When listening to music that you enjoy, dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ chemical and serotonin, the ‘happy’ chemical is released in your brain giving you a sense of pleasure and boosting your mood”. So, let’s boost your mood with the ultimate outdoor sound system just in time for the entertaining and BBQing season.

In this blog, you’ll find out what it takes to get high-quality audio to your outdoor spaces. Then we’ll show you how easy it is to get access to your favourite artists, albums, and playlists without having to take any vulnerable indoor equipment outside.

What type of speakers should be used?

Speakers for your outdoor sound system need to be designed for that environment. Not only do they need to cope with harsh weather, debris and water, but should also be able to fill large spaces.

As far as the former is concerned, outdoor speakers use sturdy rust-proof materials and tight enclosures that keep water from seeping in. They can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about bringing them in and out of your home for each use.

Enhancing the reach of your speakers comes down to two things:

  1. Install directional speakers that send sound in one specific direction and are usually able to cover plenty of ground.
  2. Having speakers compatible with 70 volt amplifiers normally used in outdoor sound systems.


Where should speakers be placed?

After we’ve picked out the perfect speakers for your outdoor system, it’s time to figure out where to place them. Speaker layout is key to getting powerful, high-quality sound without becoming a nuisance to your neighbours.

The common mistake is mounting a few speakers on exterior walls, which results in uneven volumes that annoy those near the speakers and are inaudible less than a meter away. The best layout is one that lines your perimeter—with speakers spaced out under a meter apart —facing inwards.

What are the most significant benefits of this type of layout?

  1. The sound is spread evenly so everyone can enjoy the music no matter where they are.
  2. Since your speakers are facing inwards, they won’t disrupt your neighbours.

But to truly unleash the power of your high-quality speakers, having your outdoor sound system professionally designed is a must. Modeliving are experts in design and can advise on the best options and locations for the speakers in your outdoor space.

How does music get to the speakers?

The final step in an outdoor sound system setup is getting your favourite content to your speakers. This is where a professional installation is beneficial. As opposed to typical Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speakers people take outside, with a professionally installed outdoor sound system you’re not limited to streaming services or the digital library on your phone.

Instead, Modeliving includes all the necessary wiring to send signals from all your indoor source audio components to your outdoor spaces. Get access to media libraries, streaming services, CD players and even your vintage turntable. And with our Control4 home automation systems, you can adjust your source, skip a song, or lower the volume from the same device.

 Modeliving, can help you create the ultimate outdoor sound system, one your family and friends will be envious of! Technology can be challenging, Modeliving makes it easier.

 So fill out our free appraisal form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your outdoor sound system needs.

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