Installing Outdoor Speakers
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, consider installing an outdoor speaker system. You'll be able to play music outside during barbecues, or have movie night in the back yard. The task is relatively simple -- there are just few tips to keep in mind. Here, Eric Stromer shows you what to look out for when choosing your speakers, and how to properly install them yourself.
Outdoor speakers come in a wide variety of shapes and prices. Consider what size you need for the amount of yard you have. And while wireless is more convenient and easy to set up, you will be sacrificing a bit of sound quality. The most important thing is to come up with a budget and stick to it.
Even though outdoor speakers are considered "all weather," it is still a good idea to keep them out of the elements. Hanging them under an eave or overhang is an ideal location.
Your speaker should come with its own individualized mounting system. Follow the directions for your specific set; this is not a time for improvisation.
Prior to final mounting, use wire cutters to trim the sheathing, exposing about three-quarters of an inch of speaker wire. Connect the wire end with the white stripe to the red input on the speaker and at your receiver. This will ensure correct polarity.
Place your speaker in the mounting bracket, leaving the wire hanging off to one side.
Run your wire along the eave or overhang. Avoid using a staple gun that might cut into the wire. Instead, use a hammer and nail-in cable clips.
Most homes have a coaxial cable already running inside their homes for their cable or satellite dishes. This is a great spot to feed your speaker wire, rather than drilling another hole.
Finally, connect the wires to your stereo, put on your favorite tunes and enjoy your new outdoor entertainment.
Items You'll Need
- Outdoor speaker set with brackets
- Speaker wire
- Wire cutters
- Drill and screw gun
- Nail-in cable clips
- Stereo Receiver