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The Best Ways to Listen to Your Music Outdoors

A huge wave of technology improvements has changed life in so many ways, including the way we listen to music outdoors. Back in the 1980s, if you wanted to enjoy your music in the back yard, the patio or the porch, you had to lug a big boom box to lug around. Before that, in the 1950s and 1960s, the best that most outdoor music aficionados could hope for was the tinny sound of a tiny transistor radio. This is bad enough for the casual pop-music-listener, but imagine how the classical-music-lover felt listening to his or her beloved Beethoven, Brahms or Bach on a cheap little squawk box.

How times have changed. With advances in materials and technology, and thanks to modern outdoor speakers, you can now take your music outdoors and enjoy the same high quality you expect indoors. Even the biggest audio snob won’t sneer at the high quality of sound that high-end outdoor stereo speakers can provide. What are the best ways to listen to your music outdoors? That really depends on who you are, your musical tastes and where outdoors you plan to listen. Outdoor Speaker Depot has some tips to help everyone get the maximum enjoyment out of your outdoor music.

If you’re a casual listener or someone who just listens to music outside occasionally, while doing outdoors chores, for instance, consider wireless outdoor speakers. Because these speakers require no wiring, you won’t have to go to the expense or hassle of installing wires. The portability of these speakers also gives you flexibility, because you can move them easily. Although wireless speakers can’t provide quite the quality of extreme sound that wired outdoors speakers can, they still give excellent performance at a reasonable price with minimal hassle.

Wireless speakers generally use rechargeable batteries and get their music via Bluetooth connections or a networked computer Wi-Fi connection. One con of wireless speakers is that interference can sometimes be problematic. For peak performance and to avoid problems with interference, you’ll want to consider wired outdoors speakers. Although these need to be hooked up to an amplifier inside via wires, that’s usually a fairly simple job that most DIYers can tackle successfully. If you’re not handy or if you envision a complicated setup, it’s easy to find expert technicians who will do a professional job for you.

If you like to throw dance parties on your patio or in your back yard or just like to rock out, a subwoofer may also be in order to boost bass. When thinking about outdoor speakers, whether wireless or wired, keep in mind that the great outdoors can soak up sound. Sound won’t bounce off walls and ceilings the way it does indoors; the acoustics just aren’t the same. In addition, your music will have competition from other sounds — some would call it noise — outside, such as barking dogs, speeding trucks, cars and motorcycles and noisy leaf blowers and power tools. When thinking about getting maximum enjoyment of your outdoor speaker system, keep all of those factors in mind and look for speakers with sufficient power. Generally, 100 watts is fine for the typical back yard, although conditions and needs can vary widely.

If you need help in deciding which outdoors speakers to get for the best listening experience, just call Outdoor Speaker Depot toll free or drop us an email. Our staff of experienced experts will give you answers you can trust.