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Outdoor Speakers, What's the Difference?

July 01st, 2018

Choosing to play audio from an outdoor speaker setup is essential for any homeowner who spends a lot of time outdoors or entertains guests frequently.  Outdoor speakers are specialized in that their hardware has coated electrical components, heavy duty seals and enclosures that mitigate damage from harsh weather such as rain, sleet, snow, ice, hail, and wind.  There are so many varieties of outdoor speakers on the market today and this consumer guide provided by Digital Inceptions will help lead you to a product that will best fit your needs.

Passive speakers are speakers that come without an internal amplifier built in.  They tend to be the most cost effective and are a popular choice among customers as they are light-weight and easy to move around your yard.  Rock speakers are a type of passive speaker available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  These outdoor speakers are manufactured to blend into your outdoor space while providing an outlet for sound.  Most of these outdoor rock speakers are designed to produce sound at the perimeter of your yard and should not be considered your only means of audio.  These outdoor speakers are best suited as a supplement to an existing audio system.

Active speakers are speakers which come equipped with amplifiers and allow the user to independently adjust volume without managing the tuner.  These speaker units require their own power source and a good quality speaker system can be expensive. 

After choosing your outdoor speaker, it’s time to install your units.  Before you mount any unit, test the sound by walking around the area and review how well the sound travels and is received.  When mounting the units, its best to solid wood, stonework, or brick, surfaces and not aluminum or vinyl sidings.  If you have a more complex audio system in mind, leave it to the professionals.  Improper wiring can lead to damage to your expensive units and can even be an electrical and fire hazard.  Digital Inceptions is available to provide a free estimate 7 days a week, give us a call!