I love beer!
It’s seriously amazing! Even world-changing.
No really. Log onto Netflix and watch How Beer Saved the World. Then thank the beer gods for giving us brewers to keep humanity chugging along. The documentary makes some pretty far fetched claims but the fact remains, beer is awesome!
The only thing that’s better than opening a cold one on a warm day is doing it with the BBQ blazing, and some nice thick slabs of beef sizzling on the grill. Smell the ‘que, take that first sip and you can hear yourself say “AHHH!”
Making BBQ Taste Better and The Outdoor Stereo System Sound Better
With spring already in full swing here in the valley and summer knocking at the door it’s time to break out the tools and get to work on the backyard for another great BBQ season. Or hire someone else to do it for you.
Fire pit? Check. Patio cover? Check. Lounger? Check. Water feature? Check.
But there’s one thing most people overlook when designing their backyards.
… We need some music! Music, one thing that all people love. Although we may not share the same musical tastes, we do all love listening to some tunes. Usually though, someone gets out their iPhone and plugs in a tiny, weak bluetooth speaker. Or you crank up the in-house stereo to try to get the sound out to the backyard.
And, the key ingredient that makes your outdoor stereo system perfect? The speakers!
Give some serious consideration to adding dedicated speakers to your outdoor stereo sound system audio to make your BBQ taste better and your beer even more delicious.
The Best Speakers for Your Outdoor Stereo System
There are plenty of options for adding audio to your backyard. Here’s my take on each one and my recommendation for the best backyard sound experience.
1. Rock or planter speakers.
Honestly, for the most part, these sound like crap. There are some decent-looking models out there, and the pot type speakers are very discrete, but why bother? If you are going in invest in bringing your music outside, invest in something better.
2. In-ceiling speakers.
These speakers are nice for adding audio to a very small area within your patio. Do not expect to hear any quality sound reproduction outside of the immediate listening area. These will do for easy listening as long as you’re right there under them on the patio. For a bigger or better sound experience, keep reading.
3. Under-eave speakers.
These are your typical outdoor speakers. They can mount to the wall, under the eave, or practically anywhere you’d want. These come in a variety of sizes, colors and price points. Some of these have great bass reproduction and all around audio clarity. Others are not so great. But then again, with speakers, you really get what you pay for.
4. Sonos speakers
I recently wrote a blog post that was sort of a “case study” on three ways I’ve used Sonos speakers for home audio set ups, including using them in a backyard wedding. Check it out for some ideas on what we can do your outdoor system if you want to be flexible or aren’t quite ready for landscape speakers.
4. Landscape speakers.
This is the newest category of outdoor stereo system speakers. They are a bigger investment but you’ll love what you’re getting.
Here’s how they work. They are designed to be placed around the perimeter of the listening area (which could be your entire backyard) and truly surround you with audio (and you know how I feel about the rarity of true surround sound).
Most systems even have sub-woofers that can be paired with the landscape speakers to give you an awesome listening experience. They can be camouflaged to blend into your yard, can be mounted almost anywhere (in the ground, on a tree, under the eaves), and have the best audio reproduction out of all of the outdoor speaker categories.
Adding these to your backyard outdoor stereo system will make your next BBQ a hit!
You could even use your existing home audio system by adding an Echo Dot or Google Home Mini to your smart home system and connecting them to your outdoor speakers.
Give me a call at (559) 432-8600 to help you design your outdoor audio system. We can design, install, and program your speakers to make your backyard sound amazing.
Then invite some friends over, fire up the grill, crank up the tunes, and when you pop open that first cold beer, take a sip for me!