Setting up an outdoor sound system might seem like a straightforward enough task; however, unless you’re planning a very simple configuration, there are several mistakes you might make without realizing it. Let’s take a look at some of the most common issues homeowners encounter when they attempt to DIY an outdoor sound system.
Mistake #1. Using the Wrong Equipment
The most common mistake homeowners make when they are creating an outdoor sound system is choosing the wrong equipment. This could be anything from buying equipment that is not powerful enough for the space you want to use it in to choosing equipment that is not weatherproof or designed for outdoor use.
Mistake #2. Choosing Your Wiring
You might think that one kind of wire is just like another piece of wire, but that’s not true for electronics or outdoor sound systems. You need to have the right kind of wiring and sometimes even the right connectors to ensure that your wiring is safe and will stand up to the challenges of being outdoors.
Mistake #3. Incorrect Speaker Placement
It might seem simple enough to install speakers. You simply look for a pole, tree or wall that is high enough and hope for the best. However, speaker placement is very important for maximizing sound quality, so if you’re just using any place that’s convenient, you probably won’t get the best sound.
Mistake #4. Messy Wiring
Most people can follow wiring instructions in a product manual and get the wires for their outdoor sound system into the right place. However, unless you’re experienced in installing outdoor sound systems, there’s a good chance you have no idea what to do with the wires once they are connected. Messy wiring can really ruin the look of your outdoor entertaining space, so you need to be sure that you have a plan to tuck it out of sight.
Professionals can create a seamless audio experience to the eye. Certain landscape features can be used to hide wires and other eyesores. Each audio system is meticulously wired into your space, meaning there are no visible wires or cords to be seen. Each outdoor audio project is completely customized and unique to your home. Depending on the layout of your outdoor space, we’ll either bury speakers, hide them in landscaping, or disguise them in nature.
Mistake #5. Attempting Complex Outdoor Sound Systems
There are some outdoor sound systems that you can install yourself if you are reasonably handy. However, there are some complex outdoor sound system components, like sound elements that are installed in or near pools, that should only ever be left to the professionals. If your system is close to water, requires a lot of cabling or is complicated in some other way, you probably don’t want to attempt it on your own!
How Do Professionals Design Outdoor Sound Systems?
Now that you’re second-guessing your ability to install your own outdoor sound system, you might be wondering what the professionals do that’s so different. Actually, there are several things they do differently. Here are a few.
Plan the System Layout
When you work with a company that specializes in customizing professional outdoor sound systems, the process will probably start with a visit to your home. The company you’re working with will take measurements, make notes and probably take pictures too. All of these allow them to design an outdoor sound system that will give you the best sound, look great and be safe and weatherproof.
Use Professional Grade Equipment
Companies that specialize in installing outdoor sound systems usually have access to equipment that consumers do not. They can get better, more powerful equipment, usually at a much better price. They also have the right kind of wiring and cabling, weatherproof housings and more. So you can be sure that your sound system equipment is designed to be durable and give you years of trouble-free service.
When you’re working with electricity, safety should always be at the top of your priority list. When you are working with electricity that will be exposed to the elements in a high-traffic area, it’s even more important. Professional outdoor sound system installers know all the safety regulations and will design and install your system to ensure that your family and friends are always safe in your home – and outside.
Companies that design and install outdoor sound systems only use equipment that is weatherproof – no matter what climate you are in. They will create a sound system that is completely watertight, that won’t be affected by excess heat or cold, and that will stand the test of time.
Finally, when you hire a professional to design and install your outdoor sound system, they will make sure that it not only sounds great but that it’s also tucked away and out of sight.
Whether it’s installing speakers in fake rocks or trenching for cabling, so it’s not visible in your yard because no one wants to wreck a killer backyard entertainment area with unsightly wires and sound equipment!
When In Doubt, Go Pro!
As you can see, there’s a lot more that goes into creating a great outdoor sound system than you probably thought.
If you are planning something very simple and you’re confident in your abilities (and have all the tools and equipment needed), you might be able to tackle this as a DIY project.
However, if you want an outdoor sound system that covers your whole yard, that includes things like pool sound and more, it’s nearly always best to hire a professional. Not only will you get the right system, designed with the latest technology, but the installation will be smoother. Plus, you can be sure the equipment is installed right and will be durable and provide the best quality sound.
Lifetronic Systems specializes in creating custom outdoor spaces for residential and commercial properties. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us today