Wireless Outdoor Speakers

There have been major breakthroughs in the advancement of audio technology and equipment over the past decade.  From what was once only a wired world, audio and video can be streamed and otherwise transmitted wirelessly now with no real loss in quality of sound.  If you are a true audiophile, you might like to split hairs over the frequency ranges and all of that, but we are talking about for the general listener.

We are talking about how wireless speakers can free you up from the restrictions that having only a wired unit allows.  Just like with indoor entertainment, outdoor speakers range in size and price.  They also have different qualities and ways of operating. Some require that you plug in a base unit and then the other speakers can operate via battery power.  Then there is the infamous Airstream™ that is commonly used with iPods.

Get rid of this mess and go wireless instead.

Get rid of this mess and go wireless instead.

In general, wireless outdoor speakers can provide you much more flexibility and portability than a traditional wired speaker could.  Materials and manufacturing have made outdoor speakers much more durable and even have allowed them to be more marketable over the last several years.  What was once only reserved for commercial applications can now be enjoyed by the average homeowner.

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Advantages of Wireless Outdoor Speakers
The obvious advantage is the ability to be able to place your music wherever you like.  While you can do this with wires in most cases, it just requires an extra amount of time and effort, not to mention cost.  Speaker wire that is able to either be buried in the ground or in conduit has risen considerably in price as raw material costs have increased.  Even if you hire someone to do the installation of your outdoor audio set-up, you are still looking at a financial investment, if not direct time and effort through your own personal installation.

Yamaha’s compact NS-AW150 bookshelf speakers provide an affordable way to enjoy your music or television programming on a deck or under a porch. You can bring them in during the cold months and set them up indoors, too: their high build quality and good sound lend them equally well to two-channel indoor listening. The speakers, which are sold as a pair, each use a 6.5-inch high-compliance, polypropylene, mica-filled woofer and 0.5-inch PEI dome tweeter. The drivers are optimized for high rigidity but low mass, giving them reasonably high sensitivity (80 dB with 2.83V at 1 meter), another way of saying modest amplifiers won’t have much trouble driving them. Their acoustic-suspension cabinets are sealed to prevent undue resonance or tubby, tuneless bass, which often results from low-cost ported designs.
Audiovox AW825 Speaker System – Copper AW825 1054
Listen to music just about anywhere without the hassle of running unsightly speaker wire! These high-quality, weather-resistant speakers can even be used in wet areas. Powered by 900MHz Phase Loop Lock circuitry which automatically locks in and keeps the audio signal clear and strong within a range of up to 150 feet with no line of sight limitations. The signal works just like high powered wireless 900MHz phones delivering a crystal clear signal through walls or any other obstacles in your yard truly offering endless installation options. The system transmitter supports all types audio inputs including RCA inputs for home theatre receivers, MP3 players, computers and iPods. Audio Unlimited’s wireless speaker system is the perfect solution for adding music around the pool/spa, on the patio, near the BBQ, in your office, garage, in the garden, or out on the deck during those hot summer nights.
Canyon outdoor wireless speakers.
Turn your music inside out by bringing your indoor music outdoors with the help of the AW828 outdoor planter with wireless speaker by Acoustic Research. The wireless speaker blends into its surroundings inside the weather-resistant planter, eliminating the eyesores of the past. It receives crystal-clear reception up to 150-feet, in turn delivering high-quality, and full, rich sound. The 150 range may vary depending on each environment. This portable design allows it to be conveniently placed in any outdoor entertaining environment. The planter separates from the speaker and offers wireless installation. The system is expandable so you can add multiple units to the AW828 to enhance both your outdoor listening and gardening experience. Speaker/receiver has push button auto-lock tuning, 900MHz transmission, frequency response of 40Hz u2013 15kHz, with Left/Mono/Right switch and separate volume control. Each speaker operates on 6AA batteries (not included) or AC adapter (included).

Another advantage is that if at any time you would like to re-locate your speakers, it is as simple as a removing a few screws or just picking them up off the ground and moving them.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Since the ‘remote speakers’ from the base or unit itself need to still be powered, you will need to replace batteries.  The frequency of this all depends upon how often you enjoy music through them.  Also, you might consider the disadvantage of distance from the unit.  While many specifications will say that you can get up to a 50-100’ range, you might notice a drop in function within a smaller range if you have any outdoor ‘obstacles’ in the path.  These are all inconsequential disadvantages when comparing the standard wired styles to wireless outdoor speakers.

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