One of the best features of our house, (especially when the weather is not 90+ degrees or we are having a full blown thunderstorm), is our Deck. While there are miles and miles it seems to maintain, we do enjoy being outside on the deck on cool evenings. In our next post, I will talk about the lighting and what we selected to go with for overhead deck lighting (come back to see that post). Today we will focus on replacing the old outdoor speakers that sat outside the kitchen, as there were only brackets from the previous ones remaining.
With the outdoor lights on the way, I turned my attention to the speakers. I have always wanted outdoor speakers after being at a friends house who had outdoor music and even had a sub woofer in the ground! I won’t go that far but we did want to get a decent quality pair. I talked to my brother, the forever audiophile and consultant for many things that I do. He suggested to go over to MonoPrice. They always have great deals and since they will be outside anyway and we don’t know how they would weather with the extra moisture, then why spend a large amount of cash on them.
Outdoor Deck Products
25Ft Globe String Lights for Indoor/OutdoorProduct on sale
Outdoor Speakers & Wall Mount by Monoprice$92.99
Outdoor Wireless Remote Control Outlet Kit with Remote$14.99
With that, I was able to find a really good deal on a pair of 6.5″ speakers at a great price. I liked this blurb from their website.
Sound Quality: Life is too short for speakers that don’t sound great! We believe that the whole point of listening to music is to hear it as the artist intended. Our engineers and audio experts have spent countless hours listening to and comparing various speakers until we were satisfied we had found models that fit our demanding standards.Style: While Monoprice believes in function over form, there is nothing wrong with having speakers that look good, too.
Installing them was a breeze due to the fact that there was wiring and speakers mounted prior to our ownership. However, here are a couple of tips regardless if you are installing completely new or have existing locations.
How to Install Weatherproof Outdoor Speakers
Install Time 30 minutes
Tools you will need
Marking pen or pencil
14AWG CL2 in-wall rated speaker wire (SKU 2821)
I also grabbed new speaker wire, a blank wall outlet plate and stainless screws to mount the speakers
Removal of the old equipment
Simple enough, grab your ladder and drill/screw driver and remove the old wall plate and mounting brackets or speakers from a previous install.
Installation of new speakers
Take the speaker that is assembled to the bracket and do an overall assessment of location. You will need someone else to verify the placement. Think about the location and where you will be sitting. I mounted this one similar (horizontal) to the previous installation as it made sense based on where I would always be sitting and I needed to angle the speaker down. Now mark the location and mount the speaker bracket. MonoPrice included EVERYTHING I needed however, I wanted to mount it with some stainless screws due to the amount of moisture we have.
Wire up the speakers
I ended up replacing the wall outlet blank cover and wire due to the age and appearance. The outlet cover is a blank $1 item from Home Depot. DON’T buy the special outlet cover for wiring that costs $8. Take your drill and a small drill bit that matches the size of your wire and drill a hole in the center. Slide the wire through the hole and hot glue the backside to seal moisture out. Finally, crimp the wires notating positive and negative leads. The old wires in the wall worked fine even if they were not my choice of style they worked perfectly!
Crank up the music
Last step is to validate your installation. Crank up some music and enjoy! Don’t forget like indoor speakers, they need to break in for a couple of hours of playing. Leave them playing at low volume and they will be ready for your next party!
This side by side shot shows you how well these turned out. We are really excited every time we get a chance to turn on the receiver and listen to music out there! It’s so simple to use my phone app for our Pioneer Elite receiver. It allows me to control what music source I can use and even control the volume all from one location.
I hope this post inspire others to do more for your outdoor living spaces. Bringing in outdoor speakers and soft music to that environment is very relaxing. If you want to jam out, these will work for that too – but maybe not too neighbor friendly.
Have you added speakers to an outdoor space at your house? We would love to hear how you did it and were you happy with the results? Leave a comment below!
Until next time!