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 and the Outdoor Speakers we just installed. While there are miles and miles it seems to maintain all of the deck (1400+ Square Feet), we do enjoy being outside on cool evenings. Today I will give you some of our thoughts on why we replaced our old outdoor speakers just outside our kitchen.
I have always wanted outdoor speakers on a deck. After spending some time at a friends house (they had speakers and a sub woofer in the ground) I knew it was something we would want to do. I won’t go so far to do a sub but we did want to get a decent quality pair of speakers. 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 carry top rated outdoor speakers. Since they will be outside anyway we don’t know how they would weather the storms so why spend a large amount of cash on them.
Outdoor Deck Products We Use
With that, I was able to find a really good deal on a pair of 6.5″ top rated outdoor 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 Outdoor Speakers
Installing them was a breeze due to the fact that previous owners left the wiring in the walls and the mounting brackets. However, here are a couple of tips regardless if you are installing completely new or have existing locations. If you are doing a new construction build (PLEASE) keep in mind what you might want to do down the road. Even if you run the wire, and create a junction box outside today it could save you hundreds of dollars later. Then it will cost you only your time to mount the speakers and connecting the wires.
– How to:
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.
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. I would recommend getting high quality screws, as you don’t want rust running down your wall staining your outer surface.
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!
Finally connect to the back of the speaker.
2nd Speaker Mounting
The other speaker has the same exact steps – for the most part the only difference was it was being mounted vertical. Since it was in a corner, I needed to test a couple of times the angle. Keep that in mind, your perception on how they will sound will not be on target 100%. The angle of the speakers are very important for the sound stage.
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. Using these top rated outdoor speakers from Monoprice to play music seems like being in a Music Hall listening to a Symphony. If you want to jam out to Rock, R&B or whatever your choice, these will play that too – but maybe not be neighbor friendly :).
Have you added speakers to an outdoor space at your house? We would love to hear your story!
Leave a comment below!
In our next post, I will talk about the overhead deck lighting (come back to see that post).
Until next time!