From the Right Outdoor Audio and Video Equipment to How You Control It All
Your backyard is an extension of your home, and your entertainment and comfort levels are just as important outside as they are inside. When you’re picking smart technology to install in your outdoor space, it’s important that you buy the right equipment and, even more important, that you know how to get the most out of your technology.
In this blog, we’re sharing three of our biggest tips to help you enjoy smart technology in your Rye, NY outdoor entertainment area to make summer afternoons and evenings unforgettable. Let’s get started.
Don’t Mistake Your Indoor TVs and Speakers for Suitable Outdoor Options
If you’re not an expert in backyard technology, it can be easy to think that the TV in the guest room that never gets used is a suitable option for your outdoor entertainment area, especially if you’re planning to use it in a shaded area. You might not think so, but the difference between natural light outdoors and indoor lighting is significant, so you’re going to need a television screen meant to showcase brighter images to fight against the sun. In fact, the warranty for many indoor TVs becomes void once you use the TV outdoors!
When looking for a television to take your backyard entertainment to the next level, it’s important to look for TVs designed for the outdoors. Outdoor televisions offer direct LED backlighting to outshine the brightness of the sun. Plus, outdoor TVs can withstand weather elements, including dust, light rain, humidity, and more. Your speakers should also be designed to live outdoors.
When it Comes to Outdoor Audio Focus on Coverage—Not Volume
Outdoor audio systems are a great way to boost the energy of your backyard experience. Who doesn’t want to listen to an upbeat playlist while splashing around in the pool or grilling on the patio? While placing a few speakers around your deck or patio and turning the volume up may seem to make your music heard from every part of your backyard, it can take away from conversation with your friends and family—and irritate your neighbors.
When you’re installing your outdoor speakers in your backyard for your audio system, place speakers in strategic spots throughout your space to evenly distribute the music without having to blast the volume. Pro tip—place all of the speakers towards your house for better sound coverage. Your neighbors will thank you!
Integrate Your Outdoor Audio and Video System with Your Home Automation System
Once you have the right equipment for your backyard and you’re ready to enjoy yourself outside, you’re going to want to be able to control your outdoor audio and video technology with ease. We recommend integrating your outdoor audio and video system with your existing home automation system so that you can control everything right from your smartphone app without having to juggle multiple remotes.
Is your outdoor entertainment area missing any essential technology? The Soundworks team is prepared to help. Reach out by giving us a call, filling out our online contact form, or chatting with an expert in the pop-up window below. We look forward to transforming your backyard!