What Do You Need to Set Up an Outdoor Sound System?

Are you ready to get started enjoying all your favorite music outside?

Installing an outdoor sound system is one of the best upgrades you can make to your outdoor living spaces. Music is a fantastic complement to a host of outdoor activities like pool parties, game day watch parties, or casual dinner parties on the patio. And with agreeable summer weather arriving in the Pacific Palisades and Los Angeles area, there’s no better time than now to invest in outdoor audio. Here’s what you need to get started.

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Weatherproof Speakers

Speakers are the centerpiece of your outdoor audio system. Luckily for you, Sonance offers several outdoor collections to fit the performance and aesthetic you desire in your outdoor living spaces. The Landscape Series is Sonance’s pinnacle collection for landscape audio. Each set includes two high-performance satellite speakers, two in-ground subwoofers, and one hardscape subwoofer. The Landscape Series is endlessly scalable, with the option to add as many speakers and subwoofers as you need for even sound coverage throughout your space. Placed strategically around the perimeter of your property, the Landscape Series directs sound inward toward the listening areas, creating an enveloping soundscape over your backyard.

If aesthetics is a primary concern, consider Sonance rock speakers designed with a natural stone texture and colors that blend into garden beds and foliage. You can pair rock speakers with an optional subwoofer for even more impressive and powerful sound.

How about speakers for the patio, courtyard, or pergola? Sonance all-weather Mariner speakers are easily mounted on walls and under eaves and can be pivoted to direct sound to your desired listening area.

Another brand you can’t go wrong with is James Loudspeaker, a company that Sonance acquired in 2019. The All-Terrain (AT) landscape speakers are designed to perform at higher volumes while maintaining smooth frequency response, resulting in powerful sound that travels across your entire outdoor space. Paired with a direct burial subwoofer, the AT series provides a well-balanced audio soundscape in your backyard.

James Loudspeaker’s newest contribution to the market is the Outdoor Tower series. These freestanding speakers are meant to be seen and heard. Each model boasts proprietary drivers and a quad tweeter array to deliver widely dispersed, high-fidelity sound. If you’re looking for a ground-shaking, concert-level performance outdoors, these speakers are the ones for you. They can be installed with a hidden internal mount or external mount.


Power Source: Amplifier

The amplifier powers your speakers and connects music sources. Outdoor audio systems require a robust power source to generate sound that’s crisp, clear, and loud in open spaces with a lot of ambient noise.

Sonance has its own amplifiers that pair with outdoor speaker collections. The Landscape Series offers the most impressive and flexible system design options. It can be configured for 70V/100V or 8 Ohm designs. A 70V system drives a lot of power to multiple speakers, making it the ideal system for large-scale areas that need expansive sound coverage.

James Loudspeaker sells its own line of amplifiers, and also offers Crown Audio and Sonance amps to pair with speaker collections.

The amplifier is also where you’ll connect your music sources, like media streamers, CD players, and turntables (for vinyl records).


Help from the Haustech Team

Designing and installing a high-quality outdoor sound system is not for the faint of heart — we recommend hiring your friendly Haustech team for the job. We’ll work with you to design a system customized for your space and perform all the mounting, staking, and wiring required.


Ready to bring your outdoor spaces to life with music? Call us or fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation with our experts. We look forward to working with you!