How to Design Impressive Outdoor Entertainment Spaces
Dazzle Friends and Family with These Outdoor Entertainment Tips
How are you taking advantage of the spring weather in you Anaheim Hills home? With the perfect temperatures hitting California at this time of year, there’s no reason to be cooped up inside. Entertain friends and family by bringing your favorite movies, music, TV shows, and sports events to your pool, outdoor bar, patio or backyard. All it takes is a professional outdoor audio video installation to make sure you’re getting the best quality possible while you take in the sun or lay under the stars.
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Location, Location, Location
The first step in any outdoor AV installation is finding the right location. Some standard rules apply to your outdoor speakers and televisions. There's one caveat to all of this. You want to set up your system in a place where you like to spend time with the family. It's easier to work with a professional to adapt the space to your needs than to change your habits just because the technology fits better there.
Your speakers should create a perimeter around the area you want to cover and face inwards, rather than being relegated to just one corner. This will ensure you get even sound throughout—rather than creating an environment in which some guests are overwhelmed by the audio while others can barely hear it. Outdoor televisions are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and reduce glare, but you still want to give them the right place to shine. If possible, they should be placed in shaded areas to keep away the sun and rain.
Investing in the Right Equipment
Once you find the best spot for your system, it's time to figure out what you're going to put in it. You need to invest in equipment designed for outdoor use. Not only will this help it last, but it will also enhance its overall quality. Below we give a brief overview of how these components are prepped for the outdoors:
- Speakers: Outdoor speakers use rust-proof material instead of wood and are designed with built-in runoffs to keep water from pooling. Since they have to cover a large space, they're directional—meaning they send audio towards a particular area.
- TVs: Like speakers, outdoor TVs are designed to run off excess water and keep debris from getting inside the equipment. They are also glare-proof so that sunlight won’t wash out the images when you’re watching during the day.
- Cables: The most vulnerable part of your outdoor AV is its connection points. That is the point where wires connect from one component to the next. Always use specialized outdoor or burial cables that include additional insulation to protect them from UV rays and extreme temperatures. At each connection point, you want to use special waterproof connectors to keep water from leaking into your devices.
Do you want to create the ultimate cookout space or spruce up the pool for summer break? We can help you design a high-quality, reliable outdoor AV system to meet your unique needs. To get started, call us at (714) 779-9900 or contact us online.