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Speaker Direction

I moved into a new house and the backyard is blank right now. Not sure to do a pool or just a really nice patio. However, a backyard home theater is going to be done regardless.

I have neighbors behind me and to the sides. Would it be better to have the speakers face my house or away from my house?

Ive never run speakers outside, so I dont know how they disperse.

Any tips?

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Outdoor sound systems are generally set up as stereo (Left and Right and maybe a woofer) Surround sound kinda gets lost outside.

I would set the speakers facing the viewers.

My setup has provisions for using up to 4 headphones if I'm worried about neighbors.
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We put inomni-directional speakers in the flower beds, and they work great.

http://www.amazon.com/TIC-CORPORATIO...utdoor+speaker


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My setup has provisions for using up to 4 headphones if I'm worried about neighbors.
Not to hijack the thread, but what kind of set-up do you have for the headphones? I've been trying to figure out a cost effective wireless solution...


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I would face them towards the house. I think if you face them away from your house you will have a bigger chance that you bother the neighbors.
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Not to hijack the thread, but what kind of set-up do you have for the headphones? I've been trying to figure out a cost effective wireless solution...
My headphones are wired.

I bought a Pyle Pro PHA 40 amplifier ($20) and Sennheiser HD65 headphones ($40 ea)

My backyard setup is in a 10 x 10 gazebo. Perfect for 2 to 4 persons.
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Would you put the omni-directional speakers in the middle of your patio or at the end facing the crowd by the screen?
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Would you put the omni-directional speakers in the middle of your patio or at the end facing the crowd by the screen?
I have the speakers flanking the screen.

The green circle to the right of the light in the flower bed is the top of the speaker. Since it's outside, I stuck with L/R.
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I have the speakers flanking the screen.

The green circle to the right of the light in the flower bed is the top of the speaker. Since it's outside, I stuck with L/R.
Very nice set up!

And the speakers that low in the ground still sound good? I know its only L/R...but if you are just listening to music during a cookout vs watching a movie...sound is still good?
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Very nice set up!

And the speakers that low in the ground still sound good? I know its only L/R...but if you are just listening to music during a cookout vs watching a movie...sound is still good?
Thanks!

I'm satisfied with the audio. It can get quite loud if I turn the music or movie up. The speakers have a satisfying boom during the action scenes. Two years outside in New England weather, and they still sound as good as when I put them in the ground.

The speakers were about $100 for the pair and the receiver was about $70. I picked these because they wouldn't be noticeable once the foliage grew in.

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My headphones are wired.

I bought a Pyle Pro PHA 40 amplifier ($20) and Sennheiser HD65 headphones ($40 ea)

My backyard setup is in a 10 x 10 gazebo. Perfect for 2 to 4 persons.
Thanks for the info!

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