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How much "outdoor" do you have to be to need "outdoor" speakers?

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So my living room leads right out onto our deck, which is mostly covered. So much so that 6 people can sit around a table and eat while the rain pours. But that doesn't absolve it of the issue of humidity, heat, cold, wind, etc.

So I think I already know the answer to this question, but just in case. I happen to have two extra bookshelf speakers. I also happen to have a second 'zone' on my AVR unit, with the ability to drive two more speaker. In a couple of weeks I'm going to be doing some minor wall surgery to mount and install a new TV and I figured while I'm at it, I might run some wiring through the basement and up into the walls of the deck and mount a pair of speakers out there next to the glass doors; for a little outdoor music. Can I use my extra bookshelf speakers I have? Or must those be outdoor speakers out there? Just for a little 'background music' when sitting outside, listening to the ballgame on AM radio, etc. Nothing extreme.
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go ahead and use the bookshelf speakers, they should be fine . If you are really concerned, keep a couple of plastic bags on them when you aren't using them. If they are not getting direct moisture (i.e. rain) falling on them, you shouldn't have any worries.
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I would use the bookshelf speakers until they crap out. Run the cables you need now, anyway, for L-C-R speakers, and a subwoofer too.

In the interim, shop around for outdoor speakers. I installed some humidity-resistant Monitor Audio WT165 rectangular in-ceilings, for distributed stereo audio, in my sun room. Happy with the look (trimless, 'narrow bezel'), and sound. I had existing rectangular cut-outs to fill, in the ceiling beadboard.

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I would use the bookshelf speakers until they crap out. Run the cables you need now, anyway, for L-C-R speakers, and a subwoofer too.

In the interim, shop around for outdoor speakers. I installed some humidity-resistant Monitor Audio WT165 rectangular in-ceilings, for distributed stereo audio, in my sun room. Happy with the look (trimless, 'narrow bezel'), and sound. I had existing rectangular cut-outs to fill, in the ceiling beadboard.
Do I need 'center'? I was just planning stereo audio. For music or listening to the ballgame when I walk out to grill. (Which was part of the motivation of wanting to run it off of the AVR in the living room). What would a 'center' speaker do for me?
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