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I'm going to play some movies in my backyard this summer and was wondering if this set up of speakers would be adequate. The screen will be approximately 30 feet from the audience and I plan to put the speakers next to the screen. Here is my proposed set up. I already own the subwoofer and receiver but not the rest of the speakers. Would take advice on a second subwoofer so I don't have to move them around.

Pioneer Elite vsx-21 txh

Pioneer SP-C21 center channel
Pioneer SP-BS42 booksehelfs for the fronts
Polk PSW505 12" powered subwoofer

Thanks for any input/advice.
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My brother in law has some EV SX.... (forget the number, maybe 360?)

They "work".

I think it all depends on just how life like and visceral you want the audio portion to be. Of course, this also mates with how large and expensive you want to go.

I'll try to attach a picture.

This is what I did for an outdoor movie. We were sitting about 50' away and it was fantastic.

I later asked about subs and was told I'd need FOUR subs (I'm talking huge subs) because you get no benefit outside, you need raw muscle.

Regardless, you can do it and have a load of fun. You can do it with 'adequate' sound or you can ramp up the sound. Just depends on how much work/$$ you want to put into it.
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Thanks for the thoughts and the picture. My backyard is way smaller as we only have 1/4 acre. Garage will be on one side of screen and back of house is only about 40 feet from screen. I'm thinking it may work but looking for other opinions.
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Look for high sensitivity speakers so that you get more output for the wattage of your receiver. And if this all you will use them for, I would think some of the more inexpensive pro dj type speakers might work better.

And no. A home audio sub like the Polk won't accomplish too much outdoors.

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I just did a search. I think we in fact used the EV 360A. I don't think they're made anymore. It's more of a vocal speaker than a full range. Meaning, don't put an action movie on and expect to be wow'ed by the bass but hey... for fun, it's a blast.

To tell you the truth, we once had our niece over (wheelchair bound) and she wanted to sleep on the outside deck AND watch a movie. The house in the picture above isn't too friendly for a wheelchair so we improvised.

I brought my Klipsch Promedia 2.1 PC speakers to the deck and we used a bedsheet as a screen. The sound was plugged into a 1/8" jack on a portable DVD player.

Worked great.

For some people it's simply about the experience, not the details of the experience.


To skew to the details of the experience, here's a more detailed thread on what we did.

The kids (everyone actually) LOVED the concession cart.

http://forums.klipsch.com/forums/p/1...5.aspx#1391255
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Pioneer SP-C21 center channel
Pioneer SP-BS42 booksehelfs for the fronts
Polk PSW505 12" powered subwoofer

Not made for outdoors - and will sound weak

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Thanks. I believe the receiver is rated 140 watts per channel so is a speaker with more than 200 watts even worth getting? Most of the DJ speakers seemed to be rated to 500 watts.
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It's mostly about the experience for our kids and the neighborhood kids but want it to sound pretty good as well. I've got a used chest freezer that I am going to fill with ice cream so the kids won't even care about the sound.
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Thanks. I believe the receiver is rated 140 watts per channel so is a speaker with more than 200 watts even worth getting? Most of the DJ speakers seemed to be rated to 500 watts.

Many of us own speakers that have much higher wattage ratings than the receiver. That means there's room to upgrade to a more powerful amp But no, you won't get additional benefit from that over a 200 watt speaker.

Just make sure that your receiver handles the speaker ohm rating.

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Thanks. I believe the receiver is rated 140 watts per channel so is a speaker with more than 200 watts even worth getting? Most of the DJ speakers seemed to be rated to 500 watts.

Many of us own speakers that have much higher wattage ratings than the receiver. That means there's room to upgrade to a more powerful amp But no, you won't get additional benefit from that over a 200 watt speaker.

Just make sure that your receiver handles the speaker ohm rating.

The other thing to look for might be some big old used Cerwin Vegas. I remember how loud those would get in my college dorms and the kind of mid-bass they could put out.

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