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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2014, 06:50 AM - Thread Starter
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What are my options for sound outside by the pool?

Just moved and now have a nice backyard with patio and pool. I definitely want to get decent sound outside but not sure I want to invest in having wires run, etc. I know that can get very expensive quickly. Guess I am really asking is how is the quality of sound from these wireless systems? Getting a Beats/Bose/B&W sound bar just isn't going to cut it so I'm thinking of a wireless speaker setup. 2 speakers at least, 4 would be best.

Do I need a dedicated receiver? Can I run my playlists, music and Pandora all from my iPhone, etc? I'm OK with removing the speakers from outside during winter and extended non playing times. Can I add an indoor set up as well? Would be nice to have music throughout the home. In the old days I would have invested a lot of $$$ in a 2 channel setup in the family room but now I'm looking for decent sound and good volume. I'll leave the good stuff in the soon to be finished basement....

Would the Sonus system be a good option?

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Just moved and now have a nice backyard with patio and pool. I definitely want to get decent sound outside but not sure I want to invest in having wires run, etc. I know that can get very expensive quickly. Guess I am really asking is how is the quality of sound from these wireless systems? Getting a Beats/Bose/B&W sound bar just isn't going to cut it so I'm thinking of a wireless speaker setup. 2 speakers at least, 4 would be best.

Do I need a dedicated receiver? Can I run my playlists, music and Pandora all from my iPhone, etc? I'm OK with removing the speakers from outside during winter and extended non playing times. Can I add an indoor set up as well? Would be nice to have music throughout the home. In the old days I would have invested a lot of $$$ in a 2 channel setup in the family room but now I'm looking for decent sound and good volume. I'll leave the good stuff in the soon to be finished basement....

Would the Sonus system be a good option?

Thanks for the help!!

JK

I would get a cheap Sony stereo receiver ($150), and put a couple of Dayton B652 speakers under the eaves so the weather doesn't get to them too quickly.

Forget wireless unless you have a LOT of money to spend.

The speakers sound very good and are only $40 per pair from Parts Express.
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I though about doing it that way but the area to hang the speakers is pretty far from the pool area. It would be really loud close to the house on the deck to get a decent volume by the pool.

Maybe I need to suck it up and have speakers wired to the pool area.
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I though about doing it that way but the area to hang the speakers is pretty far from the pool area. It would be really loud close to the house on the deck to get a decent volume by the pool.

Maybe I need to suck it up and have speakers wired to the pool area.
Or maybe just a good bluetooth speaker that you could carry out to the pool as needed and keep by the pool? That would allow you or anyone else, too, to pair the speaker to their phone.

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Outdoor speakers that are rain-resistant do exist, they might even be wireless and battery powered.
http://www.walmart.com/search/search...h_constraint=0

But just be careful with high voltage and water.
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I'm planning on running a sonos connect amp to b&w am-1 outdoor speakers, though any number of outdoor speakers will do, depending on what you want to spend. The main advantage of sonos is that you can control the volume and source from anywhere using your phone, computer or tablet. The connect amp is $500, significantly more than a basic avr receiver. You're paying for the sonos experience. Denon has some receivers that also have a pretty slick phone app to control the receiver. It's just a little more involved than using sonos.

This is all assuming you wire speakers to the outdoor pool area. Cheaper would be sonos play 5's but then you need power (and they are not weather resistant).

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I run an inexpensive Sherwood amp with wired speakers from OSD on the deck and Polk speakers on the porch. Wiring was easy as I just tucked it up underneath the decking after I pulled the grass back some. I added Apple air for streaming and use the app Remote for play and volume


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I'd go with Sonos, since you mentioned whole house audio anyways. Is there an easy way to wire speakers from your home to the pool area? I just did this for my parents, put a Sonos Connect:Amp in their pool house, then ran 4 rock speakers around the pool. I used direct burial speaker wire and the whole thing took about an hour to setup. It works great, and music can be played at a very comfortable level so that you can still have conversations. If you want to crank it and party, it will allow that too
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Another vote here for Sonos. I have two rock speakers set up around the pool. The Sonos AMP is set up in a small poolhouse right off the pool, and there are 4 additional in-ceiling speakers on an overhang. Since I use Sonos in my house as well this keeps everything seamless.

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