Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
You have to remember, proper serious listening of stereo material requires being at the apex of an equilateral triangle. Generally you sit indoors at distances of no more than 12-15 feet from the speakers.
Outdoors, you're just trying to get sound to cover as much area evenly as possible. It's not a PA system at a concert.
Your green dot locations are OK. Where the speakers end up depends on what you are trying to accomplish, what areas you are trying to cover. You won't hear good stereo imaging except in one location.
Someone else suggested trying different locations with the speakers before you do final mounting. That's a good idea.
I got my JBL Control 28's for your budget. PM me and I can give you the vendor and price info if you are interested.
As far as size goes, smaller speakers will not have very good bass, especially outdoors.
If I decide to max out my budget, I will get in touch regarding the 28's. I appreciate the offer. In addition to being at top end of budget, they also seem a bit large, and I understand that I am limiting myself in regard to sound quality by going with a smaller speaker, but I know my wife would not approve of anything too large out there.
I am now looking at the Polk Atrium 6 speakers as they have very good reviews and are on sale on Amazon for less than $300/pair.
Having said all thought, do you have a better suggestion than the green dots? I am definitely open to any and all suggestions.
I would like to get good stereo imaging in more than that one specific location, but the most important thing to me is getting good sound quality across the entire deck. The deck sitting and grilling area will be on the larger, circular section, but the smaller, rectangular section will be covered, so it will be used a lot as well.
While I would like to hear the music out in the yard, that is not as important to me as good coverage for the deck/patio.
Thanks again for your help and continued advice.