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Outdoor speaker placement

I have 2 questions on mounting outdoor speakers.

1. I attached a picture of our patio (sorry not the best picture but will give you an idea) and the eaves of the house are not really close at all so trying to decide the best way to mount outdoor speakers.

2. On the front of the house under the porch ceiling is vinyl siding. Is vinyl siding strong enough to mount ceiling speakers to or should I be doings something else to secure them?

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Vinyl siding along is not going to hold your speakers in place, but that vinyl siding is attached to something that will support your speakers. You either have OSB or plywood on the other side of it, or at the minimum 2x4 studs are behind it. If you press on the vinyl siding does it bounce back and forth a lot? If yes you will need to find the studs or rafters and attach your speakers there. If the siding does not move what so ever there is likely OSB or plywood behind it and then you could attach your speakers anywhere.
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If possible, attach your speakers just under one of the awnings. This will help to reinforce and reflect the sound. If you mount them out in the open, the sound will dissipate rather quickly into the open air, and you will end up having to turn it WAY up in order to get a similar volume to the under-eaves approach. You could even mount two pairs of speakers, one set under each awning area.
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Vinyl siding along is not going to hold your speakers in place, but that vinyl siding is attached to something that will support your speakers. You either have OSB or plywood on the other side of it, or at the minimum 2x4 studs are behind it. If you press on the vinyl siding does it bounce back and forth a lot? If yes you will need to find the studs or rafters and attach your speakers there. If the siding does not move what so ever there is likely OSB or plywood behind it and then you could attach your speakers anywhere.
I was able to get in the attic and I can actually see onto the front porch. It is only siding on the ceiling and not OSB or plywood. What would be the best way to mount ceiling speakers?

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If possible, attach your speakers just under one of the awnings. This will help to reinforce and reflect the sound. If you mount them out in the open, the sound will dissipate rather quickly into the open air, and you will end up having to turn it WAY up in order to get a similar volume to the under-eaves approach. You could even mount two pairs of speakers, one set under each awning area.
If I am going to start out with one pair of speakers for the patio, would it be best to put a pair under the eave (fireplace) next to the back door. Seems like it would be kinda close but at the sametime I wouldn't have to turn it up to get good sound. Then in the future put another pair of speakers under the eve on the the other side of the house (left side on the pic)?

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Closest to where you will be sitting. Also, keep the speaker at least 6" from the edge of the eave. This will help with sound reinforcement.

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