Thursday, July 14, 2016


Listening to music throughout the house has become pedestrian, thanks to dedicated audio speakers, whole-house audio and the advent of streaming to portable speakers through phones and tablets. But what about when you go outside to the porch or into the backyard? Should the music stop when you’re no longer indoors? The answer is no.

Balcony and Porch
Taking a portable speaker out to the porch or balcony is an easy method for bringing music outside: the portable speaker has its own battery and the music it connects to can be coming directly from a phone or tablet or over WiFi from an audio system inside the house (due to the closeness of the porch/balcony, the WiFi home network isn’t having difficulty in reaching out to the speaker). And of course when everyone goes back in, so to does the portable speaker.

But there’s another way to have music on the porch or balcony without having to bring it with you since balconies and porches share a common attribute in that they are close to the house or apartment proper — this means that access to an electrical outlet is almost a given. These speakers are designed to function like light bulbs in that they can screw into the torch light enclosure or other light enclosure. These speakers get their power directly from being screwed inside the enclosure, and use WiFi to connect to a mobile device. Besides varying their volume, they even have the ability to vary not just the level of light they emit but the color. And since they are not permanently installed, it is a simple matter replace them with the standard light bulb that was there before, should one wish to.

Having speakers in the backyard provides a continuation of the music “environment” that was inside: anyone having a party knows that opening it up to the backyard makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Taking a portable speaker outside is something that is easy to do, but it won’t have the impact of having speakers already in the backyard that are just waiting for you to turn them on. The speakers that are designed for this are called “disguised” and the reason for the name makes sense once you look and “not” see them.

Rather than having speakers in cabinets as found inside the house, these speakers come in disguise: resembling the rocks that can dot the normal backyard or built into planter pots so as to allow for flowers or plants to be placed inside of them. Other disguised speakers come in planter boxes and there can even be the ubiquitous hanging bird house which actually houses a speaker. In all these cases, the speakers have been specially built so as to be both waterproof and durable enough to handle normal outdoor weather conditions (obviously the planter boxes placed on the ground must also have integrated drainage).

The disguised speaker enclosures vary in size and so do the speaker which, in some cases, actually contain dual speakers so as to provide for a stereo sound as opposed to monophonic. It is also possible to have multiple speakers placed throughout so that an enveloping and immersive sound can be generated throughout the whole backyard (or just for specific areas as desired).

Due to the specifications of these speakers that are available for use in the backyard, for the most part they must be physically wired so as to receive an audio signal which is coming from audio components inside the house (the exceptions are those speakers that are built to handle the outdoors and come with rechargeable batteries). Because of the need for highly competent workmanship and the avoidance of city code violations (not to mention the danger of digging into power or gas lines underground), the actual installation of these backyard speakers are best done by professional installers (for example, Just One Touch). This guarantees that the work will be done efficiently and safely.

Taking your music outside is a natural extension of listening to what you want to hear no matter where you are at home. And how great is that?


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