Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

By Michael Buckner, Founder and CEO of Audio Intersection

Enjoy the Summer Weather With an Outdoor Music System

Here we are once again, where the sunshine, the warmth, and pollen of spring is upon us.  I’m reminded of an obscure Eddie Murphy movie called Holy Man where he reminds the viewer that if we are lucky, we only get to enjoy 78 of these in our lifetime.  I believe that it is with this appreciation that we love improving our outdoor living spaces.  Many choose to go for the full monty, and install a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fireplace, and all sorts of high end landscapes and lighting around their Buckhead, Georgia home.   Others only pick a couple of these, or just a back porch swing.  Regardless of your level of sophistication, what would your back yard be without music?!  For our clients that have great outdoor sound systems as part of their whole house audio, I always get the comment that this is their absolute favorite room of sound (then again, sometimes it comes in 2nd to the shower speaker).        

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For those Do-It-Yourselfers out there, let me throw you a HUGE bone.  We are a dealer of a system called Sonos.  This is without a doubt the most impressive way to easily embrace whole house audio, regardless of your space or budget limitations. This is a device that brings over 20,000 local radio stations from around the world, plus Pandora, Slacker, Last.fm, Rhapsody and many more. It is especially beneficial to outside spaces because you control the entire system from a free app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone through your already existing wi-fi network.  In other words, you don’t have to get off your lounge chair or porch swing to change the music.  Pricewise, if you already have an amp and speakers, $350 is all it costs for this magic little box that does it all.  $499 + speakers if you are starting from scratch.

In terms of weatherproof speakers, let me say that there are more choices out there than you can imagine for your whole house audio system.  I suppose my recent favorites were little frog statues that had speakers built inside the mouth.  They actually sounded pretty good, and they looked really cool next to our clients’ landscaping by the pool.  Other options of decoys with speakers built in are several colors of rocks, planters, outdoor lighting fixtures, and terracotta pots.  There are even speakers that you bury, and only a part that looks sort of like a small periscope protrudes from the ground!       

So there you have it.  Hopefully you now know that there’s almost an infinite number of options when it comes to adding speakers to your outdoor living area as part of your whole house audio.   In addition, it’s nowhere near the price you paid for that outdoor fireplace, pool, or Jacuzzi.  Best of all, all of this can be done after the fact, and in many cases, do it yourselfers can still have a ball doing it.  To check out the system I was referring to, go to www.sonos.com, and as always, call me at 770-479-1000 or fill out our online contact form if you have any questions.