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Old 04-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Ideas needed for placement of Stereo Speakers on outside deck/patio


Hello! New member here ( hopefully this post is in the right place, wasn't really sure where it should go )

I was looking for a low cost way to have a good sounding stereo system outside on my deck. I wanted something that could get loud if ever needed and had thick bass when i have BBQs or friends over ( i listen to rock and blues ) and really just got tired of the cheap radios that most people use when there outside and i did not want to invest a lot of money in high end outdoor speakers. I also wanted something i could keep outside permanently ( for the spring, summer months only ) because it was always a inconvenience breaking out the radio and putting it back every time i was working outside or having a BBQ.

I picked up a nice little Sony receiver for 10.00. 100watts, Its a older model, and its a mini/micro receiver ( size of a shoe box ) so its nice and small and can fit it under my deck cooler box or inside my deck box on my deck. I also picked up a Logitech wireless speaker adapter since all my music is stored on my iPad or Mac and i strictly listen to internet radio. As for speakers, I picked up a pair of these used typical 90s big floor standing speakers from someone local for only 40.00. They stand almost 3 ft high and about 12" deep. Have your typical 12" sub, Mid and tweeter. They are carpeted cabinets ( not sure if they are homemade or not ) some would say they are overkill for outdoor use and i would agree but for 40.00 i could not say no and plus since i did not want to spend a lot of money on speakers, i would need a big floor type speaker in order to produce the low end bass i was seeking.. I just hooked everything up really quick outside on my deck to test everything out since everything is used and was dirt cheap and the system sounds BEYOND perfect! Probably the best system i have heard that was under 80.00 for a outside stereo system..

Ok so now on with my ????

I did a Google search and heard that many people will place a garbage bag or plastic bag over a speaker so that they can use a indoor speaker as a outdoor speaker. I understand this is a cheap way of doing it, but i placed a heavy duty garage bag over each cabinet and it still sounded great. Now i don't plan on leaving these out in the winter, Once summer is over i plan on storing them away. Also, they only cost me 40.00, So i am not to concerned about them getting damaged IF it happens ( though i want to prevent it from happening because there actually pretty nice speakers for the price ) but as far as the cosmetics of the cabinet, i care less what happens to them due to weather.

What i want to do is somehow hide them, or place them somewhere on the deck to where that can't really be seen and also so that they are not TOTALLY out in the open.

One idea me and my friend had was to place them under the deck, so they are out of site. ( deck stands about 3-4 ft off ground ) This was a good idea.. but i worry that i will have to crank the radio louder for the sound to penetrate thru the floorboards? and this might actually make it much more louder to my neighbors then it needs to be. If i keep them somewhere on the deck, then the sound is a little more directed at the deck, so i don't have to crank it.

Then i thought about buying something like a Large deck box (Horizontal Storage Shed type deck box, the ones that stand about 3ft high and 4-5ft across and the doors swing open ) and the speakers would fit perfectly inside of it, be pretty well protected from the rain also, I would simply open the swinging doors when the radio is on or just lift the lid. I like the idea but want to see if i have any other options or ideas out there before i invest 120.00 for the box.

Another idea i had was to build 2 bench/seats on the deck. say about the length of the speaker. I would build them against the railing, have 1 on each side and place each speaker on its side in each of the benches. My only thing is how would i do it to where i won't block the speakers front? Possible to make a removable front panel of some sort or something that i can detach each time i listen to music.

So pretty much i am looking for ideas out there on what i could do. As stated I am not concerned about what happens to the cosmetics of the speakers, as long as they still work ill be happy. If they will be exposed to the weather/rain, then i will cover them in a plastic garbage bag. I don't mind if they are viewable when being used but for sure do not want to be able to see them much when they are not in use. The small receiver ( size of a shoe box ) i already have a spot for, there is a small compartment under my deck cooler and it fits nicely in there, so that is taken care of.

Any ideas, Comments, or advice would be great! Thanks!

I do not want to exceed a budget of 150.00 also.

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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Wherever and however it is that you'll run the speaker wire from the house out to the deck/patio... becomes the most practical place to place the speakers.
That will probably be fairly high as in my case the wire comes out at the sofft from the attic.

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All that work to avoid installing exterior rated speakers? I think you will exceed your budget before you are happy with the results....And then be looking at exterior speakers.
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Well what i did was picked up a horizontal shed / deck box today, They were on sale for 109.00 so not a bad deal at all. The 2 speakers fit in there perfectly with a lot more room for storage also.

Plus i needed some storage so i didn't but the storage unit just for the speakers.
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Exterior speakers don't come with 12" woofers, that's for sure.

If it were me, I would just build plywood enclosures for them that can also serve as tables. I would make the front removeable, or so it swings back and away when you want to use the speakers. Then I would paint them.
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Exterior speakers don't come with 12" woofers, that's for sure.

If it were me, I would just build plywood enclosures for them that can also serve as tables. I would make the front removeable, or so it swings back and away when you want to use the speakers. Then I would paint them.
That was actually going to be my plan!!! Something along those lines.. but i guess i got lazy this time around and bought a storage unit, lol.

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