Outdoor speaker wires are more than just connection.
They’re important for keeping sound quality great, but at the same time, they’re fragile.
How are you going to keep them safe?
Where are you going to place them?
What else do I need to know about speaker wires?
If this is what you’re asking yourself then you’ve come to the right place because we can help you.
Understand Your Landscape
Understanding the shape of your backyard, front yard, or patio is important for obvious reasons.
You don’t want your speaker placements and sound acoustics to suck.
Or worse yet, finding out you can’t even place your outdoor speakers outside.
Accounting for the landscape is similar to scouting the opposition before facing them.
In sports, knowing your opponent’s habits and tendencies helps you win because it lets you know what to expect.
Observing a landscape will help you find the best layout for your speakers and lets you know what to watch out for.
Questions like, what is the weather like in this area?
Or, how far can I separate my speakers for optimal sound are common questions to ask.
Understanding the landscape helps with knowing where to lay down your speaker wires.
It’s also important to understand high traffic areas in the backyard.
Where do most people walk in the backyard?
One clear answer is the door leading to the backyard so leaving speaker wires there is a bad idea.
After you’ve eliminated the obvious choices on placing your speaker wires, your next goal needs to be figuring out where your speaker wires have the shortest distance from the wire to an amplifier.
If you don’t remember, the longer the distance from speaker wire to speaker causes resistance.
Understanding the lay of the land also means what type of environment you’re in.
A humid environment means different speaker wires than a moist environment.
A moist environment causes corrosion, and that ruins sound quality.
Knowing CL wires and the difference between CL2 and CL3 speaker wires is important because of the protection they provide.
Another important part of the environment is knowing what type of insects is in your area.
Termites are one type of insect which ruin your wires and they’re normally found around wood.
Getting in contact with a professional about outdoor speaker installation isn’t a bad idea considering all the factors one has to worry about.
Outdoor Speaker Set Up
After learning the lay of the land, you need to know how your speaker set up is going to be.
The 1st method is to have running outdoor speaker wires starting inside the house because of an indoor receiver.
This is a common method for starters because a lot of speaker systems have a receiver to start off.
The 2nd method is placing and mounting speakers outside.
More of a risk due to weather elements, but it’s great for entertainment.
Knowing what type of speaker set up you want is crucial for speaker wires.
It all comes down to whether the speaker wires start inside because of method 1, or outside because of method 2.
And the reason you should know is due to the next section.
If you’re starting inside, the wire length will be longer.
And one reason besides the obvious is you’re going to have to maneuver the wire around the wall.
There might be obstacles like wood and piping which obstruct the way of your wires.
And you can’t just place your wires down on the floor or else people might step on them.
Estimating the right amount of wire length is necessary for determining wire gauge.
Remember, the longer the wire, the thicker the gauge. This helps with lower-impedance speakers.
A thicker gauge will help with protection, but if you’re going to go with direct burial wire then consider using the proper conduit.
Test Your Speakers
This tip gets overlooked often.
Looking at the landscape and checking your wires are more of the visible tips, but they rarely test the speakers themselves.
Knowing how well speaker placement sounds will help you decide if they need to be farther or shorter apart.
This will help decide speaker length.
Even after your speakers are set up, you want to test them again.
Sometimes everything might seem right but the speaker wires itself might need upgrading.