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Take the Party Outside!

Summer needs a soundtrack.

Summer is here at last and you’re more than ready for it! Summer practically begs for a soundtrack. So in the midst of planning all those long-imagined backyard barbecues, outdoor get-togethers and pool parties, why not take it to the next level by adding mind-blowing audio to your plans?

Easier than You May Think

You want something more than the old portable boom box you’ve been relying on every summer for the last 15 years. But adding an outdoor sound system may seem like too big or too expensive a project to take on. But it’s easier than you think.

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With some skill, focus and concentration, you can have it done over the course of a weekend. Plus, you may already have most of the equipment you need to make it happen.

What Equipment Do I Need?

You’ve already got the multi-zone AV receiver. Now you need a pair of high-quality, high-performance weatherproof speakers. Yamaha offers a selection of 10 styles and sizes of all-weather speakers. Depending on the size of your outdoor space and how powerful you want the speakers to be, there is an option that will work for you.

Then, you need to invest in speaker cables in order to connect your receiver to the speakers.

WXA-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Amplifier

You also may want to consider picking up a Yamaha wireless streaming amplifier with MusicCast. MusicCast makes it possible to wirelessly share music with other rooms in the home.

A MusicCast amp essentially turns your outdoor speakers into MusicCast devices. Not only will you now be able to share music with other MusicCast-enabled devices, but with the amp you also can stream music from Bluetooth®and AirPlay®. You’ll have instant access to music from your mobile devices.

Now What?

This is where you might consider consulting a professional audio installer. But if you’ve got a knack for audio components and sound design, give it a go.

This post isn’t intended to give you step-by-step instructions, though – there are plenty of YouTube™ videos out there for that! But if you’re really not sure, it’s worth paying a professional for their expertise.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

Think about speaker placement carefully. You want maximum coverage. You also probably want to hear your speakers from different locations. Sound from the speaker on the patio may not reach the pool deck or the barbecue area.

Plus, in the interest of maintaining your “can I borrow your extendable ladder?” relationship with your neighbors, consider positioning your speakers so that they don’t blast into your neighbor’s yard.

Also, you may want to run underground cables through a PVC conduit. Even though the casings are weatherproof, they aren’t shovel proof.

Last but Not Least, ENJOY!

Summer deserves a soundtrack. With a great outdoor audio set up, you can give it one.


Kim is a content marketing specialist who writes about how people experience music and TV audio. This includes everything from the benefits of MusicCast - to the pros and cons of AV receivers versus sound bars. Kim loves to help people love music more in their everyday lives - sharing the benefits of quality audio components and solving common issues related to their listening needs. She’s also likely to tell you about her passion for 1980s alternative rock!

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