Audio for Outdoor Living
There are 2 types of outdoor speakers to choose from, surface mounted speakers and in-ground. To determine which one is right for you, first determine your goals. If you are looking to cover a specific area such as a Deck or Patio, a surface mounted speaker is the right choice. The surface mounted speaker projects sound from the front of the speaker only and can be directed towards a specific area. The surface mounted speaker bracket allows you control the angle of the speaker to further control the coverage area. Bose offers 2 surface-mounted outdoor speaker models 151’s and the 251’s. On the other hand, the Bose FS-51 in-ground speakers disperses sound in a 360 degree circular pattern and is ideal for pool areas, large backyards and gardens. The Bose FS-51 speaker does not allow directional control and as a result, the proximity of neighbors should be considered with this speaker.
All models of the Bose outdoor residential speakers will work with either the Bose SA-5 amplifier, Sonos Amp, or any 3rd party amplifier/receiver that can handle 4-8 ohm speakers and are rated 10 to 100 watts per channel. For best results, use amplifiers with a minimum 60-watt output per channel. If you are incorporating your Outdoor Space into an existing Bose Soundtouch Entertainment system, a Bose SA-5 amplifier is required. This amplifier should be located indoors and then run wires from the speakers to the amplifier. Be sure to use direct burial speaker cable or place standard speaker wire in some type of protective conduit. Do not install the Smart amplifier in an outdoor weatherproof enclosure. This will prohibit the wireless control of the amplifiers..
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