Imagine relaxing in your personal outdoor retreat: comfortable seating, just the right amount of shade and sun, soothing music all around. Imagine, too, gathering with friends, drinks, good food, and music that turns an ordinary get-together into a dance party.
Sure, you can plug in your old boombox for the music, or take your portable wireless speakers outdoors. But a custom sound system designed for the specific needs of your landscape takes outdoor music enjoyment to the next level.
An outdoor audio system is a nice addition to your outdoor living area, says Eric VanGrinsven, a landscape designer with the Gardens of Babylon design team. A backyard retreat is the area where you can get away to when you need a break. “It’s your little spot you can disappear to or just relax and be surrounded by nature.”
Indoor, outdoor: What’s the difference?
Your favorite music sounds good indoors because there are walls and ceilings to bounce the sound back to your ears. But even the best indoor speakers, when they’re outdoors, send music out into the open where sound quality is diminished. A system designed for outdoor spaces balances the sound coverage throughout the area, tailored specifically to your landscape design.
Outdoor speakers are also more durable, built to withstand the sun, wind, rain, cold, dust, dirt, bugs and other elements that you expect in an outdoor environment.
How does outdoor audio work?
Gardens of Babylon is a certified dealer of Coastal Source, a landscape audio systems company based in Moorestown, NJ. Chris Marshall, a Coastal Source landscape lighting and audio designer, explains that a landscape audio design specialist will consider the size, shape and needs of an area, based on the landscape design submitted by the dealer. The setup generally includes a power supply, amplifier, audio streamer and speakers.
The company’s products list includes speakers that range from large, 3-way ellipse bollards to mini-bollards, small brass bullet speakers, and speakers that mimic rock, which can blend seamlessly into the landscape. Speaker packages include satellite speakers and subwoofers to provide high-performance sound that blends with any landscape. A sound system can also be designed with Bluetooth capabilities.
“The sound quality is going to be incredible,” says Chris at Coastal Source. “The quality of our speakers is top-notch.”
Interested in including audio in your backyard retreat? Schedule a free phone consultation through the Irrigation, Lighting & Audio portal on the Gardens of Babylon website. You can also schedule an in-person audio demonstration to hear how outdoor audio can transform your outdoor living areas.