What makes the summer great? The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and there’s plenty of late-day sunlight to enjoy a backyard barbeque. But just because you get to spend more time outside doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite music and video content. An outdoor entertainment system is one of the easiest and best ways to get the most out of your Dallas, TX backyard this summer. Want to learn more? Here are the three things you need to get started.
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You can enjoy movies and TV outside with an outdoor video display. Whether you want to watch your favorite films under the stars with a traditional projector-and-screen combination, or you want to catch the Texas Rangers game on a big screen flat-panel, you can do it with full 4K resolution and an ultra-bright display.
Why ultra-bright? Because ambient lighting conditions can cause glare and wash out the image on the screen. If you’re using a projector, your integrator will often recommend a rear-projection setup. That means the projector sits behind a specially designed screen to provide the brightest possible image.
For flat-panel displays, ultra-bright systems can often be enjoyed in anything but direct sunlight. They’re perfect for covered patios and other shaded areas. Their water-tight, weather-proof casing means they’ll survive in most outdoor conditions. And you don’t have to worry about size limitations – some manufacturers build them up to 80-inches.
Outdoor speakers are slightly different from their indoor counterparts. Where indoor speakers are built from delicate wood and metals to create the perfect sound, outdoor units are made from durable materials to generate enough volume to overcome ambient outdoor sounds.
Whether you’re interested in wall-mounted units for your deck or patio, garden speakers that blend with the surrounding foliage, or semi-buried systems that offer a lot of power with few components, you can build a system that works for your needs.
The final piece of the outdoor entertainment puzzle is the network. A properly configured network will allow you to stream music and movies from services like Spotify and Netflix, control other devices like smart lights and integrated irrigation systems, and browse the internet on your smartphone or tablet.
For most outdoor solutions, a hardwired network is best. Cables are buried underground, connecting indoor sources (racked in a basement or closet) to outdoor endpoints. Along the way, you may also connect outdoor amplifiers and subwoofers to provide the power you need to each of your speakers.
Your integrator can design a network solution that’s right for your home. If you want to get started today, click here.