Summer is almost here and if you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days.  With warm comes an abundant amount of opportunities to enjoy your backyard with family and friends.  Now, throw AV into the mix and you’ve got yourself the backyard everyone wants to hang out in.

AV and entertaining really do go hand in hand – Do you know how to create the ultimate outdoor AV experience to get the most out of your summer?

If you answered no, don’t worry because I just hosted a webinar with the very talented Chris Greer, VP of John’s Landscaping.  With my AV expertise and his extensive design background, I think we produced a webinar with an abundance of good takeaways.

Designing an Outdoor AV Area

First and foremost, you need to hire an architect with outdoor AV experience because they need to be able to determine proper placement of your AV equipment, such as outdoor speakers and TVs.

Here are some example images from Chris of proper speaker placement:

Outdoor AV 2

10 speakers are placed in precise areas around the yard for optimum sound. Note: If the speakers run in stereo, be sure to alternate left and right to create the best stereo imaging.

Outdoor AV 1

It’s important to understand that outdoor TVs shouldn’t ever be placed in direct sunlight because that may destroy your TV and there’s no way your outdoor TV can outshine the sun.  Also, be sure your outdoor TV is far enough away from fire pits, grills, and other heat sources.

Outdoor TV

Coordination Process

In order to install outdoor AV equipment, your landscaper will need to follow a process like this:Outdoor AV Coordination Process

Recommendations

Before you purchase outdoor AV solutions, I have some recommendations for you to get the most out of your AV.

  • Weather resistance is the most important factor that should be taken into consideration before purchasing an outdoor TV or speaker. Your outdoor AV needs to withstand the extremes that weather can pose because certain scenarios can make or break the life of your TV, such as torrential rain and tremendously temperature fluctuations from day to night.
  • Weather ResistantLook for TVs that have the following features:
    • Fully sealed design
    • Anti-reflective, impact-resistant cover glass
      • Prevents damage to displays in the event of an object flying into the screen
      • Impact ResistantThermal systems
      • Waterproof displays
      • Aluminum body construction
        1. Withstands extreme temperatures
        2. Provides anti-rust and anti-corrosive features
      • Maintenance-free
        1. No need to change filters or vents in the display
      • Polarization
        • If you wear polarized sun glasses, you need a polarized TV
      • Optical bonding
        1. If the TV will be in direct sunlight then optical bonding is a must
          Optical Bonding Difference

          See the difference optical bonding makes?

           

 

 

 

 

 

  • Look for outdoor mounts that have the following features:
    • Environmentally coated (CRS)
      1. This provides anti-rust and anti-corrosive features that prevent rush stains from occurring
    • Wind-rated
      1. This securely holds the screen, which prevents wind-related impact
      2. If your TV is mounted out by a pool or hot tub, you will want to ensure your mount is wind-rated, otherwise you may find your TV destroyed in the pool after a windy storm
    • Flexible viewing angles and display adjustment
    • Simple set-up
    • Cable management

 

If you’re interested in learning more, watch the on-demand webinar and make sure to check out the other outdoor AV blogs:

  1. Spring Forward with your AV
  2. Product Spotlight: Xtreme™ Outdoor Soundbar