CE Pro BEST Product Awards | CE Pro BEST Project Awards

10 Subwoofers to Put Oomph in the Outdoors

Put the boom into your back­yard this summer with one of these outdoor subwoofers.

Photo courtesy of Sonance

Photos & Slideshow

Rachel Cericola · May 15, 2014

When it comes to the winter, many of you are ready to rock at a moment’s notice. Most likely, you have speakers sprinkled throughout the house. However, what happens when you actually want to step outside?

The weather is getting warmer and soon the smell of barbecued meats will be wafting through the air, luring you to the backyard, the deck and/or the pool area. Those smells can be awesome. They just aren’t all that entertaining—at least, not for very long. If you entertain outdoors, outdoor speakers are a must.

Outdoor speakers come in several shapes and sizes, with several different price tags. However, if you want to put a little oomph into that sound, consider an outdoor subwoofer.

An outdoor subwoofer can pack the same punch as your indoor subwoofer. The big difference here is that it needs to be able to withstand weather, insects and other critters. Unless you like carrying heavy audio equipment back and forth, it needs to be able to live outside.

Several manufacturers make several subs that can rock in the great outdoors—and some look like actual rocks! Currently, there are two main types of outdoor subwoofers:

In-Ground: These options allow you to bury to bulk to the speaker underground.

Rocks and Planters: This option can blend that sound in with the outdoor scenery.

When it comes to outdoor speakers and subwoofers, placement is really important. After all, you aren’t just trying to fill the backyard, but you’re also competing with sounds from neighbors and nature. However, you also want the sound to be distributed evenly.

To make beautiful music in the outdoors, the subwoofer needs to match your receiver and your speakers. Yes, you’ll need a dedicated receiver or at least one that can handle a second zone.

Also, consider your climate. Sure, all outdoor speakers should be able to withstand the elements. However, if you live in especially brutal climate conditions, make sure that your outdoor subwoofer is up to the task.

Are you ready to rock? If not, you may want to take a peek at the products in our slideshow for “10 Subwoofers to Put Oomph in the Outdoors.”

We're Looking for Your BEST Projects

Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a 2019 BEST Projects Award. We’ll be announcing winners at a special Gala event at CEDIA EXPO. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this year! Enter your projects now.

  About the Author

Rachel Cericola is a longtime contributor to CE Pro. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Rachel at write2rachel@gmail.com

Follow Rachel on social media:

Rachel also participates in these groups:
LinkedIn · Google+

View Rachel Cericola's complete profile.

  Article Topics

Speakers · Audio/Video · Outdoor AV · News · Media · Slideshow · · Crestron · Niles · Polk Audio · SpeakerCraft · TruAudio · All Topics
CE Pro Magazine

Read More Articles Like This… With A Free Subscription

CE Pro magazine is the resource you need to keep up-to-date on the latest products, techniques, designs and business practices. Subscribe today!

Subscribe Today!