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Fixed vs. Bluetooth Outdoor Speakers: How to Choose

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Do you have an outdoor area at home you’d like to make the most of? As a music lover, it’s natural to want to enjoy your music everywhere you go, even outside. If this is the case for you, getting outdoor speakers can be a great solution.

However, it’s important to choose your outdoor speakers with care. Not all speakers are made to withstand the elements and remain outside for long periods of time.

There are a few types of speakers that can be used outside, but which best suits your needs? In this article, the experts at Fillion present an overview of the options to help you make your decision. 


Which type of outdoor speaker should I choose?

When it comes to outdoor speakers, there are two main choices: wireless, portable Bluetooth outdoor speakers and fixed speakers designed specifically for long-term outside use. To determine which option is right for you, ask yourself what your expectations are in terms of audio output, practicality and budget.

If you’d prefer a speaker that’s simple, easy to connect and falls within a reasonable budget, you’ll want to opt for a Bluetooth outdoor speaker. Bluetooth is the best choice for those who prioritize simplicity and affordability over audio quality. Many Bluetooth outdoor speakers are waterproof and can be used outside safely. You also have the benefit of being able to move the speakers around your yard.

Conversely, if you want a comprehensive, superior quality audio system, fixed outdoor speakers are your best option. These speakers are specifically designed to withstand the rigours of the elements while still offering high-quality audio. Keep in mind that fixed options will be more expensive and you’ll have less flexibility to move your audio system.


How to choose a Bluetooth outdoor speaker

You’ve decided on getting a Bluetooth outdoor speaker for its practicality and affordability? Good choice! Here are some criteria to consider when shopping around for a Bluetooth speaker:

  • Water resistance: If you plan to use your speaker outside, it needs to be able to withstand the elements and any accidents that may occur (at a party, for example). Therefore, you’ll want to select a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It’s important to check the Ingress Protection (IP) Code to ensure that your product will have the necessary resistance (e.g. IP67).
  • Portability: If you want to be able to move your Bluetooth outdoor speaker anywhere in your yard, you’ll need to opt for a portable speaker. It’s best to select a light, ergonomic model that’s easy to carry around.
  • Connectivity: It may seem obvious, but people often make mistakes when it comes to connectivity. Make sure you choose a product that is indeed Bluetooth compatible and doesn’t just have a 3.5 mm headphone jack or a USB-C port. Some speakers can even connect to your home WiFi!


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The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay 20 speaker offers remarkable sound quality and water resistance, perfect for outdoor use!


Keep in mind that Bluetooth offers lower audio quality than a wired system. With Bluetooth, you’re trading audio quality for better flexibility


How to choose a fixed outdoor speaker

You’re a true audiophile who’s willing to pay more for fixed outdoor speakers with better sound quality? That’s great!

Unlike a Bluetooth outdoor speaker that you can bring inside in the event of inclement weather, fixed systems stay outside all year round. Since these systems are fixed and more expensive, it’s important to reflect carefully and analyze your needs before jumping in. 


Choose a resistant, durable product

Since your speakers will be installed outside, they will likely be exposed to all sorts of difficult conditions, including wind, rain, dust and UV rays. That’s why it’s important to find out what they’re made of before buying, particularly if you intend to place them outside permanently.

When shopping for speakers, look for products made of materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions and temperature extremes, like the Bowers & Wilkins B&W Outdoor AM-1 speakers. They should also be resistant to rust, because corrosion can damage the wiring and cause sound problems. 


Consider your environment when choosing outdoor speakers

The outdoor speakers you choose should also depend on where you want to install them. The space you’re in has a major influence on the way sound is projected and heard.

For example, if you have a large yard and you want to be able to hear the sound from a distance, you’ll need to look for speakers with a good low-frequency response. These types of speakers have a larger cone, measuring between 6.5 and 8 inches (16.5 to 20 cm) in diameter.

You’ll also need to choose speakers that are capable of handling your amplifier’s power output. For example, Stylus 370-SM speakers are compatible with amplifiers that have a power output of 15 to 90 watts.


paradigm stylus 370-sm

The Paradigm Stylus 370-SM model meets all of the above criteria for a good outdoor speaker!


Generally, 60 watts is fine for a space smaller than 300 square feet (28 m²), whereas a yard between 300 and 500 square feet (28 to 46 m²) will require 80 to 100 watts.

In short, the larger your space is, the more powerful your sound system will need to be.

Did you know? There are outdoor speakers on the market that are designed to blend in with their surroundings. Just take a look at the Paradigm Rock Monitor 80-SM


paradigm rock monitor 80-sm

If you’re a rock enthusiast, opt for this well camouflaged speaker!

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Outdoor speakers for every taste available at Fillion

Vous l’avez vu, le choix d’un haut-parleur d’extérieur n’est pas si simple. Entre haut-parleur Bluetooth d’extérieur étanche et haut-parleurs fixes, votre choix dépendra de plusieurs facteurs. Pour des haut-parleurs fixes, le choix peut s’avérer complexe.

Que vous soyez ou non pointilleux sur la qualité du son à apporter dans votre extérieur, le choix de votre haut-parleur est une affaire sérieuse. Être épaulé par un expert est la meilleure solution pour ne pas être déçu de son installation!

Chez Fillion, nos conseillers experts sont là pour vous conseiller dans vos choix de haut-parleurs et de système de son afin de vous aider à réaliser vos projets les plus ambitieux. Contactez-nous dès aujourd’hui pour obtenir les conseils de notre équipe! Vous pouvez aussi passer nous rendre visite dans notre magasin à Montréal!

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