Most of us like to use waterproof speakers to listen to our favorite songs by the pool, in the shower, in the garden or while relaxing in their bath tubs. But regular speakers and audio equipments will stop functioning even with the slightest water damage. If you are one of these people, you should consider installing waterproof speakers. Just as the name suggests these speakers are waterproof and thus they do not get easily damaged even when submerged in water. The speakers have seals that protect them from dirt, steam salt and moisture.These speakers are also an invaluable audio component for boaters who spend a lot of time in the sea.
Types of waterproof speakers
Generally, these speakers are divided into four major categories namely: dual cone speakers, component speakers, sub-woofers and coaxial speakers. Dual cone speakers are those which only have a single driver or audio source but have 2 different cones in small and large sizes. The small cone is for high frequencies and the larger one is for mid-range and low frequencies. Dual cone speakers have a good sound output but, they do not have the capacity for a wide spectrum of sound frequencies. These speakers also happen to be very affordable.
Coaxial speakers are both 2 and 3-way speakers. These have more than one audio source and thus, can handle more frequencies. The reason why they are called coaxial speakers is because one speaker is wrapped around with another. In the middle of the speaker there is a tweeter that handles high frequencies. Surrounding the tweeter is a woofer which handles the mid range and low frequencies. The performance of speakers in this category is better than those in the dual cone category but, it can not beat that of component speakers.
Component speakers are the third category of waterproof speakers. These use more than one speaker each handling low and high frequencies separately. The two sound frequencies are divided through electronic methods such that each speaker produces its own quota of frequencies. As a result of this mechanism, the speakers produce better sound than coaxial and dual cone speakers.
The other type is the sub-woofer speakers. This type of speakers is usually used to set bass frequencies. The speakers are good at producing thunder like sounds effectively even though the same sounds can be produced by component and coaxial waterproof speakers.
Installing waterproof speakers
Some of the factors to consider when installing these speakers are the size of the area where they will be placed, the mounting mechanism, the external speaker material and also the grille material. Before installing new speakers, you must take the measurements of the area where the speakers will be placed. Usually big speakers have better sound projection than smaller ones. So if you decide to go for larger speakers ensure that that there is enough room for them. The space behind the speakers should also be deep enough to ensure that the heat that the speakers emit will be cooled down to prevent the cables from melting.
Since the speakers will be exposed to moisture there will be corrosion and hence how and where you mount the speakers greatly affects their durability and sound quality. To get the best sound projection especially outdoors, place the speakers next to a wall so that the walls can bounce the sound wave back for better sound quality. Also try as much as you can to position them away from direct liquid and sunlight access for durability. The effect of direct sunlight on plastics can be disadvantageous despite the fact that they are UV resistant. If you are installing the speakers outdoors, you can position them underneath the eaves. There, they will be protected from harsh weather elements and it will be easier to hide the cable installation.
Another thing that counts when installing these speakers in your home is cabling. It is better to use screened and resilient cables. For external installation use the cables that are specially designed to withstand harsh weather and possible damage. For underground installation always use reinforced cables to prevent accidental cutting. You should also position the speakers in such a way that there is minimal overflow of sound into your neighbors homes if any.
Choosing the right waterproof speakers for your needs
You can either buy in-ceiling speakers, free standing garden speakers or cabinet speakers.In-ceiling speakers are designed to be attached to your ceiling or wall hence their aesthetic impact is reduced, and they do not take up any space in the room. These types of speakers come in different sizes to suit any room even the smallest one. In-ceiling speakers are a good choice for a smart finish in your kitchen, bathroom or even the swimming pool room. However, it may be cumbersome to get the cables behind the walls if the building works are already completed for the best results. Since these speakers are open at the back, what is behind the speaker greatly determines the sound quality. If the ceiling cavity is big and the speaker does not produce enough bass you can build a small box to cover the back. Similarly if the sound it produces is harsh, you can add some soft insulation behind the speaker to make it better
Cabinet or box speakers can be used both indoors and outdoors, however, they lack the aesthetic appeal that the other types have. The speakers can either be attached to a post or wall or left freestanding. These speakers are easier to install than ceiling speakers and their sound is consistent regardless of where they are installed because they have a casing.
Garden waterproof speakers also come in different sizes and shapes. They can either be partially buried in a border or just left to sit on the ground. Garden speakers that are designed to be partially buried use the solidity of the ground to give sound. Some of these speakers look like rocks and thus they can blend with most garden situations. There are also other designs that blend well into greenery or stick out as artistic features. The initial installation of these speakers can be challenging because the cables have to be installed underground. But, once you have installed them you do not need to worry about moving them and they require the least maintenance.
If you need speakers for your pool, you can buy wireless floating speakers. They come in sets of three and have built-in lights. The speakers look very nice and even though their sound is not HI-Fi quality it is adequate.