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Connecting outdoor speakers to receiver

Outdoor speakers will create good sound in a small area near your home. For the best audio effect, we recommend installing the left and right speakers at a distance of about 3-4 meters. Do not try to cover more space. Moving them further apart, you will lose sound quality. Besides, speakers must be parallel to each other. For the user to get the desired sound, the speakers must aim at the listening position.

For an outdoor speaker installation, a 15 AWG multi-strand copper cable will be more than sufficient for lengths of the order of a few meters (depends on the distance to the receiver). You can buy this at any usual DIY store. The multi-strand wire is more flexible and, therefore, easier to work while setting up an outdoor sound system than rigid cable, and it helps to avoid any skin effect at high frequency.

Let’s start the installation

  • Choose the location of the speakers in your area and measure the distance to the home theatre receiver, taking into account all the nuances of the layout.
  • Use a garden tool to dig a narrow trench to bury the speaker wire. If digging by hand, the trench should be no deeper than 1 inch nor more than 1 inch wide.
  • Strip 1/2 inch of insulation from both ends of the speaker wire using the wire cutters.
  • Insert the colored wire into the positive (red) terminal on the underside of the speaker. Connect the other wire to the negative (black) terminal.
  • The next step is connecting outdoor speakers to the receiver. Connect the other end of the wire to a set of terminals on the receiver.
  • Set the wire in the trench from the speaker to the AVR, working a few feet at a time. Cover with soil.
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