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Installing Outdoor Speakers

Installing Outdoor Speakers...
Recommended Outdoor Speaker Installation Instructions

     Typical outdoor enviroments, such as backyards,  presents a different listening area than your normal room indoors. Inside your home, there are walls to reinforce low-frequency response and reflect and contain sound. Outside, of course, it's wide open, and there's usually much more background noise such as traffic, barking dogs, wind, pool splashing, hot tubs and even insects like crickets. Below, we have listed a few things to take into consideration when shopping for outdoor speakers. For our most frequently asked questions view our FAQ page here. 

Choosing Outdoor Speakers Location
Choosing speaker locationsEstablish where the most likely or average listening area will be. The speakers should be placed at the same (or as close as possible) distance from that point.  The actual distance between the listening position and the location of the speakers is not critical, but keep in mind that as their distance is increased, the perceived loudness of the speakers will decrease. For a stereo pair of speakers, try to keep the distance between the speakers somewhat less than the distance to the listeners. The distance between speakers should extend roughly 45 degrees as seen from the average listening position.



Dig and Allow 4" - 5" of cover

Placing your speakers Remember while considering the best placement for your speakers from an acoustic standpoint, you must be able to run wires to your stereo. Walkways and some patios can be difficult to get around. All TIC outdoor speakers are fully waterproof, however do not place the speakers where the drivers will come in direct contact with a sprinkler. Sprinklers in general have a high water pressure level that can damage the speaker cones if direct contact occurs.




Run the cable

Running the cable or wires A two conductor direct burial wire should be used to connect your speakers to your stereo. This wire is available in most stereo stores, electric supply houses, better hardware stores.
For runs up to 50 feet, 16-gauge wire is adequate. Runs from 50 to 100 feet use 14-gauge wire and runs from 100 to 200 feet use 12-gauge wire. Over 200 feet will require the use of 10 gauge wire. If you are using the 70v application method  click here: 






Connect to amp/receiver

Connecting to the audio device or amplifierAudio, (red +) (black -)
Make sure using "waterproof connector" to connect the wires and tape them before you bury them.  The brown and white wires are for the light in the GS7L Omnilight speaker.

 Bury the Omni speaker 6"- 9" deep The Rock Speakers stay above ground. These are high quality loudspeakers. DO NOT place soil or wood chips over the speaker grills. If the grill accumulates soil, it can damage the speaker. Soil in the grill degrades the acoustic performance of your speaker as well as providing a haven for insects. Some insects will eat the surround on the driver. If the grill has accumulated soil, simply rinse with a garden hose at low pressure (nozzle removed). Chemical sprays such as bug spray, deck sealant, oil-based products and some fertilizers can damage the rubber part of the speakers. Speakers MUST BE COVERED when applying these substances in your yard. 


Enjoy a quality outdoor product! Outdoor Speakers are a
good investment for your home!
Enjoy your Outdoor System

Placement tips 

Though our patio outdoor speakers are weather-resistant, most manufacturers recommend placing or mounting them in a protected location under cover for best results and a longer life. Beneath a porch roof or an eave works well.

The omni and rock speakers, however, are built extra tough for placement in exposed outdoor locations. To be sure you're getting speakers that can handle a direct assault from the elements, check the detailed product information or call us.

Here are a few placement tips that should increase the
performance of any outdoor speaker you buy:
The higher you mount your speakers, the greater the sound projection, and the farther away you will get good sound.
Placing your speakers near a wall or other solid surface improves bass output.
If it is necessary to mount one or both speakers in an exposed location, make sure you choose speakers that are rated for extreme conditions. Also, when mounting the speakers, tilt the speakers so the cones face slightly down for drainage.
Experiment with placement before permanently mounting the speakers. Place the speakers in a likely location, and walk around to determine how well the sound travels throughout the listening area. Once you are satisfied, it's time to mount the speakers.

Mounting your outdoor speakers

After determining the ideal spot for your speakers (hopefully with some overhead protection from the elements), it's time to mount them. Most of the outdoor speakers we carry include mounting brackets, and you'll want to follow the included instructions to make sure they are properly secured.
We've found that it is best to mount your speakers to a solid wood or masonry surface. We do not recommend attaching your speakers directly to aluminum or cedar sidings; they may not be strong enough to support the weight of your speakers.



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"Outside Music Room" you will look forward to coming home to

TIC Omni Directional Outdoor Sub Woofers

TIC GS50 & TFS50 Outdoor Sub Woofers require a little more care in connection than standard single channel speaker units. You will note upon inspection that these units have one larger diameter cable, slightly off center, coming out of the base plate that contains four core wires; Right channel +, Right channel - & Left channel +, Left channel -. These are the connections to your Receiver Amplifier.

Omni Subwoofer wiring diagram

Again, this is to accomodate your choice of using your new outdoor sub woofer with an added pair of full range satellite speakers. The picture above shows our TIC GS50 outdoor sub woofer using two GS5 mini omni speakers as satellites.