When looking for that perfect sound system for your garden, you need to take into consideration many factors – durability, weather protection, power, longevity, warranty, but also the aesthetic aspect. Sure enough, you’ll find the most powerful, military-grade speakers out there, but it’s all for nothing if they feel out of place once you place them.
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Luckily, some enterprising souls thought of disguising them as rocks, flower pots, and even animals. If on the other hand, you would rather hide them from sight, that can also be arranged, as we prepared a little list that has a little bit of something for everyone.
9.0 x 5.5 x 10.8″
The Niles Audio GS4 Discreet is a type of custom-designed, high-quality speakers. The custom design mentioned here refers to their enclosure, rather than wiring and drivers, which is sleek-looking, sturdily built, and more than able to survive for years on its own. The cabinetry is completely weatherproof, as it well should be, and comes in dual mounting options, and the parts required for either (or both?) come with the purchase, free of charge. What you get are a couple of stakes for garden installation, and wall mount brackets if you decide to, well… mount your speakers on a wall, or any flat surface.
As far as the sound department goes, the GS4 features a 4-inch mineral-filled woofer for a rich and deep sound, as well as a 1-inch Teteron tweeter to take care of the highs and mids. The speaker handles the bass pretty well, but it does feel somewhat lacking compared to the crispy clear highs and full-bodied mids.
16.8 x 16.8 x 10.9″
Polk is renowned worldwide for their quality audio equipment, and the Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System only adds to the company’s luster. What you get with this deal is a set of 2 Polk Atrium Sat30 speakers, along with a single Polk Atrium Sub10 speaker with a dual voice coil Dynamic Balance woofer. Translated into plain English, this means you’ll get the whole package – crispy highs, creamy mids, and tight lows. Granted, it may be a little over your budget (don’t ask how we know), but it’s worth the expense.
However, the selling point of this set is not the sound quality, amazing as it may be, but rather its inconspicuousness. The thing is, the enclosure for this set doubles as a flower pot stand so that it can blend in on a level never before seen in garden speakers (pun very much intended).
19.3 x 11.5 x 12.0″
It’s speakers in frogs! Do you really need to know more?These speakers are sure to thrill all the admirers of Pepe and Kermit the Frog (not related)¸or at the very least, anyone who had a frog as a pet growing up. All jokes aside, though, these speakers have a lot more to offer besides the novelty value. For one, the enclosure is fully weatherproof and able to survive years of rain, snow, and water with very little maintenance.They are, however, fragile on some extruding parts, and they can get damaged in transport. Still, nothing a little glue and spray paint couldn’t handle.
Moreover, the sound is adequate, to say the least. You get great clarity in the highs, and a well-rounded mid-range, though the bass is somewhat lacking. Still, you can easily fix this by wiring them to a stereo with a bass boost, or you can disregard this if playing genres that aren’t heavy on it.Speaking of wiring, it’s important to mention that the speakers can handle 100 Watts of power, so keep that in mind if you want to crank them all the way up.
12.0 x 12.0 x 13.5″
The Theater Solutions 2R8G Rock Speakers are, contrary to what you might think after reading the name, not speakers intended for rock music (although they’re more than capable of handling it, make no mistake). These are, simply put, rocks, albeit multi-layer composite rocks with rust-resistant steel grills and silicon seal.Thanks to an enclosure that looks like granite rock, these speakers blend effortlessly into the garden. If nothing else, this makes for an excellent conversation starter.
As far as the sound goes, the rocks don’t disappoint. They sport 8-inch woofers, with very responsive bass and treble. Moreover, the drivers are angled upwards at 20 degrees within the enclosure to be able to deliver optimum sound when placed at ground level. Let’s face it, where else are you going to put these?They are rated at 250 Watts, with peak power at 500 Watts, but they’ll work well with as little as 50 Watts pushing them.
Still, if you want to make the most of them, don’t be afraid to give them all the juice you can – these were made for outdoor performance, and it would be a shame not to use them to the fullest.
18.5 x 10.0 x 9.0″
The Bluetooth Outdoor Rock Speaker from Sound Appeal is pretty much what it promises on the tin – a wireless speaker placed within a hardy enclosure designed to look like a rock. Still, lest you think these puppies have only novelty value, we should mention that they are great value for money. For starters, the enclosure is hardy indeed, made of multi-layered plastic, able to withstand everything the elements can throw at it. It was built for outdoor performance, and perform they do, admirably so.
The selling point on these speakers is the fact they’re independent of any wiring, at least in terms of the source for the tunes. They do use a cord for power, however –as they come in pairs, both are wired together, and then one of them is wired to an outlet. The power cord is about 8 feet long, but you can always get an extension cord to lengthen the reach. Since we’re on the topic of wiring and connectivity, it’s important to note that a pair of speakers counts as a single device, but you can only connect to a single device at a time.
In plain English, this means that the most Rocks you can connect to at a time is two. On the flip side, there’s no interference, and the signal travels sure up to 25 feet. You’ll probably get a signal over that distance, but this is the optimum range.
6.5 x 6.5 x 13.7″
The TIC GS-10 is a set (well, a pair) of speakers that are cleverly designed to stand unobtrusively amidst the greenery, or next to the patio. They are made of high impact ABS plastic, and able to withstand years of punishment. The black color of the plastic allows the speakers to blend in, or at the very least, not draw too much attention visually. With the purchase, you’ll also get a pair of ground spikes if you decide to install them in the garden, as well as the appropriate fasteners to attach them to the deck.
Sound-wise, the speakers provide a 360-degree omnidirectional sound coverage, so you don’t have to bother with angling them or swiveling. The sound itself is quite powerful, with lots of clarity in the highs, a full-bodied midrange, and somewhat loose bass. If you want to get the most of it, you should use them in conjunction with a pair of subs or tower speakers to make up for the bass.
To recap on the above-mentioned speakers, and to help you choose between the provided options; here is a quick table summary that compares the various features of each speaker to help you pick the perfect speaker for you.