Outdoor/pool.deck system

Recently purchased a home with a pool area, nice covered patio. I'm looking to do a nice little reasonably priced system to stream music from a phone. My initial thought was to get something like a bluesound power node and a couple of ceiling mount speakers for the covered area. Should do the trick for pool days, backyard parties etc. I do have a blue sound node used for streaming in my main rig, so I thought it would be convenient to be able to stream same music inside and outside at the same time. At least I think that's how it works...


Just curious what my fellow HiFi'era are doing for outdoor systems. Are there any particular speakers you can suggest? Is there something that I should consider other than a power node? 


Thanks for any opinions on the matter!


assuming you can protect the speakers from the elements, i'd probably simplify and go with a couple of powered bluetooth speakers, which will spare the need for a separate amp and streamer. you can spend as little as a hundo on a pair of edifier (which sound surprisingly good) or spend more for audioengine, vanatoo, etc.

we are a custom installer bluesound  node into a seperate amplifier makes more sense 


so I thought it would be convenient to be able to stream same music inside and outside at the same time.

If it were me, I'd go with that thought. You might want to think about how much quality, loudness and speakers you'd like the outdoor system to have. In outdoor home patio systems like this, stereo is many times no longer important, and actually doesn't make sense (due to no one sitting in a stereo sweet spot), so consider a mono system. You might also want to consider a (typical PA) 70 volt system. They're really easy to DIY. These 70-volt systems have all sorts of volume controls for outdoor applications. There's plenty of info on the internet to help you along with setting one up. 

Constant Voltage (70-Volt) Audio Systems For Beginners    

I basically have a separate system in my garage. Since the streamer/server in my main system uses Roon and we have a mesh router system, I have a mesh node in the garage connected by Ethernet to a Roon endpoint then a DAC with volume control going directly into monoblocks that power three sets of speakers, one set by the pool area, another in a large covered back porch area, and a third inside the garage. The speakers are hard wired and I have not added a sub.

I was smart (or lazy) enough to hang on to my Rotel speaker selector (see below), which compensates for impedance changes resulting from running multiple speakers and allows me to choose any combination of the three sets of speakers.

This year, I replaced my 20-year old Speakercraft/Weathercraft speakers with Bogen/Near A8T, 8-inch Indoor/Outdoor Speakers and have been very pleased with the improvement.

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Wow, so just as I thought you guys have "enlightened" me to various options. I didn't think about the mono thing, which makes total sense. Also, I didn't think about the speaker "zones" and impedance issues. I guess my best bet is to try and anticipate where I want to end up with this system and build it accordingly.  The more I think about it, I know I'm going to want multiple zones eventually, so might as well plan ahead. Thanks for all the suggestions, you guys def gave me plenty to think about.