If you are looking to install speakers outdoors then you may have considered transmitting the signal wirelessly in order to avoid digging trenches and drilling holes for the purpose of running long speaker wires. There are several models of wireless speaker kits on the market which seem to be ideal for this task. In this article, I will investigate whether today’s surround sound kits which are normally used for a home theater can instead be used to set up speakers outdoors.
The first consideration is the operating range of these kits. You can get additional info about how far a particular wireless surround sound kit can transmit from the specifications on the package. However, note that this range will be reduced if there are walls or doors between where the transmitter is located and the location of the receiver. The more walls there are blocking the line of sight, the lower the actual range will be. Keep this in mind in case the location of your outdoor speakers is far from your transmitter.
Also, be sure to properly protect both your speakers and the wireless receiver from the weather. Most receivers were not designed to be placed outdoors. You may want to design a plastic enclosure with vent holes to place the receiver inside.