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Miss Tailgating? Bring Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor TV


Take the Stadium Experience to Your Backyard


It’s an Iowa State season unlike any other. Tailgating has been banned, and fans are not allowed into the stadium to cheer on the Cyclones. As we wait out the pandemic, many of us yearn for the traditions and community of football games in previous years.


But your fall season doesn’t have to forfeit fun. Imagine watching the game on a large flat screen with a bonfire, drinks, and burgers on the grill. A weatherproof outdoor TV and speakers can bring festivities to your Des Moines, IA backyard all year long, even in winter. Learn how outdoor AV works below!


SEE ALSO: Outdoor Audio Video Spotlight: Séura’s Storm Ultra Bright TV


What Is an Outdoor TV?

Like Samsung’s Terrace or Séura TVs, outdoor screens are built with a protective enclosing, so that it can endure rain, wind, snow, heat, and freezing temperatures. You can leave your outdoor display installed on the patio, porch, or yard all year long. With over 2,000 nits of brightness, the image quality will be bright and clear enough to see even in direct sunlight. For reference, most indoor TVs have only 450-550 nits.


Can I Use An Indoor TV Under A Roof?

You may be wondering if a special outdoor model is necessary. Is a regular flatscreen safe under your roofed patio with a protective cabinet? 

No, it is not safe to install an indoor TV outside. Even if the screen is waterproof and suitable for bathrooms or indoor pools, it won’t function in extreme heat or cold. Your TV will likely break, and if it isn’t 100 percent waterproof, it could cause an electrical fire. An indoor display won’t be bright enough to see without glare, too, making your efforts counterproductive.


What About Outdoor Audio?

Your outdoor TV will come with built-in speakers, but for a powerful sound that everyone can hear, consider an outdoor speaker system. Your integrator will install weatherproof speakers to be discreetly wired underground, connecting to one amplifier. Choose from camouflage rock speakers, 3-way bollards, or small satellite speakers that will hide amongst the plants. For rich bass notes, a partial-burial subwoofer will make all your music, movies, and shows sound rich and layered, like it’s happening live.


Is it time to swap the living room for the great outdoors? Contact Reference Audio Video Security to bring outdoor entertainment to your Des Moines home.



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