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5 Things to Know About Outdoor Audio Video

Man and young girl sit on a patio at nighttime watching an outdoor TV.

For the Best Backyard Experience, Don’t Miss These Outdoor AV Tips

Why waste a beautiful day indoors? With weatherproof outdoor audio and video, you can take entertainment to the patio, hammock, or pool to make the most of lovely Iowa weather (while we have it!).  

But before you press “Purchase” on your online shopping cart or head to the nearest big-box store, there are many things to consider before installing outdoor audio video. If you want the highest-quality experience, you’ll want to invest in the best hardware and have it installed professionally for optimal performance.

As a home technology integrator based in the Des Moines, IA, area, we’re experts in all things related to outdoor entertainment. Look out for the following factors in your outdoor AV installation!

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Outdoor Speakers: Know Your Options


Find the Best High-End Audio for Your Iowa Backyard

Barbecues, campfires, pool parties, and wine on the porch—it’s all better with an outdoor sound system. Most folks use a Bluetooth portable speaker or an old boom box when they enjoy tunes outside. But there are many drawbacks to that approach. For one, a single speaker can’t spread sound to every end of your backyard. If you’re hosting friends and family, they might not be able to hear music in some areas, while in others, the audio is overpowering.

Another disadvantage is that portable speakers are unreliable and not weatherproof. You need to make sure the speaker is charged or plugged into an external outlet to use it. And if it starts to rain, it’s a mad dash to bring your speakers inside.

That’s not the case with an outdoor speaker system by brands like Paradigm and Rockustics. If you’re new to outdoor audio, there are many options and approaches to weatherproof sound. Explore your choices below to find the best fit for your home in Davenport, IA.

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Outdoor Lighting, Entertainment, & Automation Ideas for Your Home


Make the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces in One Press of a Button

Imagine you’re on an evening stroll and spot a restaurant or home lit up with warm, ambient lightYou hear music wafting through the air and laughter while people enjoy drinks or a dip in a pool. I want to be there,” you think as you pass by. 

What if your backyard could feel that wayWith recent advances in technology, you can take the power of the smart home to easily customize and control your outdoor space’s atmosphere. Outdoor lighting, speakers, screens, and even pools can be controlled from one system. 

To get started, you’ll need weatherproof equipment and an installation that syncs technology to one compatible smart home system. Explore the possibilities for your Des Moines, IA, home below.  

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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!

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Outdoor Audio Video Spotlight: Seura's Storm Ultra Bright TV


Here’s What You Need to Know About the Ultimate Outdoor Television

At Reference Audio Video & Security, our team has partnered with some of the best brands to deliver outdoor entertainment solutions to homeowners throughout the Midwest.

One of those brands we are proud to partner with is Seura, the leading manufacturer of dedicated outdoor televisions.

If you are looking to upgrade your Des Moines-area backyard with outdoor audio video this summer, we give our strongest recommendation to Seura’s Storm Ultra Bright series of televisions.

What can you expect from Storm Ultra Bright televisions, and how can you add one to your property’s outdoor living spaces just in time for the summer? Keep reading below to find out.

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Sonance Landscape Series: What You Need to Know


Build an Outdoor Entertainment System Featuring Sonance Speakers

Imagine lounging by your pool or hosting a party outdoors as music plays from speakers throughout your backyard.

Best of all, you can control these speakers and the music you want to play directly from your smartphone or tablet.

This doesn’t have to be only a dream. You can make this a reality, just in time for this summer.

We at Reference Audio Video proudly work with homeowners in the Iowa City area to deliver custom outdoor entertainment system solutions for their properties.

In this post, we explore one of the best potential additions to your backyard: the Sonance Landscape Series of outdoor speakers.

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