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The Three Levels of Patio Sound

Summer is in full swing, and if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to come out of hibernation and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you’re taking part in the annual retreat to cottage country, or just stepping onto the backyard deck or patio, we’ve got some excellent suggestions for adding the perfect soundtrack to your summer activities. Music makes every summer gathering that much more special. Here is our short list outdoor music options.    



The Geneva WorldRadio is a contemporary take on the classic world receiver: a radio that could receive all available radio stations. Today, popular local radio stations are mainly broadcast over FM, while international and special interest stations are broadcast over the Internet. Connect either to FM or wirelessly via Bluetooth with an Internet-capable device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and you can stream all available stations.


The WorldRadio features a high-performance audio system that plays mid and high frequencies with absolute accuracy, and produces warm, rich bass below 80Hz. It has a digital colour display with touch controls, FM, Bluetooth receiver, and alarm clock. Other audio sources can be connected via the 3.5 mm line input.


For complete portability, the rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery provides more than 5 hours of music playback. Take it to the backyard or pool and listen to any source of music you desire. Bring it back inside and use it to boost the sound on your laptop.


Incredible looks, great portability, amazing sound, and superior connectivity makes this unit our budget choice for outdoor and backyard sound.     


The Bayan Audio Soundscene is one of our favourite options for an all-purpose speaker. It offers one of the most durable and versatile portable speaker options out there, while fitting into a sweetspot of cost, sound, and functionality.


The Soundscene is a full-function bluetooth powerhouse that can last up to 8 hours on a full charge. Its rugged, water-resistant exterior can handle any climate and weather.


The function that sets this speaker apart from any in its class is the ability to link up to 8 separate Soundscene speakers together using NFC (near field communication). This allows for you and friends to get the fullest possible sound, even in the most remote locations.


For an all-encompassing backyard sound, we recommend pairing two units, one on either side of the deck or pool. This allows you to hear the music in a broad area without the risk of annoying the neighbours by cranking up the tunes. Of course, if you do want to crank them, these speakers can play to a surprisingly loud level.



Marantz Dual-zone Receiver with Yorkville Outdoor Speakers

Our top end recommendation for your outdoor audio system combines the Marantz SR5010 home theatre amplifier with a pair of Yorkville C120 speakers. The Marantz can be used in your main home theatre or stereo system with the audiophile speakers of your choosing, while its 2nd zone output can be connected outside with the weather resistant Yorkville speakers. This combination will provide exceptional sound inside and out while checking all the boxes of your diverse entertainment needs. The 2nd zone output has an independent volume and source control so you can listen to the same music in both areas but with different volumes, or you can even listen to the TV in the main area while playing music outside. It’s an extremely good sounding and convenient way to permanently provide high quality sound. With Airplay and a myriad of other connection options it can be the centre of your home audio.


The Yorkville C120 speakers are specifically designed for the outdoors. Weatherproof and paintable, they’ve proven themselves to us by reliably running even after years of snow and rain. The best part about these speakers is their uniquely good sound. Unlike most outdoor speakers, which tend to have anemic bass and grating highs, the Yorkvilles rival our best entry level speakers in sound quality. These speakers will let you optimize your musical enjoyment, while still maintaining the full range and purity of your tunes.




It's the most beautiful time of the year, and since summer doesn’t last very long in Canada, why not get the most out of your outdoor time? Great music will add to you and your friends' enjoyment and entertainment. Visit us today to hear these great options.


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