Install Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo ExampleNow, we will take you through the steps used to install our EA300SW Stand-Alone stereo system, and then show you how to apply these same steps to a couple of typical installation scenarios for our Hardwired speaker systems.

We begin by selecting our install location and type of pipe material we want to use, copper or cpvc. In the case of our EA300SW outdoor stereo, we plan to install our two speaker towers to the right and left of the center window as shown. Based on the color of the brick and the natural color/beauty of copper, we will use copper pipe for our installation. 

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Since 12vac power is needed for the enclosed all-weather stereo system, we have to install a new 12vac/120w UL approved outdoor lighting transformer, or in our case, use an existing power transformer already supplying power to some existing outdoor lighting.

TIP: To select a correctly rated outdoor lighting power transformer, make sure the voltage output is 12vac and its output wattage is greater than total wattage demand, i.e. [(120w stereo demand) + (sum of any lighting wattage demand)]. For our install, a 250w transformer is available, with a total of 192 watts of demand, so we are okay to use the existing power transformer.

TIP: Confirm local building codes to be sure no permit or electrician is required when installing/working with a low voltage outdoor lighting power transformer and cable.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Now that we know our install location and where our power is coming from, take measurements and sketch our copper pipe plan to determine where straight pipe versus fittings, such as elbows and tees, etc., are needed. Also, measure to determine the amount of power cable and speaker wiring needed. From this sketch, we then generate a list of materials to purchase.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Our plan is to run the landscape lighting wire as shown in red, with the wiring for the left speaker shown in blue.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Splice into the existing landscape lighting wiring located adjacent and just to the right of our install location. This connection is soldered and heat shrink added to prevent shorting.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Layout the length of power cable needed, plus some extra, and cut with wire cutters.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Working from right to left, cut each piece of straight pipe needed, adding fittings as you go to double check the measurement before the next cut. Once all pieces are cut and dry-fit, double check to the final install location. If any adjustments are needed, now is the time. Once everything is correct, separate all pipe and fittings and layout as shown.

TIP: We are working with a mix of weathered and new copper pipe; within a few months all the new copper will weather to a dark brown to match.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Working from right to left again, thread the power cable first through pipe (1) and tee (2)sequentially. With the power cable in place we are ready to thread the speaker cable through the tee (2) first, then thread both the speaker cable and power cable through the pipe (3) and the elbow (4), connecting the pieces as we go.

TIP: Since two sets of speaker wires are required, one for the left channel and one for the left subwoofer channel, use a color coded four conductor wire wraped in a single outer jacket to make threading and connecting the cable easier.

TIP: For a water tight seal, use a small amount of silicon sealer as you connect the copper or cpvc pieces together. The silicon sealer will seal the joint, but allow the pieces to be disconnected/removed in the future.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Continue to work right to left, threading the speaker cable through all pipe sections and fittings as shown, connecting each sequentially as we go.

 

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Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Once all the pipe and fittings are connected, raise the completed assembly into position and temporarily secure to the brick wall with tape. In this position, we add 1/2” copper pipe clamps to the wall to permanently secure the pipe.

TIP: Since the pipe rests directly on the patio, remove one of the of the two mounting tabs on the pipe clamp to minimize the number of mounting holes drilled. Simply cut the soft copper with some heavy duty wire cutters to remove one tab.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Locate a mortar joint about half way up each riser pipe and place a modified copper pipe clamp in place, mark and drill a hole for a plastic wall anchor using an appropriately sized masonry bit.

TIP: By drilling the mortar joint, we avoid damaging the brick and the anchor may be removed in the future, which may easily be patched.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo Example Tap the wall anchor into the hole, place the clamp in position, and screw it to the wall/pipe with a brass screw.

TIP: Brass also weathers to a dark brown over time to match the copper finish and will not rust.

 

Now that our riser pipes are securely fastened to the wall, the majority of the work for our install is complete and we have created an inconspicuous and highly weatherproof cable channel/raceway for our EA300SW outdoor stereo. We are now ready to move on to complete set-up of our outdoor stereo system. Click video for a close-up review of our installation to this point.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo ExampleReferring to the EA300SW Owner’s Manual, assemble each speaker tower and move each tower into position to connect power and speaker wiring to the appropriate terminals on the speaker cabinets backside, per instructions.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo ExampleOnce all power and speaker connections are made, rotate each speaker tower into its final position.

 

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo ExampleWe have successfully completed setup/install of our EA300SW outdoor stereo system and are FINISHED! We have a nice, clean installation free of any visible wires and since we installed an EA300SW Stereo/Speaker system, we are not required to run speaker cables to an indoor stereo, which simplifies installation significantly.

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