Outdoor Speaker/Stereo Install Guide Overview

How to Setup Outdoor Speakers: Exteris Installation Guide/Tips

Exteris Audio Outdoor Speaker/Stereo Install Guide OverviewOkay, you have decided you can´t live without a set of Exteris outdoor speakers or an Exteris outdoor stereo system. So you are probably asking yourself: How do I install these gorgeous stone speakers without having ugly speaker wires cluttering up my installation? Of course, this is not a new question or one specific to Exteris outdoor speakers, but a typical question for any wired speaker / stereo system. Looking at the Introduction picture above , you see that we have no speaker or power wiring visible, so we have already answered this question.

Please read on for details of what we feel is a very effective way to hide all the outdoor speaker wires and power cable from view, while protecting your wiring at the same time. We will step through examples for installing our EA300SW Stand-Alone Outdoor Stereo and installing our EA200 / EA200SW Hardwired Outdoor Speakers, using either "thru-attic" or "thru-wall" routing of the speaker cable.  

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: The Problem and The Easy Solution

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The Problem: Routing outdoor speaker wiring in an inconspicuous manner, while providing long-term protection from outdoor elements.

The Easy Solution: Use 1/2" diameter copper or cpvc, pipe to create a coste effective and weatherproof cable channel/raceway.

As shown with our EA300SW installation, copper pipe provides a very clean and inconspicuous method to route wiring essentially anywhere in an outdoor environment. You may have to look very close to actually see the copper pipe we have used to route the 12vac power to the system and the speaker wiring from the left to the right speaker. The copper pipe we used has been outdoors for sometime so you can see the dark brown patina the pipe acquires as it weathers.

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: Materials and Speciality Tools

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Pros/Cons of using Copper pipe:

Pros
  1. Attractive - quickly weathers to a dark brown and to a green patina (after many years);
  2. Small size - 1/2” copper pipe O.D. is about 0.62 inches.
  3. Non-ferrous metal - will not rust;
  4. Provides very durable long-term UV and moisture protection to wiring;
  5. Easy to work with - only requires a small pipe/tubing cutter;
  6. Readily available at any home improvement store; and
  7. Cost effective - costs about $1.00 per linear foot, excluding fittings.

Cons
  1. More expensive than cpvc pipe.

 

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Pros/Cons of using CPVC pipe:

Pros
  1. Paintable - may be painted to match house/trim/deck color;
  2. Plastic - will not rust;
  3. Small size - 1/2” cpvc pipe O.D. is about 0.62 inches.
  4.    Note: Be sure to use cpvc instead of pvc, which is larger.
  5. Provides long-term UV and moisture protection to wiring;
  6. Easy to work with - only requires a small pvc cutter, or saw;
  7. Readily available at any home improvement store; and
  8. Very cost effective - costs about $0.25 per linear foot, excluding fittings and paint.

Cons
  1. CPVC must be painted to protect pipe from UV exposure and cover the printing typically found on the pipe.

    TIP: Use an acrylic paint or paint specially formulated for plastic. Oil based paints are not recommended.


It is up to you to choose which pipe to use in your outdoor speaker installation application.

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