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What Are the Top Trends in Outdoor Entertaining?

 In Entertaining Poolside, New Technology, Outdoor Media Center, Poolside Living

Once you have designed the ideal luxury swimming pool and backyard retreat for your home, you want to get as much usage out of it as possible.  From movie nights for family and friends to gatherings elevated with the latest sound system, here are the top trends in outdoor entertainment.

Outdoor Movie Nights and TV Watching

For an experience similar to a drive-in movie at your own home, an HD projector, flat screen TV, and speakers can turn your backyard into the ultimate movie destination.  Of course, unlike your living room, outdoor entertaining spaces are subject to a variety of weather conditions, requiring that your equipment is specifically designed to withstand the elements.  Specialized outdoor TVs come in a variety of sizes and are able to stand up to humidity, temperature fluctuations, insects, and rain.  Rather than ruin a TV that is designed for indoor viewing, purchase a specialized weatherproof model and a cover to protect it when not in use.  These types of sets also have mount configurations that make it easy to set up in a variety of places in your backyard.

If you decide to use your TV during the day, you will want to make sure that it is located in an area that has adequate shade.  Glare can impede your viewing experience.  An added benefit of locating your TV in a shady spot is that it is more protected from damage.

Outdoor Gaming

The same equipment that you use for movie and TV watching can be used for a variety of gaming systems.  Interactive games are a popular addition to outdoor parties for children and adults.  They can be a party-starter that gets things moving with some fun and friendly competition.  With a projector and outdoor screen, this is an unexpected novelty for your guests.

Outdoor Sound Systems

As with TVs, weatherproof models are the best choice for sound systems and speakers that will be used outdoors, particularly if a speaker will be placed on the ground, by a pool, or in another unprotected location.  Even if they will be somewhat protected, weather-resistant models are always preferable to types that are intended for indoor usage as they will be facing humidity, wind, and temperature fluctuations. Outdoor sound systems have made great strides in terms of sound quality, but bass waves interact differently in the backyard than they do in your home.  If you are concerned about limitations with respect to bass, you can purchase weatherproof subwoofers for your system.

Wireless Options

Once you have purchased all of your equipment, you will need to bring content to your various systems.  It can be complicated to bring cables into your backyard area. The easiest solution is to us wireless HDMI or to stream over wireless internet with a media box.  In addition to receiving content wirelessly, you may want to control sources using an app on your phone or a mobile device.

Technology that helps make your luxury swimming pool area a hub for entertaining can increase the amount of time you spend in your backyard and bring additional fun and excitement to your next gathering.

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