I'm really looking forward to this summer. This will be my second year with my 18 x 33 above ground pool. We got it installed last July, and loved every minute of using it last summer. I absolutely can't wait to open and start swimming again. Unfortunately, I'm having to wait. March weather sucks.
We have big plans for this year. We're building a deck off the back of our house, and it's going to integrate the pool with the house. We're also building an addition off the back of the house to have a larger family room. There are current pictures, and a crude drawing of what I'm planning attached in a following post. The drawing is done from the viewpoint standing on the roof on the back of the house. The house and planned addition are dark brown in the picture. The addition will be on the left side of the deck from that view, and there will be a small overhang bordering the deck. The deck is colored light brown, pool is obviously blue, grass is green, and sidewalk leading to the shed is gray.
My goal is to have music all around the pool and the deck. We'll probably be listening primarily to radio and MP3's from the tablets. We have Sirius as part of our satellite TV, but we don't listen to those stations much while inside the house, so I'd be a bit surprised if we did while outside. I already know that there won't be any internet streaming, as our internet connection sucks, and we can only use a certain amount per month.
I'm not terribly interested in Sonos. I know it gets great reviews, but I'd prefer not to spend $500 on a speaker, only to have to move it in and back outside. We live in the middle of nowhere on 2.5 acres. The closest neighbor is 250 feet away, so volume is not a huge issue. There are no plans for permanent shelter on the deck as of right now, so there is no outdoor kitchen to hid equipment. There is a shed near the far end of the pool, and I was thinking that might be a nice place to hide weather sensitive equipment. The shed is weather-tight, heated to 40 in the winter, and uncooled during the summer. I assume I'd need a special remote to control the receiver though, correct?
My original thought was to buy a 7.1 receiver, probably used, and hook up seven speakers scattered evenly around the deck. I already have two Yamaha outdoor speakers, and was planning on mounting those on the back of the garage, under the overhang. There will be an overhang on the addition, and that seems like a good spot for two more speakers. That leaves three more speakers. I was thinking two along the long side of the pool, and one more along the house.
Thoughts? I already have a 7.1 system in the basement, but it's on the absolute opposite corner of the house, and I have a finished, insulated basement, so running wires would be a royal pain. I'd also have to run to the basement everytime I wanted to change audio sources. The addition will be part of the family room, and close by, but I have no plans to put anything special sound-wise in there. Movies and special events get watched in the basement.
Any words of wisdom? Pics to follow in the next post.