I am looking at different ways of bringing music out to me new pool area in the springtime. I have options available to me since the patio hasn't been poured yet so running speaker cable is still an option.
I am looking at 3 primary ways of doing this and I'm hoping people can give me some ideas on what would work best.
1. Outdoor media center - I currently have a Logitech Squeezebox radio that I use throughout my house. It connects to my PC using a server software and let's me stream things like Pandora, Slacker Radio, Internet radio and my home audio collection. I have been looking for a larger version of this device but Logitech no longer makes them and I can't seem to find anything similar. Anyone have any suggestions?
2. Wireless Outdoor Speakers - Whether it looks like a rock or a cone, I don't really care. But a wireless system would need to have good range and an easy way to connect a smartphone/tablet or home stereo system so I can play all of the types of items I mentioned in number 1 above. My wife showed me one by Brookstone that I'm using as my basis for comparing others. What I am finding is that there are so many, I have no clue what would be good or just plain ****. Anyone here use something they love?
3. My other option is taking my older Onkyo home theater receiver and move it to my garage and physically wire a set of outdoor speakers to it. I could hang them on the back of my garage which will be in the pool area and/or run additional outdoor wire to various parts of what will become my patio and put in speakers around the patio.
My budget is kind of open but would like to keep it to under $500. This is not a high end audiophile system I am trying to build. Just an easy way to get music out to the pool area. I am fully capable of running and hooking everything up so no worries on that.
some other info is that the pool area will be surrounded by a fence that is 72' in length and about 45' wide. The garage is about 15' from the start of the shallow end so spekers on the garage should technically be loud enough.