Outdoor Speaker Selection: Weatherproof vs. Water Resistant

If you are looking for speakers to set up outside, then there is a big decision that needs to be made. You have two options: weatherproof or water resistant. The choice may seem simple at first glance, but it’s not quite as easy as one might think!

Weatherproof speakers

Weatherproof speakers are designed to withstand the elements and can be used in any type of climate. They’re also more durable than water resistant models which makes them a great option if you plan on using your outdoor speakers frequently throughout the year. However, these types of speakers need a power source like batteries or an outlet and they cannot be submerged in water for long periods of time (like when cleaning off snow).

The diaphragms in speakers are usually made out of paper, but in these weatherproof speakers they are made out of Mylar. The speaker housing is typically given a polypropylene finish. This protects it against the elements and temperature changes. Cabinets can be sealed with water-tight paint. But a speaker that is weatherproof is not always waterproof and should not be submerged in liquids unless it has the correct IPX rating.

Water Resistant Speakers

Water Resistant Speakers should only be used in dry climates and they are not designed to withstand the elements. They’re typically more affordable than their weatherproof counterparts, but if you want outdoor speakers that can handle the heat of summer or cold winter days then a weather resistant speaker is what you need!

A clear IP rating is better than vague terms like “waterproof.” IP ratings are from 0 to 9. The higher the number, the more water resistant it is. IPX0 means that the speaker is not protected against water and should be kept away from wet areas.  An IPX0 rated product should never be put into wet areas since it won’t protect against moisture such as raindrops or even sweat from our hands when they brush up against one while moving them around.

Conclusion: Weatherproof vs Water Resistant

Water Resistant Speakers are best for dry climates. They’re also more affordable than weatherproof speakers, but if you want to be able to use your outdoor speaker in the heat of summer or cold winter days then a water resistant speaker is not what you need!

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