How to take your music outside (without annoying the neighbours)
Want to have a student party without annoying the neighbours? Check out our tips for getting the party started without any bother
Taking your music outside or into the shared kitchen down the hall used to be a bit of a mission - ghetto blasters perched precariously on windowsills or iPod docks with trailing cables.
But thanks to wireless speakers designed for outdoor use, those days are now over. With these new generations of speakers you don’t have to worry about wires or rain – but which is right for you and how do you keep from annoying your neighbours with the sound?
1. Finding the right wireless speaker
If you want hours and hours of tunes to liven up a flat party, picnic in the park or study group, look for a portable wireless speaker that is:
- Battery powered so you don’t need to plug in
- Lightweight and easy to carry around
- Able to stream music from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth
For thumping bass and flashing lights you’ll like the Sony SRS XB40. With it you can:
- Take the party wherever you want – it’s water resistant and won’t stop playing in the rain or at the beach
- Turn your student house into a club – flashing strobes and colourful lights bring your music to life
- Connect up to 10 wireless speakers with Wireless Party Chain so that everyone can add to the playlist
- Enjoy deep bass – the dual passive radiators work together for a bass boost
Take the party outside with Sony SRS XB40
2. Organise your party
If you’re having a big party, try to plan in advance and but try to keep the numbers realistic. Your house isn’t a tardis!
Lucky enough to have a garden or heading to a park? Make sure you check the weather forecast beforehand so you won’t be rained off.
Don’t spend all of your student loan on food and drink – get everyone to pitch in or bring their own. And put anything breakable out of reach so you won’t lose your house deposit.
3. Keep the neighbours on your side
Out of courtesy you might want to pop round to your neighbours to let them know you’re having a party. If you’re in halls, why not invite them along?
If your student house is in a non-student residential area, be mindful that not everyone has the energy to stay up all night partying – especially older people or parents with young kids.
4. Get the music sorted
Create a dedicated playlist on iTunes or Spotify with your housemates so that you don't have to play DJ all night. If the party has a theme, pick music to match.
Use wireless speakers so people can add their own mixes and new bands.
You might like:
- Throwback 90s R&B: Dr. Dre, Craig David, TLC
- R&B: Pharell Williams, Beyonce, John Legend
A Hand-picked playlist from Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo: Drake, The Ramones, Alpha Blondy
Bass drops: Avicii, Galantis, Aero Chord
5. Get your speaker set up
Decide where your speaker is going to go. The Sony SRS is lozenge shaped with dual passive radiators pumping out great sound and bass – despite its size.
A single charge can keep the tunes going for up to 24 hours - make sure it’s fully charged before the party though. A flat battery would really kill the vibe. Set a volume level you’re happy with and don’t go over it – you don’t want to give your neighbours a reason to complain, even if you did give them a heads-up beforehand.
6. Is your phone or tablet good to go?
Since your phone controls the music, you want to make sure:
- The battery is fully charged
- You have paired it with your speaker over Bluetooth
- The Bluetooth range has been tested – you normally have to keep the phone within 10-15 metres of the speaker
- You can access Spotify or iTunes from your phone