Spring has sprung and, with the warmer weather here, plans to spend more time on patios and in backyards are sure to be on your radar.

Whether you choose to enjoy the more agreeable temperatures with a barbeque and friends, or with an elegant outdoor soirée, or simply lounging under your pergola, there’s no reason to give up the pleasures of music or video.

However, if you choose to have these conveniences outdoors, the issue of audio and video solutions suitable for an exterior environment requires attention. As anyone who has tried can tell you, indoor electronics are not built for outdoor use.

Fortunately, both audio and video manufacturers are producing a wide array of products to fill this particular niche.

On the TV front, one of the best-known manufacturers of outdoor devices is Sunbrite, makers of outdoor televisions of exceptional durability. Their Signature series offers a weatherproof model with a powder-coated exterior that provides protection against the elements.

A step up from this, Sunbrite also offers the Pro series that, while including features seen in the Signature series, is designed with a multi-fan airflow system, allowing the television to operate in temperatures from 40 below up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

This model eliminates issues relating to intense light by incorporating features such as anti-reflective glass.

Séura, a company with a reputation for preserving design aesthetic via its line of “vanishing mirror displays,” is another company with a sizable footprint in the field of outdoor TVs.

Recognizing that outdoor technology is known for a robust and industrial look, their outdoor TVs feature seamless glass facings, beveled edges, aluminum mitered frames and tapered profiles, appealing to those interested in both form and function.

While these companies provide video solutions, manufacturers such as Sonance and James toss their hats into the arena of outdoor audio, providing systems comprised of small satellite speakers and below-ground subwoofers, featuring all weather materials that can be hidden among plants and under foliage.

Another company providing outdoor systems is Soundcast, manufacturing speakers capable of providing a big sound in outdoor environments, while being fully portable.

Perfect for deck and backyard parties, these designs feature rechargeable batteries lasting up to 20 hours, and Bluetooth technology. It’s a simple task to push your favorite music from MP3 player or smartphone to these compact yet powerful speakers.

The options for outdoor audio and video sit in a wide spectrum of variability. Visit your local audio video showroom to see demos, and for help with the smart solution to your needs.

Carlos Ramos is the sales and marketing manager with Custom Audio Video in Bluffton.