Unveiling the BuyCleverStuff Demonstration Showroom

In May 2015, BuyCleverStuff moved into new premises in order to grow as a business, and with it came one major new addition in the form of a new demonstration showroom in our office.

It has long been our intention to create a space where we can install products that we stock, for customers to visit and view them in realistic kitchen and bathroom environments, and also somewhere we can produce in-house product videos to post online.

We know that our customers have wanted this too for some time with many requests to visit to see and hear the products we stock beyond our main purchase website, so we decided we would do just that.

As you can see from the timeline of images below, it’s been a very interesting, and lengthy, process from the room we originally started out with, together with the design concepts and planning, the hard work put into constructing and decorating of the room and finally the installation of products to complete the transformation.

So there you have it – from a room that was bare brickwork but for a carpet and radiator, into an adaptable space for our kitchen and bathroom audio visual products. We can now showcase to our customers our available products first hand or through our upcoming in-depth YouTube videos to allow for better understanding, more than ever, of everything you need to know when it comes to audio visual within your home.

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Compare: What Differences Between E100 and E200?

With the arrival of the new Systemline E100 DAB+ / FM / Bluetooth music system, where does that now leave its predecessor the E200?

On the face of it there seems to be little real difference, but to make it easier for you to understand just what one and the other do and what stands them apart, here’s a simple venn diagram to illustrate:

Systemline E100 and Systemline E200

 

Main Standout E100 Features

  • Helpful, colour-coded speaker cable to aid with installation

Two seven metre lengths of speaker cable come inclusive of the pack, one green and one blue, which are highlighted within the instruction manuals to help with connecting and wiring ceiling speakers.

  • Larger OLED Screen

With the E100, the in wall panel features a clearer and more defined OLED screen compared to the matrix style screen of the E200 together with a larger screen.

  • IP54 Rated

It has been cleared to be fitted within a bathroom, outside of Zone 2, and with condition of silicone sealant around the unit. If fitted correctly, it can be a welcome addition to any bathroom.

  • Inclusive remote control

Another development with the E100 compared to the E200 is the inclusive remote control to switch between preset radio stations, volume up and down, mute and of course turning the system on and off.

  • DAB+ Radio

DAB+ Radio differs from standard DAB in that it support AAC+ audio codec and provides higher quality audio than just standard DAB.Reception is also more robust through DAB+ transmitters. It also allows for installation internationally if DAB+ is the standard digital radio frequency used, which it commonly is, meaning it is great for holiday homes or properties if planning to move abroad.

  • Self-contained into one UK double gang back box

Needing to run network cable elsewhere to the E200’s amplifier hub, and RCA cable to the separate Bluetooth Receiver could be problematic at times, however now this has been overcome with the E100 by bringing together those components for one simple in-wall solution. You will require a double gang back box that is slightly deeper than normal.

  • Integrated Bluetooth

Following on from the point that this in wall panel is self-contained, it must be stressed about not having to rely upon the QED uPlay Plus Bluetooth Receiver as is found with the E200. If installing multiple E100 systems in the home, you can rename the Bluetooth receiver to identify which particular system you are pairing up with, such as “Lounge”, “Kitchen”, “Bathroom etc. – an extremely useful feature.

  • 18W Per Channel

20% more power per channel compared to that of the E200’s amplifier, meaning more sound to fill your space.

Systemline E100 Bluetooth FM / DAB+ Radio System & 6.5″ Qi65CB Ceiling Speakers
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Main Standout E200 Features

  • DAB Radio

It is the generic standard of Digital Audio Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, and the E200 is designed to receive DAB transmissions only – not DAB+. DAB Radios are not forward compatible with DAB+, and whilst DAB+ stations and transmissions may one day be more prevalent in the UK, it is not at this moment thought to be rolled out as standard owing to the cost of new transmitters and sheer number of current DAB radios that would be made redundant.

  • Separate Bluetooth Receiver & Hub

As the in wall panel is not integrated with Bluetooth receiver or amplifier hub, it does mean they need to be sited away from the panel in the wall. The QED uPlay Plus Bluetooth Receiver is also preferred to be installed within the room in order to perform the required pairing procedure outlined in its instructions.

  • CAT5 Network Cable Required

CAT5 Network Cable is required to connect the in wall panel to the amplifier hub. It is able to run at a standard wiring of 5m, of which is included within the basic pack, or the ability to run a length of 10m non-standard wired CAT5 network cable is possible. Whilst there is directives as to how to wire a non-standard cable, it can be quite difficult and not to mention expensive, which is why at BuyCleverStuff we are able to provide this non-standard 10m Cat5 Network Cable ready-made to make your installation easier.

  • Line Out: Perfect For Sub Zone Setup

This is the main consideration for selecting the E200 over the E100. With line out featured on the amplifier hub, you can effectively set up sub zones for other areas of your home by connecting to another system via line in. To be able to control Bluetooth across two rooms via the E200 gives the ability to do more with the system compared to that of the E100 which is without this line out.

  • 15W Per Channel

17% less power per channel compared to that of the E100’s amplifier, however, you will still have a significant amount of audio filling your room at this rating, and it must be taking into account that creating sub zones with the E200 means it can do more as a system going forward should you which

Systemline E200 Bluetooth FM / DAB Radio System & 6.5″ Qi65CB Ceiling Speakers

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Main Standout Features of Both Systems

  • FM Radio

The ability to receive FM Radio comes as standard with both systems.

  • Two lengths of seven metre speaker cable

Whilst it is standard with both the E100 and E200, the only varying difference is that with the E100 system it is colour-coded to help with installation.

  • Audio line in

Useful if needing to connect any other external source you may want to link up.

The Systemline E200 can also be used with an external iDock which can be fitted alongside the in-wall panel and connected via CAT5 instead of choosing the Bluetooth option. However, it must be noted that use of any Apple device within the iDock must feature a 30-pin connection. As 30-pin connections by Apple are now not produced, we do not recommend this route, considering Bluetooth is the cheaper, and simpler, route to follow. If you do require any more information, see our related post on 30-pin connections.

Should you require any further help, or have any more questions about these systems, how to go further with the E200 as a sub zone option, or any other query surrounding our available Systemline E Series systems email: Expert@BuyCleverStuff.co.uk

Advice: Understanding RMS & PMPO with Ceiling Speakers

“What does it sound like?”

“How loud are those speakers?”

“What is the volume like compared to those other ones I’ve looked at?”

If we had a pound for every time someone emailed or called us asking those questions, we’d give up selling audio visual systems and retire to the Bahamas. Don’t panic – we won’t though. Not yet anyway.

Here with the BuyCleverStuff blog, we hope to help address some of the problems and give answers to ceiling speaker questions such as this to help your search for ceiling speaker systems.

When it comes to audio power and speaker quality, it can be a very difficult thing to try and explain over an email, across the telephone and even more problematic to explain in a YouTube video – as you still won’t “hear” the quality of sound as you’re listening through your own device’s speakers.

We do have a showroom with a number of speakers installed, which you are always welcome to arrange a visit with us to listen to, and get hands on with the products we have on offer, but for the time being, let’s get to the heart of the matter.

  • PMPO versus RMS

Two initialisms you may have seen as you’ve gone about researching ceiling speakers and their audio quality – but what do they stand for?

PMPO = Peak Music Power Output / Peak Momentary Power Output

RMS = Root Mean Square

So what do they actually mean?

Let’s start with PMPO – quite simply it means very little.

In fact, it’s usually a marketing ploy to make the product sound fantastic, which for a microcosm of a second it is, but we hazard a guess you’d prefer your audio to sound fantastic over a much longer period of time.

PMPO is exactly what it is, a peak output in one hit – think of it when you have volume turned up to the maximum without realising and you have no other alternative but to turn it down. That’s PMPO in perspective.

It looks a great number to have on the box and on the description, often stated as being anything from five to ten times (depending entirely on how the company’s marketing department work out their own random formula to make it sound as impressive as possible) the actual RMS figure, but it will not continuously run at that output over a longer period of time. If it did, chances are you’d be left with a broken speaker very quickly; in short, don’t believe the hype of PMPO.

RMS, however, plots a number of different points on the same wave form to give a more accurate and realistic reading of power handling when it comes to your ceiling speakers.

This is more continuous and based over a longer period of time, rather than a wildly based and unreliable figure to base things on when it comes to the power – and reliability – of your speakers.

At BuyCleverStuff we will always endeavour to give you the RMS and not PMPO of our available ceiling speakers. Giving our customers the best advice and guidance is something we always strive to do which is why hope to develop in the very near future, a more comprehensive method and comparison of our range of ceiling speakers on offer beyond RMS so you consider what your future ceiling speaker system purchase will be with confidence.