Power It, Pair It, Play It: Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker

Power It – Pair It – Play It. The Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker quite simply hits the nail on the head.

An audio solution that BuyCleverStuff have, in the past, struggled to find an answer for; this standalone, wireless, Bluetooth ceiling speaker, that only needs power and your device, to deliver outstanding audio to fill any room in your home with ease.

Introducing the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speaker

We’ve been on the lookout at BuyCleverStuff for a while for a unit such as this, that we could be truly confident in – and this impressive 6.5″ ceiling speaker, with built-in Bluetooth amplifier, finished with a smart slimline grille (which can be painted over to match your ceiling colour) ticks all the boxes.

The chief designer at Lithe Audio shares the same ethos as us, saying: “We work forwards from what our customer needs are, and not backwards from what the technology allows. Everything we sell must be simple and intuitive to use for everyone, from the developer to the whole family.”

Let’s give you a small taster of what to expect – and then we’ll dig a little deeper – watch below:

So where do we start? 50 watts RMS of power. Check. Kevlar woven woofer cone. Check. 1.2″ titanium directional tweeter. Check.

That’s a fair amount of power for a single speaker, but with the lightweight, strengthened Kevlar material, supported by a neat rubber-edged surround, the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker handles even the heaviest of bass should you push it.

Whilst at the other extreme, the finer details are there to be heard, just as Lithe Audio state, with “pin sharp clarity”. We really could try and expand on that statement, but we just can’t – this speaker will speak for itself when installed.

Talking of installation, one question we at BuyCleverStuff are always asked is how easy is it to install, and will an electrician be needed to install it.

With the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, you are supplied with transformer and mains plug, and if you want just a simple installation, that is all you need plus a hole cut out in your ceiling.

If you are not confident with this though and have an electrician installing lights already, it can be a lot easier to leave a professional to install it, and it won’t take long to put in place. It is also able to be connected to a lighting circuit if you wish, but again that would be best left to an electrician to install.

Another great feature is its ability to connect to an external source, such as your television for example. You will require connection of an RCA lead for this into the speaker, but it will still deliver the same high-level audio quality.

Why stop at just one speaker though? If you want a second speaker for those slightly larger rooms to really fill it with audio, a passive speaker (same specification minus Bluetooth) can be run alongside with an inclusive five metres of speaker cable to connect them together.

The 3mm thin discreet magnetically attached grille completes the speaker to give it a neat finish which, if painted over, will be almost invisible within whatever room you install – whether it’s in your lounge, kitchen or bedrooms.

We haven’t mentioned bathrooms there, and there’s a very good reason .There’s an IP44 rated version of the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, designed with this environment in mind, featuring a polypropylene woofer cone instead of woven Kevlar, so your speaker will withstand any splashes and moisture over time, yet still produce fantastic audio.

All of the above points we can vouch for, because as we do with any product that we have available on our website, we rigorously test it in house before we decide to offer it to our customers.

Amit Ravat, co-founder of Lithe Audio, explained the journey that he, and co-founder, Wesley Siu, undertook in producing this range of Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers: “We brought the product to market to solve a problem we encountered, we are both avid music listeners and in researching the ceiling speakers for our own homes, found it was virtually impossible to retrofit ceiling speakers in a existing property without major cost or disruption. All other systems required speaker cables run though walls or additional amplifiers or transmitters installing. Neither of which we wanted or could physically do.

“It quickly dawned on us in a world of digital streaming and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and our experience of lighting though our other company, Retrotouch, there was a simple solution; fully integrated Bluetooth wireless ceiling speakers with the amplifiers, transmitters and high quality speaker in a single,easy to install unit.

“We quickly realised our product would enable ceiling speakers to be fitted in properties new and old at an affordable cost and with quick and mess-free installation. Simply put, customers just ‘Power It, Pair It, Play It’

We could not agree more, which is why you can now purchase the brilliant Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speakers, with free Next Working Day Delivery in the UK (if ordered before 3pm Mon-Thurs), direct from BuyCleverStuff.

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How To Choose Your Perfect Ceiling Audio System

UPDATED (21/07/2016): At BuyCleverStuff we have been selling Ceiling Audio Systems for the Kitchen and Bathroom for many years, so we know the best solutions for our customers’ Ceiling Audio requirements. Our main product range features a number of brands that all cater in Ceiling Audio Systems, and at BuyCleverStuff, we test every product we stock so you have the best Integrated Ceiling Speaker Systems on the market to choose from.

What is the best Ceiling Speaker System for me?

Whilst we have a number of very popular products, it is always dependant on what your own personal needs and requirements are.

The Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speaker is a brilliant ceiling speaker solution that can be installed not just during the build process, but is easy to retro-fit as well. Simply power it, pair it, and play it. You only need your Bluetooth device such as a smartphone or tablet, works with any audio app you have, and will even allow connection to an external source such as a TV.

One popular product from our Ceiling Audio range is the KB Sound iSelect 5” DAB as it features 5” Two-Way Ceiling Speakers and Digital Radio tuner all incorporated into a module that is fitted into the ceiling above the speakers controlled via remote control.

A great feature of the KB iSelect series is the fact you can add either Bluetooth or a Wireless iPod Dock (you can unfortunately only connect one or the other) to the system allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your iPod or iPhone. Additionally the Wireless iPod Dock has a 3.5mm input located on the rear allowing you to play any audio source to the Ceiling Speakers wirelessly.

For customers looking to fit a Ceiling Radio into smaller rooms like a bathroom for example, then KB Sound offer a 2.5” version of the iSelect, all functions are the same on the iSelect 2.5″ but the speakers are smaller in size.

Building from the iSelect range is the Select BT – which removes the need for a remote control and is also expandable in a dual-zone set-up, meaning your audio can be played in two rooms should you wish.

For customers looking for a simple FM Radio without DAB Radio Tuner or iPod Dock functions then KB Sound have a couple of options, the first is the KB Sound Basic, which as the name suggests is an entry level product. The KB Sound Basic Ceiling Radio features a slimline magnetic remote control, pair of 2” White Ceiling Speakers together with an Integrated FM Radio Tuner, this system is perfect for smaller room no larger than 2 metres by 3 metres.

If you would like a remote control with an LCD display to tell you information such as the radio station playing, audio setting, etc. and choice of speaker colours then the KB Sound Plus would be the next Ceiling Speaker System with integrated FM Radio we offer, the KB Plus also has a higher wattage output than the KB Basic.

Bedroom En Suite Bathroom situations are again well equipped to utilise the KB Select BT as discussed previously, or we have the KB Sound Premium which is available in either FM or FM / DAB Radio Tuner versions, the KB Premium is the only unit from the KB Sound range that features a fascia panel to be placed on the wall which is around the same size as a double plug socket. The KB Sound Premium features as well as the integrated radio tuner a built-in alarm clock and LCD display, which is why it’s perfect as an En Suite Ceiling Audio Solution. Of course the KB Sound Premium could be used in many other rooms, however as the fascia panel is not waterproof it is not recommended for fitting within the bathroom.

Moving forward with in-wall panels are the fantastic E Series products from Systemline – the E50 and E100.

The Systemline E50 is a simple keypad with built-in Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs, both front and rear. Whilst it does not feature radio, you can always use radio apps found on your smartphone or tablet, and TV audio can be played through the system as well. The stunningly beautiful in-wall keypad finished in gloss black is touch controlled and also hand gesture controlled, meaning everything to play your audio just as you want it is all at your fingertips.

Its predecessor, the Systemline E100, as well as Bluetooth, it has FM and DAB radio included, and also features as OLED screen, but lacks having the touch-matrix to control, however a small remote control comes with the system.

All these units come bundled with Q Install Ceiling Speakers from the award-winning supplier, Q Acoustics, ensuring you get an incredible audio experience in your home.

What size of Ceiling Speaker do I need?

The size of speaker is sometimes a personal choice as you might not want to have large Ceiling Speakers within your room, however for smaller rooms around 2 metres by 3 metres we would suggest Ceiling Speakers no bigger than 2.5” as you might struggle to fit bigger Ceiling Speakers onto the ceiling without looking cluttered.

For customers with bigger rooms then really larger Ceiling Speaker should be considered like the ones found within the KB Sound iSelect 5” range, for rooms that are larger than 4 metres by 6 metres additional speakers should be added to get the best from your Ceiling Audio System, contact our experts to advise the best solutions for your needs.

What is a Two-Way Ceiling Speaker?

You many have read that some of our speakers are Two-Way Ceiling Speakers, but you might not understand what that means. The simply way to explain would be to say they have a separate Sub Woofer, just like many surround sound systems feature, to go into more detail a Two-Way Ceiling Speaker simply has two separate speaker drivers within each speaker, each of these speakers performs a different role in creating the music you hear.

One of these speaker drivers is for low frequencies (bass) to give you a rich warm sound, and then the speaker has another driver for the mid – high frequencies (treble) to ensure that you hear all the detail within the music you are listening too.

If you are looking at one our Integrated Ceiling Speaker Systems that does not have the Two-Way Ceiling Speakers they have a single speaker driver which does all frequencies, normally a Two-Way Ceiling Speakers would give you a richer sound with better separation of the sound. Contact our experts if you would like to know more about this.

Do I need an extra antenna with my Ceiling Radio System?

Although all our systems come with short wire antennas, we would recommend if you are in a poor reception area the purchase of an additional antenna to ensure the best quality reception. For DAB Ceiling Radios we always recommend the DAB Antenna Kit and we offer a bundle on these accessories, see product details for further information.

I have heard that FM Radio will be switched off, so is it worth buying a FM Radio?

There has been a lot of information publicised and articles about FM Radio reception getting switched off, most of this information is incorrect and we have separate information on the FM and DAB switch over, which can be read here: DAB Radio and the “switch-over” – some questions clarified.

Compare: KB Sound – iSelect versus Select BT

KB Sound strives to deliver the best audio systems available, and their latest Ceiling Speaker System is the next evolution in Bluetooth audio; the Select BT.

Despite being a very similar product to the iSelect (with Bluetooth), the Select BT stands out mainly for being app-controlled.

Both have their place, but it’s still tough to decide which system is best for you. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of the two KB Sound products – available to buy now at BuyCleverStuff.

iSelect

First, a brief history of the KB Sound iSelect.

It actually follows from its predecessor the KB Sound Select. That also featured a Radio Tuner with Amplifier and White Remote Control (with Keypad and LCD Screen).

In its current guise though, the KB Sound iSelect is a Ceiling Speaker Amplifier with built in radio tuner, which can be either FM Radio only, or dual FM and DAB Radio.

In addition, the iSelect will allow for either a Wireless 30 Pin Apple iPhone / iPod Dock or a Bluetooth Receiver. The latter is most popular nowadays due to the development of Apple’s Lightning connector which makes the dock more difficult to use.

The iSelect is available with 2.5” Ceiling Speakers or 5” Ceiling Speakers, powers either one pair or two pairs of Ceiling Speakers from its amplifier positioned in the ceiling void.

This hidden in-ceiling radio amplifier leaves all your cables in the ceiling void, taking away the need to run cables down walls.

With the optional Wireless iPhone Dock or Bluetooth Receiver, the product then allows you to play music from your own devices to the Ceiling Speakers. The included remote control you can pause, play, skip music from the connected device.

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Select BT

Whilst similar in name with the discontinued KB Sound Select, the KB Sound Select BT is an all new product.

Utilising for the first time the KB Sound App, you have full App Control meaning no need for a remote control – just your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android download).

This means that for the like-for-like iSelect product with FM Radio and Bluetooth Receiver, the Select BT is a fantastic lower cost and integrates your current mobile technology even further.

The Select BT is currently only available with FM Radio Tuner and Bluetooth Receiver built in, it currently does not have a DAB Radio option and will not allow for Wireless Apple iPhone / iPod Dock connectivity.

However, put your Bluetooth to good use (alongside your mobile data or Wi-Fi connection) it can work alongside internet radio and music streaming apps meaning almost as much audio as you like!

As per the KB Sound iSelect, the KB Sound Select BT is available in standard kit form with 2.5” Ceiling Speakers or 5” Ceiling Speakers, but it goes even further with 6″ Ceiling Speakers also available.

Not only that, but there is another little trick up its sleeve – it’s dual zone audio amplifier configuration.

This dual zone option is controlled via the KB Sound App, to work in conjunction with the Select BT amplifier. The addition of EIS Ceiling Speakers as a secondary slave audio output, you can now have more than two pairs of Ceiling Speakers. This allows you to expand into a second room should wish, and turn them on and off independently.

We currently only offer 6” Ceiling Speakers for the dual zone option on the Select BT. These 6” speakers, as a pair, each contain an active speaker (with their own audio amplifier) and a passive speaker. That means up to four pairs of speakers to be connected, power remains constant and it is not limited to two pairs of speakers as with the KB Sound iSelect.

The other benefit with the Select BT is that it also has a higher power output than the iSelect model. Therefore, the unit is able to provide higher volume levels and maintain greater clarity when playing richer sounding music. If selecting the 6” Ceiling Speakers Select BT bundles, you will find this even more enhanced. That’s due to these speakers being a higher quality than the 2.5” or 5” speakers found in the standard KB Sound bundles.

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Select BT vs iSelect
KB Sound – Comparing iSelect against Select BT

Hopefully now you have more understanding about the development, similarities, and differences of the KB Sound iSelect and Select BT.

In summary:

  • iSelect is ideal for consumers looking to have a remote control with optional DAB radio, and without Bluetooth as standard.
  • Select BT does have Bluetooth but only FM Radio, is App controlled, perfect for those streaming music predominantly via Bluetooth.
  • Looking to run more than two pairs of Ceiling Speakers or wishing to play the same music across two rooms? The Select BT with 6” Ceiling Speakers is an ideal product for that environment due to the dual zone feature.

1 Bluetooth range is entirely dependant on surrounding wall and ceiling construction, this and together with other interference real work range maybe less.
2 On the iSelect it is possible via an on-wall speaker switch to enable and disable a pair of speakers on the system, this, however, is not controlled via Remote or App.
3 It is recommend not running more than four pairs of speakers on the slave side.
4 Please note that wattage figures given are RMS values and not to be confused with some manufacturers higher peak wattage figures (PMPO) – click here to read more about this. In addition, all of EIS Ceiling Speakers are very sensitive and therefore do not require high amplifier wattages to power them.
5 When using Active / Passive EIS 6” Ceiling Speakers with built in amplifier.

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***UPDATED – 6th July 2017*** Whilst it may only be a few pence difference – if you place an order over £399.97 will be eligible for an interest free payment option through our website – meaning there are even more chances to spread payments on more products!

If you’re renovating a new house or room, we know budgets can be a little stretched and may put you off purchasing the audio or visual solution you really want – but at BuyCleverStuff, we’re here to give you a helping hand with our fantastic interest free payment options that can be tailored to you, allowing your dream space to be completed as you imagined simply by spreading the cost.

When you place an order for over £399.97, we have a range of interest free payment options available. You can choose how much you wish to pay upfront (between 10-50% of the total order value), and then the length of time in which you would like to settle the remaining balance.

That means you could buy a Sonos CONNECT:AMP or Systemline E100 Bluetooth Amplifier with any pairing of Q Acoustics Q Install Ceiling Speakers TODAY, pay just a 10% deposit, and with small monthly payments over the course of either six or twelve months, you can enjoy an incredible audio experience without the worry of one large purchase!

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