BuyCleverStuff - a Lithe Audio Pro Partner

Lithe Audio Pro Partner Status Awarded To BuyCleverStuff

It’s official, BuyCleverStuff is now officially one of the first new certified experts to be named as a Lithe Audio Pro Partner.

We know just how popular Lithe Audio products are across homes in the United Kingdom, and our customers keep coming back for more.

Which is why, we are proud to bear their Pro Partner – Certified Product Experts logo on ALL of the product range on our website.

There’s a few great reasons why we have received this highest level of recommendation:

UK TOP SELLER OF LITHE AUDIO

We’re one of the biggest retailers in the United Kingdom when it comes down to Lithe Audio.

We have sold their products in droves since its first product release, the award-winning Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, back in June 2016.

WE HOLD STOCK FOR NEXT DAY DELIVERY

Exactly this.

We hold a consistent amount of stock to keep all of our customers happy with free and fast next working day UK delivery. No questions, straight to your door. This means you could order before 3pm, and have everything installed before next midday if all is quick enough!

RENAMING SERVICE & EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

We offer a completely free renaming service for Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker set-ups.

What does that mean? You can have a completely unique and identifiable name for each speaker in your home if you wish.

Want to make them compatible for use with home automation products such as Amazon Echo and Google Home devices? We can do that too!

The incredible team over at Lithe Audio also knows just how good our product knowledge is (we were on hand looking at the very first prototypes!)

We have an annual MOT about the products too so we can give you all the advice you need!

So what does that means for you as a customer?

Simply put – because we’re a Pro Partner – our customers get things they won’t get anywhere else when it comes to Lithe Audio!

Exclusive extended 3 year warranty

Incredible exclusive seasonal offers

Dedicated technical support that you can trust

Systemline Elite Partner

BuyCleverStuff becomes official Systemline Elite Partner

BuyCleverStuff are proud to announce that it is now an official Systemline Elite Partner for 2018 and beyond.

This means customers will receive even more exclusive benefits when they purchase any Systemline product from BuyCleverStuff online.

Only trusted suppliers and partners are given this “Elite Partner” status, so always consider buying Systemline direct from us first before going anywhere else online.

Benefits

Systemline, as standard, offer a two-year warranty on their branded goods. However, any Systemline purchase via BuyCleverStuff made from Thursday 1st March 2018 entitles customers to an extra 12 month warranty without registration!

As a Systemline “Elite Partner”, we can offer Systemline packages exclusive to us that standard sellers, both online and in shops, do not have.

BuyCleverStuff - Systemline Elite Partner
Official Systemline Elite Partner – BuyCleverStuff

Some standard sellers may claim they sell these packages but not with our exclusive warranty terms – and certainly will not provide the outstanding Five-Star support that BuyCleverStuff has for over a decade been renowned for!

With the superb Systemline E50 and Systemline E100 bundled together perfectly with ceiling speakers, we’re sure at BuyCleverStuff we will have the right home audio solution for you.

Keep your eyes peeled over at BuyCleverStuff on our main shopping site, here on our blog as well as our social media channels for news of our exclusive Systemline “Elite Partner” offerings!

Official Audio Supplier to Woodford United FC

BuyCleverStuff becomes Official Audio Supplier to Woodford United FC

BuyCleverStuff is proud to announce that we are now the official Audio Supplier to Northamptonshire non-League side, Woodford United FC.

Woodford United FC, whose Men’s First Team play their football in the Northamptonshire Combination Football League Premier Division, were on the lookout for an audio system to integrate in their main clubhouse, which was being renovated over the off-season, for use before and after games as well as for functions and other events.

When they contacted BuyCleverStuff, and the conversation turned to where and for what purpose the system was being used, it was by chance that BuyCleverStuff’s Marketing Manager, and former sports journalist, Rob Jeffries, was on the call.

“After speaking with Dean Haynes from Woodford United FC, and with my significant level of interest in sport, particularly grassroots sport, I was keen to take the time to talk with Dean about what their needs were and also a lot more about the club,” Rob said.

Partnership

“Whilst on the call, I took a look online at the history of the club, and also took on board the words of Dean and how the club wishes to progress over the next few years – and that’s when we decided to see if we could make our first real partnership with a sports team here at BuyCleverStuff, and as the Official Audio Supplier, it is a significant step for us.

“We cater to every possible scenario for Home Audio Visual solutions – whether that is for homes, businesses, or other similar organisations.

“Grassroots football, and clubs that are at the heart of the community, as Woodford United FC are, are vital to support, and there is the constant need for locals to support their sides in every way that they can, whatever team it is.

“Whether that is going to the games on Saturday afternoons as a spectator, volunteering behind the scenes with kit washing and social media, someone to make the utterly important halftime tea and coffee; anything to help is what this level of football, and the knock-on effect for local areas, needs.”

Proud Supplier to Woodford United FC
Official Audio Supplier to Woodford United FC

Systemline E50

The agreement as Official Audio Supplier saw BuyCleverStuff advise and provide Woodford United FC’s clubhouse with a brand new Systemline E50 with Two Pairs of 6.5″ PLM3 Ceiling Speakers.

It is perfect for use in such an area where fans will be able to be entertained pre and post-match, that connect either to Woodford United FC’s own music via Bluetooth or play through whatever is featured on their big screens using the ports on the rear of the Systemline E50.

The PLM3 Ceiling Speakers are also IP-rated so when the champagne flows for league and cup wins, the speakers need not to worry!

Rob went on to say: “BuyCleverStuff are extremely proud to support Woodford United FC and are more than happy to help the club in this way with our advice and products.

“To provide a system such as this which we know will be ideal to play the perfect celebration playlists after Woodford United FC victories – we’re honoured that Woodford United FC came to us and that we could work with the club in this way.

“Rest assured, as Official Audio Supplier, we are on hand for anyone connected to Woodford United FC, and beyond, with any future projects we can help with.”

At BuyCleverStuff, we wish all the very best to Woodford United FC for the remainder of this Men’s season, as well as the promising Women’s side who are growing their supporter base rapidly – we look forward to seeing the whole club’s progress over the next few years.

Proud Supplier to Woodford United FC
Pride of place in the list of Woodford United FC partnerships

No Deposit Required Interest Free Payments at BuyCleverStuff

Buying from BuyCleverStuff is now as easy as 1, 2, 3 – thanks to our fantastic new 0% interest free credit options from V12 Retail Finance on purchases of £250 or more!

We know that if you are in the process of refurbishing or building a home, that costs can stack up quickly and sometimes making the dream purchases to complete your new space can be put on the back burner.

However, with our brilliant, and easier than ever before, 0% interest free payment options, you can get the products you want next day and pay for them later in whatever way suits you by spreading the cost.

We’ve even lowered the total order value to £250 for your order to be eligible for this interest free option!

How It Works

Simply spend more than £250 in one transaction. If you want to kit out your whole home with amazing audiovisual, this could be just for you. If you wish to make a payment up front, you can. Finally, choose whichever option of 3, 6, 9, 10 or 12 months to repay the remainder with 0% interest free payments.

That means you could buy a Systemline E100 bundle, KB Sound SOUNDAROUND In-Wall Multiroom WiFi System (or one for every room in your home) TODAY, pay nothing (unless you wish to pay a small deposit), receive next day (for mainland UK customers) and only start to pay from the following month, leaving you to get on without the worry of paying it off all in one go!

Not forgetting our free Next Working Day Delivery for Mainland UK Customers, with this useful Interest Free Credit option, we’re making purchasing your perfect solution as hassle-free as possible.

How To Select Interest Free Payments

  1. Select everything you want to purchase
  2. In your basket, click “Checkout Securely” to head to checkout
  3. Enter your personal details including billing and shipping addresses
  4. Check over again the items you are ordering before selecting the payment method.
  5. If selecting Interest Free from V12 Retail Finance, select a deposit (if allowed) and then number of months over which to pay.
  6. You’ll be sent to V12 Retail Finance’s site where you can view the terms.
  7. Complete the application via V12 Retail Finance. You may need to repeat some details already entered, but it is a very simple, standard process. It is only complete after you have confirmed via an electronic signature – please ensure this is fully completed.

Interest Free Credit Example
Finance: 0% APR Typical
Cash Price: £599.97
Deposit: £0
Loan amount – £599.97 repayable over :
12 Months at £49.99 – Total repayable – £599.97

Written quotations available upon request, finance subject to status and available to persons aged 18 and over. Finance provided by V12 Retail Finance Limited. Registered in England and Wales 4585692.

*Monthly payment terms dependant on order value.

The Slow Mo Guys Do Audio Visual

The Slow Mo Guys: All Things Audio Visual (In Slow Motion)

Thursday morning we were looking on our YouTube channel at our latest product video we had uploaded for the soundmaster RCD1770 Portable FM / DAB Radio CD Player. Then up popped at the side a recommended video of The Slow Mo Guys filming paint ‘jumping’ in a speaker.

Needless to say, the first hour in the office this morning was essentially lost as we all huddled around one screen to watch that and even more of their enthralling videos out there on the Internet.

For those who don’t know about The Slow Mo Guys, they are a young British duo called Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, and they film things in slow motion (if you hadn’t already guessed from their channel name…).

They’ve been on YouTube since 2010, and use Phantom digital high-speed cameras to capture all the action, and with their YouTube channel now having over nine and a half MILLION subscribers, they are one of the most popular channels on the site – and put simply, a couple of awesome dudes!

Gavin has also worked on a number of high-profile projects on the small and big screen using slow motion footage – Top Gear and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows are amongst his working credits.

After the sixth video though this morning, we had to stop and get back on with work, but we decided to get Rob in the BuyCleverStuff office to put together a YouTube playlist of The Slow Mo Guys’ best audio visual slow-motion videos.

So if you have the next hour to spend doing nothing, then why not watch these fellas in action destroying CDs, using speakers incorrectly, and mesmerising you with AV in a way that you did not think was possible…we don’t recommend doing this with your purchases from us though.

In fact, we suggest you do not try any of this at home – especially as some videos from The Slow Mo Guys on the playlist are EXTREMELY dangerous (shards of CDs are not nice at all in the face – we assume?).

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and speaking of videos our Lithe Audio competition is still on Facebook, running until the end of August 2017 – so enter now!

(Image: The Slow Mo Guys/Facebook; The Slow Mo Guys/YouTube)

Smart Speakers In Homes Mean Owners Listen To More Music

Smart Speaker Owners Now Listen To “More Music” Study Shows

A recent study by Edison Research has found that homes have more music in them than before, thanks to having a smart speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.

The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research has revealed that around 70% of smart-speaker owners say they are listening to more audio at home since purchasing their device.

Other key numbers show that:

  • 65% of smart speaker owners would not go back to life without such a device
  • 42% say it is “essential” in their day-to-day lives
  • Eight out of ten parents say it is easier to entertain their children as a result of a smart speaker

These findings have come from group samples in the United States of America, but another study by Verto Analytics at the end of 2016 showed that 81% of Brits own a smartphone compared to 68% of Americans.

And with the increasing popularity in smart speakers in the United Kingdom (particularly with the Apple HomePod available from Christmas 2017) it could mean here this side of the Atlantic we’re even more fanatical about having audio in the home!

Lithe Audio to Amazon Echo Dot Connection
Connect Lithe Audio to Amazon Echo Dot
Keene KLAB Xpress to Amazon Echo Dot
Pair Easily An Amazon Echo Dot to Keene KLAB Xpress

Both the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker and the Keene KLAB Xpress – available at BuyCleverStuff – have the ability to connect and pair with Amazon Echo Dot.

This is an easy and simple way of integrating the same smart home technology cheaply, but utilising systems and other speakers for an even better audio experience.

Once you have one room catered for with smart technology, then it’s more than likely you may want to put elsewhere around the home.

The reason being? 45% of owners of a current smart speaker are expecting to purchase another some time in the future. Renovating a whole property? Installing and integrating smart tech in all rooms in one may then be the way to go.

Don’t forget as well that not only will these systems work fantastically at controlling your audio, but for other home automation such as lighting, heating, security systems and more.

So to bring your home up to speed, integrate smart home tech with brilliant Bluetooth ceiling speakers from BuyCleverStuff!

KB Sound SOUNDAROUND – Facebook LIVE Demonstration

The latest in Multiroom Audio has arrived in the UK in the form of the KB Sound SOUNDAROUND and Rob gave it a test run in the BuyCleverStuff Showroom, streamed live on our Facebook page.

If you missed it, we’ve added it to our YouTube page and you can view it right here below:

KB Sound SOUNDAROUND

We know Multiroom Audio is becoming a popular consideration when it comes to integrating music in the home. Whilst there are other products to the KB Sound SOUNDAROUND, we’re sure you’ll find this to suit your own personal needs and definitely your budget – as well as blowing the minds of your friends and family.

Get Social

Don’t forget, we have plenty of other videos and other content on our Facebook page, so like, share and follow us there. We have some really exciting things coming up soon via our social channels which we’re sure you’ll want to know about!

Also subscribe right here to our YouTube channel! You’ll find all our video content, from mini product videos, achieved content and lots more in the way of ‘How-To’ guides coming up in the future.

Fire Safety: Do I Need To Buy Speaker Hoods?

After the tragic events seen in London with Grenfell Tower, and the heart-breaking stories to come from it, fire safety is on everyone’s mind.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the fire and hope all get the resources and support needed.

Fire Safety at BuyCleverStuff

Fire safety, and general safety is at the forefront for us at BuyCleverStuff with our systems.

From customers being able use them safely, and installers installing them safely too.

One particular aspect is that of the installation, advice and guidelines surrounding ceiling speakers.

Regulations

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) receives many enquiries from designers and installers regarding the latest understanding of installation regulations..

Commonly asked are: if an electrician installs one or more recessed down-lighters or speakers in a location such as a domestic home kitchen, for example, what degree of fire resistance is required? In fact, is any degree of fire resistance actually required?

The basic understanding of the regulations is that it is the home owners and installers responsibility to take steps to maintain these properties when installing equipment within the fabric of the building.

And that is what the problem can be. It is argued that measures should be taken no matter where in the building speakers or down-lighters are to be installed.

Advice

We cannot advise more than what regulations state – when it comes to ceiling speaker systems, consider fire hoods if required. More than likely now though, you may feel the need to have them installed as a prerequisite.

All electrical products, from reputable retailers, are rigorously tested. However, accidents do happen. If preventative measures are in place to best prevent them then this will give you peace of mind.

We stock fire hoods available to fit our ceiling speaker systems, regulation compliant, and priced fairly. We’re looking at other fire hoods to include to have as full a range for customers to choose from.

If there is a brand you have been recommended then please contact us through our main shopping site. We will endeavour to find out more and if we can get supply and a price.

Wireless Audio

The True Meaning Of Wireless Audio

There tends to be a lot of confusion with the word ‘wireless’ when it comes to home audio ceiling speaker systems.

Let’s dispel a few myths though to give you a clearer understanding so you can find the right solution for you.

There is increasing interest in having ‘wireless’ speakers. Whether that is a portable speaker, a home HiFi system or through ceiling speakers – it’s the must-have product.

‘Wireless’ Audio Connection

First thing first – the way in which you can connect for audio is the one major factor in any system.

When we talk about ‘wireless’ connection, it is how the device you play from connects. In this instance, you have two main ‘wireless’ connections; Bluetooth and WiFi.

Bluetooth

The concept of Bluetooth has been around since the early 1990s. It has been an integral component of mobile phones for almost two decades, more so for handsfree use in cars.

Connecting via Bluetooth is really simple when connecting for audio purposes.

Within your device settings you’ll find the option for Bluetooth – select to switch it on and it will search for devices nearby.

Bluetooth works within a range of around ten metres. There are range extenders, but these can see a drop in signal strength, so stick to what it can do.

Normally, the device you want to connect to will have a clear name to identify it, check your manuals if you’re unsure. Select it, and it will either connect automatically or you may need a PIN code to connect. Once connected, you can then enjoy whatever audio apps, streaming services or stored music library with ease.

WiFi

WiFi can work in exactly the same way as Bluetooth, but it does depend on whether your audio system is WiFi enabled or not.

For example, Sonos is one of the market leaders for WiFi connection and the ability to play multiroom audio.

They rely on your home WiFi connection, the same way as some printers that can print wirelessly. It means you can go beyond the limited ten metres of Bluetooth and with a more stable connection.

Simply make sure your device is connected to WiFi and open up the app on your device that controls your audio system. It really is that easy! Sonos allows for integration of a range of streaming services (Spotify/Apple Music/Deezer etc.) and your own stored audio. You can even access radio streaming apps through the Sonos app.

Look out for more direct WiFi connecting systems in the very near future with developments in the pipeline.

‘Wireless’ Speakers

This is where we put to rest what is and is not a ‘wireless’ speaker and break down any real confusion.

“It has cables? That’s not wireless…”

Currently, the vast majority of our audio systems require speaker cable to a connecting amplifier needing power. Some do not – some are literally are a speaker with a built in/built on amplifier (which still needs power).

The former statement you can argue is not entirely ‘wireless’. And that is where the confusion often lies.

Many customers confuse the meaning of ‘wireless’ system with ‘wireless’ connection.

At BuyCleverStuff, our aim is to provide systems that allow you to play audio without a cable from your device to the speaker.

‘Wireless’ wired system

With some ceiling speaker systems, speaker cables (wires) need to run from an amplifier that sits above in the void (KB Sound). You can also cables run across and down a wall to a keypad (Systemline / Clever Little Box / Keene / King BT).

All will need mains power to them, either from a spur or from a break out to a plug socket. This is a great option if you are at first fix in your property before plastering.

Whether the connection is Bluetooth or WiFi, in this set up, you will have a ‘wireless’ connection for devices with a ‘wired’ discreet system that hides cables behind walls.

‘Wireless’ wireless system

Some ceiling speakers though have an amplifier built into and on them.

They do need one power cable to get it to work. They DO NOT take batteries.

Could you imagine wanting to change a bulk load of giant D batteries in your ceiling every other week? That is essentially what you would need to do with the power some amplifiers output – so mains power needs to be used.

Usually, it is a single speaker with the amplifier built in to it. You can expand to a second speaker if you wish – especially with the Lithe Audio products. Only then would you need a speaker cable simply to connect from one speaker to the other – and one cable/wire at that!

This built in option (without a second passive non-powered speaker) gives you a ‘wireless’ connection for devices and ‘wireless’ system – just a power cable.

Hopefully that has now explained the meanings of ‘wireless’ when it comes to our home audio systems available from BuyCleverStuff.

Not sure how many speakers you need? Check out our previous article on this to help you out room size-wise.

Room Size Help Guide For Ceiling Speakers

Simple Room Size Guide For Ceiling Speakers

Having a full understanding of just how your ceiling speaker system will work and how to get the best out of it is a great knowledge to have, particularly with a guide for ceiling speakers and a suitable room size.

You may have read in our previous article which showed this and gave a full explanation on how to decide on which ceiling speakers and where you position them.

However, we also know some of our customers just want a simple answer and an easier way to decide.

So with that, here we have some practical examples of rooms and suggested speaker sizes.

In addition we are now adding search filters relating to these to our website to help our customers select the correct ceiling speaker system.

Average UK Room Sizes

We have based our room sizes on a number of plans from high-profile UK homebuilders, including longer narrow rooms such as converted open-plan kitchen diners. Although not a definitive list, it gives a good approximation:

Average Room Sizes 1 (Redrow 2016)
1) Example of an average UK home and room size (Redrow 2016)
Average Home Sizes 2 (Redrow 2016)
2) Example of an average UK home and room size (Redrow 2016)
  • Lounge / Living Room – 5m x 3.5m
  • Large – Lounge / Living Room – 5m x 5m
  • Kitchen / Dining – 6m x 3.5m
  • Large Kitchen / Dining – 9m x 4m
  • Dining Room – 4m x 3.5m
  • Kitchen 4m x 3.5m
  • Family Room – 4m x 3.5m
  • Utility Room – 2m x 2m
  • Master Bedroom – 4.5m x 4m
  • Other Bedrooms – 3.5m x 2.5m
  • Ensuite – 2.5m x 1.5m
  • Family Bathroom – 3m x 2.5m

As can be seen in these average room sizes, there are a few variations. To keep it simple, we’ll focus on key rooms where most of our customers would fit ceiling speakers, these include Living Room, Kitchen Diner, Master Bedroom and Family Bathroom.

BuyCleverStuff – Room Size Guide

So here is our final guideline – and what we define through our website for sizing of rooms, and an idea of the speakers you’ll find when you filter:

Room Size Guide

Room Size (metres)Room Size (feet)BuyCleverStuff Size DefinitionSpeaker Option To Expect
2m x 2m6' 6.7" x 6' 6.7"SmallOne pair of 2.5” speakers OR one single stereo 6” speaker
4m x 3.5m13' 1" x 11' 6"MediumOne pair of 5”+ speakers OR one single stereo 6” speaker
5m x 5m16' 5" x 16' 5"LargeOne pair of 6”+ speakers OR two pairs of 5” speakers
8m x 4m26' 3" x 13' 1"Long NarrowTwo pairs of 5”+ speakers OR two single stereo 6” speakers

Although this is only a few of the options available, and some rooms will not fit within these dimensions, it is only guidance, to the best of our knowledge and advice.

We feel that these four variations will allow our customers to highlight only ceiling speaker systems which are the most appropriate for the room in question.

If your room layout is not covered (i.e. for an exceptionally unique size – hedge a guess if your room sits between sizes) or you have a multiple room audio requirement, please do not hesitate to contact us with your specific requirement.