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!

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.

Ceiling Speakers - What Type & How Many Do You Need

Ceiling Speakers: What Type & How Many Do You Need?

Where ceiling speakers, and installation, is concerned – this is a common and somewhat difficult question to answer.

There are so many variables to consider first and foremost.

These extra things to consider include the room size, layout, ceiling height and even furniture within the room.

In this article, we want to try to be as general as possible without too many deep technical details. We understand many of our customers want a straightforward in ceiling audio solution, however let’s handle some basic principles first.

Ceiling speaker dispersion angle

Dispersion angle is the important feature to note in your ceiling speaker specification, this tells you at what angle the audio leaves the speaker.

The wider the angle, the larger area the speakers will cover. This is may seem to be a pretty good indicator, however it’s not always quite that simple.

The angle quoted is usually for the entire speaker and not for the tweeter where the detail of the music is generated, so at the extremities of the dispersion angle you might only hear bass and limited treble.

Positioning ceiling speaker

So now we understand a little about Ceiling Speaker dispersion angle, but another factor is that ceiling speakers, and speakers in general, usually sound louder at their centre compared to listening at an offset angle.

With this in mind, an overlap coverage is usually suggested to ensure that both the volume is equal and also so that the higher frequency detail of the audio playing is directed to the listener.

Ceiling Speaker Overlap Coverage
Ceiling Speaker Overlap Coverage

The solution is simple just have more speakers? If it was only that simple – this now becomes challenging in large rooms where limitations mean that only one of two pairs of Ceiling Speakers are possible.

The simple solution without adding more audio amplifiers is to choose the biggest speakers to give the widest native disbursement pattern.

An important point regarding this, don’t assume the bigger the speakers, the wider the angle. However, it is usually the case that large ceiling speakers have a wider dispersement.

Where you listen

Another factor to consider is to think how the listener will listen to the audio.Will they be standing or sitting? It might not sound important, but trust us, it is!

If the listener is only going to listen to audio in one fixed position, then the best placement for the ceiling speakers would simply be near to the sitting position with a single pair.

However, if the room is a living space the listener might be walking around, or maybe even entertaining guests. This changes the number of speakers and the position between the speakers.

For example, if on average a head height is around 4ft (1.2m) when seated, you then need to consider that when standing this could increase to anywhere between 5ft and 6ft (1.5-1.8m).

On the seating layout, the ceiling speakers could be placed wider apart than those within a room where the listener is more likely to listen whilst standing.

Ceiling Speaker Position (Seated)
Ceiling Speaker Position (Seated)

We want to give basic guidance for the number of ceiling speakers in a room based on our experience and the speakers we offer at BuyCleverStuff.

We understand a lot of the above is difficult to put into practice. With all the variables when choosing a ceiling audio system – let us break it down again.

Breakdown of positioning

First, we need to work out an average placement spacing across our full range of speakers. Below are a few examples of the ceiling speaker dispersion angle based on an average 2.2m (7.2ft) ceiling height, and the spacing that we would recommend is as follows:

  • 90° dispersion angle / Spacing at 4.0ft (Seated) or 2.8ft (Standing)
  • 120° dispersion angle / Spacing at 4.5ft (Seated) or 3.5ft (Standing)
  • 175° dispersion angle / Spacing at 5.5ft (Seated) or 3.7ft (Standing)

As you can see the Ceiling Speaker spacing placement can vary quite a bit between, and the diagrams really help to explain this if you were in the room and listening.

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The first shows a room with just the right number of speaker where the listening height is 1.2m (4ft). However the latter two show where spacing is too wide or a speaker with the incorrect dispersion angle is used.

The result of the second layout would be quiet sections between speakers and music detail lost. The examples exaggerate to help explain the worst-case scenarios.

Best practice is to fit as many as possible to ensure the room is filled with audio. However, you also need to not put too many in to provide a balanced listening experience. In addition, it means less volume required from each speaker to fill the same area.

Stereo Ceiling Speakers

Another consideration when selecting ceiling speakers? Single stereo speakers versus a pair of ceiling speakers.

Single stereo ceiling speakers are perfect for smaller, square rooms, where fitting a pair of ceiling speakers would not be possible.

Further to that, single stereo ceiling speakers are perfect for longer, narrow rooms. Think of fitting two speakers to allow for stereo sound. One in each half of the room saves shoehorning in two pairs of speakers.

With all this in mind, at BuyCleverStuff, we want to help make sure you got the right ceiling speaker system.

In our next article, we’ll explain exactly how we’ve come to decide upon defining a room space – and how you can search and filter when buying at BuyCleverStuff.

Control More From Your Lithe Audio Speaker

Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker: New Volume / Output Features

Since its release in the middle of 2016, the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker has exploded into homes.

Delivering incredible audio, and an easy install no matter what stage of renovation you are at.

It has been seen up and down the country at home improvement trade shows, including Grand Designs Live at the NEC Birmingham,

The product has also featured in the accompanying Grand Designs Magazine, and reviews are online at Trusted Reviews and T3.com (together with views from a vast array of customers who have purchased from BuyCleverStuff!).

However, in 2017, it has now become an even better product – with more control over your audio!

Lithe Audio Improvements

When showing off the product at trade shows, there was a great amount of feedback and there is huge interest in the speaker as a result.

Some ideas that made their way back to improving the product – the inclusion of a pre-installation volume limiter, and bridged mono/stereo switch if used in a pair set up.

Volume Limiter

The volume limiter is a fantastic addition as it means you can keep the volume to a 50% maximum. Very handy for families with little ones and teenagers who like their music perhaps above a certain level – no more upsetting the neighbours!

Talking of neighbours, it is also a perfect solution if you are thinking of installing between floors in flats. You won’t need to be concerned of the tenant above knocking on your door to ask to turn it down.

Bridged Mono / Stereo

The second switch on the main master Bluetooth ceiling speaker gives you the ability to choose either bridged mono or stereo settings. This is useful if you purchase a Master / Slave system of two speakers.

It allows you to pick before you install whether you would prefer mono sound out of each speaker, or if instead a truer stereo sound is outputted.

Amazon Echo / Alexa

Before Christmas, there was plenty of noise about Amazon Echo / Echo Dot and the voice recognition service Alexa.

Select the Echo Compatible version of the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers to integrate seamlessly into the home! Home automation could not be simpler. Already own an Amazon Echo / Echo Dot? Instructions of how to connect to Bluetooth speakers are outlined in the Amazon manuals.

Speaker Hoods

At BuyCleverStuff, we have also introduced the brilliant Lithe Audio Speaker Fire Hoods; perfect for retaining audio and for protecting the speaker in the event of a fire.

There is also a fantastic offer currently on Lithe Audio Speaker Hoods. Purchase a Lithe Audio Speaker (standard or waterproof / single or pair) and get a 10% discount on hoods.

So don’t delay – kit your home out with audio today with a superb system from BuyCleverStuff.

 

Systemline E50 & Systemline E100

Comparison: Systemline E50 vs Systemline E100

The E Series from Systemline has developed somewhat over the last few years; most recently the birth of the Systemline E50 Bluetooth In Wall Amplifier.

This offering now sits alongside the E100, which also combines FM and DAB radio – both perfectly work alongside a great range of Q Acoustics ceiling speakers and provide a fantastic home audio system to suit your needs.

However, what other differences and similarities are there between the E50 and the E100?

Comparison of Systemline E Series

Simply put, the Systemline E50 is treated as the little brother to the E100, but do not let that put you off in any way. It’s what behind the panel that counts!

Bluetooth

Both systems contain Bluetooth receivers, so you can easily pair and play music from any Bluetooth device such as a mobile smartphone, or tablet.

Auxiliary Inputs

They also have AUX IN jack points to allow for other sources to be played through the set-up.

The one point to bear in mind is that the Systemline E50 features two 3.5mm AUX IN points – one in the front and one at the rear – giving you a choice of making the most of the system.

With the Systemline E100 though, your only input is on the rear, so if you choose to go down this route and want to utilise this, you will require a 3.5mm cable within the wall void.

Radio

When it comes to radio output, the Systemline E100 comes with built-in FM and DAB radio. Little brother E50, on the other hand, does not.

Again, with the E100, you will require an aerial for the radio to work. It comes supplied with a standard flex aerial, which for most installations will do the job just fine.

However, if you are in an area which requires a boost for signal, BuyCleverStuff have alternate omni-directional aerials for loft or outdoor positioning.

Not having radio may sound a downside for the E50, but don’t let this put you off.

Using Bluetooth, if your smart device has any radio apps, you can always get your favourite stations in this way.

Output

With the Systemline E50 you get 17 Watts per channel, and with the Systemline E100, you will find 15 Watts per channel – so not a vast difference between the two. However, both are sufficient to drive up to two pairs of speakers, or two single stereo speakers.

Check out the packages with us at BuyCleverStuff that bring together Systemline with superb Q Acoustics ceiling speakers.

Other features

It cannot be ignored of how magical the Systemline E50 is. With hand gesture / motion technology built into the touch response panel – you’d be forgiven for thinking it was something Harry Potter had a hand in creating.

As well as it being touch responsive to skip tracks from your Bluetooth device and change volume; waving your hand in front can do just the same.

It might be disappointing that the Systemline E100 does not do the same, it does have alarm features, together with a remote control when not using the panel buttons.

Not to forget that the E100 does have radio built in, which for homes, or other properties, where users may not have Bluetooth devices, it’s an option to seriously consider.

The other benefit is the option currently to install the E100 within a bathroom environment, once sealed correctly. Meaning you can use your unit almost straight from the shower. The E50 is recommended to be positioned outside of any bathroom.

Conclusion

It’s not possible to say one is better than the other. Each has their own place, and each suit a specific purpose – and that’s where unfortunately the decision lies with you!

However, if you have any more questions about either of these Bluetooth in-wall systems, we’re always happy to help at BuyCleverStuff!

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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.