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.

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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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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.