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!

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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Apple iPhone 7: How To Integrate It In Your Home

This evening will see Apple stage their annual September “special event” – for most, the feeling is that it surrounds the announcement of the iPhone 7.

There have been countless so-called leaks and rumours relating to what this new Apple product will include, or more importantly not include.

With the murmurings suggesting a twin-camera on the rear of the smartphone, but most importantly the belief that we could be about to bear witness to the end of the headphone jack.

It is rumoured, and until this special event is done and dusted we can only say that, that the headphone jack will no longer be a feature.

Instead, Apple are believed to be providing either wireless Bluetooth ‘earpods’ or will have included earphones that will connect with a Lightning connection as the 3.5mm port will be missing to give the device an even slimmer profile (so your phone can slip even easier down the side of your sofa without you knowing!).

Apple bought the Beats headphone brand in 2014, and their wireless Bluetooth headphones have been heavily marketed by some of the world’s leading sportsmen and sportswomen, which have also played a major part in the idea that wireless headphones are on the way with an Apple product at some stage.

Regardless of this potential development, at BuyCleverStuff, we don’t see this as a major problem.

We’re almost sure that Bluetooth functionality will be included as a feature.

It’s been a feature in every iPhone since the very first release in 2007, and their commitment to Beats and their recent development of that range suggests it will remain, meaning integration of wireless audio in your home, we’re still here to guide you in the right direction!

We have a whole host of Bluetooth ceiling speaker systems available that can be used by connecting your Bluetooth device. Whether it’s an iPhone or any other mobile/tablet device that features a Bluetooth transmitter (check your device’s manual, but it is almost as-standard nowadays).

Whether it is a simple to install single wireless Bluetooth ceiling speaker, which can also be waterproof in design.

If you’re looking for something to pair up with and have a control panel keypad on your wall (Systemline E50 – with radio or Systemline E100 – without radio), or perhaps you’d like a system that has varying sizes of speakers to choose from which plays wireless from your Bluetooth device and can be set up across two zones/rooms.

We also have a great range of Sonos streaming set-ups with fantastic Q Acoustics Q Install ceiling speakers should you wish to use your device’s Wifi connection.

Whatever you make of tonight’s Apple event and their new releases, at BuyCleverStuff, we’ll be on hand to help you integrate your audio and visual in your home in the best way possible.

To watch the Apple event tonight click here: apple.co/live (Check requirements below for watching on your chosen device)

Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

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: What Differences Between E100 and E200?

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

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

Systemline E100 and Systemline E200

 

Main Standout E100 Features

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

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

  • Larger OLED Screen

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

  • IP54 Rated

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

  • Inclusive remote control

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

  • DAB+ Radio

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

  • Self-contained into one UK double gang back box

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

  • Integrated Bluetooth

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

  • 18W Per Channel

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

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

  • DAB Radio

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

  • Separate Bluetooth Receiver & Hub

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

  • CAT5 Network Cable Required

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

  • Line Out: Perfect For Sub Zone Setup

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

  • 15W Per Channel

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

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

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Main Standout Features of Both Systems

  • FM Radio

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

  • Two lengths of seven metre speaker cable

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

  • Audio line in

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

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

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

Ceiling Kitchen Radio: What To Think About

When it comes to audio for your kitchen, there is a wide range of options at BuyCleverStuff, and we like to ensure that we find the right system for your kitchen.

In ceiling speakers are a very popular option, linked either between an in-wall panel control or a separate remote control. Both unit designs are simple and subtle, and straightforward to use once installed.

Determining exactly what audio you wish to fill your kitchen with can be a tricky decision, but we hope in our blog to break down everything to guide you to the best solution for you.

  • Purpose

If you are thinking of installing a Kitchen Ceiling Radio, there may be the need to think about whether you want your system to provide audio on a personal level or whether it is going to be used for entertaining a larger number of guests. Some of our systems can only work with their bundled speakers, so consider what it is you are wanting to do with your Kitchen Ceiling Radio.

  • Size of room / speakers

Our previous point leads us nicely on to this aspect – how to define your required speaker size.

At BuyCleverStuff, Ceiling Kitchen Radio systems are bundled with varying speaker sizes, but as a rough guide 2-2.5 inch speakers are adequate for a 4m2 room and 5 inch speakers for around a 10m2 room.

With larger kitchen and dining rooms beyond these sizes, the need for an extra pair of ceiling speakers may be required in order to better fill a room with sound, as with small, less powerful speakers in a large room, audio will tend to be lost.

This is only meant to be a rough estimation in terms of speaker sizes and room size, and at BuyCleverStuff we are hoping to bring in the future a standardised guide relating to the decibel output for all of our speakers that we currently stock on our website.

  • Functions

As standard FM radio is featured on all our Kitchen Ceiling Radios, but many of our systems also include DAB radio. If you have a good DAB reception, you will receive crisp clear sound, and also receive stations not found on FM frequencies.

Personal audio devices, more so mobile phones and tablets, play a huge role in our day-to-day lives. Built-in Bluetooth receivers with many of our Kitchen Ceiling Radios mean that beyond FM and DAB radio you can connect devices in order to also play your own personal music, or even music streaming services such as Spotify, Napster, Deezer and many more, through our systems.

  • Appearance

There are two elements to think about with your Kitchen Ceiling Radio before you purchase, the style of the controlling unit, and also the look of the in ceiling speakers.

We have a number of in-wall panels that fit into single or double gang back boxes (dependent on the product chosen) and can sit neatly and discreetly away should you want that in your room.

Remote control systems are not only stylish and unobtrusive, but they are extremely useful, especially when connecting any Bluetooth devices. It means your Bluetooth device such as a smartphone or tablet will be safe and out of the way and allows you to work in your kitchen space with little worry.

The second aspect to think about your in ceiling speakers. Designed in white to be as unobtrusive as possible, there are some slight differences between styles of speakers, however these are very minimal, so if you are concerned why not take a look at our main website with the entire range on show.

Once purpose, size when installing, function and appearance have been thought out, you may have more of an idea of which Kitchen Ceiling Radio system you require, and in which case you may want to see our full offering over at our main BuyCleverStuff website.

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However, if you are looking possibly to extend from just a kitchen and dining area to a whole ground floor audio system or even throughout the whole home with multi-room audio, then look out for our further articles coming up which will give you more advice on what you may require and what suitable systems are available.

Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers: What To Think About

When thinking about Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers for your home, there is plenty to consider before installing, and before even purchasing.

Not every system is the same in terms of style and function, and you may need to weigh up the options of how many speakers you require for the space where you want to install.

Our short-list of considerations will hopefully help find the right system for you.

  • Purpose

Ceiling speakers, in general, allow you to fill whatever room with fantastic audio. Installing speakers into your ceiling space, has another advantage, as it keeps everything out of the way, and you will hardly notice them when you walk into the room – thanks to ceiling speakers, gone are the days of chunky obtrusive Hi-Fi speakers on tabletops or side cabinets.

Once you combine this with an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, then you can greatly expand your audio experience at home. The ability to play your own personal music, or even through music streaming apps via your personal smartphone or tablet’s Bluetooth pairing, means almost an unlimited supply of music straight into your home.

  • Size of room / speakers

The size of room and speakers, and the number of speakers, play a significant part of the decision you will need to make before purchasing.

You will be needing to cut holes into your ceiling at some point, so it is better to get this decision right now rather than needing to make changes and alterations at a later date.

Think about what you wish to do with your audio system. Is this for your own personal needs in your kitchen or bathroom, or will you be looking to host dinner parties and functions where audio will almost become the centre piece itself?

We have 2.5″, 5″ and 6″ speaker sizes available, and can either work in a single pair or in two pairs, again dependant on the size of room you wish to install these in.

  • Functions

Functionally, every product with Bluetooth connectivity works in the same way – once active, you can search to pair your device and once paired, your personal choice of audio can play away without worry.

Our Bluetooth products are all class 2 devices with a transmit power of 2.5Mw, meaning the intended range to pair your smartphone or tablet, is around ten metres (33 feet). Factors to consider are if there are any obstructions in the way between the receiver and your device, such as doors or walls – this again can have an effect on the loss of sound quality if multiple objects are in the way.

Many of our Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker Systems allow for additional sources, so for instance, stereo phono connections or 3.5mm jack leads can be connected for other devices that may not have Bluetooth connectivity. Alongside that, many of our systems also include DAB and/or FM radio tuners, so if you are looking to perhaps just listen to your favourite radio station, you can also achieve this as well.

  • Appearance

With Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers, depending upon which system you choose, they will differ in appearance.

You have three main options of style to choose from; an in-wall control panel (many variations of style), a remote control system (KB iSelect), or you even have the option of a Tenor Illuminated Bluetooth mirror with its ability to expand and use an external ceiling speaker.

With our in-wall panels, they vary in colour and style, but have all been designed with home surroundings in mind, wherever you decide to install your system. The E200 system requires a separate Bluetooth receiver to be present, but at the size similar to that of a small internet router, it can be hidden very easier. However, take into consideration the need for this receiver to be within range of your Bluetooth device to work.

The discreet nature of the KB iSelect remote means that you will hardly notice that it is in your room at all, which for minimalist rooms is a fantastic quality. It is simple to use and relieves the need of being in control of your Bluetooth device at all times, as all the control comes from the iSelect remote.

Having a Tenor mirror installed will of course stand out, but is a unique product to deliver audio and save space. It’s a great talking point too if you are hosting guests, but it is sleek in style and not overbearing. Connecting the additional stereo speaker with this product gives you that greater depth of audio beyond the internal stereo speakers. The illuminated lighting can be controlled to turn off and on, but again, if fully recessed, will need rewiring and connected either with a pull cord or a separate switch. This is outlined in the user manual that accompanies the product.

There is plenty to evaluate when it comes to Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers, but hopefully now that you have worked your way through the four main aspects, that you can head over to the main BuyCleverStuff website and be able to select your perfect solution for your bathroom that little bit easier.