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.

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.