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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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).

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.

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.